Thursday, December 5, 2013
Writing & Reaching Out
The writing continues in our writer's workshop during December. The older children are writing an original story using dialogue punctuation in one of the following genre: mystery, old western, comical fiction, comical non-fiction, humorous poem, or a poem that tells a story. Above are a few of the students composing their stories or poems using laptop computers.
The younger students listened to the book "Snowmen at Night" by Caralyn Buehner which is a fun and imaginative book about what snowmen do after dark. They also heard several short, humorous poems about snowmen. The students were then challenged to write their own version of what they think snowmen do at night or an original poem about snowmen. They each received a paper with a snowman template on it and were asked to write around the outside of the snowman. . . and then move to the inside if they needed more space.
When we were done writing we switched gears to our Operation Outreach project. The younger kids frosted sugar cookies and decorated them with sprinkles. These were paired with a large jar of cocoa mix and handmade thank you cards for the officers. The goodies were then taken to the Atlantic Police Department where they were happily received on behalf of the police officers by police chief, Steve Green. The children also donated stuffed animals to the police officers to share with families they are serving this Christmas.
We returned to the warm, cozy classroom for Brown Bag & a Book. Linda is reading "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" to the children. This funny Christmas classic never gets old!