Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among the stars!

Category Archives: Writing

This last week Friday we finished off our Polar Express week with our very special Polar Express day!!  At the beginning of this week I decorated the front of our classroom door and on Friday before school I decorated the tables in the room to look like the Polar Express.  The class got to also come to school wearing pajamas like the children in the book got to wear.

img_9544 img_9618 img_9619 img_9620

Students were given golden tickets to the Polar Express as they went off to lunch.  When they came back from lunch they gave me their golden tickets and I punched holes in them like the conductor did in the movie.  We then reread the book the Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg and discussed the elements of the story and drew the pictures of the things we discussed.

img_9617 img_9623 img_9625 img_9630 img_9631 img_9632

Finally students got to sit in our “train area” like they would sit on the train and watch the movie.  Students got to enjoy cookies and hot chocolate while they watched the movie.

img_9629


We finished off our Polar Express week with talking about Santa.  Students describe him using the Polar Express as an example as well as other Christmas related stories.  Students were able to describe how he was kind, giving, jolly, and friendly.  Then they wrote their Christmas lists and created their own Santa art.

img_9584 img_9585 img_9586 img_9587 img_9588 img_9589 img_9590 img_9591 img_9592 img_9593

To be like Santa students also began making Christmas ornament presents for their friends and family.  They took clear ornaments and put two different colors of paint and swirled them around to make a marble effect.

img_9583 img_9582 IMG_6512 IMG_6513


As part of our Polar Express week students got to try out hot chocolate before our Polar Express Day.  I showed students how to make hot chocolate and they wrote 3 step directions on how to make it.  Students also drew pictures on the back of the directions.

img_9564 img_9565 img_9566 img_9567

 

Students got to sample the hot chocolate and then we made a class graph on if the class liked hot chocolate or not.  It was a very lopsided graph since everyone said the liked hot chocolate!

img_9573 img_9574 img_9575 img_9577

At the end students cut out a cup of hot chocolate on construction paper and wrote about what they thought hot chocolate is.

img_9578 img_9579 img_9580 img_9581


For the second day of Polar Express week, students made glyphs based on questions about trains and Polar Express.

img_9555 img_9556 img_9568 img_9570 img_9571 img_9572

Then we read the story Christmas Kitten by Vivian French.  We talked about how the girl in the story really wanted a kitten for Christmas, and how the boy in The Polar Express got the bell he really wanted as the first gift of Christmas.  We then wrote about what we would pick for the first gift of Christmas.

img_9562 img_9557 img_9558 img_9559 img_9560


This week we began our unit on gingerbread.  In this unit we read many different versions of the gingerbread man folktale.  We started by reading a version that resembles original Gingerbread Man story.  We did a retell of the story by doing a sequence cut and paste.  Then we made our own gingerbread men and write action words to complete a phrase.

61ppomzayjl-_sx258_bo1204203200_ img_9494 img_9495 img_9496 img_9497 img_9498 img_9499 img_9500 img_9501 img_9503 img_9504

The next day we read another version called Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett.  Students made a list of things that they would run away from if they were the gingerbread baby and wrote about it in their journals.  The gingerbread man writing prompt comes from The Education Center.

img_9506 img_9507 img_9508 img_9510 img_9511 img_9512 img_9514

We compared the characters from the story from Gingerbread Baby to the characters from Gingerbread Man using hula hoops and character cards.  Then students made gingerbread houses for the gingerbread baby.

img_9515 img_9516 img_9517 img_9518 img_9521 img_9522 img_9523 img_9525 img_9526

 


We read the story Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and created a story map about the story.  Then each student illustrated and wrote about the problem in the story.

%eb%a3%a8%eb%8f%8c%ed%94%84%ec%82%ac%ec%8a%b4%ec%bd%94%28%ed%91%9c%ec%a7%80%29 img_9464 img_9465 img_9466 img_9467 img_9468

We also made our own Rudolph’s with a cut and paste activity.  Then we read a non fiction about real reindeer (caribou) and made a venn diagram to compare and contrast Rudolph to real reindeer.  This reindeer template comes from First School Activities.

img_9471 img_9472 img_9473 img_9474 img_9476


We kicked off our Christmas theme by reading one of my favorite Christmas stories; How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  After we read the story we made our own Grinch, and wrote how we could make the Grinch grin.

how-the-grinch-stole-christmas img_9450 img_9458 img_9459 img_9461 img_9462 img_9463



%d bloggers like this: