Our school has been fortunate to host author Susan Blackaby for three days. If you haven’t read Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox(2011) or Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise (2013), I encourage you to do so. She’s a master in word choice and her characters are so fun. She’s also written Nest, Nook and Cranny (2010) winner of The 2011 Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North America Poetry.
Her first day was about her life as a writer. Last week she worked with students on writing a five-line poem about an animal. As I saw classes last week and this we’ve followed up with the writing.
Writing poems with K-2 is tricky. So I posted the poems written as a group in kindergarten through third grade. These were the ones written with Susan.
I created a word list of other words for walk, run, and fly. Words have been added throughout the week.
Then I created a framework for the poem. This is the kindergarten one:
For classes that are done in a thirty minute, each student has a copy of the frame work. Together we brainstorm the animals, the describing words, etc.
Many of the students grasped the idea. Others are perfectionists and want all the words spelled correctly. I have to remind them it’s progress not perfection.
I can’t wait for us to share our work on Thursday when Susan returns.
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