Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Off to a Hot Start

The 2011-2012 School year is off to a hot start and the weather is keeping up with the game.  With temperatures pushing up into the high 80's and lower 90's we are taking advantage of the cool weather when it comes around.  For a writing activity, we took advantage of some of that cool weather and did our writing outside. 

Our first major area of study in writing is ideas.  When asked what the toughest part of writing was for them, a majority of the class said that thinking of an idea to write about was the hardest.  Over the first week of school we have been finding out just how easy it is to write about any object. 

We started with a chair.  Not just any chair, a hickory rocking chair.  Students came up with an array of questions about a single, little, wooden chair.  After question we read The Hickory Chair by Lisa Rowe Fraustino.  After finding out that a single object could be so inspiring and so sentimental, the students began to think of objects that meant something to them and began to write.

To test their skills we decided to go outside when the weather cooled down into the 70's to see what they could do.  The students picked and object and began to write "juicy details" about their object.  When they were finished they described these details to a friend, without telling what the object was, and tried to see if the friend could guess the object from the details.  It turned out to be a great activity and even better weather.  The kids came up with some really juicy details!