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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 2/Day 4- Playing with Words (Rising 1st)

Posted by on Thursday, June 22, 2017 in SAVY.

It’s hard to believe our week together is nearing an end. I hope you’ll be able to join us tomorrow morning for a brief glimpse at our figurative language discoveries. This rainy day began with an interactive reading of Thundercake. It’s fun to see your learners savoring literature from the perspective of the author, as well as enjoying the story. Patricia Polacco based this story, and one we’ll read tomorrow, Thank You, Mr. Falker, on her own life. Later in the morning, we explored Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen. This lovely book provided a catalyst for wonderful discussion and discovery of extraordinary language. This rich book contains similes, metaphors, personification, onomatopoeia, and idioms! The story of Owl Moon is a story of the author’s husband and daughter’s owling adventure. We are inspired that author’s often write about what they know.
In transitioning to exploring metaphors, groups analyzed and presented 3 different poems about the moon: The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Moon by Emily Dickinson, The Moon’s the North Wind’s Cookie by Vachel Lindsay. These young authors are becoming more confident sharing their ideas and engaging with each other. Metaphors compare 2 things, saying one thing IS another. We saw the moon as a cookie, face / chin of gold, and clock face. Here’s a catchy tune to help us distinguish between simile and metaphor. Tomorrow we will use one of the adjectives we wrote about ourselves, write a simile about it, then transpose that into a metaphor. Today was a synthesis of all the figurative language we explored so far this week. It is such a joy to me as a teacher when we are reading a book and your young authors spontaneously began excitedly identifying the various figurative language they hear! These writers are developing a full treasure chest to enrich their writing and expand their enjoyment of reading.

SAVY courses offer discovery-based instruction with advanced content, 2-3 years ahead of grade level. We also teach at a pace that is as quick as a wink. Your young students have attended, absorbed, applied, and engaged beautifully this week. It is truly a joy learning with them. I hope you can join us tomorrow for our Open House, 9:15-9:45, Murray – 1st floor. Thank you for choosing to let SAVY be a part of your summer.

Mrs. Pfister

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