Spring SAVY 2019, Day 6 – Witty Wordplay (1st/2nd)
Since the system of language letter and number codes produce messages that communicate meaning to the reader, we explored a new secret code that involved numbers and letters that could be decoded and read like a multiplication chart. After students figured out the code, they wrote their names and messages in code and we deciphered them. Students then set out to create their own language codes and they were very well thought out with each having its our degree of complexity.
While we enjoyed snack, we then began reading humorous books that highlighted idioms. The books we read were More Parts and Even More Parts. As we read each idiom we discussed the difference in literal and figurative meanings. In addition, we read a book called, Dear Deer, a book about homophones, as we enjoyed all the many pairs of homophones this book held inside each page. Finally, we also read Octopus Opposites, and took turns coming up with synonyms that we could to replace the antonyms used in the book. For example, climb-fall was changed to as ascend-descend. If your student does not have a thesaurus at home, you might want to consider purchasing one. I brought several of The American Heritage Student Thesaurus books from my classroom into our SAVY classroom each week and students really enjoyed using this resource to wordsmith and discover new words!
We were ready to write again! Some students wrote poetry, others added on to existing stories and still others wrote text with alliteration. One student even began a chapter book to go with an illustration he had drawn. Our writers have learned so much, and I hope you experience the joy of reading more writing from your young authors. After reviewing systems, and especially language based systems, it was time to welcome our parents to the Open House. Please continue to help your student identify systems everywhere in the real world to help your student continue to develop this concept more deeply. It was a pleasure to teach your students, and get to know them as the incredible young writers that they are. I look forward to seeing you all again at SAVY.
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