Summer SAVY 2019: Session 1, Day 2 – Playing with Words (Rising 1st/2nd)
On our second day of Playing with Words, we spent a whole bunch of time with nouns and adjectives. In the morning, we took another walk outside, to gather inspiration and make noun lists in our notebooks. Later, with a reading of Ruth Heller’s Many Luscious Lollipops, we learned about all the different types of adjectives, and even studied some ways to make adjectives out of nouns.
Over the course of the day we also read several poems: Carl Sandburg’s “Fog,” Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Moon,” and Jane Yolen’s “Dream Maker. We even read all the way through our Challenge Poem, Emily Dickinson’s “The Moon was but a Chin of Gold.” We found figurative comparisons in all four poems—fog vs. cats, moons vs. faces—and practiced our ability to differentiate between nouns and the adjectives that describe them. In the process, we even came across some weird new words, such as “haunches,” “quail,” and “firmament.” We also made it all the way through the alphabet in our daily game of “Categories,” with the category of animal! Guess I’ll have to find a trickier category for tomorrow…
Optional extension activity: Your student worked on memorizing Carl Sandburg’s “Fog” this morning. Check how much they remember, and see if they can finish up the rest.
Additional reading: Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What is an Adjective? By Brian P. Cleary, or, any other Ruth Heller books on the parts of speech