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Summer SAVY 2015 (Session 4, Day 9) – Story Creations (Rising 1st)

Posted by on Thursday, July 16, 2015 in SAVY blog.

Dear Parents:

It is hard to believe that this is our last day to write a blog in Story Creations! The students have all become such close friends, especially those who have been enjoying Budding Botanist (taught by my fellow grade level team partner at Discovery School).

Friday is our Open House from 3:15-3:45. This will take us right to dismissal time, so you can sign your child out when you are ready to leave. If you cannot attend the Open House, your child will be escorted to the normal pick-up area for their normal dismissal.

Our day began with student authors reading their recently written story to the class. It was a lot of fun to listen to our young authors read their stories and show their illustrations. As I do in my own classroom, I asked students to make positive comments after each story to express what they liked about the author’s story. Each author chooses 3 students to make positive comments.

Next, we reviewed how descriptive words and action words enrich our stories. We practiced identifying rich descriptive words from some mentor sentences from the Patricia Polacco book, “My Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother”.

Then, I introduced our young authors to folktale stories from Africa. We talked about how these stories were told to explain why things happened in nature. We read an Anansi story and one of my favorites called, “A Promise to the Sun”, as well as “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears”. Students were then set loose to create their own folktale stories. Some writers decided to start with an illustration, while others choose to write the story first and then illustrate. This was a big day for writing, as we wrote the entire afternoon!

I look forward to meeting you tomorrow at the Open House.