Hello first grade party people! I’m so glad that you decided to stop by today and see what we’ve been busy with in first grade. As the weather warms up and the school year winds down, we always have lots of fun things to share. Here’s what’s been keeping us busy…
During our writing block, we follow the “Be A Writer” program. It’s a scripted series that typically focuses on one anchor book each week. The anchor book is read several times, teacher models, and students independently write. The theme of the writing week is based on some aspect of the book.
At this point in the year, we always finish this program, but haven’t yet finished school! So, we try to follow the same format using books of our choosing.
This week, we’ve been reading the Mo Willem’s books about the Pigeon. We’ve laughed and giggled about the Pigeon trying to drive a bus, stay up late, and eat a hotdog.
Then, the students created their own “don’t let the pigeon” stories. We told them to pick something the Pigeon wanted to ride or drive.
There were lots of great ideas. For example, that poor Pigeon wasn’t allowed to ride a unicorn, fly a plane, drive a monster truck, or even ride a monkey!
What I really loved is how the kids used some of the phrases from the book. We talked a lot about why the author choose certain words and why some things were written IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS! The kids incorporated that into their stories as well!
We also studied the illustrations. Most of the year we’ve worked really hard on adding details to our pictures. This meant, drawing appropriate backgrounds and details to match our stories. But we looked closely at Mo Willems’ pictures. These were different. There was only the Pigeon in almost all the pictures. The details were different. For example, we needed details to show how the Pigeon was feeling or what he was thinking, rather than a background picture.
We practiced together, but then they were off on their own! The books turned out unbelievably adorable! And the cutest part is that I’m finding little Pigeons on all their other work as the days go on 🙂 He’s just so much fun to draw!
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