Friday, March 5, 2021
Author Greg Pincus invented the “Fib” form of poetry, in which each consecutive line has the same number of syllables that appear in the Fibonacci sequence. The students wrote their own. Here are some of their creations:
Friday, February 26, 2021
The American Library Association awards the Caldecott Medal to the artist of "the most distinguished American picture book for children." This year, I read 13 picture books to first and second graders for our Oak Lawn Mock Caldecott.
93 students chose from among
5 finalists, and
1 came out on top with
41 votes (44%):
Here are some reasons why:
- It was cute.
- The snail thought he was at the cabbage but he wasn't there.
- It is silly.
- The ants went in the snail shell and had a tea party.
- Because the snail helps the ants.
- It was sweet and funny.
- He thinks he's going to the food, but he went in a circle.
- I like when the snail thought he scared the bird away, but the car did.
- The ants were nice enough to bring the lettuce that the snail was trying to get.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Fourth graders are practicing their paraphrasing skills. First we worked together to come up with synonyms and ways to recast a sentence.
ORIGINAL: The automobile that went by very quickly was maroon. It went through a big puddle and splashed us.
NEW: The car flashed through the puddle and got me soaked.
NEW: We got soaking wet when a car splashed through a puddle.
ORIGINAL: The educator removed the unruly student from the learning environment because of the sounds he was making
NEW: The rude student was kicked out of school because he was making noises.
NEW: The teacher was distracted when the student was making a terrible commotion in class, and they kicked him out.
ORIGINAL: I remained awake until the wee hours, absorbing broadcast entertainment. At the present time, I am lacking energy.
NEW: I stayed up late listening to the radio, and I'm tired.
NEW: I'm tired because I stayed up too late watching TV.
Then they worked on an individual assignment, putting the following sentences into their own words:
During my earlier years, I experienced much conflict with my male and female siblings who were born before me. Now that we are more mature, we have overcome some of our differences and have the ability to interact pleasantly.
Here are some of the new sentences the students came up with:
Back when I was a kid, my older siblings didn't get along with me. Now that I'm older, we now respect and love each other - A.M.
When I was young, I got into fights all the time with my older brothers and sisters. Now that we are older, we don't fight anymore and get along nicely. - D.P.
When I was younger, my older sister and I didn't get along too well. Now that we're older, we get along much better. - G.S.
When I was younger my siblings and I fought. Now we are older and we are mature, we have a nice time together. - G.Z.
When I was younger I fought with my older brother and sister a lot. Now that we are older, we get along and enjoy each other. - L.S.
When I was younger, I often used to fight with my older brother and sister. As we got older, we realized we may not always agree and get together often. - M.R.
When I was a kid I would fight with my older brother and sister. Now that we are older we get along better. - N.C.
When I was four years old, I had many arguments with my older brother and sisters. Now that we are older, we are able to get along with each other and not argue. - R.R.
When I was younger, my brothers and sisters and I always fought over silly things. Now we are older, we have worked out all our problems! - S.C.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
I was hanging ornaments.
Unfortunately, I was home alone!!!
Fortunately, I had a German Shepherd there to keep me company.
Unfortunately, he bit all the ornaments.
Fortunately, we had extras in the attic.
Unfortunately, last year some of them broke because of my siblings.
Fortunately, I was very rich and had servants to clean them up.
Unfortunately, the servants were very clumsy and dropped all of my other rich ornaments.
Fortunately, the ornaments were magic and flew back together and back to their places on the tree.
Unfortunately, robbers came in the house and stole the tree and the ornaments.
Fortunately, I called the police, and they got there as fast as they could.
Unfortunately, they actually lived in Tallahassee, FL, and I was all the way in Washington, DC.
Fortunately, they finally got to DC.
Unfortunately, they skipped my house and went to visit the president.
Fortunately, they got back on track and came to my house.
Unfortunately, President Washington was having a talk with President Lincoln and President Theodore Roosevelt about creating a mean Grinch to steal Christmas.
Fortunately, they weren't that smart.
Unfortunately, they were still able to turn all the cops into Grinches.
Fortunately, they were happy Grinches.
Unfortunately, they still wanted to steal Christmas.
Fortunately, I invented a machine to make all the Grinches nice.
Unfortunately, the machine didn't work because there were too many Grinches.
Fortunately, President Lincoln decided that he was not going to help them any more.
Unfortunately, President Lincoln got zapped with the Grinch machine.
Fortunately, Santa Claus came and said they were going to be on the naughty list.
Unfortunately, President Washington zapped Santa Claus.
Fortunately, it was snowing and the snow came through the roof, and they all got cold and turned into icicles.
Unfortunately, I also turned into an icicle.
Fortunately, Santa Claus was secretly in training and he had a six pack and was able to break out.
Unfortunately, when he did that, he was so strong that all the Grinches got out too.
Fortunately, the Subvengers came.
Unfortunately, the Grinches and Presidents ate the Subvengers,
Fortunately, the Subvengers came back out of the Grinches and Presidents and ate them.
Thursday, December 3, 2020
|Thanks to https://ideafm.org/ for the idea and the image.|
Then we wrote our own version as a class ... the kids much preferred coming up with the "unfortunately" parts!
Ms. Gemma's Class
Mrs. DeSimone's Class
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
The American Library Association awards the Caldecott Medal to the artist of "the most distinguished American picture book for children." In the spring, first- and second-graders listened to about a dozen picture books that were published in 2019. Our voting process was interrupted by COVID, but we finally had a chance to select a winner from the list of four finalists this fall.
- It made me laugh and it was funny
- Because I liked how he talked
- He wanted to find out who wet his pants ... and it was him
- It was like a comic with not that many words on each page.
- He kept asking WHO WET MY PANTS!!!
- It's funny when he says "These pants are broken."
- Because it is hilarious
- He was kind and he was curious and even if one of his friends did it, he would still forgive them.