Saturday, March 17, 2012

March Quick Writes!


During our Quick Write lessons, students write to a prompt for three minutes. I love what the kids come up with in such a short period of time! It's always fun to read the different stories that come from the same prompt. 

This month the prompt had to do with those crazy little green men who make mischief this time of year. Check out these Quick Writes!

I checked my leprechaun trap 
in the morning and to my surprise...

By Alex
I checked my leprechaun trap in the morning and to my surprise and disappointment it was empty. I relatched the trap and went back to my house mourning the magical friend I yearned to have. I walked into the kitchen and smelled syrup and waffles, but even such wonderful smells couldn’t lift my heartbroken feeling. I was picking at my warm, fluffy breakfast when something hit the window. I lifted my head up to see what it was. Nothing was there. I looked back at my food and grumbled to myself. BANG! My head snapped up to look at the window again. This time I got out of my seat and went outside. There were two large pieces of gold by the window…

By Deztnee
I checked my leprechaun trap in the morning and to my surprise I saw three little green men stuck inside. I didn’t actually expect to catch anything. "I’m so sorry I didn’t actually expect to catch anything!" I said.  They stared at me blankly.  "Can you understand me?" They nodded their heads yes. “Can you talk?" I asked. They shook their heads no.  "Here, I’ll let you out." I unhooked the latch and they crawled onto my hand...

By Daniel B.
I checked my leprechaun trap in the morning and to my surprise there was Great Uncle O'Brien, except smaller somehow and with a green suit. He still had that big mischievous smile of his. And then he said, “Well Johnny boy, you caught me at last.” With a wink and in half a second he disappeared in the wind and on down to the spellbound green hills Erie.

By Logan
I checked my leprechaun trap in the morning and to my surprise a miniature world had planted itself within it. A tiny planet no bigger than a grapefruit sat upon the floor of my trap. I leaned closer and could make out tiny cities and miniature nations upon its surface. I leaned closer still and began to see tiny cars and planes traversing across its surface. I scotched closer to the box and began to make out tiny people walking outside tiny buildings and sitting in front of little coffee shops sipping microscopic cups of tea. Then, I fell in.


Saturday, March 10, 2012

More Autobiography Projects!


Here are a few more Autobiography Projects for your viewing pleasure!

Anne Frank Timeline by Kennedy
View more PowerPoint from rsol68

Anne Frank by Alyssa

 Nikola Tesla by Logan

Keep up the excellent work!

Thursday, March 1, 2012



For the last two years I have enjoyed introducing my students to the world of blogging. Published work takes on a new meaning when people from all over the world can leave comments and give feedback. Students can post their essays and stories by typing them directly onto the blog. Handwritten works and illustrations can be scanned and displayed as images within the blog post. With programs like Sketchcast, Prezi, and Vocaroo, students can also post amazing presentations!

Here is an example of an elementary blog from Healthfield CPS - Year 5 Class Blog
This is a kindergarten site with fun student work - Kindergarten Tales
I designed this blog to showcase student work and to discuss literature - Ink Slingers & Bookworms

With free sites like Blogger and Word Press, blogging is easy and affordable. Students will love publishing their work online and waiting for comments! I know I do.

Blog ya later,