My fifth-hour kids wanted to practice writing today.
It was a really lazy lesson…we had “travel” as our key word, and we picked a tropical island as the place, asked who wanted to go there, found out what they wanted, and figured out how they would get it. The travelers were three girls in the class. They wanted a mango, a mother, and love, and it was a magical volcano that provided them these items in different ways (the mango appeared, the mother swam up, and a gorgeous rich guy sailed up on a yacht). I asked the story, the kids copied it as I wrote on the overhead, and it took 80 minutes (minus a song) to write. Sometimes I wonder where these kids come from. I was kind of out of energy today, and they gave me a break, but we still wrote and spoke and worked weird things into the story.
OH…in two of my other classes, I used a Ben idea. I had mentioned to my kids how he uses a whiteboard on wheels for his artist. The artist draws the picture as the story goes, out of sight of the rest of the class. As the story comes to an end, the artist turns the board around and unveils the drawing(s). One of my kids brought in a children’s easel with a whiteboard on one side and a chalkboard on the other. Artists drew the pictures as stories proceeded today (except in the writing group). It was fun for everyone to see what the picture looked like at the end!