This activity ties in perfectly with the first lesson, Imagining Stories from Ordinary Moments, in Lucy Calkins' and M. Colleen Cruz's Grade 4 The Arc of Story. As a teacher, when you can hook the lesson to a real life author and a book, the kids are much more likely to connect with the lesson's objective.
Activity Name: Writing With Your Imagination
Activity Description: Think of something you experienced this week at home or at school. Now imagine the same experience only put it into a story instead of real life. Imagine you are a butterfly or a lion or a superhero. See yourself in a watercolor forest or on an island made of ice cream. If you can imagine it, you can write it. Draw a picture to go with your idea. Don’t forget to have fun!
Teacher's Guide Link: http://www.deborahlytton.com/docs/RUBY-STARR-Discussion-Questions.pdf
Weekly Wall Recommendations
For the 2018-2019 school year, students will be choosing books to display on our classroom recommendation wall. The wall is a lending library. It showcases the various literature choices in the classroom, celebrates students' voices and choices, facilitates getting to know each other through our literature choices, and facilitates communication with the global learning community.