Archive for May 2013

What do we notice about poetry?

We are now into our second week of reading and writing poetry in second grade.  The students are keen to show what they notice about poems and how they differ from stories.  They have been having fun with rhyming and ‘playing with words’.  We have also been talking about how poems put a clear picture in your head and these two featured in this video clip do that very well.

Click on the video to see Meysoune reciting her poem, ‘Sand’ and Albert, reciting his poem ‘Coming to America’.

PoetryThat Evokes Feelings from Erika Albinson on Vimeo.

 

Poets use their ‘poet glasses’ to see the world in new and exciting ways

In this short video, two second grade students share their first attempts at writing poetry about everyday objects

Poetry About Objects from Erika Albinson on Vimeo.

Launching POETRY

We've got our POET GLASSES on and we're ready to see the world in a new and exciting way!

We’ve got our POET GLASSES on and we’re ready to see the world in a new and exciting way!

Friends Around the World in EAL Class

These past couple of weeks we’ve been delving into culture and all the different elements that make up culture.  The kids started off sharing what they already knew about culture: food, flag, clothes, holidays, traditions, music etc. but now they have also gone deeper and learned about beliefs, values, and body language amongst other elements.

In EAL class, we read a book from Reading A-Z, titled Friends Around the World, which focuses on children from different countries around the world.  The boys and girls tell their names and share some information about themselves.  The students were extremely motivated to create their own Friends Around the World book.

Interestingly enough, once the students started working on their own pages some of them realized they wanted to write about the country they were born in, but also one that they had spent several years in. They worked independently over two lessons to create their own couple of pages and then spent another lesson putting the book together, complete with cover page, back page, and table of contents.

Putting the finishing touches on the book

Putting the finishing touches on the book

Seyeon and Minseo working on the front cover

Seyeon and Minseo working on the front cover

Imri finishing his page

Imri finishing his page

Kuba working on his page

Kuba working on his page

 

And here is the finished book, scanned and uploaded to www.issuu.com.  Click on it to read!


 

Connor McGovern Jersey