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.
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.
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
Seyeon and Minseo working on the front cover
Imri finishing 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!