This week I read DEAR DRAGON, written by Josh Funk and illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo with my first and second graders.
I chose one class to pilot a pen pal project. This group of second graders had no problem writing and drawing about their summers even though they had no idea who would receive the letter. A perfect pen pal experience lies ahead! I will be finding a class of second graders to which to send the letters and begin a year of writing. I am excited to see how they grow as writers.
The other seven classes shared their summer adventures on posters like these:
This is Niagara Falls with ore beneath the rock.
As I have said before, it is hard to hear from twenty-five students about their summer in only thirty minutes and have a lesson and browse and borrow. Projects like this give every student a voice and give me the opportunity to look back at a quieter moment.