Wednesday, December 4, 2013

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

He's BACK!!!
Yes, the Grinch is making an appearance in our first grade classrooms again this year! I don't know about you, but I can't imagine a holiday season without the Grinch...
Last year, I blogged about the special writings created by my first graders, who opened their big hearts and wrote about ways to take the grumpy out of Grinch. This year's group has asked to watch the movie in class. While we won't make time for the movie, the Grinch will be part of the reading and writing curriculums.
"And then he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!" ~ Dr. Seuss
This year, we’ll focus on the above quote from the book for a personal narrative writing.  Our year-end goal in first grade is for the children to include four parts in their narrative writing: character, setting, events (sequenced in logical order), and personal reactions. 
As personal narratives begin with “small moments” (from Small Moments: Personal Narrative Writing by Lucy Calkins and Abby Oxenhorn), the children will begin this writing by capturing a memory, a time in their lives when someone did something kind for them.  They’ll use that moment in their lives and make it into a story.
I’ll use parts of this rubric to evaluate the student’s progress.  (Rubric model from Lucy Calkins and colleagues)
I made changes to the Grinch activities this year.  I found Doctor Soos Bold font somewhere along the line (love, love!), and rather than color, (not sure what I was thinking last year) I used black for all text, clip art, and borders, with the exception of the poster page. 

 Writing Page 2



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