Oh spring is in the air for sure around here! Around this time, I think it is such a good idea to remind students of sharing the joy of their classmates. Teaching students to bask in the glory of others. Help stop the "me me me" and promote "helping others". I had this great idea the other night and I want to share. I was reading "Each Kindness" by Jacqueline Woodson a Coretta Scott King Award Honor winner.
The cover had me thinking of clovers and spring. The message in the book celebrates kindness in the classroom. I decided to create several different March writing prompts that would promote kindness among students in schools. I titled the idea, "A Wish for You", based on my favorite song "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts. Students need to write a 3-5 paragraph essay about a wish they wish upon a student in their school or a staff member. They should include whom they are writing letter to, why they are writing the letter, and why this person deserves a wish. Most importantly they must include the wish. Students can also share these in front of the class. Students should deliver to recipient on St. Patrick’s Day.
Also to continue RAKs in the classroom. I created a March themed activity. Students will write wishes for students or staff members. I will double check them and then the students can deliver them on St. Patrick's Day. EXCITED! Below you are some pictures of the activities. Click HERE or on the cover page. :)
I work Monday-Thursday in my current job. Then, on Fridays I usually sub at different schools around my district. A few weeks ago, I subbed for a 1st grade class. Now mind you, most of my experience is in the upper grades. Sometimes my daily comments just fly over the heads of first graders. During math, I added something wrong. A student corrected me and I said "JK". He looked at me with wondering eyes and said, "like LMNOP"? I started cracking up. How cute was that response? I said no sweet pea, "JK", means just kidding, I made a mistake. So with that said, I thought I would recommend.....
LMNOpeas Keith Baker
This ABC book describes "peas", or people's different hobbies. I like reading this book to inspire poetry writing. We discuss different words that start with each other. Sometimes we focus on only nouns, verbs, or adjectives. It can also be used as a read aloud and building brain activity. C- I'm a creator. :)
Just in case you forgot, St. Patrick's day is less than 2 weeks away! Find the green in your closet and start practicing your jig. One of my favorite books to read during the St. Patty's madness is The Night Before St. Patrick's Day! It is simple and cute and illustrates what Americans do to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I use this in my classroom during writing to inspire students to share about what they do on this holiday.
Have a happy day! What are some of your favorite MARCH books?