Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The Big Idea
This got me thinking about when I taught elementary and some of my favorite read-alouds. As I searched around the house trying to see if I had kept any, other favorites popped into my head.
My favorite alphabet book - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
My favorite to teach that numbers have value (using unit blocks) - Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
My favorite introduction to poetry - Silver Seeds by Paul Paolilli
My favorite Halloween read aloud - Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
My favorite Friday activities - doing the Tooty Ta, giving high fives, playing Peanut Butter Jelly Time
Ah, we had so much fun!
One thing that has always stuck with me was reading Frindle by Andrew Clements. When it clicks for Nick what Mrs. Granger means when she says we make the words. I think about how that gave him an idea that not only changed him, but the school and Mrs. Granger too. And even though I know it's a story - I want it to be true. I want to know that I said something once to a student and it changed their lives and those they touch. Inspiration. I want to be it.
I'm joining the Slice of Life March Challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers. I'm late to the game but I'm staying until the end. #slice2013