Whew! This week was crazy! Besides it being World Read Aloud Day on Friday, we had TWO “it’s-too-cold-to-go-outside-today” days off of school! It was a nice refreshing mid-week break, but definitely made for a week where NO ONE knew what day it was. LOL
So…remember how last week I mentioned a super project that was sparked from another Peter H. Reynolds book we read? Well, I finally have enough of it up and photographed that I can share it!
Last week as one of our read aloud we enjoyed hearing The Word Collector. Basically, in the story, Jerome collects words that he hears and likes–short words, long words, funny words, nice words, you get the idea. Eventually he ends up have a GINORMOUS bag of words on little slips of paper that he drops and they get all spread around, then being shared with the rest of the world!
We decided that as super readers and word-lovers ourselves, we could also collect words! It really only took a quick mention of the idea for first grade readers and writers to be IN and start finding great words all over the place! We “officially” worked on it for one reading/writing time, but I know they literally could have done it all. day. long. I love how Sam and Jaxon, who were working together, said they collected pages and pages of words for 20 or 30 minutes but said, “I think we could do this for 20 or 30 more HOURS!”
Now, when something like this happens, I can’t ever decide if the best part is what happens in our room, or what happens when someone decides we should share the idea with other kids. In this case, it may have been both.
I went ahead and covered the door in blue paper, which was supposed to look like the cover of the book. See?
Then as a class (well our class and Ms. Turken’s kiddos, too), we decided what we might do to share our work with our school on our doors. We agreed that we should have a picture of Jerome, telling our Robinson friends about our inspiration and the word collecting we began to do.
We decided rock-paper-scissors would be the best way to decide who would create Jerome, and so after many, many games, Makhi, Wyatt and Isaac became our illustrators. They made a most-handsome version of Jerome, and also a word bubble that we added words to together.
One of the best things that happened as we talked about what our speech bubble should say, was when Hailey suggested we invite other Robinson friends to collect words WITH US!? I usually have an idea of what I think the words could say, but it’s generally up to kiddos to decide what they will say. Hailey had the great idea that we should invite the rest of Robinson to collect words WITH US, which I had not even considered.
On Friday we finally had time to get our lists and lists of collected words onto our slips and finish our Jerome and words. We still have to add the pocket that will house the slips, tape, and sharpie for other people to use, but it’s up and it’s FABULOUS! Don’t you agree? I LOVE LOVE LOVE that these kiddos are already learning to pay attention to how words sound and think about the power they have!
What words would you add to our display? Please leave your suggestions in the comments and we’ll put them up for you! Can’t wait to hear what you say and from how far away our words will come! So in addition to your words, please tell us where you live!
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Here are my suggestions… AMAZING… AWESOME… INCREDIBLE… INTELLIGENT! I love seeing my daughter’s name in your blog posts, and more than that, I love that you inspire her to think creatively AND you follow through with her suggestions and bring them to life. This is why she loves being in your class!! 🙂
Thank you for your comment and for your words! I’m SO glad you read our blog and that you support what happens in our room. I agree that it’s inspiring to see what kids and do and I LOVE IT! I will add your suggestions to our door very soon! 🙂 P.S. I love having Hailey in my class!
She just told me today that she doesn’t want to leave Mrs. Bearden’s class next year. So bittersweet to see them grow!