Podcasting is a lot of fun but we had some fifth graders who were absent so I am filling in for them. Also, we just ran out of time so Graciela did not get to record her thoughts to Mimi. I wil do that for her. s absent.
Hello class! I missed you this week! I know you have been busy working on your "Favorite Places" stories. I can't wait to read them!
I have been busy podcasting with the fifth graders at J.H House Elementary School. Their teacher's name is Mrs. Meeler and her blog is called Blog Write. Links to the student blogs can be found on her class blog.
I am putting the final touches on their podcasts. Guess what! They have special messages for all of you! I will post them as soon as I can get them all completed so check back!
It is a Saturday morning in a beautiful park in North Georgia. You can hear a variety of birds chirping. It sounds like a symphony. There is
a meadow of green grass that covers a hillside. It smells so fresh and clean.
All my grandkids are here for the family picnic. They are romping and rolling
in the grass. I hear peals of laughter that warm my heart. We all play games
by finding shapes in the rolling clouds high up in the sky. We look for
shapes in the clouds in the sky. John Michael sees a soldier, Jilaine a
princess, and Genesis thinks that is a real mouse high in the sky. It feels
good to have the warm, yellow sun shining down on our backs. The delicious
smell of the crunchy, fried chicken makes us ready to eat!. All the grandkids
want a leg! We all agree that there is
not a better way to spend a Saturday morning!
It's fun to take snapshots of favorite places. Did you know that you can take snapshots with writing? Your snapshots can evoke powerful images and make your writing really come alive. All you have to do is use your "senses" and write descriptive words about those "senses."
What did I see?
What did I hear
What did I taste or smell?
What did I feel or touch?
Brainstorm those questions that focus on the five senses. Jot descriptive phrases down for each one. Then you have all your impressions right in front of you. You are ready to write a colorful description.
Here are questions to keep in mind as you answer the questions. It is OK to get others to help you with this - parents, friends, teachers, and others! Good writers collaborate!
Were you specific about the place?
Did you tell where? (just generally since we are blogging)
Did you mention when? Was it daytime, nighttime, what year, what day, what hour? You don't have to answer all of these. Just keep the time in mind.
Did you name some sounds, noises, actions that took place?
Were you able to describe how things felt if you touched or felt things at your favorite place?
How about smell or taste? Many times we associate favorite places with certain aromas or tasty foods.
Did you use color in your descriptions?
Did you use connecting words so your ideas flowed and made sense? Words like between, beside, near, upstairs, under. over, and any other similar words?
My next post will be a story that I compose just for you!
I am so impressed with your problem-solving skills on So Many Comments, So Little Time. Your comments provided excellent suggestions and showed that you were really "putting your shoulder to the wheel." Yep, that's another idiom. Anyone know the meaning?
I think I am going to post some writing/posting possibilities. We may or may not have time to follow them up but it will be fun to get your reactions. I am very much looking forward to seeing each and every one of you this Thursday!