Harry Wong
Dec 2017
Vol 14 No 4

Ending the Year with Special Stories

By Heidi Samuelson

writing from “The Swamp,” which is our classroom’s nickname, and the students its resident “frogs.”

I can’t believe the end of the year is coming so quickly!  It seems like I just got started with my darlings and now I have to let them go…I have so much more to teach them!

To help my little friends remember each other with fondness, and to boost egos before heading to the second grade, I have the kids spend the last 18 or 20 days of school writing a story a day for one of their classmates.

We spend about 5 minutes making a thinking map on the “Frog [student] of the Day.”  (It’s a great way to review the different maps and graphic organizers we’ve used throughout the year.)  Then they spend some of their skill work time for the day writing and illustrating a story about the student who is the Frog of the Day.

I compile and bind all the stories together in a 3 prong folder that I purchased at the beginning of the year when they were on sale.  The Frog of the Day spends time drawing a self portrait and writing about what they liked best about being in The Swamp for the front cover and dedication page of their book.

Drop by my blog for more great ideas!  I’m looking forward to sharing with you!



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