When I read the Launching Strategy: History of a Name from Aimee Buckner, it reminded me of a strategy one of my professors demonstrated last semester at Stockton to get students thinking and writing about themselves. She had us make a list of words and phrases that described who we are and where we come from. We then turned those lists into poems. The poems were really special and it was a pleasure to write and share them in our class.
I decided to try this exercise with my third graders. Our first step was to spend some time reviewing the “All About Me!” graphic organizer that we created in December. From this, we made a list of people, places, things, and events that are really important parts of who we are. Next, I modeled how to turn my list into a poem and then students worked on creating their own. I was ecstatic with the results! They were so good, that I decided to turn them into Mother’s Day gifts using Voicethread. I hope our Mom’s love their virtual gifts!
~ Jenna Wyks, 3rd Grade, Smithville