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What Pet Should I Get?

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, my first graders created mini books in The Book Creator app on iPads.  I read aloud a Dr. Seuss book published in 2015 called “What Pet Should I Get?”  In this book a brother and sister consider many different pets at a pet store such as a dog, cat, rabbit, bird and fish along with some fictional pets including a Yent.  The brother makes a point in the story as more and more choices present themselves concerning what pet they should get:  “Oh, boy! It is something to make a mind up!” We considered the process that people go through when selecting a pet such as determining if they have space, have time to care for it, have money to buy food and pay the vet who will care for it and have affection to love on it.

I asked my students to celebrate Dr. Seuss by creating a book to describe which pet that they would choose, reasons why they would choose it, a picture of the pet and if possible, a voice recording of them as they gave their opinion on their pet wish.  I only see them for 45 minutes every eight school days in the Technology Lab.  In the past they had created books on Outer Space in Book Creator and were familiar with how to do it.  I like how Book Creator app gives kids multiple ways to represent ideas with text, various fonts, sizes and colors of text, colors to draw and voice recording ability.  You can also add photos and videos but time didn’t allow for that today!

As kids create their individual books, you can hear them as they give each other tips on how to make the letters capital on the iPad or how to adjust the color.  I noticed one student who went above and beyond to help a friend discover how to spell the words for his title by bringing the friend to my book to show him and pointed to each word.  These two writers stuck together like peanut butter and jelly for the rest of the class as they consulted each other on what would be typed and drawn next.  Even though the books were not created with multiple authors on one book, I love how the children sit close and lean into each other to see mentors all around them as they work.  The final step was to share their books with a friend so that the digital book authors could be celebrated!

Here are some of the moments that I captured as they enthusiastically created:


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My Many Colored Days

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This is Day 4 of the Slice of Life Challenge given to me by twowritingteachers.wordpress.com.  During this month long challenge for me as a teacher to write a blog post everyday, I am finding writing inspiration from a variety of moments during my day.

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day, one of our staff members dressed up as the Cat and the Hat on Monday, March 3, which is her annual celebration.  She visited the classes in the school and embodied a cherished book character.   She read aloud “The Cat in the Hat Came Back” to the students who hung on every word!  I found her at the end of the day as she was preparing for her afternoon duty and asked if she would pose for a picture with me.

One of my favorite books by Dr. Seuss is “My Many Colored Days” which is written as a poem.  I shared with my third graders some samples of poetry inspired by colors from the WritingFix website at www.writing fix.com.  This lesson from WritingFix is based on students having read or heard “My Many Colored Days”.  I find inspiration on all things involving writing for students at this site and highly recommend that teachers of K-8 students check out the website which is a part of the Northern Nevada Writing Project.

I showed my students several poems from a specific page at the WritingFix site at  http://www.writingfix.com/Picture_Book_Prompts/ManyColoredDays3.htm.  The published students had written their poems based on the format of Dr. Seuss’ book “My Many Colored Days” and had focused on strengthening word choice and having strong idea development.  (The site has rubrics for students to use with peers to revise their poems.)  With this first week of March being Read Across America week and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, it seemed like a great day to have a go at writing our own poems using colors to describe our moods on days that we’ve lived.  I modified a prewriting planning organizer at the WritingFix site including a place for students to name their color, the emotion associated with that color, an object that will become a simile to describe the mood, an action for the object and setting  to show where they would experience the emotion. I wrote my own poem about “My Many Colored Days”.  My students came up with amazing similes and descriptions about various days that they’ve had.  They began posting their poems to their blogs too.  Here’s my poem to describe the days of my lives:

My Many Colored Days

by Lisa Maples

On my blue days
I am queasy like a child on a nonstop merry-go-round
On my orange days
I am zealous, see sunsets and revel in the majesty
On my burnt red days
I am crunchy like a fall leaf and feel like breaking apart
On my green days
I sit quietly, a grasshopper observing
On my cherry red days
I am adventurous and paint my nails OPI’s Cha Ching Cherry
On my lime green days
I cool off and let go, looking ahead
On my yellow days
I soak up sun, warming the dampness, basking in each ray
On my purple days
I am innovative, bursting forth with ideas like ripe grapes
On my magenta days
I am confident, center stage, singing a new song
On my white days
I see possibilities, a new direction
On my black days
I rest and give myself space, a cat doing her own thing
On my brown days
I calm down and hang out like a momma sloth from a branch
On my golden days
I give hugs like a bear, not wanting to let go
On my light blue days
I let myself wonder and notice, wriggling my toes in the sand at the beach
What colors could you use to describe your many colored days?