Today the first graders had a little time to explore different things as the second graders enjoyed a sample Mandarin lesson with Fan.
I read a beautiful picture book called All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan. Afterwords, I showed them a page I had copied, and demonstrated how - by circling words or phases you liked and then blacking out the rest - you could make a type of poem.
While only a few children attempted to do this with a different page of text, the children who did found it quite enjoyable. Here is what Niccolo was able to do - which, I have to admit, made my paltry attempt pale in comparison.
Here is what Niccolo started with:
Here is the finished poem:
to eat fruit.
I see the sun rise on one side.