Friday, November 25, 2016

First Grade Stories: "If I Were an Explorer..."

We're published! After learning all about the who, what, where, when, why and hows of real world explorers, each Navigator came up with their own imaginative explorer and expedition. The creative juices were flowing as they told their own story, often incorporating the people, reasons and ideas from our recent studies. 
Illustration stage
Before we began, we looked at recent books we have read (Pedro's Journal, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and even Are You My Mother?) to get an idea how to write an engaging story. We saw how each story had an introduction, a set of problems (which we call the "oh, ohs") and a resolution. 

Here are some pages from our finished and published books!
(At the end of this blog you'll find a list of reasons why having a public place to share our work is so important.)

Part 1: Introduction

Either before we write or after we write, we give our story a title:

Introduction: Who are you?

Introduction: Where are you going/the setting?

Introduction: Why do you want to explore?

Introduction: Who are your crew mates?

Introduction: What are you bringing with you?

Introduction: How are you going to get there? 
(Stay tuned for later blog featuring our life-sized Exploration Contraptions!)

Part 2 The Problem/the "oh, ohs"
This is where the students' "voices" really stood out.

Part 3: The Resolution and Ending

The problem has not been resolved yet in this one. Stay tuned for book 2! 

All revised and illustrated and ready to share with others:

Reading to our friends 

Reading to the fifth grade Alchemists

Reading to Ms Wollum:

As you can tell by their faces, the students are pleased with their books. They worked hard through all the stages of Writer's Workshop--pre-writing, drafting, editing, typing and revising and finally publishing.

The Importance of Publishing

Having the opportunity to have others read our finished work:
  • gives students an authentic purpose for writing
  • gives them the message that they are real writers and have important things to say
  • builds self-confidence
  • dramatically impacts student literacy achievement
  • motivates and excites students
  • creates life-long readers and writers
  • and more! 

Thanks for reading these excerpts from our books!
The Navigators

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Seabury Style

One of our favorite traditions at Seabury is our 
Thanksgiving eclectic feast, or more commonly known as 
the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving feast.

This year each student and faculty member wrote one item they were thankful for on each day of the month of November.

Each class makes a unique contribution to the potluck. 
This year the Navigators brined and roasted a turkey!

The smells were heavenly all day.
Finally, voila, our turkey! 

The Gemstones are known for their unique turkeys.

The older kids help the younger kids. 

The upper and middles schools all gather together 
and share what we are thankful for. 

What a great school family to be part of. I personally am so thankful to be part of such an amazing, passionate, fun loving, 
good hearted, hardworking, gifted, diverse group of people. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Halloween: Dress Up + A Parade + STEM = Happy Kids, Dogs and Teachers

Mrs. Towne and Mrs. Maitlen love to teach
 and love each other  and it shows on Halloween,
 even when one is a Viking and the other is a pirate!