Hi again! Happy Wednesday!
Today Mr. Peacock helped our students let their imaginations run wild with a "Create a Character" activity. Each student had an opportunity to choose a picture that featured a person they thought they could write about. They gathered their thoughts first and then wrote a paragraph that described their character. They had to give their character a respecful name, describe what they were doing or seeing, and then expand on those ideas in a paragraph.
For homework tonight, we're aksing our students to practice this skill. Each student was given a copy of one of Mr. Peacock's photos. They are to choose one of the people in the photo to write about. Their paragraph should be written from that person's point of view (either the older man or the toddler). They should write in third person.
I've included the photo below just in case your student loses their copy between school and home.
Today, Mr. Peacock worked with our students to help them build a paragraph based on their writing worksheet from yesterday. For homework tonight, we are asking that students annotate their rough drafts and then rewrite them.
Annotating is not editing. When students annotate their paragraphs, they should respond to what they have written. Maybe the overused a word or phrase or they want to change the order of their paragraph; they should make those notes directly on their draft from last night. I've included an example below to help.
Good Afternoon 4th Grade Parents!
Today our writer-in-residence, Mr. Tony Peacock, let our students daydream to the melodies of four different types of classical music. Each student chose one place to write about in class.
For tonight's homework, your student has chosen a second place to write about. Our emphasis tonight is on writing a paragraph (or two) describing the place they daydreamed about.
Here is a great example of a paragraph:
I was standing on a hill in the mountains on a crisp spring day. The wind rushed around my body, almost as if was trying to push me down the hill. Instead of resisting, I let the wind push my body forward and I began to roll down the hill. The grass tickled my face as I rolled through it on my way to the bottom of the hill. As I reached the bottom of the hill, I lay there staring at the large, fluffy clouds. My eyes were overwhelmed with the beauty of nature!
Parents, please check over your student's homework to ensure that they do not write in the margins of their paper. Each paragraph should have 3-5 sentences. The minimum for this assignment is one paragraph and the maximum is 3 paragraphs. Handwriting for this assignment should be legible and neat.
Our writer-in-residence, Mr. Tony Peacock, will be here with our 4th graders next week! As such, we will not have spelling words next week. Instead, we are asking that each student spend 20-30 minutes each night working on a short writing activity. We will update the blog each night to let you know what the homework is. Happy Writing!