10/24/2012 - It's Elementary
Each week, I work with Nan Wilkinson’s 5th & 6th grade class at Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center – Phoenix, AZ

Donny & Donald
I had a great time with the kids today after a two week break. I really missed them!

I asked if anyone thought they could tell, "Stealing Smells", the first story I told ten weeks ago on the first day. Donny said he could, and he did a great job! He got all the names right, and even said that when Rochel handed over her purse to the Rabbi that, "Her face turned white!" I was like a proud papa!

Forgot to say this in the morning when I wrote this blog - added it at 8:30 pm
I showed the class that one could use the same story, but set it in a different time and place, give the characters different names and re-craft the story for a different purpose. As they are studying colonial times, we set the story in Jamestown. The Baker was Amos, the girl was Remember, and the decision maker was the Governor. We told the story with this new slant, and did it as a group. It was a great exercise and we had a lot of fun.

Then, I took a page from Donald Davis. I had them take a piece of paper and make a list of different PLACES in their life. Next they made a list of different PEOPLE in their life. I had them pair up and take a few minutes to describe one of the places to their partner. The partner then asked one question about the place that they wanted to know. They reversed the process, and then gave each other appreciations about how they told.

Their assignment for next week: Choose one place and one person from their list, then identify one problem that happened in that place, with that person. They need to eleaborate on the problem and the progress (what happened).

I can't wait till next week to see what they came up with.

©Mark Goldman 2012

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