Wow! Mill Valley did such a fantastic job of tying my visit directly into the curriculum needs of the school, I just have to talk about it. The halls of the building were lined with artwork and kids’ poetry generated in response to my books, which means when I arrived, kids were armed with questions so far beyond “what kind of car do you drive.”
Here are just a few that I remember off the top of my head:
Kindergarten teachers used my poem “I am to be” and had kids write on their own in response using this formula…Each student completed the sentence, “I am ______ with three facts about themselves and then they finished off with “I am not done, I am ____, where the kids speculated on who/what they will become. These single word responses written with their tightly gripped pencils were precious. Three other afternoon kindergarten students read their poems aloud during the assembly.
Second grade teachers used my poem “Soccer is the greatest fun” for a model to write “Second Grade is the greatest fun” as a group poem and then kids wrote individually, choosing a topic. Turns out football, gymnastics, biking and pizza are also the greatest fun. Writers used specific language to detail exactly why. Way cool.
There were other many other creative lesson plans in at Mill Valley (a K-4 building), I just didn’t write them down, reminding me ONCE AGAIN, I need to keep a notebook with me at all times. Maybe a couple other teachers can write here to explain their lesson ideas.
What a great day!