Hello world!

This is my very first blog post. How exciting! I am new to the whole blogging experience, but I am very intrigued by it. I have followed many teaching blogs since I started teaching. I have always wanted to create my own, but never knew where to start and couldn’t find the time to get the jumpstart. Being that my students and I are on Spring Break and it is coming to an end, I figured now would be the perfect time.

I decided to share the experience my students just had reading an amazing novel. We spent a month focusing on it and we finished it right before going on spring break. I truly recommend this novel to everyone, including adults. My students were having a difficult time reading novels. By difficult I do not mean that they could not read them, but instead did not seem to enjoy them. As a bookworm, I am always trying to convince other people to read. I remember reading a beautiful story a few years back and always thinking this would be a great story to share with my students. That is when I introduced my students to The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a story about a china rabbit doll that learns to love more than just himself. His journey is both funny and heartwarming. However, like most books, the ending is the best and left my students wanting more.

Throughout the course of our novel study, my students engaged in numerous actives. Most of the activities I found were not my original ideas. I have to admit I got most of my ideas from Pinterest.  (What did teachers do before the internet?) However, one activity that was my own idea and that my students really responded to and enjoyed was taking home our own “Edward Tulane dolls” and writing their own journeys with them. I searched everywhere for Edward Tulane dolls, but I could not find anything that was reasonably priced. I came across these two rabbit dolls on eBay that portrayed the character perfectly.

FullSizeRender

In the story, Edward gets separated from his original owner and gets renamed with each new owner he encounters. He even gets dressed as a girl! So imagine how thrilled I was finding these two! When we concluded with the novel we spent some time doing after novel activities, such as:

1) Writing alternate endings to the story- As great as the novel was, my students got so involved in the story that they had so many unanswered questions. This gave them the opportunity to get creative and have their unanswered questions fulfilled.

2) Writing Letter to the Author – Students drafted letters to the author Kate DiCamillo asking her questions about the story and explaining what their favorite parts in the book were. Once the students come back from spring break, they will be finalizing their letters and sending them to her. (Fingers crossed we get some responses!)

3) Talk Show Skit –  This was definitely a class favorite! Students worked in groups to act out a talk show skit. One student acted as the talk show host, while the others acted as characters from the book. It was amazing to see how creative they got with the questions and responses.

Well… I guess that is all for my first post. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for me! 🙂

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Hello world!

  1. Welcome to the blogging world! I just started too. You may want to check out #AprilBlogADay on Twitter. I have been looking for a novel to do with my students so I’ll definitely check check out Miraculous Journey… It sounds like a wonderful story. What age group do you work with? How would you describe the reading level of this book? Thanks for sharing your experience with this book!

    Like

    • Thanks for the suggestion! The book is a guided reading level U, but it for grade levels 3-5. The vocabulary is a little difficult for third grade so we did a lot of word work with it. I was actually surprised when my students remembered the words and told me they saw some on the PARCC. Once you get passed the vocabulary, the kids are able to read it independently. There so many things you can do with this book. If you don’t do it as a novel study, you may even want to just do it as a read aloud. The next novel we are doing is The Chocolate Touch. Let me know how it turns out!

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s