Bissonet Plaza Elementary Residency Day 3 – Monday, December 10, 2012

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On Monday, my first class was Ms. Duhe’s first grade class. I was right in the middle of telling my story, Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear, When the fire alarm went off. We all had to evacuate the classroom. Fortunately, it was only a drill so we were all able to return to the classroom. On our way back to the classroom, one of the students asked, “Are you going to continue the story, Ms. Dianne?” I love the power story! Unfortunately, I didn’t have the full amount of time for the project. So, the students worked on their Dinosaur Mardi Gras masks but didn’t get to complete them before I left the classroom.




My next class was miss Mcclouds fifth-grade class. Ms. McLeod loved the story of The Little “Read” Hen! Using my book, I taught the students the steps of writing from start to finish, including brainstorming, researching, drafting, outlining, editing, and proofing. Afterwards, the students created a group story using story prompts I gave them, which included two animal characters and the situation. They were so excited working on their stories. Ms. McLeod said that this was the best lesson I had ever given to her students!




One of the little girls in her class, Krista, had a cast on. I got to sign her cast. 🙂




After lunch, I returned to Ms. McLeod’s classroom. This time, I had a different group of students. Again I use my book, The Little “Read” Hen, And Totton the stages of writing. The students worked on their stories and came up with some fantastic story ideas. One group of students received a mosquito and a flamingo. The situation was “ate a bowl of habanero chiles.” They came up with the story of an invasion of the Marsquitoes. The flamingo had super powers and was named Flame-mingo and got his powers from the habaneros. So wonderful!




My final class was Ms. Vizzini’s second grade class. The students loved hearing the story of Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear and Dinosaur Mardi Gras. They were working so quietly on their masks that I was able to show them my new iPad app, “Rockin’ Three Billy Goats.” Great job, Ms. Vizzini’s class!




It was another fabulous day at Bissonnet!


Until next time…


Warmly, Dianne