I have a funny feeling the kids are going to want to talk about the earthquake tomorrow! I'm thinking perhaps I should try to find a way to make it work for me!
I think it might be a good opportunity to share some Informational Texts! I might be able to round up a few of the books I've found on Amazon. (I really like the looks of the the Let's Read and Find Out Science book above!) I also know I have the Magic Tree House book (Earthquake in the Early Morning) and luckily, I don't have a chapter book going right now!
I also think this is a great opportunity to work on writing narratives, specifically, this Common Core Standard: W.2.3. Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, including details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order and provide a sense of closure.
|Click image to download graphic organizer.|
Here's my plan:
- After talking about their experiences, I will model using the graphic organizer to record the main events of my own experience.
- Then I will model how to use the graphic organizer to guide the retelling of my experience in an organized fashion. As I tell my story, I will make it clear how I was feeling during the experience, as I know the brain connects to feelings.
- I will have the children fill in a word or two (or a picture) for the graphic organizer, indicating the order of events for their experience.
- Children will share, using the organizer as a guide, with 2 or 3 different partners.
- After retelling their stories a few times, the children are now ready to sit down and write their recount of the earthquake.
I'll be sure to mention my cat, Mia. As most children, they love animals, and always enjoy hearing about my fuzzy cat, Mia. She stayed in hiding for a couple of hours after the earthquake! I think I'll make that my closure... that will leave an impression on them!