All In the “Time”-ing at Claire Lilienthal

This fall’s young writers at Claire Lilienthal Elementary explored time – time personified, the passage of time, time machines, “time” idioms and much more. We had a wonderful time with a large group of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Here are some of their writing projects (many of these pieces are early drafts that were later revised for our final reading this past week). Click on each picture to see the work in his/her own writing!

After reading an excerpt from a short story by Ursula Willis Jones: “The Time Sweepers“, students created their own time sweeper stories.

We explored idioms (time idioms were a highlight) & personification. Continue reading

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Why Not Write Wednesday? Hannukah

Every Wednesday our creative writing prompt challenges you to pick up your pen and indulge your author self! 

Today’s prompt is about Hannukah – There are eight candles (9 including the center candle, called the shamash) on the menorah.  In the spirit of the season of giving, come up with nine wishes or hopes you have for your family, your school and your world.

 

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Why Not Write Wednesday? Special Gift

Every Wednesday our creative writing prompt challenges you to pick up your pen and indulge your author self! 

Today’s prompt is about holiday gifts – If you could wish for one special gift what would it be?  Don’t limit yourself to just a new toy, maybe there is something really special you might like.  For instance, you could wish for more time to play, or extra time to snuggle, or for a special outing with a friend.  Tell us why you want the gift, who it is for (it doesn’t have to be for you) and how you might thank the person who gave it to you.

 

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You Read it Here First! Next Chapter Club: Frozen in Time

In this writing activity, we asked members of our Next Chapter Club to use personalization to create a clock character who decides that he’s/she’s tired of keeping time.  Below is a unique story written by Charlotte:

“I moaned with agony as the kindergardeners shrieked.
I could not stand these children. Always screaming, and their teacher would just put in ear plugs and sip her coffee.
No one ever thought of me. I mean, I’m just a clock fairy. You know, the little creature that makes the hands spin on clocks? But they thought I was the clock. Nothing more. And people tend not to care about the hearing of inanimate objects.

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Why Not Write Wednesday? It’s Raining

Every Wednesday our creative writing prompt challenges you to pick up your pen and indulge your author self! 

Today’s prompt is about stormy weather – Do you know this poem?  “It’s raining; it’s pouring.  The old man is snoring.  He went to bed and bumped his head and he wouldn’t get up in the morning.”  What do you think happens next?  How did the old man bump his head?  Who is trying to wake him up?  Is it the old man’s job to make the rain stop?

 

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WRITE OUT LOUD! at Chabot Elementary

Chabot 11-5-14 at 2.57 PMWe started a new program for 3rd-5th graders at Chabot Elementary this fall: WRITE OUT LOUD!, a songwriting class led by two veteran teachers, Annah Wilson & Joseph Shumake.

The students worked both independently and collaboratively to write lyrics, work out rhythms, create bridges and make music. We think the videos speak for themselves (check them out: a looping exercise & testing out lyrics). Continue reading

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Odes to Food & More from our Young Writers at Sunset Elementary

SUNSET Fall 2014 TMWFIThis fall the 3rd-5th grade students at Sunset Elementary focused their creativity on food writing. Using all of their senses to write similes and metaphors, to personify food, making them characters in exploring their worlds and going on adventures; they’ve written odes to the food they like best, and even recipes of themselves.

 

From “Odes to Food”

Ode to Melons

In Summertime melons roam the streets of the city. Honey Dew Melon is as sweet as candy. Continue reading

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Why Not Write Wednesday? Thanksgiving

Every Wednesday our creative writing prompt challenges you to pick up your pen and indulge your author self! 

Today’s prompt has a theme you may have guessed – Thanksgiving: As you prepare to celebrate tomorrow, what are you thankful for? Write a little poem about the things you are thankful for in your life. Are you thankful for people who love you and friends to play with? Are you thankful for soccer or pumpkin pie or good books to read? Share your poem with your friends and family.

 

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Why Not Write Wednesday? Buried Treasure

Every Wednesday our creative writing prompt challenges you to pick up your pen and indulge your author self! 

Today’s prompt is about buried treasure: Imagine you are playing in the park and spot something shiny in the bushes. You take a stick and dig around the object and pull out a shiny golden ring. Whose ring is it? Where is it from? How old is it? What do you do next?

 

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Madera Elementary’s Recipe Writers

Madera Elementary’s 3rd-5th graders have been writing about “Secrets” this fall. They created secret identities, codes, mysteries…who knows if they will share the rest! ;)

 

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Kevin Zachary Liliana Mihn Xuan Emma Sidney & Anna hard at work!

Click on each photo to read some of their creations from a day working on secret recipes & free writing (in their own script): Continue reading

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