Friday, May 18, 2012

LOVE this project!



Once upon a time on my previous blog I wrote the post below. I've received many emails requesting I make the file available in my store. While it was my intent to do so long ago, I FINALLY got around to doing so.  I love, love, love this project.  Last year my kids wrote, "Diary of a Crayfish" in science.  This set includes covers, about the author pages, and writing/illustrating pages for your students to use as a reader response activity with Charlotte's Web.  I'm happy to do custom listings if you have a specific "diary" in mind.  Just shoot me an email: littlestlearners @ gmail dot com.



Have you read the Diary of a _____ books by Doreen Cronin?  So much fun.

There are diaries for a worm, a fly and a spider.  Each is more awesome than the last.  T
hey are written in the form of a diary, are witty and have fun illustrations and quick one-liners.  

I love them.  Kids always love them.

One of them mentions that a worms head looks just like it's butt.  What kid isn't going to love that?

A few years back, I happened to be reading Charlotte's Web to the class as my chapter book read aloud and broke these fun titles out during our writing block as a model of organization and voice from six traits.
Ever have one of those light bulb moments?  You know, the kind where you scrap your plans and go with something way better that "just came to you?"

That's when "The Diary of a Pig" was born.  We used Cronin's books as a model/inspiration and composed our own version based on the events in Charlotte's Web.
We discussed 1st person vs 3rd person.

We talked about style.  We chatted about the important parts that would be important to include. Not only is it fun and creative, but it is a fabulous way to check a child's level of comprehension on a text.

After reading a chapter (or chapters in some cases), I asked the class to compose a diary entry.

While the book doesn't specify dates, we used context clues to form a timeline and thus "date" our entries (Wilbur being a spring pig, Fern being in school, the crickets signaling summer, etc).
They were asked to include some words that they considered to be "key vocabulary."

The cover was designed to look like Cronin's.  We observed how each of her covers had a white background and each had a pencil as part of the illustration.  They needed to do the same.

After all of the books were completed, we made them available in the class library for a bit.  They took a lot of pride in this activity.

You could easily do this with other books as well.

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6 comments:

  1. Soooo cute!! I have to tell you when I saw the icon of 'Diary of a Pig' in my google reader I was like "OMG They have another?!" hehe

    Blessings,

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog
    My TpT Store

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  2. I love those ah-ha moments when something comes to you! Such a cool idea!

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

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  3. I could spend all night reading your blog. I am an organization addict yet I feel like I am so disorganized. I am your newest follower and awarding you the One Lovely Blog award. Come by my blog and grab the details and follow me too please!
    Diane
    Enchanted Tales of Elementary School
    http://enchantedtalesofelementaryschool.blospot.com

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  4. So excited that you loaded this! I saw the old post on Pinterest and I took the idea for "Diary of a Mealworm" this year. Some of my kiddos had fantastic stories! Our insect unit is moving to 1st grade this year so I'll have to find something else to write about. :)

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  5. We're starting Charolette's Web next week!! THis is so perfect, thank you!!! :)

    Kimberly
    The Learning Tree

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  6. That is *such* a wonderful idea! Way to go! :)

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