Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Exploits of a Very Hungry Caterpillar

photo credit:  google search for the very hungry caterpillar

Eric Carle's very famous, very hungry caterpillar was my teaching companion today.  'My' Year 6 class have been exploring the use of adjectives along with interesting verbs and adverbs to make writing more interesting.  I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar, so I decided he could help my students really get a handle on how these words can be used to add detail and interest to writing.  I made a PowerPoint of Eric Carle's story and then together we worked through the text and added description and detail.  The kids did SUCH a great job. I was torn between wanting to keep going with the editing and needing to get them writing for themselves!!!!

Our version is nearly finished - we'll do some more on Friday.  The writing the kids did was to rewrite the story (all or part) from the caterpillar's point of view, and to make the piece as descriptive as they were able.  So far their work looks fantastic - I can't wait to see how they finish up with it!

Meanwhile, I had a small group of students working on producing illustrated stories for the Prep's, as their writing was already of a really high standard.  I can't wait to see their finished product as well.  I know the Prep's will love having some new stories to read - especially when they know that the Year 6's have written stories just for them!

I truly am going to be quite sad to leave this classroom and go back to my 'regular' job.  I've so enjoyed teaching over the last three weeks.  It's such a long time until my next teaching rounds - a whole six months!!

I can't wait to see my own students though.  


Left-Handed Housewife said...

You sound like such a wonderful teacher, Tracy! It's been a treat to "watch" you in the classroom. I can't wait until you get your own students, either.


Tracy said...

Thank you for your confidence Frances :)