This post is long overdue! You know how life is; it gets in the way sometimes. Anyways, I had the opportunity to attend the NWP annual conference last November in Orlando, FL. My writing project buddies and I had a great time attending sessions, but one session stood out the most to us. This session was on a Saturday and I know Saturdays aren’t a day that you want to go to a session. We decided to go anyways.
Upon entering the room, there were tables of all kinds of different projects to choose from. I chose the musical sock puppet project, one of my friends chose the brush bot project, and my other friend chose the mood light project. We really had no clue of what to expect. After introductions we were instructed to make our project with our leader teaching us a long the way. We were to create our project in one hour. After making our projects, we were to create an “on-line” version of how to make our project on paper. This was challenging in its self. As a group we had to design how we wanted our “on-line” project page to look and what were the essentials to add to our site. This also took an hour. Once we finished our “on-line” website, all of the groups posted their “sites” on the walls of the room. We then got to go around the room and make comments on sticky notes for each of the different websites. Even though we were there for 4 hours; it didn’t seem like it. I truly enjoyed this session. I got to make a sock puppet that sings along with incorporating writing and gaining a camaraderie with others.
I plan to incorporate this type of how-to-article with my students. My plan is to teach my students how to make the sock puppets and then my students will teach one of the third grade classes at my school how to make the puppet. The 3rd grade teacher and I will come up with a way that the students can incorporate writing, whether we do the on-line site or create a script for a play. I can’t wait to do this project with my kids!