|Please send feedback to Susan and Pattie.
Dear Pattie and Susan:
Marci McGowan, Grade 1, Spring Lake, NJ
My First Graders are enjoying participating in this program. Thank you for making us
aware of this. The students are having fun listening to the books and drawing pictures
about the stories. They really enjoyed Mrs. Shoesmith taking digital movie of them in
their little groups. They shared what the books were about.
We loved participating in the project and appreciated your expediency in uploading the
whole thing to the Internet. We would like to participate again sometime.
Dear Pattie and Susan,
Mrs. Briggs and the Frosty Readers 2001 Project Assessment
Our class read two stories for this project. These books were Snow Dance, by Lezlie Evans and A Little Bit of Winter, by Paul Stewart. On two separate occasions these winter theme books were read to the class. We then had several group discussions about the stories.
Reading these books and discussing them, plus working on the activities related to the stories, provided an integrated learning experience for this first grade class. They explored opportunities to incorporate literature, creative story writing, poetry, and illustrations using a personal and meaningful experience. The class worked cooperatively in small groups brainstorming ideas and choosing activities they felt were appropriate. By evoking ideas, the students were able to build vocabulary, share views, learn cooperation, discuss feelings, and show their creativity in the drawings, poems, and creative writing. They decided on three activities write a poem, draw a picture about the story, or write about their favorite part.
Each student chose one activity to complete. These were then scanned, saved as .jpg files and subsequently added to the district web site. The teacher chose two samples from each of the three activities, one for each story, to submit to the Frosty Readers 2001 project site.
We thought this was an incredibly meaningful project. Working with the students, we could see their enthusiasm while creating their masterpieces! The fact that they were able to share them with the Internet community and see other students work, provided both closure and the expanding realization of the vastness and meaning of their ideas.
Dear Patty and Susan,