Mrs. Teel's second graders read Snow
on Snow on Snow by Cheryl Chapman. It didn't take the
students long to pick up on the repetition and they enjoyed reading
along with us. We wanted to write our own story about a day in
the sun. First, we brainstormed ideas for things we might do
in the sun. We reread the story several times to get a sense
of how the author used the repeating words and phrases. Then
students eagerly got to work writing their own version of Sun on
Sun on Sun.
After reading the ideas
generated by the students, we compiled a list of things we might do
on our day in the sun. Then together we wrote our class
story. Each student took a sentence, typed it and illustrated
it. A printed copy of the book will go in our classroom
library. We also donated a copy of our book to the school's
Sun on Sun on Sun
Once upon a summer's
day I woke up under sheets, under sheets, under sheets. I went
to the kitchen and ate pancakes on top of pancakes on top of
Momma said she had a
surprise for me, but first I had to clean up so I brushed, and I
washed and I rinsed.
She told me to put on
my bathing suit because we were going to the beach, to the beach, to
the beach! So we drove for miles and miles and miles in our
big, white minivan.
We jumped out of the
car, ran into the water, and swam, and swam, and swam. Suddenly, I
felt something bump my leg.
"A shark" I
Then I heard a giggle
and realized it was just my friend. "Let's go back to
shore and build a sandcastle. So we built sandcastles, and
sandcastles and more sandcastles.
Momma brought us some
shells to use for the doors, the windows and the stairs.
We got hungry so
Momma gave us sandwiches and cups of tea after tea after tea.
The sun was setting
over the water, so we got in our big, white minivan to go
home. My eyes got heavy and I fell asleep. I dreamed of
my wonderful day in the sun, in the sun, in the sun.
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