We read the story
Rebecca, Winter Is Here, by Jean Craighead George. It is
a lovely story in which a grandmother sends her granddaughter,
Rebecca, a simple, poetic letter about the change of the seasons.
After reading the story to the
class I focused on one page as a jump off point for our Kidspiration
organizer. I read the following page to the class:
“Winter is here,” we say. It is here, but you can’t touch it or
snacks. You can’t read it a book or make it do anything. But it
do all sorts of things.
Following this passage we began a
list of all the things that grandmother wrote winter. Next, we
organize the list into three categories; people, animals, and
nature and created our Kidspiration organizer.
The ending of the story is the
perfect jump off for a spring story.
The next thing you
know, I’ll be writing: Dear Rebecca, summer is here.
We decided to use the information
from our organizer to write a letter to Rebecca about the coming of
Spring is here! The streams will begin to flow. Rain will
fall and the flowers will come alive and bloom.
animals will wake up after their long winter nap. Birds will come
back to the north and begin to build nests for their babies. Bees
will buzz around new spring flowers. The frogs and turtles will come
out of the warm mud and lay their eggs.
fireplace is cleaned and we will open the windows and let the fresh
air in. We will put on our spring coat and jump in mud puddles
instead of snow piles. As the days grow longer, the snow angels
will melt and snowball fights will turn into baseball games and the
next thing you know, I’ll be writing:
Rebecca, summer is here
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