Welcome to our Authors and Artists blog! This is a web site for my "Budding Authors and Artists" (grades 1-3) and "Awesome Authors and Artists" (grades 3-6) to have a chance to showcase their work. Please feel free to leave any comments for these outstanding authors or their teacher!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Halloween Costume Draw Game!

The "Budding" Authors and Artists celebrated Halloween with a writing game.  First, they drew a picture of themselves in their Halloween costume.  Next, they wrote 4-5 sentences describing their costumes in clear detail.  On the second day, I pinned all of the pictures on the white board and read their descriptions to the class.  We had 100% correct guesses this year, which signified that the students wrote REALLY clearly and descriptively!  Here are a couple for you to enjoy:

The Emoji Face, by Kyler (1st grade)
     My costume has a small emoji face.  It also has cool black glasses.  I'll also be wearing orange pants.  My favorite part about my costume is the glasses because they are cool.  My costume is funny!

The Night of the Munchkin, by Colton (2nd grade)
     My costume has red, green, and orange colors.  It also has an orange wig with two bald spots.  I'll be wearing elf shoes that are black and curly.  My favorite part about my costume is my big lollipop in my hand.  My costume is very old!

The Monster Draw Game!

     This fabulous On-Demand Writing lesson is a favorite of my students year to year.   Here is how you play:

Step 1: Draw a monster or imaginative creature.  (We do this right before Halloween, so that is usually the theme that comes to mind.)

Step 2: Write a vivid description of your monster, organizing into paragraphs its different features and background scene.
Step 3: Trade descriptions with a partner, and without communicating, attempt to draw the other monster strictly from the descriptive writing.

     This game always results in some good laughs, as students learn the importance of including EVERY detail, and what happens when something important is left out.  This game is played in one class period, so students must work quickly, edit their work, and pace themselves.  Students then vote the following week on which monsters are practically twins!  Winners get blog honors, and here they are!

Sasha's Monster (5th grade)
     To start my monster, you should draw four water bottle-cap sized circles that are vertical.  The higher circle overlaps the one below by a little bit.

     The top circle has one medium eye exactly in the middle with one black pupil in the middle of the eye.  Below the eye there is a smiling red mouth that is slightly open.  On top, there is a blue bow which is medium sized.  The top circle is aqua green.

     The second circle (the one below it) is cerulean and has six violet polka dots in  it.  The dots are small.  Out of this circle there is an arm out of each side.  It is only a stick!  The arm on your right is holding an orange flower with four petals, a yellow middle, and a  green stem (no leaves.)

     The circle underneath has five horizontal stripes in a pattern: aqua, green, cerulean.

     The last ball is violet.  Out of this ball, two medium feet with a little line on the end come out.

     Under these feet there is a medium magenta heart and above the cerulean bow on top there is a medium yellow heart!

     After the second ball, but before the third one, on each side there are two little hearts that are salmon.

Sasha wrote so clearly, describing each little ball on this creature, that her partner Claire (4th grade) drew the twin!

Evelyn's Monster (3rd grade)

     My monster's body is a circle with pink fur and dark green polka-dots.  It has seven eyes: one on each wing, one on each shoe, and three on its face.  My monster has two arms that are pink.  It also has legs that are pink.  It also has a triangle shaped hat with a puff ball on the top that is pink.  Its face has three noses.  Its legs are pink, and the shoes are orange.  There are two yellow wings.  There are three mountains behind my creature.  The one in the middle and the one on the right both have ice on the top.  The one on the left side does not have any ice, but it also has a stream flowing down to the pond.  It has a gray moon on the left side.  My creature also has two big pumpkins and two small ones.  They go small, big, small, big.
This was Evelyn's first time every playing this game!  She wrote so clearly, that her very experienced partner Daniella (5th grade) drew this:

Ruby's Monster (5th grade)
     First, you have to turn your paper so that it's vertical.  Then, we will start on the face.

     Make a medium-sized circle.  Then, in the middle of it, draw an eyeball with a magenta pupil.  Then on the cheeks of this monster, there are three whiskers on each side.  Make sure the whiskers are light silver.  Then lightly color the face red.  On top of its head, it has three lines.  The left one and the right one are slanted, facing the sides of the page, but the one in the middle should stand still.  By the way, the lines are black.  There is no mouth or nose.

     Now moving on to the body.  The body is about four times larger than the head.  It is also a circle. My monster is like a snowman with two circles.  Then, in this circle, draw a swirly whirly, like a lollipop!  Make sure it's dark blue.  Now color the rest turquoise.  Now make two little circles for hands.  Make the hands slightly bigger than the holes on this paper.  Make them sky blue.  Now make five green ovals for feet on the bottom of the body.

     Last thing is the background.  The monster is on a white path, and on the side is green grass. 

     Can you draw my monster?
Ruby is an experienced pro at this game!  So is her partner Talya (5th grade).  Look at how close these two monsters are!

Congratulations to our Winners!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Noun Poems!

     The "Budding" class studied nouns.  They learned that a Noun is the name of a person, place, or thing.  A Proper Noun is a Special Noun, and it starts with a capital letter because it is so special and has such importance!  This simple project made studying nouns fun!  It is a simple fill-in-the-blank poem that the students loved filling out, and most of all, reading aloud!  They got pretty silly!  Enjoy!

Peterson's (2nd grade) Noun Poem

Violet's (2nd grade) Noun Poem

Backwards Animal Adventure Stories

     Our last assignment involving our amazing backwards animals came in the form of a creative style for the "Awesome" students.  The students story mapped a simple "Beginning/Middle/End" story map and told imaginative tales about encountering the creature they had carefully created in their imaginations.  Enjoy these samples!

My Champion Ekans, by Alena (3rd grade)
      I was in my yard on a stormy day.  I saw the Ekans.  It looked sad, so I gave it some fruit, flowers, and orange juice.   Then I took it inside.  I warmed it by putting a cozy pink blanket on it.

     Next, I dried it off.  I gave it more food, and it took a nap.

     Two days later, I signed it up for ballet.  It saw the Enarc Denworc Nacifra at Ballet class.  It had so much fun that it kept on going. 

      I eventually gave it a home in my back yard.  I adopted it, and gave it food every day.  It even had a spot at the dinner table.  It got so graceful.  It danced so much!

     One day, the Ekans came home.  It told me it would compete on a ballet team with the Enarc Denworc Nacifra on Saturday!

     When it was Saturday, I went to the show.  The Ekans won with her friend!  My Ekans came home with three gold medals, and one gold trophy.  I put it on my shelf.  My Ekans and I had fun together.

The Day I Met (and Tried to Recognize) an Arbez, by Amelia (4th grade)
     About a year ago, I was in Hawaii.  It was a bright sunny June afternoon, and I was scuba diving for the first time ever.  I was passing a school of beautiful rainbow fish when something very remarkable happened.   I was ambushed!  (Well, not really, but I was constricted by this scaly eel creature with a beak.  It's pretty much the same, right?)

     At first, I just saw it from far away.  I freaked out and started swimming back as fast as I could.  But this animal was faster than I was, so in a few seconds, I found myself wrapped tightly in the creature's scaly tail.  "Let me go!" I screamed frantically.  Not that I thought it would obey me, but still, who knows?  

     To my utter amazement, I felt oxygen coming back to me.  The animal had brought me to the surface of the ocean and unraveled itself!  Now free, I saw away as fast as my legs would carry me to tell my friend Zoe.

     Surprisingly, Zoe burst into laughter as soon as I finished telling her what I had witnessed.  "What?" I asked, confused.

     "You just swam away from the most endangered animal ever, the Arbez," she replied after hiccuping herself back to seriousness.  "Endangered, but not dangerous.  They just like playing with humans."

     "Oh," I said.

     I wasn't exactly embarrassed, just disappointed that I hadn't taken a picture.