This actually happened in my classroom (on late Friday afternoon nonetheless!). It was shortly after my little friend had
What got him to this level of eagerness and excitement and confidence you ask? It was the topic he was given, I do believe. This child is an ARTIST at its finest. He cares and really thinks about his drawings and his projects and the project "Invent an Insect" that we had completed in the morning was no exception. Once my little friend got over his anxiety, he got excited to tell me all about the insect that he had created which happened to be an "Exploding Volcano Bug" who "spits lava and is always hot".
What child wouldn't enjoy writing about something that they easily invented, drew and colored?
Allowing this child this experience brought out his creative side and gave him the opportunity to realize that he CAN write independently. What kinds of experiences do you give your own students that will allow them to explode as writers?
Come on over to Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business to get the FREE materials you need to do this fun, exciting writing project "Invent an Insect" with your own students, which can also be used as an informal assessment at the end of your insect unit.