"Fight at Bed": Fourth Grade Guest Blogger

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011


While I work on a lengthy blog post with a book review, here is a poem from one of my young writing students. His name is Peter (Engish name), and he is a fourth grade non-native English speaker. He and his brother were born in South Korea and lived for two years in Japan before moving to the US a few years ago. They meet with me once a week for math and English tutoring. Peter has a great sense of humor, and I am honored that he let me publish his poem here.

Fight at Bed

I fight at bed.

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I fight at bed with my brother.
He puts his foot on my chin.
I wake up and hit his leg.
When I wake up his foot is on my chin again.
I hit him again.
I get very mad.
I get very very mad.

How to Make a Leaf Purse: Second Grade Guest Blogger

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011


One of the projects I assign to my students is to write a process essay. This is an essay that gives step-by-step instructions about how to do something they know how to do. Today’s contribution comes from Christina S., a second grader whom I tutor in writing, and who invented this technique for making leaf purses. For such a young student, it turns out to be more of a process paragraph than a long essay. It is a good way to practice sequencing words and transitions.

How to Make a Leaf Purse, by Christina S.

Have you ever wanted to make a leaf purse? Well it will be little. First, get four leaves. Put them like a plus sign. Then fold the top and bottom. Now the sides. Next, get a long piece of grass and tie it. Now you can decorate however you like it. You can put stickers, glitter, sequins, paint and ribbons.

Watch the video to see the steps in graphic form.

I love creative projects! If you would like to see some of the things I have created and written process essays to describe, please see http://www.instructables.com/member/susanrm/ .


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