Today is our very first Snow Day of the season!! They are becoming few and far between because of new state guidelines, but this was not a normal storm. Others doubted my prediction that we would have at the very least a 2 hour delay and emailed me last night that they would see me tomorrow. (I'm not naming any names, but you know who you are!) I am very in tune with the national weather, see what is heading our way, and knew that we would get a huge hit. Even when it began yesterday with early dismissals, a delay or cancellation was in our forecast. Beginning at 5:15am, I began checking online and by 5:30am, I knew that we would have a snow day!! I AM THE WEATHER GODDESS!!!
As we began our first week, my class and I started looking at recurring themes in our reading and writing. Our school will be hosting Lester Laminack at the end of the month, so I used his Snow Day picture book as a mentor text for our poetry study. We looked at various forms of poetry and began writing some of our own with a snow theme.
Our literacy committee would like for each classroom to have a display, where they used Lester's thinking for read alouds or his picture books as mentor texts. During my drives on vacation, I thought of an artistic expression piece that interweaves reading and writing. Using marbles and white paint, each student "rolled" a snow scene on blue background. Next week, they will sketch the scene with markers and use that picture as inspiration for writing poetry. So far, they have enjoyed using a theme as inspiration for their writing.
For everyone in Central Ohio off from school, enjoy your hibernation day!! I've graded some papers, put some jigsaw puzzles together, and am off to read a book. Happy Snow Day one and all!!