"Sick" by Shel Silverstein. If you're not familiar with it, a little girl lists off all the things that are wrong with her... two pages worth! :) She obviously can't go to school! But wait! It's Saturday? And she''s off to play! :) My class looooved that poem. We decided to write another list poem, this time using the same idea as Silverstein, but with "OUCH!" as our focus. We brainstormed all the things we could think of that would make us say ouch
She used spiral notebooks as topic journals that the whole class could contribute to. So, for example, in the "Ouch!" notebook, everyone would write about and/or respond to what others had written about a time they got hurt. Kind of like a blog... but not on the computer! One child writes in a notebook during a session. They can choose any journal that interests them!