I also was thinking about my gram, who I miss and love so very much. One of my fondest memories is how she would always genuinely light up when I walked in the house to visit her and be so excited to hear what was going on with me. She taught me so much about how to take care of family, cook, and just enjoy life.
Wasn't she so stylish? :)
Alright, I could go on for awhile but let's move on to my students. Last year I found this great idea on (none other than) Pinterest. It is from The Polka Dotted Teacher. Even though the project was done with fourth graders, it fit in perfectly with my second grade unit on persuasive writing so I decided to give it a try. Last year they turned out so cute that I did the same project this year. I love projects that fit into academics and don't just feel like something "extra" you have to fit in.
To begin, I showed my students a copy of a People magazine (a school and age appropriate one of course) and we talked about how people that do important things get to be on the cover of People. Then I told them they were going to write a magazine article for their mom about why she deserves to be on the cover, decorate a cover with her on it, and they were hooked.
We went through the entire writing process and since it was at the end of our persuasive unit, most of my students already felt very comfortable writing a persuasive piece with a few paragraphs. I created a checklist for them to use to help with revising. It's nothing fancy but definitely helped them. Click on the picture below to download it from google docs.
Finally, students edited and were ready to publish their final copies. Check out how a few of them turned out. They are so sweet!
"That is all I asked for was a great mom." :)
Carson was really trying to use character traits to describe his mom like
I love his closing.
It amazes me how much many of their drawings really do look just like their moms. Happy belated Mother's Day to all of you who are moms.