Learning to Write Point of View with the Classroom Gnome and Travel Journal (also replaces Star of the Week kinds of activities)
Great for the first weeks of school!
Activity: After learning the folklore of gnomes, meeting and naming the new classroom gnome, and learning the “care and feeding” of taking the gnome home, students begin taking turns having a week with the gnome, his suitcase, and journal. Students then present to the class their week with the gnome, sharing their completed page in the journal, which includes at least one captioned photograph, a speech bubble, and a written paragraph from the gnomes point of view. Very specific directions are included and students love going above and beyond. I have been doing this for the past 10 years and I love that the students get just as excited about hearing their classmates’ stories with the gnome as they do about having the week with him and presenting their own stories. The activity has been engaging to even the most reluctant of my writers and the shyest and most awkward of my students.
Included in this packet:
1. Complete, clear and specific written directions for the students (and their parents) that accompany the gnome’s Travel Journal, making it easy for you to get this activity started and take several grades from it;
2. A plan for you that includes the introduction of the activity for student engagement, and implementation, and extension tips from eight years of experience doing this activity
3. Sample “teacher pages” for examples so that you don’t have to start from scratch
4. Samples of real students’ pages to share with your students
5. Links to gnome sites and resources
Common Core State Standards for 4th Grade Language Arts applicable to 3rd and 5th grade as well:
Writing: 4.3; 4.3a, b, and d; 4.4
Speaking and Listening: 4.4; 4.5
Language: 4.1; 4.2; 4.3