Gary's class are pen pals with her class... and my kids have been DYING to get letters back (they wrote the first letter to her class). I wish I could post the pic of their faces when I told them the box I was holding was from their pen pals!! They SCREAMED and squealed with excitement! I sent the picture to Holly though, so she could show her class how happy my class was!!
Ok, now for what I'm REALLY here for! I want to share the way I am teaching poetry this year! (Apparently Holly and I are sharing a brain!! LOL! Be sure to read her post, too!) We are doing close reads of poems to analyze and summarize them. We started with Robert Frost's Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening because it was one of the first poems in Love That Dog (read more about how I'm using that here). I projected the poem on the board and they also glued it down into their notebook. We read it together, then read each stanza and discussed the feelings and visuals we were getting as we read it.
The kids were so funny when I read the beginning of Love That Dog to them today and they heard Jack talk about this poem. They got so excited to know more about the poem and seem to "understand it better" than Jack did. :-P