A few weeks ago I read this blog post from Polka Dot Lesson Plans. As soon as I read it I knew I wanted to take my kids on a fall walk. This past Friday was the day. My kiddos had computer class first thing in the morning so when they came back I read them the story In November by Cynthia Rylant. It is a beautiful book that is full of wonderful imagery. My students and I have been learning similes and metaphors so they were very quick to pick them out as I read them the story.
When they finished they came back inside and wrote fall poems. The students wrote off two different poem starters:
Fall is a time for...
I wish I took pictures of their finished pieces. They were so motivated to write, some of them wrote two and three poems about fall in the time I gave them.
What do you do to motivate your students? Have any of you taken your students on a fall walk?