A few weeks ago, Jill at Marvelous Multiagers posted a book on Goodreads (my favorite website). She marked as to-read Square Cat. Basically, in my classroom if there is a cat involved we're all over it. So I checked the book out from the library, and LOVED it! It's a great read aloud for being unique, being a good friend, accepting who you are, etc.
Basically it's a book about a cat who is square shaped and sad about it. If the cat, Eula, falls down she can't get up, she can't wear the clothing styles it wants, etc. She has some great friends that try to help, but in the end just wear boxes to make Eula feel included...it's super cute!
In my classroom we needed a new narrative writing prompt and it was born from this story. Prompt: One day I woke up and I was a square. Or for my few students who still prefer to write in Spanish: Un dia me desperte y tenia la forma de un cuadrado. (I don't know how to do accents on blogger.) Students has to think of two bad things that happened to them because they were a square and one good thing about being a square. You can imagine the ending for 90% of my students - it was all a dream! Either way they had a good time writing this, and they had to get creative.
After that did a craftivity...we made ourselves with square heads, bodies, hands, legs, etc. I'll be honest, I really don't think most of my class is gifted in the arts...my one artist was out sick, so I can't show off the one super amazing one...even mine was lame.
Still the kids had a good time making themselves as squares. These are posted in our doorway, and look very cute! I had forgotten to take my real camera so the picture quality isn't as good since the pics are taken with my camera phone, but you'll get the idea. Take a look and if you would like to do this in your class head on over to my TpT store and get the 4-squares, patterns, final draft paper, etc., for free! If you do, please leave feedback, it will make my day/week/blogging experience... :)
Note, the peace silly band and attempt at high heels! I swear this student oozes cuteness!
This little boy really does have a bit of an Afro, hence his block of hair. :)
So there you have our big writing project of the week.
Time for some spring cleaning, it's a desperate situation...the cats are shedding out of control...cat hair tumbleweeds must be taken care of!
Have a wonderful weekend!