Where is the Green Sheep?
'Where is the Green Sheep' was a very popular story book in my Kindergarten classroom, the children loved it, not only because it was a great story with pictures but because they could read along and learn how to read the words.
Over the weekend, i have been trying to think of ways to incorporate creative writing more into the younger grades, let their imagination run wild. I once saw a kindergarten teacher send home a teddy bear with one child each weekend. When the bear would visit they would have all sorts of adventures, teddy bears picnics, the bear would even go on special family vacations. The weekend home was documented with pictures and then the parents/family would help write a story to the class about what bear got up to with said family!
What a great idea i thought, not only can it be any form of writing, but it really encourages the parents/care givers to become involved and interested, and most of all, it was completely voluntary. The children that thought it wasn't such a great idea to begin with, would soon change their mind when they began to hear the stories that bear would get up to.
To incorporate this idea into my classroom, specially in the younger years, i thought it would be great to incorporate a book we were reading in class.
I have hand made a green sheep for the students to take home, as a similar idea as the bear story. The take home pack would include:
* Sleepover bag
* Spare clothes for after a bath
* Class book for writing in
* A copy of where is the green sheep book, incase they need inspiration and ideas, and of course because it is our green sheeps' favourite book, as well as ours!
I wonder what that green sheep would get up to in your classroom adventures?