Throwback Thursday

Hey hey!  Happy Throwback Thursday to you.  I'm linking up with Cara over at First Grade Parade today.

This was one of my most favorite writing activities this year.  We were focusing on how to show not tell in our writing.  I had found this super idea at Miss Radka's Rhapsody.  The kids chose a strong emotion, and used this planner to brainstorm.

**Originally posted October 20, 2012
I wrote here about the awesome lesson I found on Miss Radka's Rhapsody blog and how well it went in my classroom.  Here are a few pictures of the final projects.  We actually finished these up about two weeks ago.  Details details.

This is the lesson that keeps on giving.  We were working on plans this week.  I asked the kids not to just plan the feeling they were having, but how they were going to show it.  This lesson has been PERFECTO to refer back to.  I know it's going to be an anchor lesson we come back to all year long.

Annnnd, here's a little tip for your kiddos that are really struggling with showing feeling.  I was working with one of my little guys who was feeling terrified at a point in his story.  I asked him how he was going to show it, we referred back to this lesson, and he was still struggling.  He told me he wasn't feeling anything, he was just terrified.

So, out of nowhere I yelled "BAM!!!!!!!" at the top of my lungs.  He jumped a mile.  We discussed how his body reacted physically and how he looked when I did that.  We also had a good laugh before y'all think I tortured the poor kid.

Hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane.  Going over this lesson again makes me ready to jump into teaching writing again!


  1. Oh my - those pictures are the funniest things! The expressions are priceless! Thanks so much for sharing - it gave me a laugh over breakfast.
    Whimsy Workshop

  2. What a fantastic idea for a lesson! I will certainly do this and I think I might even show my kiddies the pictures that your kiddies drew as inspiration! Thanks for the great idea.

    Polka Dots & Teaching Tots

  3. I LOVE those pictures...hilarious!!! What a great way to do a show/don't tell lesson...I'm adding it to my plans :) Thanks! BTW, I've gotten a lot of compliments on my new blog design, so another 'thank you' to you!!!

  4. Haha! Laughing outloud at this post. I bet you got his attention! I love to teach using show/not tell. Great idea to inspire the reluctant kiddos!


  5. I LOVE this idea & those pictures! I will definitely be using it next year! Thank so much for sharing!

    Mrs. Z & Company

  6. Our students really loved this lesson least year! The art work was amazing. I can't wait to try it! So glad you reminded me of it.

    Teaching With Moxie

  7. Those illustrations are spectacular, really. 5th graders still struggle with this skill, so I will be using this idea in my classroom for sure. Thanks!