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Monday, May 28, 2012

P is for Pigeon

I'm here! I promise! I've had a few personal changes that I'm trying to blend into my crazily scheduled life. Not to mention the end of the year and all of the stress that comes with that. The silliness in second grade has been less lately.

I promise I'll try to be a better blogger and post more of our End of the Year activities. (Thanks to Miss T for checking in on me!)

My class has been having some issues with understanding Author's Purpose. I mean, it took us practically all year to understand the difference between fiction and nonfiction texts. Sheesh. It's like most of my darlings had a mental block against the persuasive part of the Author's Purpose PIE.

Enter the help of Pigeon! I read "Pigeon Wants a Puppy" and "Don't let the Pigeon Stay Up Late". After my darlings heard them they were nonstop talking about other ideas for stories starring Pigeon. I think Pigeon and Mr. Willems would proud of our versions.

We made a chart of some ideas:

We simply folded a paper in half and my darlings created a book cover. They then drew an example of pigeon being persuasive inside. (Click to see them larger.)

Don't I have some creative girls? A pigeon who is not afraid to express his emotions with a girlfriend. A pigeon with a sweet tooth and an owner who loves cats, not pigeons. A pigeon with a flying walrus that says, "Art, art, art, art." The creativity of second graders always amazes me.

Enjoy your Memorial Day. Thank you to all of the men and women who have given their lives for the good of our country.


  1. Super cute ideas! I love the girly pigeon.

    My Second Sense

  2. Lol no problem. Just wanted to make sure you were still breathing :)

    Love the pigeon pictures!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  3. That's a great way to teach about persuasion. Thanks for sharing!

    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  4. What a wonderful idea! I also had quiet a few students who struggled with author's purpose. I'm going to have to try your idea :) Thanks for sharing!

    Dirty Hands & Lesson Plans

  5. Great idea for teaching Author's Purpose, which I really try to do around this time of the year for my firsties. Thanks for sharing!!

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  6. These crack me up! We are going to make one for our principal..."Don't Let the Pigeon be Principal"

  7. Great blog structure.

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