We have a new member of the family! Meet Wizard!
He’s a little tiny hamster. G saved his money for two months and did extra work raking leaves to buy him. And now he has a very thorough understanding of the word “nocturnal”.
Being small, however, doesn’t prevent his having epic adventures! I noticed that G was resisting any writing work that required writing a story, although normally that’s something he enjoys. I’d seen ideas from other teachers who placed small items in a brown paper lunchsack for students to use in writing a store, and some who sent a stuffed animal pet home with a notebook for students to write about its adventures while it was at their house. Combining the two ideas brought forth The Adventures of Wizard!
Two times per week I fill a little brown paper lunch sack with things I find around the house: a nut, a pencil sharpener, a car, a fork, a ball, toothpaste; whatever! I put 4-6 items inside, and then leave it with the notebook in a place where G will find it. He gets really excited when he sees the sack and notebook, and rushes to think of and write a story, without any complaining at all! Perfect.
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