Woodland Elementary’s (in Baileyville) staff and students warmly welcomed IRW and Ellen Potter to their school for our first ever visit! They were enthusiastic, and made us feel right at home. After Ellen’s all school presentation, the first grade kids were so excited to meet her they had to practice walking by her in another room! They also took the time between the presentation and their classroom visit to think up some great questions including, “Can you tie my shoe,” which, of course, Ellen did. Another student declared, “I’m going to take my book home and read it tonight and use my bookmark.” A kindergarten student said upon receiving his copy of a signed book, “We get to keep these until we’re adults too!” Their excitement was palpable.
In second grade, students created a Poetree and tuned into their five senses to describe their chosen items. One young man said that apples, “look like a red moon with a stem.”
Fifth graders had completed a STEM project – their own “Jaws of Anguish,” based on the novel SLOB. The creative writing pieces that accompanied them were pretty spectacular! They also had two of their three white boards filled with questions for Ellen.
During the 6th grade writing session, kids were asked to create a challenge for their character. One student came up with osteoporosis, while another one’s character’s shoes kept getting stolen.
With an enthusiastic site coordinator as our host who guided us throughout the day, Woodland has proven to be a great new school partner!