Today is the first day of my five-day series on using innovations in your classroom during writing workshop. For today’s post, I’m highlighting Fortunately by Remy Charlip.
This is a great book to use for innovations because its pattern is very easy to follow. It’s written in see-saw format, alternating pages of good and bad events. For example, the main character Charlie is FORTUNATELY invited to a birthday party, but UNFORTUNATELY the birthday party is really far away. FORTUNATELY he us able to take an airplane, UNFORTUNATELY that doesn’t turn out as planned. You get the point, I’m sure. =)
After reading this book at the rocking chair to a fit of giggles and guesses as to what will happen next, students head back to their desks to write their own version of this funny picture book. They can write about any topic of their choice, but must follow the fortunately/unfortunately pattern.
To make these books even more fun, I use a mini accordion foldable. Our books have seven panels so that they’ll always end on a positive event. I take a sheet of computer paper and cut it in half hot-dog style (so it’s long and skinny). Then you tape those pages together to make a super long and skinny piece of paper. Fold that paper accordion fan style every 2.5 inches and you’ll have a cute little book that students can’t wait to fill up with their very own innovation stories.
Be sure to check back for Day 2 of my Innovation Series. Don’t forget we’re working our way toward a $25 Amazon gift card giveaway for one randomly chosen follower if my blog reaches 250 followers by the end of this series on Sunday! In the meantime if you decide to purchase this book for your classroom, I’d love it if you used my link.