The Internet is abuzz with One Little Word posts and images. I still don't have mine pinned down, but I'm getting closer. Now that I'm back in the classroom, I want to give my students the opportunity to find their One Little Word. It seems like the perfect way to begin our day together when we meet tomorrow.
So, what is important for kids to understand about One Little Word? I find for myself, that my OLW sets my course for the year. Last year's word, Quiet, was a gentle reminder to slow down and center myself when life seemed out of control. I added some new habits because of my word. I began to meditate and do yoga on a regular basis. I took a break from some of my professional obligations in order to make more time for taking care of myself and my family. It was a good word for me.
I want my kids to take time to think about their OLW. For some, the word will fall in their laps immediately. I've had those years. For others, it may take a day or two and that's ok. Words have been swirling around inside my head for several days now and I know the right word will land soon enough.
To help my students prepare, I created this Google slide presentation. I added some guiding questions to help them begin to do some writing in their writer's notebooks. I imagine that I'll see a variety of sketching, webbing, list making, and narrative writing. After they choose their word, I'll ask them to represent their word in some way. This is where choice comes in. Some students may choose to create a painting or sketch on paper, while others may choose to create a digital representation. They may write a poem or write a play that demonstrates their word, which they can record. I will ask everyone to post their final work on their blogs so that they can get feedback from others.
I am looking forward to the creativity that I'll be seeing in Room 204. If you ask your students to share their One Little Word, please share you link with me in the comments. I'd love to connect our classes.
If this presentation will help you, please feel free to use it. You can access it above or via this link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/14ciLEycQYkaf0wT7YuRLdpejxoHgeNW-PyMRzPYzy-U/edit?usp=sharing