Saturday, May 19, 2012

Shark vs. Train - 4th Grade

Shark vs Train by Chris Barton is a fun book that describes what would happen if a shark and train were competing against each other. For a fun writing assignment I read the book to my students then they each picked two things that would be battling (they were not allowed to use people). Some of the students picked cell phone vs keys and chipmunk vs. underwear. 

We used the same format of the book, the book goes back and forth with the shark then train winning and at the end there are four competitions that neither the shark or train could win (walking on a tightrope, etc). The students did the same for their books. 

The books were illustrated like comic books and where fun and creative way to get students writing great descriptions. Nothing like a friendly competition to get your creative juices flowing :)

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