For anyone new to this blog, the idea is simple - each day my boys (Joshua - 9 and Archie - 8) choose a stimulus that drives the learning. We hope that you enjoy the blog and can take some inspiration from what we love doing - making learning as engaging as possible!
Did you know that today is International Mud Day? The creators of International Mud Day wanted to find a way to help all of the children of the Earth feel closer to each other…and what a better way to do it than through the Earth itself?
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Whilst we have now explored a wide variety of poetry and short-burst writing skills, one of the things that I keep reflecting on is how the boys sometimes lack a depth of vocabulary to describe. To acquire a new word, a child needs to use that word around 8 - 10 times in context before it enters the longterm memory. This is a considerable investment.
We began by brainstorming as many words as we could about mud. Whilst this was fairly extensive, the boys did run dry, at which point I introduced them to https://describingwords.io/for/mud to generate a whole new world of possibility. I love this website as it is so visual and simple to use, giving the boys simple definitions for the adjectives generated.
Here is the brainstorm:
I then showed them how to link words through categories, such as onomatopoeic words, soft words, hard words, positive words, negative words.
We then discussed the pattern for our poem. I wanted the boys to tune into the way the syllables create a strong rhythm in the poem and therefore showed them a strong repeating pattern:
_________, _________, _________ mud.
Here are our poems:
gloopy, slimy, sticky mud.
runny, mushy, greasy mud.
useless, trodden, grey mud.
soapy, sloppy, swampy mud.
evil horrible, terrible mud.
thick, gooey, fun mud.
welly-wearing, splashy mud.
lovely, gummy, muddy mud.
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Mud by Joshua
watery, tall, short mud
fat, flat, fictitious mud,
gooey, gluey, greasy mud
smelly, liquid, mushy mud.
Mud by Archie
clingy, filthy, tall mud
dirty, mushy, horrible mud
gloopy, sloppy, sticky mud
disgusting, terrible, smelly mud
chalky, runny, milky mud
cold, gluey, warm mud
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My thanks to Pie Corbett, Julia Strong and the Talk for Writing team for inspiring many of the ideas explored in this blog.
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