Climb Every Mountain


March 13, 2008 by lyt

old-men-of-storr-by-inguana-jo-via-flickr.jpgAs a WITS writer, I try to help students realize that the knowledge and experiences they already have are the perfect fodder for their writing. Last week I noticed that the third graders were completing a unit on earth science. To help students review what they learned about landforms, I came up with a new lesson.

What would it feel like to be a canyon, a mesa, a desert, or a mountain?

I split the class into groups of three or four and assigned each group a different geography. In groups, students brainstormed a list of ideas about their land form. Each group presented their ideas; the audience gave positive feedback and also suggested ideas that could be added to the list. After defining personification, I had the students help me write a class poem on a land form that no groups were assigned.

Now it was time for students to write individually. Each one wrote a poem that personified their chosen formation.

If I Were a Mountain

I am a mountain,

I start as a low piece of land.

Then when an earthquake or lava

Comes out of earth,

I expand.

I keep expanding

When these things happen.

Now I’m so high

I can see through the sky.

I’m so high

I see through space.

I see Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiterwits-blog-pics-007.jpg

by Mary, 3rd Grade

posted by Amy Lin, Writers in the Schools

(photo by iguana jo via flickr)


2 thoughts on “Climb Every Mountain

  1. That’s an interesting article. I just wondered if you could tell me where to find more info on this topic ?

  2. Terry Smith says:

    Excellent – I am suggesting that my teacher education students include this idea in a landforms presentation they are doing with elementary kids. — Terry Smith, University of St. Francis

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