This week I tried Tara’s OLW lesson with my third graders. I felt a little guilty that I had not committed to my own OLW but I was eager to try the lesson. I admitted to my students that I had been tossing a couple of words around for a week and that I had not made a decision. My first idea was REACH and then for a couple of days I was almost certain it would be CONNECT. I explained my thinking behind each word and demonstrated how either word could stretch into all areas of my life.
Unlike me, my students were successful in making choices for themselves and they are now in the process of making a handprint shaped tuxedo word collage as Tara suggested in her lesson. They also wrote poems. In the end, it was the discussion that popped and buzzed around the room which made the project so much more worthwhile than I would ever have anticipated. (This for another day.) Here is a link to Tara’s lesson: http://app.emaze.com/@AOFLCWZL/one-little-word#1
I woke up to a mind freeing snow day this morning. Such a gift! My word came to me while in the shower and I know it is right. Here are some clues:
When a whale dives it makes mighty up and down thrusts with its tail. This causes the water pushed by the tail to well up to the surface forming slick spots known as whale footprints. Sometimes a series of footprints marks the path the whale is taking underwater. You can do this yourself in the swimming pool with your feet, but your footprints will not last as long as those made by a whale. Try it with fins. It works even better.
What is a whale’s footprint?
A whale’s ‘footprint’ is the disturbed water it leaves on the surface of the ocean when the whale flicks its tail or fluke with a downward stroke. Sometimes I am able to follow a whale just by following the series of ‘footprints’ on the surface even if he doesn’t surface himself.
A whale dives deep
into dark gray blue
saluting with flukes
a slick footprint
to rest on the surface.
A still wake
unfold into ripples,
unfold into ripples,
across the sea.
My OLW is RIPPLE. I am not interested in making a big splash but I want to make a difference. Traveling below the surface and leaving ripples along the way seems to be something I can accomplish.