Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Today is CHALK-A-BRATION and Slice of Life! Two things that put an instant grin on my face. :)
 If you can't chalk today and want to link later this week I will still add you to the post. On Poetry Friday, unless the weather is uncooperative, I will be chalking again and link back to this post for blogosphere friends to see.

 My students will be doing their chalking during the day so I will update this post as the day goes on, comment on other chalkers and add their links.

Here are my a-brations to chalk about:

 I love the shadow on this one. Below the chalk is the typed version of this quote from Osho's book, Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously. There were no line breaks in the text of the book but I broke it up to fit my canvas.

"A poet lives through the heart and, by and by, in the heart he starts listening to the sounds of the unknown." ~Osho

Here is a notebook peek into my chalk poem:

 Wet pavement put a damper, literally, on my chalking all of April. It was a clear beautiful weekend until it started raining AGAIN! But, got my chalk done and only had to endure a little sprinkle.

I wipe my head clean
erase the stain
paint the moment
and write the day

~Betsy Hubbard

Drum roll...finally...here is my class and their chalk-a-bration poem with pictures and words!


Linda from TeacherDance improvised her chalk today using an app (smart idea). Here is her poem about the appreciation of bees.

All the way from Singapore some first graders from The Learning Adventures of Grade 1AC chalked some Haikus. Check out their hard work and beautiful chalky words.

Mary Lee joined in to share a poem about Oak Pollen, quite clever she is. Take a peek here.

Robin, at Teaching Tomorrow's Leaders chalked with her students today...with a very nice improvisation on the canvas! She also added her own poetic words, that are well, chalk-tastic, you'll see what I mean. 

Cathy at  Merely Day by Day also had a chalky share about capturing moments, it is a beauty.

AND...now Ms. Mere's students add their poems to the mix and there is a lot to celebrate when it comes to their poems! 

Mrs. Frazier's first graders from Ohio got their hands dusty with some great chalketry. Check out their awesome work here!

Ms. Mac's emerging writers share their experience and their chalk. You have to see these little ones working and writing, great stuff.

Slice of Life is hosted by Ruth and Stacey at Two Writing Teachers.


Linda at teacherdance said...

All are beautiful, Betsy, but I like yours best! Great verbs there! Here-I'm linking up! http://teacherdance.blogspot.com/2013/04/its-time-for-slice-of-life-tuesday.html

Terje said...

The chalk-a-bration is a true sign of spring. Your poem has an inspirational message in it. Paint the moment and write a day - the words make me smile.

Mary Lee said...

Here's mine:


Happy Chalkabration2013!!

Anita Ferreri said...

This is just wonderful It took me many years to feel comfortable with poetry. Your students are already there!

Robin said...

This is so much fun! I'm bummed that it rained today but we made the best of it anyway!


Cathy said...

Thanks for hosting the #chalkabration. It was the perfect finale to 30 days of poetry. Here is my link: http://merelydaybyday.blogspot.com/2013/04/poetry-30-of-30.html.

My students also chalked today. Hopefully, we'll get them on our class blog tomorrow to share. I'll link when we have the images posted. The #chalkabration energized our poetry writing today!


elsie said...

So much rain on this day of chalking! :-(
I love the way everyone improvised. Your poem is great, paint the moment and write the day are powerful words.

Amy Rudd said...

I forgot about today being chalk a bration day~but I am planning to write a post-as my husband captured a great chalk drawing my son created at school today! I will post a link as soon as I can!
Thanks for sharing these wonderful celebrations!

Cathy said...

Here are the students poems from yesterday's #chalkabration. Thanks again for hosting!



debf said...

Thank you for hosting Chalk-a-bration, we have had such a great time writing, reading & sharing!
You can find our poems here~
http://www.behindthescenesinfirstgrade.com and while you're on our page click over to our Poetry Place tab to see more chalk-a-bration celebrations!

I apologize if I have made multiple comments, seems to be a technical error somewhere!

Ms.Mac said...

Thanks! This was a great link up I like to see what other teachers are doing..