I am happy to offer on SKYPE a free review of your students' classroom I SPY riddle writing projects. I've done this before very successfully. Here's how it works. With your help (and possibly the art teacher's help, too), your students create their own original beautiful I SPY pictures and write their own fantastic I SPY riddles. To make their pictures, children use various materials: crayons, markers, stickers, and perhaps even the stickers in the I SPY STICKER BOOK AND PICTURE RIDDLES. http://www.jeanmarzollo.com/ISPY/ispy_sticker.html
Please tell the children that if they do the best job they can possibly do, you will submit their work to me online.
I will look at it ahead of time and, if it's good enough (correct rhythm and rhyme, correct spelling and punctuation), then I will review it with them during a 15-30 minute SKYPE session. I will praise top quality work and offer gentle pointers where students might want to improve their work. The children's experience will be somewhat like the professional experience I have when I submit my work to an editor in a publishing company. Click here to see outstanding work by 5th graders! http://www.jeanmarzollo.com/5th_grade.html
Note: Making I SPY pictures and writing I SPY riddles is harder than it looks, and it takes time. Teachers have incorporated this project into poetry units, creative writing units, and technology units. Other suggestions are: math units and rhythm & rhyme units. Younger children can work in groups and write short rhymes. Older children, like the 5th graders, can write longer I SPY riddles. In both cases, the riddles need to fit the I SPY format. Your students can study the format by reading the I SPY books and also by going to: http://www.jeanmarzollo.com/ISPY/riddle_writing.html
If your students do excellent work and I have permission, I might post examples of their work on my website!
If you are interested in having a 15-30 minute SKYPE I SPY RIDDLE REVIEW with me, please contact my assistant Donna Cotennec to set a date and time for the session. The session will be confirmed after I have received and approved of your children's I SPY RIDDLES. The SKYPE session may not be videotaped.
Last of all, please don't have your SKYPE session with me be your first SKYPE session! Please practice SKYPE-ing ahead of time with someone else.
Thanks and Best Wishes, Jean Marzollo