Fairytale Festival

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We had a great time performing for our family and friends at the Fairy Tale Festival and Carriage Expo.  This was a great way to learn about stories, poetry, and dramas, as well as incorporate descriptive writing.  Take a look.

If you had a carriage to take you anywhere you wanted,

where would it be?

Fishing For Compliments

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Have you ever fished for a compliment?  Maybe hinted around to someone about a new haircut or awesome pair of shoes hoping they would say something about them? Well, if you did you were fishing for a compliment!  

“Fishing for a compliment” is an example of figurative language.  This type of language is different than literal language.

Faye mentions the hat she made in hopes that someone will compliment her on it. She is fishing for a compliment.


When you use literal language you mean what you say.  Read the caption below the picture for an example of literal language:


Nathan is fishing for a rainbow trout at Water Ranch on our field trip.


When I say that Nathan is fishing for rainbow trout I mean exactly that.  This is literal.  Sometimes literal language can be kind of boring.  So, good writers use figurative language to spice up their writing.  Hey, I just used more figurative language…”spice up their writing!”

Figurative language is almost the opposite.  When you use figurative language, you mean something different than what you are saying.  Check out some of the figurative statements below each picture.


Figurative Language While Fishing on PhotoPeach


What type of figurative language could you come up with for this picture?



Peralta Gets Invaded!

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Students at Peralta Trail Elementary were quietly going about their business of learning when they heard loud stomps.  Rushing to the windows, they saw numerous monsters tramping through the dry desert wash.  We were so alarmed until we found out that they meant us no harm.  They quickly became friends with our class and we were able to learn about them. 

This project was originally started after Mrs. Fraher received an email through Diigo from Mrs. Watanabe about a national art/writing program called Monster Exchange.  Of course, Mrs. Fraher had to do it!   We teamed up with another class in the United States.  Our class is from Florence, New Jersey.  Each of us created a monster, drew it, and then wrote a paragraph on how to draw our monster.  We then upload our descriptive paragraphs and illustrations onto the Monster Exchange website.  The class in New Jersey will do the same.  After switching paragraphs with the school in New Jersey, we illustrate what we read.  This helps us with our writing and reading comprehension skills.    Mrs. Fraher also put our paragraphs with monsters under the paragraph in the hall outside our room.  Other classes, like Mrs. Goucher and Mrs. Bush, read our paragraphs and drew our monsters.  It was a cool way to improve our reading and writing skills.    

Take a look at our new friends!  Let us know which is your favorite.  How would you feel if you saw a monster walking toward your classroom?