One thing that I do appreciate about the time off is that I can take multiple walks throughout the day. My dog appreciates this as well. I used to do a poetry activity with my students where we’d take a rainbow walk around the school campus.
We’d look for something that was every color of the rainbow- flowers, leaves, birds, etc.- and take a picture with the school iPads. In the old days before we had iPads, we sketched what we saw on paper. Then we’d write a color poem inspired by what we saw. The mentor texts we used were Color Me a Rhyme by Jane Yolen and If You Want to Find Golden by Eileen Spinelli.
Yesterday I decided to take a rainbow walk around my neighborhood. I found so many things. This is that transitional period when winter and spring are arm wrestling and spring is winning.
On my walk I saw red berries, orange daffodils, yellow forsythia, green grasses, blue hyacinth, and purple crocuses. It was surprisingly easy. I sent this activity to my students via Seesaw and encouraged them to take a rainbow walk around their neighborhoods. I invite you to do the same.
It’s encouraging to find beauty in the midst of horror and chaos.