Sensational Similes With Our CST: Ms Palahicky Is Like A Breath Of Fresh Air

Grade 5/6 Learning Intention: Use similes with descriptive language to make writing more interesting (A series of writing lessons with Ms Palahicky, Curriculum Support Teacher)

With each lesson, we reviewed writing skills that we should now be incorporating into our writing. With lots of practice, students do their very best to remember to include writing traits that have already been introduced throughout the year. This includes a self-assessment and sometimes peer assessment for the following traits: organization (choosing the right lead and including an ending), word choice, sentence fluency (varying the length and structure of sentences), and the conventions of writing.

Ms Palahicky, our curriculum support teacher, came into our classroom to share a series of lessons. The first lesson included reading literature that makes thinking about similes a lot of fun. She read “My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks,” which was written by Hanoch Piven and “Crazy Like a Fox: A Simile Story,” by Loreen Leedypiven_hanoch_sockscrazy_fox_book








The learning intention for the first lesson was for students to generate a collection of similes that described themselves in the areas of physical appearance, personality and things that the students are good at. Students then began a rough draft of a descriptive write about themselves. Engagement was high as students knew that the final goal was to challenge classmates in uncovering who the person was by both this piece of writing and a self-portrait. Ms Palahicky and Ms Clayton were challenged by the process as names were kept off the front of the writing and portraits were discretely drawn in private locations in the classroom.

We invite you to take a look at our slide presentation of our gallery walk which was much anticipated by students from Division 2.
Simile Write – Gallery Walk on PhotoPeach

Leedy, Loreen. (2008). Crazy like a fox: A simile story. New York: Holiday House.

Piven, Hanoch. (2007). My dog is as smelly as dirty socks. New York: Schwartz & Wade.

8 thoughts on “Sensational Similes With Our CST: Ms Palahicky Is Like A Breath Of Fresh Air

  1. Love your blog! I’m a grade 6 teacher at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong and many of my students (and my class blog as a whole) are participating in the March Blogging Challenge. I would love to include a link to your site in hopes that my students might be able to connect with your students. If you have a chance, please visit our class site as well.

  2. Hi Jennifer,
    It was great to hear from you. Thanks so much for leaving a comment and also a link to your blog which I will be adding to our blog roll. Have fun with the March Blogging Challenge. This will all be new to me, but I (we) are looking forward to it.

    • Hello Natalie and Valeria,
      Thank you very much for the compliments on our blog and the slide show. I think that a gallery walk with posters based on metaphors would be a great idea.


      Ms Clayton

  3. I love the way that you did your blog I love that you like surfing and care about animals. Have you ever thought about enter a tornament in surfing.

    Thanks for leting me look at your blog.

    sincerely Jeremy.

    • Hello Jeremy,
      Thank you for your compliments on the blog.

      Sophie, my daughter, started surfing in Tofino, British Columbia, but she never surfed as much as she does now in Miyagi. I don’t know if she would ever enter a surfing competition.

      Ms Clayton

    • Hello Ms Leedy,

      What a treat to have you comment on our blog. Your books are wonderful to use in a wide range of curriculum areas. Teachers and students love your books!

      Jill Clayton

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