When I walked into a classroom today to meet with a teacher, her kids were finishing cleaning up, heading to lunch and the lyrics to “It’s not easy being Green” were projected. Years ago I shared a bunch of different Slice of Life prompts and lessons with teachers. The prompts float around now, and I always get a kick out of seeing kids writing from them.
This one transported me back to my sixth-grade classroom. Somehow that song had come up in conversation, not so unusual in sixth-grade, actually. I decided we needed to use it as a mentor text to slice. We closely read the lyrics, and then decided what we would need to keep if we wanted to have our slices sound like Kermit.
My sixth graders wrote and wrote. They wrote beautifully. There are a lot of things that aren’t easy about being in middle school.
One of the third graders was still in the room and I asked her, “Are you doing It’s not that easy being slice of life?”
She nodded her head and said “Yea. It’s…It’s…” and I wasn’t sure if she was upset about the writing or not.
She tried to say, “Nevermind,” but I said,
“Do you like it?”
“Yea,” she told me, “It really helps to get a lot of stuff out.
I guess third graders have a lot of things that aren’t easy too.
The teacher said I had to read some of her kids’ slices of life, and showed me a few.
I had to tell her that I remember making that prompt, and she smiled.
“One of the kids said to me today when we did this, ‘I know where you got this idea from! You must have gotten this from Ms. Gabriel!’”
4 thoughts on “March 15 It’s Not That Easy”
I love that you walked into a room and kids were slicing. We haven’t sliced recently with all the assessing and the other day one of my kids asked when we were going to slice again. The guilt is real! It’s not easy being a teacher who has to assess kids endlessly🙁
Isn’t it great when you plan a lesson for your students and end up reaching more? I love this prompt and I’d love to try it with 8th graders. Of course, they won’t want to share, but I’m sure a few will sneak them my way. What a great way to get students slicing and sharing with teachers to keep it going.
This is a great prompt to use to get to know students and what is on their minds.
Ah … you have me thinking of the wonderful lyrics to this song and how much I loved it when I was a kid. What a great writing prompt!