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I was really out of tricks and then I stumbled upon Kimberley Moran's post about finger knitting; actually it was about helping young learners develop a reading life, but finger knitting was a part of it. Kimberley taught her class to finger knit and had attached a video to demonstrate. As soon as I saw her post I knew my class needed to know this. Not only did I think it might give us something to do at indoor recess, but I knew it provided powerful writing possibilities. I could envision opinion pieces about the best things to do at indoor recess or rules that should be changed for indoor recess. I could see the possibilities for how-to writing to share other indoor recess possibilities.
Kimberley was nice enough to arrange some time to Skye with our class today. She and her students showed us, not only how to finger knit, but other things they do during indoor recess. Her class was from Maine and my students were interested in finding out where that is. They also were surprised to hear it was even colder in Maine today. I guess they didn't think any place could be colder than Ohio.
After our Skype conversation with our new first grade friends, the class was abuzz with excitement. A few girls said they knew how to finger knit too, but it was a little different. They wanted to create a video to show the other class. Other students wanted to write about what they like to do at indoor recess to give our new friends suggestions. Let's say writer's workshop was messy, but productive.
Of course, now that we have a plan for indoor recess the temperature inched just above our cut-off for indoor recess. We excitedly put on our hats, our gloves, and zipped up our coats to spend a little time outside. Though we didn't need finger knitting for inside recess, it did prove to be the perfect activity for our "black top only" outdoor recess. Goodbye, inside recess blues. Hello, tetherball.