The adventures of a fourth grade teacher in East Central Illinois.

Walk and Talk, Take Two

Nearly a year and a half ago, I read about a literacy strategy on one of the many education-focused blogs and newsletters I follow. The strategy is called “Walk and Talk” and it consists of doing just that: having students walk and talk about literacy. Now that we are getting down to the last few days of school, Miss C and I decided to use this strategy with our learning buddies today.

We were a little uncertain how well it would work with kindergarteners and fourth graders, but if there is nothing else we have learned from our five years of buddying our classes together, it has been that our students will rise to the occasion whenever we give them the opportunity!

Armed with a book, a clipboard, a pencil, and a graphic organiser, the buddies started at the beginning of the loop around the front of the building and wrote a brief synopsis of the beginning of their selected text. Then they walked about halfway, talking as they went, before stopping to write about the middle. They then continued their way, still talking, until they got to the end, at which point they, of course, wrote about the end of the story.

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It was a simple task but one that had multiple benefits:

  • Students were able to talk to one another about literature
  • Students were able to demonstrate an understanding that a story has a beginning, middle, and end
  • Students were able to move freely, getting some physical activity in instead of sitting in one place
  • Students were able to enjoy the warm weather

If that’s not a successful activity, I’m not sure what is!

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