I think my favorite part of this lesson was adding the I am an Animal Poem. The actual writing took the whole class period but I think it was well worth it. The kids had so much actual fun while they were coming up with their poems. I wish you could of seen the room, it really was so enjoyable for all of us! Granted, this was not a spelling lesson (and I'm okay with that). I always tell them we are not seeking perfection, it is all about the experience and enjoying what we are doing. I loved watching them help each other out (collaborative learning) and come up with great ideas. I try to always add some type of writing element as a reflection. I think it adds so much more meaning to their work. First, we did one together as an example on the rug and then they went to their tables to start their own. I found the I Am poem online here. It's actually supposed to be for grade 4 but I guess it's true what they say...believing in the students makes all the difference! These are from grade 2!