Provide purposeful writing opportunities
The first time the Elf appeared, she sat on the rim of a large, blue bucket with a plastic white-handled strap, holding her in. Part-way through the day, she started to lean over which led to a math lesson and probability: Would she fall or not fall? Later, after the students left for the day, before flying to her new perch, a tiny, ragged-edged paper held a treasured note from a student. Of course, the Elf had to write back! Thus, one child modeled for others: if one writes, hopefully one will get a response.
From the photo and the Elf’s new perch, children’s letters and notes gathered below. What started as a read aloud and an I Spy activity of locating the Elf, quickly led to a writing activity.