Week #2 of the 100 Word Challenge

THE ALLIGATOR

By Justice Aranda- 7th Grade

One day at a school field trip that went to Mount Everest. Once they arrived there something off about it, the teacher smelt something fishy. She climbed the whole mountain with the kids on her back to find out. She saw a mauve alligator with hot wings in the alligator mouth. The kids wanted those hot wings, so the the teacher did a tricky trick on the alligator to get those hot wings. She threw a rock behind it, and the alligator looked around.  It saw the teacher grabbed the hot wings and said, “bye”.

 

Strange Place – 100 word challenge story – Victoria Nadal- 6th Grade

I walked into class and climbed into my seat. The classroom was strange. Bright colours, like yellow and mauve were lining the walls; patterns of black and white checkers went through the floor. The teacher walked in. A tall alligator with bright red hair. She took out her large purse and put it onto her desk, then took out a small creature. A lizard of some sort. It grew wings and flew around the class, then stole my pencil. “Sorry! He’s a little tricky” The teacher said. I stared at this amazing creature; I knew this was going to be a strange place.

 

By: T.J. Palmer- 7th Grade

The alligator was lurking in the lake for prey when he found it.The water rat he had been hunting for weeks.It was definitely the one because no other water rat was mauve like it.The alligator had confronted it several times before.It was extremely tricky to catch and/or find it.The alligator was going to get it this time.The alligator chased the water rat for miles and got to the edge of the swamp and that’s when the he saw the rat climb up the extremely old building.” Aw dangit”, it had escaped again.

 

             The Long Climb By: Noah Cohen- 6th Grade 

There I was at the bottom of the tallest Monstrosity I have ever seen. My teacher has been there my whole life. But, now it’s my turn to prove the impossible. I am going to climb the biggest skyscraper in the world. I have had nightmares about this. its right near the largest lake in the world infested with 8 foot alligators. No one has ever dared to even try except one person, my teacher. She almost climbed to the top after failing . But I am going to be the first. I say goodbye to my daughter Mauve, I take a breath… this is going to be tricky.

   

   A Message From the Future

By: Christian Smolinski- 6th Grade

If you’re reading this in the past… Hi, my name is James. I’m currently a teacher at a school for kids to half train and half learn.The training part if because we are at war with aliens. I help the kids train. At this school, teachers pull a color and an animal from a hat for their name. I’m Mr. Mauve Alligator.The last thing I taught the kids was the Tricky Climb. The kids climb up vines and get shot at with foam balls. Only one student succeeded. He climbed and climbed and, didn’t get hit once. Hopefully this message is helpful.

 

Rock Climbing

By: Christopher Bennardo- Grade 6th

I am a Rock Climbing Teacher in Colorado with a Mauve color class! (that’s the best) Today I am teaching a group, going through Alligator Mountain! Where there is a HUGE alligator. I have climbed it before. It was a bit tricky, but I pulled through. So my class and I set out for Alligator Mountain. The whole time they asked me questions about the alligator. They seemed eager to see the alligator. As we approached the area we hid behind a rock and waited. When it came out everyone snapped a picture! They had a blast on the hike and that was it!

 

Week #1 Welcome Back to the 100 Word Challenge!

 

Peace

By: Cristofer Bennardo 6th grade

Grandview Preparatory School

July 26th, 2078. I was walking down the streets of North Korea when I saw a weird structure that looked like two giant hands popping out of the ground holding a rope. I stopped and looked at it for a while.  Then someone said to me, “Do you know what it means?” I turned around and he said, “It means peace, North Korea and South Korea are finally in peace”. I said, “Oh, that’s amazing how North and South Korea have been in war for like 1,000 years, and finally in peace now.” He said, “Yeah, lets go!” I said, “Okay, let’s go”.

 

  The Man of a Thousand Hands

By: Christian  6th Grade

“Alright here is the monument of the Man of a Thousand Hands,” said my dad. “Hey dad?” I asked. “Who’s the Man of a Thousand Hands?” He responded, “You see the Man of a Thousand Hands is a legend about a person born in 1200 B.C. that supposedly had magic hands they could grow at will. After he grew up he helped his people in wars and agriculture. But he grew greedy so his hands left and stopped a war independently. And that’s the story of the Man of a Thousand hands.”  I thought that was more interesting than I expected.

 

The Escape from Prison

By Noah C. 6th Grade

I was an ordinary man that was accused guilty from stealing a jewel… so later in court Mr.Flatsenberger, the man accusing me, was the richest man in Barryton. Due to bribery he put me in the biggest prison in my town the worst of the worst criminals lived here… later that night I was in my cell, and heard this strange man saying, “you want to escape, I have a rope.” at first I thought this man was insane, but I had to. I grabbed the rope to be free. Now here I am telling you this story from back in prison!

 

 

 

 

Middle-School Participating in this week’s prompt #6

The Cooked Spaghetti

By: Justice Aranda- 7th Grade

As I went down the pink stairs, I was nervous so my cooked spaghetti fell over the table. Hot water spilled everywhere like a river. I was nervous that my mom would come home and ground me from Fortnite. I was trying to pick up the spaghetti, but it was too hot and the water was burning my fingers. I heard the car in the driveway pull up. I was shaking, my hands were burnt. My mom was walking up. You could hear the footsteps. I was upset because I knew that it was the end.

 

The Nervous House

By: James Kamarauskas- 7th Grade

I went upstairs to go back to my room when I got something to drink. My mom cooked something pink and I wondered what it was.  But, I waited until breakfast was ready. When I’m in my room and look at the window there’s a river and a weird looking house that has a creepy lady that makes me nervous. It’s like a witches house. Her house looks like a jungle in there. Also, its old and kind of looks broken down. One day I rode my bike to go knock on the door to meet her.  She was actually a nice person.

 

Anger Issues

By: Marcus Teixeira

I walked up the stairs  to my bedroom because my sister said she would tell Papap on me if I ate the last pizza roll.  I was so mad that I mistakingly fell asleep from exhaustion of talking so harshly.  Later on, I went to the river close to my house with my neighbor, John Paul.  We were just talking for a little until he mentioned that his mom made pink cake!  Eventually, I had to go home, except for the fact that I kind of came home a little too late.  Papap cooked up a face I didn’t like.  Then I was nervous what he’d do.

 

Early Morning Dread

By Jonah Dagher

I wake up abruptly to a harsh knock on the front door. I rushed down the stairs  and am greeted by the delicious smell of freshly cooked bacon. As I walk over to the door I am surprised when I see my friend waiting on the doorstep. Eagerly I asked him what he wants and he said,  “I’m going down to the river, you should come too.” I told him,  “I get nervous when I go there because it’s far away.” As soon as I said it my ears turned pink with embarrassment, so I complied filled with dread for what’s to come.

 

The Glass of Lemonade

By: Baker Dye
One day I got a glass of lemonade from the refrigerator. And, as I went up the pink stairs in my house, I slipped and my body rolled down the painful stairs. and the water that was in my glass poured down the pink carpet like a river. I was nervous because I knew my mom would be furious with me because of the stain on the ground. I showed her what I did to the pink carpet. I could see the anger in her eyes, but then I saw her relax and say, ”okay”. I told her I would make it up to her. So I cooked her favorite meal and she forgot about the whole thing.

 

The pink river

TJ Palmer

Hello I’m Nevill, and I am currently in my dad’s car. Well, it is because I ran away. The reason  I did this was to find my grandpa Tom. He is stuck and has been stuck in this weird place for 5 years.Yes, there’s the building. I entered and realized that I am super nervous.I walked up the stairs while eating my cooked chicken sandwich.I finally got to the top and found a pink river. Then I saw him…grandpa Tom. He hugged me and I said that I found the way back.Then he said there is no way back.

 

IT

BY: Charles Byers

There I was sitting in my living room I had just cooked breakfast, that’s when I heard it.  There was a loud thump upstairs. I quickly went upstairs to find a mess of pink goo almost like a river. I heard a breeze so there must have been an open window. I ran in the guest bedroom and I was nervous when I saw that thing running down the road. It had short black hair and was about 6 feet tall.  It was running at about twelve miles per hour and had some sort of weapon. I was terrified when I realized that thing was just in my house.

 

The Survival Trip

By: Matias Ochoa

  One morning I walked down my stairs and my mom cooked eggs.  

Today was the day I would go down the hill and survive a night right next to the river.

Later that day I started fishing. I finally got one, but it was a weird fish, it was pink.  Then at night I was super Nervous. I made a fire right next to where I was sleeping.  I was sleeping on a bed made of bamboo. Then I fell asleep. The next day I woke up and suddenly felt victory in me.  On this point in life I felt accomplished.

 

  Jelly Bellies

                             By: Ben Oppenheimer

It was finally time for me to do some farm work. I was nervous because this was not just any farm, it was a Jelly fish farm. And it  was time to move the jellies to the feeding sight down the river. I took a deep breath and pulled the lever splash! All the jelly fish came down the river turning it pink. I watched them flow down the stream nearly tripping on the stairs, at last the feeding basin. The feeding basin has plankton and volcanic gases that cooked the plankton for the jellies. I felt so happy. I looked at my father, he tilted his head “SHOOT” I need to get them up stream before they cook!

 

   The one hundred Story House

By:Noah Cohen

Hello, want to come to my really awesome house? I’m so excited to show you my paradise my wonderful world. At first, I was a little nervous to show you because I thought you would not like it, but I can tell you’re that type of person that wants to explore. Well then, we should start from my 1st floor and make it up to the one hundredth floor lets race up the pink staircase. Okay, let’s go…Wow, you know what? I’m cooked want to go swim in the river on the top of the house? Don’t panic there’s an elevator because there is everything in the wonderful one hundred story house!

 

100 Word Story by Gabriel Estrada- 6th Grade

One day a boy named Chucky was at home. It was the first day of school and he was nervous because he hadn’t seen his friends in a long time. So he went down the stairs  to have breakfast. “Hi mom,” Chucky said. And then his mom said, “Hi Chucky, for breakfast I Cooked some scrambled eggs for you to enjoy.” So, Chucky went over to eat breakfast. After he ate his breakfast he got his pink backpack with a picture of a  river on it. “Bye mom,” Chucky said. So he went to school. 

 

The Pink Guy

By Jerry Li Lu- 6th Grade

There was a pink guy named Pink Guy. He was really late to work, so he brushed his teeth. Then he went down the stairscooked and ate, and went to the car as fast as he could. The Pink Guy went across the bridge where the river flow. Pink Guy got to the office really nervous and he saw his boss standing there frowning. His boss asked, “Why are you late?” Pink Guy was trying to say why. But the boss just said one word..“Fired!” Pink Guy walked the car very sad. Then later he saw a wall just like him so he stood there forever, and watch the stars.

 

Middle School    

      By: Madison Sage- 6th Grade

Once upon a time there was a girl named Emma. Emma was starting middle school and she was nervous. As Emma walked down the stairs  she had a feeling in her guts that she was going to throw up. As Emma arrived to South Carolina middle school she was hoping to make friends. Emma kissed her parents goodbye and kissed her dog goodbye. “Here we go…middle school,” said Emma’s mom. Emma went into first period and by the end of the day it was time to go home. Her mom cooked meatball subs. Then Emma went to the river and sat there looking at the pink beautiful pink sunset. And said middle schools gonna be great.

 

 By The Seaside

By: Cristofer Bennardo (6th Grade)

It was 3:00 A.M. and I was already up for “The Big Move”. I looked in a box and found some  clothes. I quickly stuck them on. I saw my PINK hat. I put it on and ran down the STAIRS. I saw that my dad COOKED eggs. We had to go so I put on shoes. We went to the RIVER and got on the boat. We were off to the new house! I got NERVOUS because I saw a shark on the way. When we arrived my dad said, “TIME TO COOKOUT”. We ate steaks and had a great time!

 

 

 

 

 

Cross-Curricular Learning: Reading, Writing, & Innovation

In late January of 2018, my students were introduced to fables during reading in my homeroom class.  We read fables from our textbook, leveled readers, and picture books.  In small groups, we broke down the elements of the fable genre.  We used comprehension strategies to help understand what we read, and pulled out figurative language when it was used.  Once we had a good grasp on what a fable story needed to sound like we were ready to write one.  We did some practice prior to the final fable draft, with shorter stories.  Then, we were ready for the “Real Deal”.  The students worked in pairs to brainstorm their ideas for a fable story.  These students became the best storytellers, creating wonderful characters and morals to the story.  Once this was complete, it was time for our Innovation teacher, Mrs. Avrith to step in.  She helped the students create storyboards for a trailer to the fables they had just finished writing. She taught the students all about stop-frame animation.  Please click on the link to read all about the students’ claymation trailers  bit.ly/3rdgps

This was one of our favorite projects this year!  We love GPS!

A little plug, and she didn’t put me up to this. * Tanya Avrith is one of the authors of The Google Infused Classroom

Find her and Holly Clark’s book on Amazon

 

Week #31 Competition Time!

We are nearing the end of the school year, and it’s a bitter-sweet feeling.  Many of my students have expressed that they actually don’t want the school year to be over.  One of the reasons being that they will miss WRITING!  I love it! They are super excited over this week’s competitive prompt created by the Night Zoo Keeper folks.   

Stay tuned below for some of the stories my awesome 3rd graders came up with using this week’s prompt.

Prompt: Can you invent a magical animal that could live in one of these magical places and tell us all about them?

Magical Place

By Grace D.

I woke up to a sun beam in my face. That wasn’t so pleasant but, it wasn’t just any ordinary sun beam.  It was um…. pink. I was very confused. I looked out my window and there was an Animal Hospital, and a pink lake. I went outside, and it felt magical. It was weird but, I liked it. I looked at the pink lake and saw my reflection. But, there was something behind me. It was a bear. I heard the bear talk to me in a deep monotone voice. He told me he came from the animal hospital.

 

The Path

By: Sadie C.

Once upon a time there were a magical place where majestic animals

roamed. Once there lived an extraordinary animal. The animal had

Sparkling and shimmering eyes. It was a shape of a mouse. It was small, but mighty. The mouse shimmied over to his favorite thing ever. It was a gorgeous pink lake. When it was tuckered out. It scurried over to a nice shady spot. (Yawn) When the mouse opened its eyes he saw a mysterious building. A animal hospital.  He ran down to it, but noticed…Where is its lake? He needed to do something…

 

Star Eyes

By Delilah N.

“HELLO? Any one?” I had woken up and suddenly I had appeared in this place with a pink lake, and an animal hospital. I walked over to the pink lake and saw something incredible! It was a weird looking bird, but it was swimming. It had diamonds on it as weapons and it was glowing. I couldn’t believe it.  I walked to the animal hospital, and explained what I had seen. But when I told them, they said the pink lake hadn’t existed for years. So, when I looked back at the pink lake it was all gone!

 

Fire

By: Maru D.

Once there was a little boy.  He went to the Moon, and saw a shadow.  It looked big with fire. It was a lion that kept all the animals safe. The lion was powerful. The boy kept all of the animals. The animals were all-powerful. They all had their own powers.  Strongest of the them all were the lions. They ruled the whole moon. One was the queen of the moon. She was Beautiful. The boy adored her. Her power was fire. She could make a volcano erupt, and cause a forest fire.

 

      The Green Forest

By: Joseph M.

Once there was a boy that saw a bunch of dragonflies.  The boy followed the dragonflies, and he brought them to the green forest. He was looking around. He got scared. He heard a bunch of noises. Then, saw a castle. He saw a huge dragonfly come out of the castle, and he said we dragonflies need help because we’re losing food. He asked, “Are you magical?” He said, “yes.” He had a bunch of food. He gave it to them. He said it would last for years. The dragonfly said thank you. The boy said he had to go.

 

     The Ice Forest

     Written by: Liliana D.

Once upon a time there lived a baby penguin who lived in a boring night zoo. He hated it there, and wanted someplace magical, and interesting. But he lost hope because there was no way to escape. Little did he know he had powers that let him teleport to any place he wanted! The next day he woke up with tingling feet, and hands. He wasn’t in the zoo! He was in an ice forest that wasn’t boring, but amazing! Now he teleported to any place he wanted, and had the best life.

 

About My Made Up Animal and Land

By: Violet N.

My made up animal is dragon that can disguise into any color to hide and capture its prey. But the dragon is a friend of humans and will not harm them. He lives in a huge deserted desert with a pink lake which no one has discovered except him. His guard which keeps him safe, so he won’t be another animal’s prey. He began as a harmful dragon that hurt people, but now he is a friend of all humans and will not harm them.

 

The Pink Iguana

By: Antonio S.

One day there was pink iguana. He could never find something that looked like him.  One day his was getting chased by a cat. He was the biggest bully ever at his school. He quickly jumped over a lake. While he was jumping over the lake he saw a reflection of himself. He realized that  he was different. From every jump in the lake it turned pink. He was camouflaged. The cat lost sight of the iguana. The cat slipped and went in the pink river. The iguana saved the cat, and it was never mean to him again.

 

My Idea for the Next Story

By Max F.

Once upon a time there was a little parrot that always liked to go into a pink lake. One day I was traveling in the woods and Jim found something. It was pink so he walked closer and closer. Then he saw a pink lake. He started to look around everywhere. He saw a little animal, it was a parrot. He thought it was magical because it was pink, and it had a horn on its forehead.  It also had a tail, and a tattoo on its body. One of them was a dragon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

Week #30 of the 100 Word Challenge

Why

By: Maru D.

Once I was I going to go to the mall. I saw a dog driving. I said, “Why is it driving to my best friend?” I was thinking why was the dog driving. And, all of a sudden there was a huge crash. My car got totaled. I was freaked out. I finally got to the mall. But, I lost my car. When did it arrive? I said. So, that is why today is the worst day ever, and I’m still kind of wondering why a dog is driving. Bye.

Week #29 Using words in our 100-word stories

It’s week 29, and these 3rd graders are having a fantastic experience participating in the 100 word challenge!  They couldn’t wait to get to the Digital Petting Zoo station today to work on this week’s challenge.  I love their motivation to continue this writing challenge, and publish it in 4 days.  Continue reading below to read some of the stories my students came up with, and don’t forget to leave a comment.

Guriti

By: Emma A.

Once there was a girl named Lena Heno, and she loved playing in the woods with her friend Nayomi. One day they were playing in the woods and they got lost. Then Nayomi said “W-where are we…?” Then Lena shouted, “HELLO!! ANYONE THERE?” Then they heard some kind of growl. Nayomi started to panic “ W-what was t-that?” she said, they heard the growl again, Nayomi frantically fell to the ground. Then Lena saw two crimson dots behind the trees. She felt like she was in grave danger. The growl got louder, and louder, and louder, It happened…

 

Kidnapped

By Violet and Grace

Once there was a girl named Stella. One day Stella went on a bike ride. Then her bike hit a speed bump. All of a sudden a car drove up to her. There was a guy in a crimson colored car. He asked if she wanted a bandaid. She frantically walked up to the car and as soon as she could respond the guy pulled her into the car and they drove off. She felt like she was going to wake up in a grave. She was crying with misty tears. She shouted for her mom, but she couldn’t hear her.

 

The Girl in The Crimson Shirt

By: Delilah N.

Once there was a girl named Katie White who always wore a crimson shirt. Everyone thought she was mysterious, but she didn’t care she was lonely.  When she was feeling sad she went to the grave two blocks away. The reason she was always feeling sad was because her mom always shouted at her and blamed her always. One day she went to the grave and it was misty, she felt like something  was following her, so she frantically ran, but fell, and got knocked out and when she opened her eyes there was a shadowy figure standing above her…

 

The Grave Walk                                            

By:Caroline D.  

One night I woke up from a bad dream I designed to go on a walk in the in middle of the night, so I put on some flip flops and opened the door. I almost forgot my key so I opened the drawer and got my key and I set of. It was a misty night in crimson pj’s I started to walk for hours. I walked. Then I passed a graveyard I thought it would a good resting place so I sat next to a grave I had some water so I gulped it down. I had ate that. Then I took a quick nap I woke up ,and I felt something,or someone grabbing my arm I looked down.

  My Sad Day

By: Joseph M.

Once upon  a time there was a boy that was very  sad he woke up one day and it was raining and  his mother was in grave pain he drawn here a crimson color dog and his dad was francally  to go to work and he had to make some money I was so mad and sad at the same time then a few mins later my eyes started to look misty and I shouted, “Please make the rest of the day GOOD!” And it did. My mom was feeling better. My dad faced his fears, and when it stopped raining I said, “Yes, it turned into a happy day!”

 

Week #27 Has to include …Although they ran quickly, they were still not making enough progress…

My students find these types of writing challenges to be the trickiest…. This week they had to include a certain phrase within their story.  We had a Skype session with Julia Skinner a while back that addressed this challenge.  She was able to walk my students through this, and give some great feedback on their pieces which hadn’t quite included a phrase one week.  They were so thankful to get positive feedback from the founder of the 100 Word Challenge.  They have really been trying to use that writing workshop with her to take their writing to a higher level.  I’m really proud of them!  Don’t forget to leave a comment for each of the stories each week.

  THE RACE
BY CAROLINE D

One day in the middle of the forest there was going to be a race.  The animals were training, and the humans in the city were going to attend. They were training too. The race was taking place at 5:00 sharp. At 5 o’clock the humans arrived, and the turtle who was referee blew the whistle. They all ran. Although the humans all ran quickly the were still not making enough progress, so the animals won in the end.

 

The Cupcake Challenge

By: Sadie C. & Liliana D.

One day there were two penguins, and they loved cupcakes. So one day they had a cupcake challenge. The judges were Mr. Potato Chip,  Mr. Marshmallow, and Mrs. Browny. The penguins arrived to the challenge. The judges greeted them, and gave the instructions to them. You make a jumbo cupcake, and they yelled “GO!” Half way through the challenge the judge, Mr. Marshmallow told them to run away. “The oven is gonna blow!’’  Although, they ran quickly, they didn’t make enough progress. When they returned Mr. Potato Chip announced penguin #two won!