First graders continue to strengthen their writing muscles with each day. They are learning how to “unfreeze" their characters in their small moment stories. They learned that sometimes authors forget to let their characters move and talk- they are frozen in the story! When characters are frozen, the stories end up flat or boring. To bring life to the stories, first graders worked hard to add exciting movement words and dialogue on each page. One class wrote a story about our first fire drill. They decided to bring life to the stories by changing boring parts like “We had a fire drill” to “We ended P.E. and we were headed quietly back to the classroom. Everyone was walking in line when suddenly, we heard a loud noise!"