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Teacher uses Legos to build creative writing skillsSubmitted: 02/16/2015
Story By Lauren Stephenson

Teacher uses Legos to build creative writing skills
EAGLE RIVER - Many young kids love to build with Legos. Some school teachers even use the blocks to help kids develop their hand-eye coordination or their understanding of spatial relationships. But a teacher at Eagle River Elementary uses Legos for a different purpose entirely. Library Director Jone Davis uses the blocks to help her students build their creative writing skills.


Davis reads them a prompt, and then they have to depict the story with Legos. On Monday, the prompt described a volcano erupting in a garden.

"The kids have to think about the feelings of their characters, the questions the reporters and things would ask, and kind of the answers that would come," Davis said. "So they do the build, which gets their creativity going and then when it comes to write, they have that picture in front of them, that build so that they can remember what they were thinking about when they put it together.

Davis says she's seen her students become more enthusiastic about writing because of the Lego projects.

She says each student comes up with a completely different Lego structure, leads to different writing perspectives.

"I think it gives you an idea of what's going to happen so you can write about it, so you know which people you're using, and what the scene is," said fourth grader Emma Perry.

Davis was able to buy the Lego kits with proceeds from the school's book sale.

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