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Welcome to Day  18 of the 4th Annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

If your students are writing for the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge, this is where you will post the link to their writing!

ideaLooking for Slice of Life writing ideas? Here’s a slice about being excited about getting something…and then having to wait; it was written by Dan for our sixth grade March Challenge a few years ago:

New Shoes

I ran to the car as quickly as I could in anticipation of getting new shoes. Every year it’s a ritual. Go to the Dick’s TM store. This year my mom tried to cheat me of the pleasure. She said my shoes were big enough. In my head I said, yeah sure, big enough to kill my toes. But I nagged enough to go. It was like going up to Santa and him giving you a car before you even asked. My feet were tingling in anticipation. I was jumping in my seat.

Until, we pulled up to the fist red light. It sat over me, saying that it could put an end to this gratifying experience. My hopes soon started to droop like a dead tree limb, because the red light could. When the light finally blessed me and turned green, I started to jump again. Then, after 400 feet of pure excitement, the agonizing wait had started again. We had hit another road block, another red light.

In fourth grade, my teacher told me that if a classroom was painted red that it would make people angry. Now I know why. Because it makes them feel like they are not going to be able to get their basketball shoes. I started to jump, but this time it was not in excitement, but in anger, in anger at the red lights. The only hope I had left was that everyone else was stuck too. It started to seem like the red lights were laughing at me. Laughing at me because they controlled my fate, and not me. The red in the lights were not making it any better.

Why couldn’t the lights be blue or a happy color? I thought back to those dumb idiots who just randomly decide to make a kid getting basketball shoes mad by making the lights red. Red, RED, RED!!! Now that I think about it red is a really ugly color. Those dumb people must have liked ugly things.

I looked ahead and all I could see were lines and lines of red. Red lights. It’s a stinking highway, how are there so many lights. And then, a light on the horizon, Dick’s TM was shining green for me to go. The store was like a tiny speck of hope in Pandora’s Box. Then we hit another problem. Where was the entrance to the parking lot???

We eventually found it. I walked into the store expecting to see sports clothing. Escalators, all there was were escalators. My mouth hung. I couldn’t wait any longer to get my shoes. So I ran up the escalator and went straight to the shoe section, my mom hurrying along behind me. I found a box that was calling to me. I slowly opened the box. The first thing I noticed, they were red. But now, red seemed a whole lot better.


  1. If you haven’t read the Essential Information post, then please click here to read it now before you post the link to your students’ slice of life stories. Don’t forget to keep your students’ identities anonymous for their protection.
  2.  If your students are slicing from their personal blogs, then you should link their blog posts together using your classroom or personal blog. Then, share the permalink to the location of the “round up” of student slices. (Click here for more information on how to do this.) Individual students CANNOT link here directly. Students who are under 18 must have an adult linking for them. Any student links left without an adult link will be deleted.
  3. Only post the link to your students’ slices of life here. Do not post the link to your personal slice of life stories here. Go to the daily call for individual slice of life stories to post your personal slice.
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Tara Smith View All

I teach Writing Workshop, Language Arts and Social Studies to sixth graders at a middle school in suburban New Jersey. This blog is my attempt to capture all the "stuff" that goes into my teaching life - the planning, the dreaming, the reading, the preparing, the hoping and (above all) the kids.
Please note that the content of this blog is my own. It does not reflect the opinions of my employer.

16 thoughts on “CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 18 OF 31 Leave a comment

    • I would like to comment to some of the wonderful writers in Mrs. Simon’s Sea, but comments aren’t open for the public. Nice writing though!


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