By Heather Clower
The Parsons Advocate
The students of Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School took on a project toward the end of last year that they’re reaping the benefits of this year. As you pull up to the front of the school you will see a colorful and unique rock garden. “I’m just so proud of the kids, they worked for hours”, recalled teacher Kelly Underwood when reminiscing over her sixth grade class last year.
These now seventh graders were learning about the six traits of writing as part of a school-wide writing program. Three of those traits are ideas, organization and word choice. The students were provided paper in the shape of rocks to practice their designs and visualize their ideas. Once they determined their preference, every student, preschool through eighth grade, were provided rocks to recreate their rough…