Ms. Faber’s 4th grade Title I students at St. Leo the Great read Patricia Polacco’s book When Lightning Comes in a Jar. They then responded in writing to the following questions:

  • Who was Billy?

  • What was his dream, and did he carry out his dream?

  • Plus, what was “lightning in a jar?”

BOOK When Lightning Comes in a Jar

The following are their responses:

 

fireflies

Billy was Patricia’s cousin, and they spent time together at the family reunion, playing games and eating meat loaf and gelatin molds. Billy’s dream was to be a Detroit Tiger baseball player. He didn’t fulfill his dream because he gave up his life in war. “Lightning in a jar” was actually fireflies in a jar.

 

 

fireflies

Billy is Patricia’s cousin who she saw at family reunions. Billy’s dream was to become a Detroit Tiger, but instead, he gave his life for his country. “Lightning in a jar” is not actually lightning. It’s actually fireflies in a jar, and Grandma called it “lightning in a jar.”

 

 

fireflies

Billy is Patricia’s cousin, and they always saw each other at every reunion. Also, Billy wanted to become a Detroit Tiger, but he had to go to war and died. Plus, “lightning in a jar” is fireflies, but they look like lightning.

 

 

fireflies

Billy was Patricia’s cousin, and Billy always went to the family reunions. Billy wanted to be a Detroit Tiger someday, but he went to war and died. They would catch lightning bugs in a jar, and that was what Grandma called “lightning in a jar.”

Family Reunion