Your class will be writing one or two paragraph(s) as a class group for the story (not one paragraph per student). The first class will write the intro paragraph(s). Then the next class will read the paragraph(s) and decide how they want to continue the story. This will continue until the last class on the list writes the ending and gives the story a title. Your paragraph(s) will be typed onto this Wiki page. You will add the 3 pictures to the wiki after your class writes your paragraph(s). You can pass the writing on to the next teacher before you post your pictures. The pictures should illustrate events in the section that your class wrote.

Paragraph Start Date
Paragraph Completion Date
Linda Manach
Aquinas Academy
Livingston NJ
(Archdiocese of Newark)
January 23, 2017
January 26, 2017
Melissa Calicchio
Good Shepherd Academy
Nutley NJ
(Archdiocese of Newark)
February 6, 2017
February 10, 2017
Jennifer Durkin
St. Joseph and St. Robert School
Warrington PA
(Archdiocese of Philadelphia)
February 13, 2017
February 17, 2017
Sherre Henderson
Visitation Academy
Paramus NJ
(Archdiocese of Newark)
March 6, 2017
March 14, 2017

In the bottom of the deep dark blue ocean there was an octopus named Oooshe. She was crying because she was sad.. Oooshe's eight legs were always in the way. She would always start the day happy but then things happened.


Oooshe stepped a lot on her legs with her other feet. She couldn't always walk right. Oooshe wanted to find a way to fix her legs. What could she do? She was always getting worried.

One day, Oooshe tripped over something on the ocean floor. It was a crab in a yoga pose! He and Oooshe were surprised! Oooshe quickly apologized to the crab for being so clumsy. The crab told her that his name was Irving and that Oooshe wasn’t clumsy, she just needed better balance and a little more confidence. Irving told her that he was a yoga teacher and his class was about to start! He invited her to stay
Oooshe was very nervous but decided to give the class a try. She really wanted better balance.

Other ocean animals came to the class. There were a few turtles and crabs, another octopus, and a lobster. The class began, but not everybody was able to do all the yoga poses. Oooshe saw how they all tried their best and it made her want to try her best too. Irving told Oooshe that she did very well and to please come back again. He also introduced her to a turtle named Lucy and the other octopus named Elijah. They told her that they had balance problems too. Lucy told her that she does karate and Elijah told her that he dances. They said they would help Oooshe by teaching her both activities.

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Oooshe thought that learning karate and dance sounded like a good idea. She went to many classes with Lucy and Elijah. She was tired but she did not give up! Her balance got better and better. Plus, she made some new friends! Oooshe was so happy that she wanted to celebrate. She invited her new friends to a party.

“How about an Obstacle Course Party?” said Oooshie. We can show how much we learned and practice balancing. They invited all their friends, Sammy Seahorse, Patty Pufferfish, Carl Clownfish and Steven Starfish. “Let’s start the party,” cried Patty Pufferfish. The sea creatures jumped, crawled, swam, hopped, leaped, flipped and rolled.

First, Oooshe, using his new confidence, flipped over the clams. Steven Starfish crawled through a tunnel of seaweed. Carl Clownfish leaped over a coral reef and Patty Pufferfish hopped over a pile of shells. Then, all the friends went through the course over and over again!

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They all had a great time enjoying each other and exploring their talents. Not everyone could do the same thing, but everyone had fun. At the end of the party, all the sea creatures learned to always try their best, and team work will do the rest! Everyone Wins!

Finally, Oooshe asked all his friends to make a circle, to thank God for each other and for their many talents. Afterwards, they cheered, “Bravo, Bravo!”

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The End!