With these new kids, comes new challenges and I have to figure out how to make it all work!
Another activity I made for my struggling writers is picture descriptions. I used clip art to make some cute illustrations that my students can describe and then color. I added a word bank to the bottom so students could quickly spell the words that are in the illustration. Some of my students just described the picture, while others made up a whole story about the picture.
^^ This little guy is one that often sits and has trouble writing during our writer’s workshop… at this center he filled up the whole page…. I made a B-I-G deal about it 😉 ^^
Adding to the fun, I created some detailed and organized writing prompts that I am doing with my lower groups. This will help them (and me!) focus on each step of the writing process while we talk through it and help each other:
I started one with my group yesterday about what we do if our teddy bear came alive:
First a little brainstorming…
Then some drawing!
Take him to Chuck E Cheese!
I would dance!
Tomorrow we will start completing our graphic organizers to get the sentence structure of our paragraphs.
I have also noticed that as my “high-flyers” start to write long, detailed stories during writer’s workshop, my lower students want to complete their own books as well! While I always have them share their illustrations with the class, I created these simple mini-books to be used during writing centers.
I am excited about these because ALL my students can complete them and feel the success of writing their own short stories. It’s been raiiiiinnnyyyyy here in Mass, so I already have the “Rainy Days” mini-book prepped for tomorrow’s centers!
All these activities are available in my new pack, Writing Activities for Kindergarten and 1st Grade.