If you’re leading a Slice of Life Story Challenge in your classroom in March (or any month for that matter), there are a few things you might want to have. First, you’ll want to track your students’ writing with some kind of record keeping form. When I led the Challenge in my classroom, I used a simple spreadsheet and placed small incentive stickers on the chart every day that a student wrote. Click here to download and customize an Excel spreadsheet for your class’s challenge. All you need to do is plug in your students names (the dates are already entered) and it will be ready to use.
In addition, it’s helpful to communicate your expectations about the SOLSC with your students (and with their parents). Click here to view a post about spreading the word in your school community. For you convenience, I’ve updated the announcement I created a few years ago so you can include the specifics for your class/grade/school. Click here to download the Word document that announces the Challenge.
If you lead a morning meeting in your classroom, then consider having students read their slices during share time. Click here to download a sign-up sheet for morning meeting share time.
Finally, if your class will be slicing online in March, then please read Ruth’s “Nuts and Bolts” post for more information about linking their slices of life blog posts to the Challenge.
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.