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Visualizing a Plan

It has been a nice week of writing in kindergarten. I love these periods of growth that spike at different points in the year. We are still in our phase that is heavily focused on talking and drawing and students are working on peer planning. We added the visual plan to our process this week.


Here’s what our workshop time looks like in steps:
Step one-Sharing Circle, “Who has a story today?” This gets our storytelling juices flowing and sparks our idea banks.
Step two-Knees and Noses. Students sit with knees touching knees to a partner and noses facing so the talking time is actively engaging. This is our transition talking time. Everyone gets an opportunity to share a story and have an audience. Right now we are still working on listening and speaking. Later, questioning and active revision will be in play with peers!

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Step Three-Pick a good spot with your knees and noses buddy to practice your spatial plan! Here is a video of two boys sharing their stories and demonstrating the spatial planning of their drawing. (I did this video in the hallway due to so much talking and planning going on in the room. However, I would have students do their spatial plan right in their writing spot so there is no travel from thinking and talking to the drawing portion of their process).

Click on CC at the bottom of the video to see a transcript of what the children are saying. It is not perfect but it’s really close to their exact words.

Step four-Drawing time begins, quiet ensues and thinking is thick.

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Step five
-Meet up with your knees and noses partner. Check your picture and retell your story! How did it go?

Here are the finished pieces from Joshua (tornado) and Toby (tractor).

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Step six-Sharing Circle, “who has a story today?” This is optional or planned during a conference and used as a peer model/mentor text for the writers in the room.
Our stamina continues to grow in all these areas. Right now these six steps take around 30-40 minutes to make our writing workshop complete!

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Betsy Hubbard View All

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