When I came back for a visit the other day, Christina had a bunch of things I had inadvertently left behind in the classroom waiting for me. One of those … Continue Reading Look what I found
My students finished the NECAP Reading Test today. The sun also came out too. (I was on the verge of building an arc since there had been a lot of … Continue Reading Sketching the exterior of your school
Whenever I want my students to bring in a photograph to help them write, I usually say NO PORTRAITS since there are rarely good stories that come from them. Hence, … Continue Reading Strategy: Write Using A Photo
I modeled the golf glove piece to my class today during my demonstration. I partially wrote it out and partially wrote in the air. Then, I had the kids select … Continue Reading Memory Boxes are a big hit!
Heart Map Display Originally uploaded by teachergal My demo was too long. And because of that, the entire day ran late. HOWEVER, we had an amazing Writing Workshop where my … Continue Reading Mapping Our Hearts
I’ve been known to use lots of gimmicky things to get kids to write in their notebooks. For instance, I’ll create mini-charts (aka: cheat sheets) of the large strategy charts … Continue Reading Gimmicks
Here’s my chart for tomorrow’s LOOKING AT YOUR PLACE Activity. I’ve been contemplating modeling for them, but I’m leaning more towards a guided practice where I take them through the … Continue Reading Gearing up for tomorrow’s Workshop
Like Stacey, I think it’s imperative that kids have lists in their notebooks about writing ideas. I think one of the most powerful lessons we can give students in regards … Continue Reading more on generating writing ideas.
Sample List Originally uploaded by teachergal Encourage your students to keep a list of things they can write about in their writer’s notebooks (an idea I took from The No-Nonsense … Continue Reading They can never say that they don’t know what to write about anymore!
I got inspired by Reflections from the Rockies‘ Post entitled “My Favorite Things About Colorado So Far.” Since a good deal of my students’ first couple weeks of Writing Workshos … Continue Reading WN Entry: Making A List
Ruth and I collect quotations, which is why we have an entire page devoted to quotes. However, I also like Words of Wisdom. In fact, I have had my two … Continue Reading WN Entry: Words of Wisdom (W.O.W.)
Narragansett Beach, RI Narragansett Originally uploaded by teachergal STRATEGY: Write about the first time you did something. ENTRY: This past weekend was full of firsts. We had our first Shabbat … Continue Reading WN Entry: Writing About My First Visit to Narragansett Beach
I’ve told my students so many times to sketch a memory and then draw it. I’m a little tired of that strategy for I feel that too often kids try … Continue Reading “Sketching” the Place Where You Live
I often have my students bring in photographs of them at special times in their lives in order to help them spark their memory (and write a small moment story.) … Continue Reading Strategy: Use photos to tell a story
Everyone who attended George Ella Lyon‘s Session on Saturday Morning had the opportunity to make a memory after thinking about a drawing a floor plan of a home they’ve lived … Continue Reading Looking at Your Place: Making a Memory (WN Entry)
Today’s WN Entry comes from Ralph Fletcher‘s Website. THE CHARGE: Special place: special room, attic nook, inside of a tree, scary closet. You might start by quickly sketching a map … Continue Reading Stacey’s WN Entry: Special Place
Today’s WN entry comes from Ralph Fletcher’s Tips for Young Writers: Write about an artifact (arrowhead, ring, antique, etc.). Important objects in our lives often provide excellent material to write … Continue Reading Stacey’s WN Entry: Artifact
Today’s WN entry comes from Ralph Fletcher’s Tips for Young Writers: Write about an artifact (arrowhead, ring, antique, etc.). Important objects in our lives often provide excellent material to write … Continue Reading Ruth’s WN Entry: Artifact
Ralph Fletcher recently added more tips for children on his “Tips for Young Writers” Page, which is a collection of ideas for getting started on writing notebook entries, information on … Continue Reading Fletcher’s Tips for Young Writers