Thursday, September 5, 2013

Writing


Today I thought I would share a little bit of how I teach writing!!  Of course I start off the year with some handwriting practice.  I usually start with A and work my way through the alphabet.  I teach my students that some letters are tall and some letters dig down below the line. 
 





 
 At the same time I start teaching my students to focus on only one topic at a time.  I LOVE to use beanie babies to help them write.  This also help them practice describing.  During the first week of school we practiced describing this little cutie “Lips”.

picture from amazon.com
 
 

 We also practice writing about animals.  I read an easy reader and my students write what they learned.  During the second week of school I read this little book about frogs. 
picture from scholastic.com
 
Then, we created this anchor chart and wrote about what we learned.

We use Lucy Calkins writing workshop but I like to throw in a few extra lessons here and there.  For the past few weeks we have also practice writing about small moments.  I'll try and post some pictures soon. :)

How do you teach writing in your classroom?

2 comments:

Teacher and Life Long Learner said...

I have a closet full of Beanies; I use them exactly like you to and also for descriptive writing and learning parts of speech. Smiles and stop by anytime!

lvaron said...

Teacher and Life Long Learner- How do you use them for parts of speech?