I have been super busy with school this year. Every time I sat down to blog, I remembered something I needed to do for work. I really miss blogging. My kiddos have been busy too!
I love learning about my students as they work through the writing process. They have such interesting ideas to share! I've spent many years honing my style of teaching writing in my second and third grade grade classrooms. A few years ago, I was offered my dream job.
Now I teach writing and computer skills to my entire elementary school, kindergarten through 5th grade! I'm based primarily in the computer lab. This is the first of a series of posts to focus on each stage of the writing process as I implement it in my classroom. Brainstorming is part of prewriting.
I spend a lot of time on it. I think it's really important to take the time to help students to not only generate ideas, but to be able to discuss and share their ideas comfortably with other students.
Have you ever been in a staff development session and the presenter wants you to share ideas in front of the whole group? I don't know about you, but I sometimes feel nervous about sharing.
I wonder if my ideas are similar to others' or if they're way off-track. I don't always feel comfortable telling what I think. That's why I like to have students share their ideas in safe and comfortable situations with partner or small group activities that involve a lot of discussion and some movement.
I like to pose a question or questions related to the writing topic for the activities. By brainstorming this way first, students are much more ready and willing to share and discuss their ideas when it's time for a whole group brainstorming and discussion session.
This works best if you have already established a caring classroom community. Fortunately, it's a goal at my school to continually work on class and team building. These activities not only help students generate ideas, but they help them feel comfortable and confident.
Partner Activities One of my favorite partner brainstorming activities uses pre-made cards. I create picture cards with questions for my students that relate to the writing topic. Students partner up and ask the questions on the cards.
When done, students switch cards and find a new partner and repeat for several rounds.
Where would you like to go for a field trip, vacation? Kids love the opportunity to move around and talk to their peers.
I always walk around and monitor during this activity to make sure students are on-task and treating each other respectfully. Small Group Activities I also like to do small group brainstorming activities.
I make up duplicate sets of six to eight question cards with questions related to the writing topic.
Groups of three or four students take turns drawing and reading from their set of cards.Writing - Descriptive Writing; Compiled By: When I am reading a particularly interesting passage in a book I tell the class to " Close your eyes and open your mind's eye." I then read slowly and allow them to visualize the words.
For a descritptive writing activity, I've had the kids create a drawing of an alien, creature, monster that. WorksheetFun on Pinterest. FREE Printable Worksheets.
Preschool Worksheets. If you would like to do an extension of this writing activity, I have one to purchase in my Teachers Pay Teachers regardbouddhiste.com topic of this one is How to Make Christmas Cocoa.
This comes with everything you need for a Christmas Writing Center on the topic of steps in . Core Writing Resources: 3rd-6th grade. Guided Reading Resources. Assessment Resources.
Handwriting - Zaner Bloser. This video shows a grade teacher showing how she helps her student use several sources in writing. Feb 20, , AM: Recent Site Activity. Performance Standard: Generate questions before, during and after reading, writing, listening and viewing. Students will ask and answer their own and each other's text-related critical and analytical questions.
Third Grade Writing Activities. Help your students develop their writing skills with exciting third grade writing activities such as a spelling game and a sentence scramble. They can also express their creativity with poetry writing. We have third grade reading activities to keep them engaged as well.