Saturday, January 21, 2012

Writing Showcase

This past week we found several writing opportunities for our kiddos and we thought it would be fun to show off a few.  At this point in the year all of our first graders are writing!!!  So exciting!!!  Like anything you do . . . it takes a lot of pain and practice to get to this point . . . but when you see writing samples like these you know that it was worth the work.

Diane’s class read several biographies about MLK at the beginning of the week and made these pictures of him.   Then they wrote about their dreams to make the world a better place. clip_image006

Wow, 6 and 7 year olds really do understand that we need to work together . . . they did an amazing job telling about their dreams!!!

Kelly’s class did a few winter themed writing projects.  First they read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  Then they made a cute little art project inspired by the main character in the story . . . thanks Mrs. G for the cute idea . . . and they wrote all about one of their snowy day experiences.clip_image005

Students seem to do their best writing when they can relate to the subject and can draw on their own experiences.  So, building a snowman was the perfect topic for a technical writing piece.  At the end of the week they made their first “How To” book.  They began by reading The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler.  In the story the main character, Little Nell, learned that even though she is little she can do BIG things . . . like build a snowman.

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After reading the story the class worked together to create a word bank on the Promethean board.  Then they got to work in their books sequencing the four pictures and writing.  Students were encouraged to add details and descriptive words to make their writing more interesting to the reader.clip_image007[6]

When they finished their writing they got to decorate the front of their books with this cute little snowman art project.  It was inspired by a painting we found online 3 or 4 years ago.  Since then we have seen several variations of it, but are not able to find the original.  So . . . if you are the creative soul who originally designed this . . . we say “Thank You”!!!  We love it!!!

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It’s been popping up all over Pinterest this week from our class blog posts from last year.  We’ve also received several requests for the dimensions so {here} is the folder cover we made with a list of everything you will need to have your kids make it.

Happy writing everyone!!!

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