Students will be able to write a simple story about one topic.
Watch my Facebook live on this topic here. In February, I blogged about using the Lucy Calkins common core writing program, and how we were making catapults and creating lab reports.
Well, after we finished our lab reports, we were supposed to move on to creating informational writing books about something related to forces and motion. She assumed that just because my students did experiments with forces and motion that they would automatically understand forces and motion concepts like push, pull, gravity, friction, etc.
I totally think learning through experience is fantastic, BUT you need to give kids some background knowledge and leave time for some actual instruction.
So, I stepped out from the program a bit and did a mini unit for a few days on forces and motion. We read some books about forces and motion, watched some brainpopjr video clips, had some fantastic discussions, and created a this flip book and mini dictionary.
Click the picture to check it out on TpT After that, my students totally got the concept and were ready to write their informational books. I was overwhelmed at first. It seemed like a really tall order for 2nd graders and their very pregnant teacherbut I dove right in and the results were fantastic.
Most of my students ended up picking sports because they play sports outside of school and they easily relate to forces and motion. Some topics were- track, baseball, softball, tennis, swimming, surfing, snowboarding, dance, and even bowling.
The first thing we did was create our table of contents so we could decide WHAT we would include in our books. We added the page numbers at the end.
In the beginning, we just wrote our topics. Then, they began to write. One thing I really liked about the way she had them write was that I gave them a bunch of paper choices and they could choose whatever one fit their topic.
Here are many of the different options my kiddos had. Let me tell you, it took a LONG time for my kiddos to complete all of their chapters, but I have never seen them so engaged in writing.
They loved every minute of it, and their writing was really good!
After we finished all of our chapters, we went back and wrote an introduction and conclusion. It was much easier to write an introduction and a conclusion once their books were done because they knew what was in their books.
Writing an introduction before they wrote their books would not have worked. My students worked so hard on their books, that I thought they deserved more than that. I did have them edit their own work first, but then I sat with each of them together and helped them edit.Aug 07, · Preschool Kindergarten 1st grade 2nd grade 3rd grade 4th grade 5th grade.
Online games; Math; Reading; Beginning Writing: All About Me. Lesson plan. Beginning Writing: All About Me Make an ALL ABOUT ME! Activity. Make an ALL ABOUT ME! Spark your kids' interest in writing by helping them write a mini-book /5(2). Writing classes Teaching writing Writing Activities Expository Writing Informational Writing Writing ideas Writing lessons Reading Resources Second Grade writing Forward Writing to Inform (All About Books) allows the writer to share information on self-chosen topics.
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