I am being a little more flexible with my writing time this year and using more of a Writers Workshop model. During each 2 week unit (prescribed by our curriculum), students have been creating little vocabulary books. I put a list of words related to our theme in the center, and students write and illustrate at least 3 words in their vocabulary book.
I had a proud teacher moment when a student brought out her vocabulary book (with no prompting) and said to me "this says 'grandma', right?" Everybody freeze! Listen to what "N" just did... Those vocabulary books were flying out of the writing folders and suddenly everyone thought using the resources around the room was a great idea.
I wanted to share a few samples.
|"I am going to play at the playground with my mom. My mom love(s) me."|
|This was the kiddo with her vocabulary book. Her sentence says: "Yesterday I went to my grandma's."|
I'm so proud of their progress and their excitement for writing. We received a IPEVO document camera through DonorsChoose.org, so my kiddos are pretty excited to be sharing their writing with their classmates on the SMARTboard.
How do you teach writing in your classroom? What motivates your kiddos in writing?