Friday, November 18, 2016

Five For Friday

Here are some of my favorite literacy things happening in my school this week.  It is Five For Friday and I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching. Happy Friday!

 A first-grade teacher in my building made this anchor chart, which represents the writing process . The kids can move their clips to the spot in which they are working in. The goal is to have the kids go through the process many times before publishing a piece.  Thank you for sharing Laura! 

A few weeks ago, I attended a TCRWP reunion. One big take away my primary team had was the idea of having students use black felt pens/markers for writing and drawing. Normally, we let students use lots of different tools to use such as markers, crayons and color pencils.  We do value drawing, especially in kindergarten but what often happens is that a student could spend days and days and possible weeks coloring. 

This new approach is to focus on the volume of writing (first bend) by having students write lots and lots of books with just a few tools. The teacher writes lots of books too during her mini-lessons. Next week we plan to introduce green editing pens.   

 This anchor chart encourages students to write many pages at workshop time. 
 This  teacher was launching reading workshop time in kindergarten and taught her students to look at the cover carefully and think about what might happen in the story. The reading adventure begins with the cover! 


This week my building focused on small group instruction for strategy lessons. Here are some things we talked about below.

Joyfully yours in using special pens at writing workshop,
Melissa 

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