So, I wanted to show you something that I am in LOVE with!
It's the writing center packs from Denise, at Sunny Days.
These printable journals are awesome! They come with so many prompts, I don't even need them all...I just pick out my favorite ones, copy them off for the month, and I'm done! I use them every morning. After our time is up, we do a "Walk About" in the room (I set the timer for about 2 minutes) so that everyone can read everyone's journal entry for that day...plus it's an easy way for me to quickly grade their writing. I got the idea from Lori over at Teaching with Love and Laughter - it's BRILLIANT!
Doing the Walk Abouts not only lets me quickly grade their writing...but it also lets me to informally assess if my kids need a mini-lesson to remediate.....like this entry from our February journals.... it was about compound words. Something that I was SURE they would remember and know. Wellllll, it turns out, they really DIDN'T know what a compound word was...blarg!
So, I took the opportunity to do a quick mini-lesson on compound words. I took out my posters on compound words (the poster idea came from Cara!) I made an anchor chart and we listed a few compound words...and the poster is staying up for a little bit, so that every time we see or hear a compound word, we add to the poster. I'm hoping this will help them to get the idea of what a compound word is - again...because I KNOW first grade teaches compound words. ha!
Here is a preview of Denise's March writing bundle....click the picture to take a look at it! We have already started working in the march one, and my kids LOVE doing them! They whine so much if I tell them we're not doing them that day.
I just love doing writing every day! It really gets their brains thinking...and out of the box too! Do you do writing every day?? If so, what do you use - and how do you do it??
No? Well, here's your chance to start!! Denise has graciously let me giveaway her March AND April writing bundles to one lucky winner!! Just enter below...and I'll choose a winner on Sunday night/Monday morning!a Rafflecopter giveaway