A few weeks ago, I shared some writing strategies. Here is one of them in action. We used post-it notes to help construct and learn about letter writing. What you need to know: This is a First Grade classroom. You can adapt this strategy to really any grade level and for any struggling writer.
Click on the link for the video, scroll below for the lesson plan.
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Large Post-It notes
A teacher model represntation of using post-it's
We read aloud the funny and rythmic book by Doreen Cronin, Click, Clack, Moo. The story is about cows who write letters to Farmer Brown. They are complaining of the conditions at the farm. The chickens and the duck become involved in the negotiations between Farmer Brown and the cows.
After reading the story, we look back at the letters. We take notes of how a letter is written:
salutation, body, closing.
The teacher then explains how we will be pretending to be a farm animal and we are going to ask Farmer Brown for something. The children were instructed to think of a farm animal, what that animal might need or want, why they need or want that item, and what would the animal do if Farmer Brown doesn't provide the item. In the story, the cows threaten to not produce milk, and the hens threaten to not produce eggs.
Next, the teacher models for the students. First, the teacher writes, the salutation on one post it. Then, the teacher takes a second Post-it and writes the introduction and so forth with the help of the students. Next, the children discussed their farm animal and their plea in the group. Then, the student's were released back to their desks with 6 Post-it notes to begin writing. The teacher and the assistant moved around the room guiding the students. Finally, when the notes were in order, and had been edited for COPS (Capitlization, Organization, Punctuation, Spelling) then the students were free to write their finaly copy.
Do you have an idea for using Post-it's in your classroom? Share below.
WRITING: Top 5 Tips For Any Grade
Welcome to a new series on the blog about everyday strategies you can do at home to help your own child or your students to succeed in specific academic areas. This week's plug is for WRITING.
I often get asked by parents if I could tutor their child in the writing process. More often than not, the student's needs are organizing their thoughts. Hopefully, your child is familiar with the writing process from school. If they are very young, then chances are they may know just a little bit about it.
Children usually think the writing process is a punishment. Teaching first grade I often get asked by the students...Do I have to do a sloppy copy if I do it just perfect the first time? Yes, darling, I am trying to teach you the writing process.
Here are a few ways to avoid the tears and frustration with the writing process. You may want to implement all of these techniques or you may just pick and choose what you need for your child depending on what is expected for their writing assignment.
I hope you are able to glean some good ideas here the next time your child has a writing assignment or perhaps you're a classroom teacher who may see something here as a good strategy to help one of your littles. Leave me a comment if you do try one of these out or if you have any questions.
I just started my last course for my Reading Endorsement. This course looks at the history of Reading. I was unsure at first how interesting this would be...let's be honest...don't we want to know more about what will work in our modern day classrooms. But after reading the first few articles and book, I realized something. As in everything that we do, we need to know where we have been to know where we are going. It's been amazing to read about studies from the early 1900's, that have made such an impact still on how we teach today.
My other "aha" moment this week was realizing how our teachers today don't value research as much as they should. Or as much as our counterparts in other fields do. We simply say...."Oh, I don't like that test." or "I don't think that works." If they only understood the validity of some of these instruments. If they only read more about their craft. I know we are overwhelemed with the job expectations and demands. But we, as educators, need to stay informed and educated, after all we are practitioners of our craft.
Stay tuned, as I resurrect the Learning Logs with some historical facts you might find intersting and might even realize that it's not "new" after all. For example, Thorndike in 1917 was bringing to light the need for reading comprehension, to understand what we are reading. Or how in 1970 and 1978 Singer forshawdowed the concept of Common Core. Singer's research revealed the need for student mobility as well as teacher mobility. Singer noted the need for curricular validity regarding standardized testing.
So many interesting facts. Hopefully, you will look at our current state of instruction and see where it gained it's footing.
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