Writing Around the Room
During writers workshop, we get BUSY! Many students decide to spread out around the room. As long as they are working, I let them!
SIDENOTE: This little friend is looking at the word wall… not chatting it up.
Kid Friendly Materials
Our materials are kid friendly. All of the paper options are available to the writers. They have a choice on whether to write a book, a single page, or a how-to piece. The books are made ahead of time, with single pages for those longer pieces. The students know how to remove the staples to add pages. (I still control the stapler and I staple at the end of the writing time).
By the way, this is the best staple remover. It is super kid friendly and it does not rip the pages. I got it at a teacher store, but I think I found the same one on Amazon. Click here to see it.
We share with our partners every day! It is so important, but it is easy to forget. Please don’t skip it.
Writing Samples from Mentor Texts
Here is Mr. E’s take on making gold. I tried to tell him that he could give me some of the gold he made… We will see if that happens.
This one made me say “Wow”…AND I got a tear in my eye (totally true). With the holiday, I think he worked on this for a total of 5 school days.
What curriculum do I use?
Together with Deanna Jump, we created our own writer’s workshop curriculum. Years of experience and research were put into the units, so we know they are developmentally appropriate for kindergarten and first grade. You can view the units by clicking HERE.
You may also be interested in reading a few other blog posts about writing:
- 5 things you NEED to know about writing
- 9 books that get kids writing
- Writers workshop and conferring
- A day in the life of kindergarten writers workshop
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