Take a look at our kindergarten writing activities at the beginning of the year. Through shared writing and interactive writing, students learn the structure of writers workshop.
Kindergarten Writing Activities
I have promised to share a little about the writing in our classroom. I am pretty excited about how it is going so far. This lesson I focused on the importance of noticing the details in the setting. I modeled how I closed my eyes to make a picture in my head, then drew the picture. I had my kiddos help me come up with a sentence. We decided it would be, “I am buying donuts for Matt.” We said the sentence over and over (in many voices… monster voice, opera singer voice…). Then I drew lines, one for each word.One by one, I had my students come up and share the pen to help write the words. We really worked on hearing the sounds and writing the sounds we heard.
Meanwhile, on the carpet, each student had a plastic plate and an Expo marker. I have always used whiteboards in the past, but Deanna Jump raved about the plates during one of her conferences and I was hooked on using them ever since. They are CHEAP and the store beautifully under my writing easel. Students remain engaged during the whole process.Here is what it looks like when we are done. I quickly write in the correct spelling and put a check mark above the sounds we figured out… with a big FAT, “look how smart you are” celebration. NOTE: I don’t want my kiddos to think that I am correcting their work. If they ever appear deflated… then I am doing it wrong. They should be beaming with pride EVERY. STEP. OF. THE. WAY!
Again, my focus of the mini-lesson was to notice the details in the setting. However, my kindergarten students also worked on:
- writing from left to right
- writing from top to bottom (or the return sweep)
- stretching out the sounds we hear
- adding ending punctuation
Then students write!
After our writing mini-lessons and activity, it was my kindergarten students’ turn to write. I was so pleased to see some of my students using their tools. This student looked at his alphabet strip to figure out how to write an “F.”
Then he wrote it!
You can see this student’s growth over a 2 week period!
8/24: I am going swimming. 9/12: Me riding my four-wheeler. I see a turkey.
Here is this particular student’s growth over the last few weeks!
When teachers ask when we start writers workshop, I tell them as soon as we figure out where the restrooms are, we are ready for writers workshop. What if I had waited until all of my students know letters and sounds? What a wasted opportunity this would be! Don’t wait! When teachers say, “My kids are not ready for writers workshop.” What they really mean is, “I am not ready for writers workshop.” We need to move past holding students back because we are not willing to try something. Our students are counting on us.
My class is an average class. We have roughly 50% of my students below the poverty line. I have ESL students in my classroom. AND the student shown above did not come into the classroom with a large list of skills. He knew a few letters and he knew how to write his name. However, I have some students who are still learning the difference between red and blue.
I tell you this because I want you to be brave!
WANTING MORE ON WRITING?
Since I LOVE talking about writing, I have a few (dozen) blog posts about writing.
- Writing Folder Organization FREE file!
- 5 Things You Need to Know About Writing
- Writers Workshop: Second Week of Kindergarten
- Or HERE to read them all
LOOKING FOR PRINT AND TEACH WRITING LESSONS?
Deanna Jump and I have created simple, yet powerful daily lesson plans to teach writers workshop. We have taken the guesswork out of your instruction.
Each unit is carefully planned out.
And it walks you through each day’s lesson.
You can shop our writing curriculum below:
- Writing Writers Workshop: Writing Through the Year K-1 Bundle
- Writing Writers Workshop: Writing Through the Year 2nd Grade Units