During the month of February we focused on the importance of friendship and writing about it. I generally started with a patterned sentence where the students were required to add one or two of their own words. A sample of a patterned sentence is outlined below. However, I still encouraged students to write their own if they wished (this varied depending on skill level). If you are a member, the templates to complete this project are provided for you in the Valentines theme unit.
___________ is a _______________friend.
Preparing for Writing Success and Independence
Modeling any activity you wish your students to complete prior to assigning it, is the key to success. Together as a class we would brainstorm for ideas and I would model the writing process. I would also model how I would plan what to draw. We would also brainstorm for possible high frequency words that could be used and I would ensure these were readily available for the students as a reference.
Letter Formation and Picture Guide
In observing my students I also learned that that some needed a letter formation guide with a picture clue of what sound that letter makes. If you are a member, login to your account and access this printing and sound guide from the link “Alphabet Program” and the “Alphabet Pictures”.
Working In Small Groups
I preferred to work in small groups to ensure the children were leaving spaces between words, assisting those children that still needed assistance with proper letter formation and sounding out words. Sometimes I would swap guided reading small group for guided writing small group.
What Do The Other Students Do When Working With Small Groups?
A dilemma that every teacher faces is what to do with the other students when working in a small group setting. I still see so much value in play activities that encourage fine-motor development and thinking. These activities are still very educational and require very little intervention and the students view them as fun! I teach grade one currently and my students are allowed to engage in these activities when they have completed their work. My favourite activities are outlined below:
1. lego, duplo and other blocks
2. pattern blocks
4. how to draw sheets and books
5. colouring sheets
WIN A FREE THEME BY POSTING YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES
All individuals that post an activity that they use to engage their remaining students, while working with a small group, will receive a free theme of their choosing. Just e-mail me that you posted a comment and I will reply with the information that I need from you.