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How to Launch Your Kindergarten Writing Workshop

How to Launch Your Kindergarten Writing Workshop

It’s the first day of Kindergarten. Two kids won’t stop crying, and another refuses to sit in a chair. Writing workshop is probably the last thing on your mind! But if you’re intending to use the writing workshop model with your Kindergarteners, you’ll need to start getting things in place that first week of school. I…Continue Reading

How To Teach Primary Students to Write with Details

How To Teach Primary Students to Write with Details

Sometimes I have a hard time getting students to write with details. Can you relate? For example, a child might make a statement and then repeat it in different ways: “I like baseball. Baseball is fun. I have fun when I play baseball. I love baseball.” Their writing may look “long,” but it’s repetitive rather than detailed. And that…Continue Reading

Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color (And 3 Other Books That Teach Children About Illustrating Their Writing)

Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color (And 3 Other Books That Teach Children About Illustrating Their Writing)

I would argue that teaching young children about drawing is just as important as teaching them about writing. Many of our students begin Kindergarten without much experience holding a crayon or pencil. Their drawings may be simple scribbles. If we jump straight into teaching them how to write, we force them to skip an important stage…Continue Reading

10 Post-Reading Activities for K-2 Guided Reading Lessons

10 Post-Reading Activities for K-2 Guided Reading Lessons

Most of the time, a student’s phonics development corresponds to his or her guided reading level. This makes guided reading a great time for a little word study or writing, since students are usually grouped by their reading levels! However, my groups often spend a long time reading the book during guided reading. It can…Continue Reading

Writing Mentor Texts for Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade

Writing Mentor Texts for Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade

A while back, I compiled a list of narrative, opinion/persuasive, and informational mentor texts for primary students. A bit of time has passed, so I’ve decided to update that list and include additional awesome books that I’ve found! In today’s post, I’ll share a list of outstanding mentor texts, grouped by genre. I’ll also share five…Continue Reading