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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

3 Ways to Press the “Reset” Button On Your Writing Workshop (K-2)

3 Ways to Press the “Reset” Button On Your Writing Workshop (K-2)

Feeling frustrated with how your writing workshop is going? Are your little writers having trouble staying on task? If so, it’s time to press the “reset” button! Accepting that I need to backtrack and re-teach expectations is something that’s always been challenging for me. I spend a ton of time teaching writing routines and procedures at the beginning of…Continue Reading