Category Archives: Writing

How to Integrate Reading and Writing Workshop in K-2

How to Integrate Reading and Writing Workshop in K-2

Do you use the reading workshop AND writing workshop models in your K-2 classroom? I love the workshop model because it: Promotes student choice (which is motivating!) Gives students lots of real reading and writing time—not worksheets Creates time for us teachers to meet with students one-on-one or in small groups If you’d like to…Continue Reading

10 Websites to Share with Parents for Summer Learning Activities

10 Websites to Share with Parents for Summer Learning Activities

Looking for some websites and resources to help your students continue learning during the summer? Here are 10 great sites that you can share with the families of your Kindergarten, first, or second grade students!Photo Credits:  Monkey Business Images, Shutterstock Some of these sites are geared toward parents (I put **asterisks** by these), while others…Continue Reading

FREE Spanish Writing Folder Tools

FREE Spanish Writing Folder Tools

Are you teaching writing in Spanish? If so, and you work with kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade students, I’ve got a BIG freebie for you! In this blog post, I explain how I use my Spanish writing folder tools to help my students become more independent writers. Keep reading to get all of these materials…Continue Reading

Spanish Writing Mentor Texts for K-2

Spanish Writing Mentor Texts for K-2

If you teach writing in Spanish, then you may be able to relate to the difficulties I’ve had with finding materials! One problem I’ve had is finding mentor texts in Spanish. (Mentor texts are books that can be used to teach students about writing. We point out writing strategies that a published author has used…Continue Reading

How to Assess K-2 Students’ Writing in a Writing Workshop Model

How to Assess K-2 Students’ Writing in a Writing Workshop Model

In the writing workshop model, assessing or grading students’ writing can be a challenge. Students are typically choosing different topics, selecting which strategies they want to apply, finishing their writing at different times…it can feel a little “all over the place.” So how do you assess their work in a consistent, easy-to-manage way? My personal…Continue Reading

5 Ideas for a Successful Writing Center in K-2

5 Ideas for a Successful Writing Center in K-2

Do you have a writing center in your kindergarten, first, or second grade classroom? In my classroom, the writing center is part of our daily literacy centers rotations. Additionally, I have a separate writing block (writing workshop) at a different time of the day. The work students do in the writing center reflects what they’ve…Continue Reading