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Saturday, September 29, Planning a Giveaway It just creeped up on me I can't believe I have over followers: Thank you to everyone that follows my little ol' blog.
Since I began this journey in July, the blogging world has really revolutionized my teaching and I can't thank you all enough! My sweet friend Kelly from Teaching Fourth has already volunteered. So, please leave a comment if you could help me out.
I would be so grateful!! I would like to start the giveaway Saturday, October 6th. I have several blogging friends that have so generously agreed to donate a product for my giveaway! See the awesome list of bloggers in the comments. I can always use more volunteers too: I have created this button in anticipation of this giveaway!
We just finished our third full week of school and have gone full swing into implementing three components of Daily 5 Read to Self, Read to Someone, and Work on Writing. My 4th grade students have really had a tough time with writing stamina and we have only been working on "easy" writing topics.
I started strategies from Step-Up to Writing this week. I love this resource that our district has implemented for about 10 years now! Does anyone else out there use it? I also made up this writing notebook rubric based on Aimee Buckner's rubric in the Notebook-Know How: Strategies for the Writer's Notebook.
Students glued it to the inside cover of their journals to refer to throughout the year.
I plan to use this rubric to grade their journals every 5 weeks. How do you assess your writing journals?
I think it will help making students accountable for finishing their entries and taking their CUPS capitalization, usage, punctuation, and spelling more serious.
They are so relaxed with grammar at this time of year!
So backing up three weeks We decorated writing journals and they are a big hit. Students really seem to love their journals. You can read about them here. I used this book with the lesson: The most difficult part for me has been to just let them write without butting in over their shoulder.
I really want them to get comfortable writing without worrying that they are doing it "wrong". Next, students wrote about three items from their decorated journal covers and why they are important to them. We also did an entry using this prompt: One time I was in trouble and I really should not have been was So, I just let the students write all three of those times and really work on their stamina.
They did improve each time. Then, this past Thursday, we did our first lesson on writing a paragraph using a Step-Up strategy. The topic sentence and conclusion are green, the reasons are yellow, and when they explain a reason it is highlighted pink.
My 4th graders always struggle the most with their topic sentence they want to answer the questions and give a lot of details in the first sentence and the "explains" pink are very difficult as well. I always model coming up with a paragraph "on the spot" and how I erase and change things around that they don't like.
We discuss how good writers do that and I also model rereading what I write throughout the process.
The students took notes and copied the "sample" paragraph starting in the back of their journals. Students are recording free write journal entries starting in the front of their journals and working their way to the back and they are recording class notes starting in the back of the journal and working their way to the front.
My students were required to write a topic sentence for a paragraph about a hobby of their choice for a ticket out the door.Data Quality: You are responsible for keeping the student data that you enter accurate, complete and up-to-date. If you recognize that student data is inaccurate, incomplete, or out-of .
Step Up to Writing, Fourth Edition employs a unique set of scaffolds and differentiation to meet the needs of all types of learners, including General Education, Special Education, English Language Learners, and Gifted and Talented. Writing Stories Worksheets and Printables.
Whether your child is a born storyteller or a reluctant writer, these narrative writing worksheets are filled with helpful . Writing Worksheets and Printables. Cultivate your child’s inner wordsmith with our vast selection of writing worksheets designed to support, educate, and inspire novice and experienced young writers alike.
Step-up-to-Writing uses colors to teach the parts of a paragraph/essay. With this packet students are given a page for each of the definitions for parts of a paragraph along with hints/ wor. Subjects: English Language Arts.
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Thematic Unit Plans. Careful proofreading is an important step in the writing process. After guided practice using a provided worksheet that details common grammar concepts, young writers refer to the worksheet as they proofread their own work.