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Writing Update

In Writer’s Workshop this week we got to celebrate some amazing Small Moment stories!

First we picked our favorite story we had written so far. Then we made sure our stories had everything we learned from our mentor authors. We checked for leads, show not tell, other words other than “said”, ellipses, sound effects and an ending.

After we knew our stories had all of those great details, we double checked for finger spaces, neat handwriting, capital letters and punctuation.

We then made a title for our stories and created a cover. We also wrote a dedication page and an about the author page.  After putting all of our pages together, we left our stories on our desks and each got 3 sticky labels. We went around and read each other’s stories and left a book review on the back of the story to share what great things they had in their stories.

We ended with a Hawaiian Punch toast!!!  It was such a fun celebration of all we’ve learned!!! :)

Mrs. Stadt :)

Writing Update

In Writer’s Workshop this week we got to celebrate some amazing Small Moment stories!

First we picked our favorite story we had written so far. Then we made sure our stories had everything we learned from our mentor authors. We checked for leads, show not tell, other words other than “said”, ellipses, sound effects and an ending.

After we knew our stories had all of those great details, we double checked for finger spaces, neat handwriting, capital letters and punctuation.

We then made a title for our stories and created a cover. We also wrote a dedication page and an about the author page.  After putting all of our pages together, we left our stories on our desks and each got 3 sticky labels. We went around and read each other’s stories and left a book review on the back of the story to share what great things they had in their stories.

We ended with a Hawaiian Punch toast!!!  It was such a fun celebration of all we’ve learned!!! :)

Mrs. Stadt :)

Writing Update

This week we wrapped up our unit on How To writing!

First, we made sure our writing had an introduction to tell the reader what they were going to learn how to do. Next, we added a conclusion at the end to wrap up our instructions.

Once we knew all of the steps for writing a how to story, we picked our favorite one to get ready to celebrate. We made sure our piece had all of the parts good how to writing has by checking our stories with partners. Then we made sure we had capital letters, finger spaces, neat handwriting, and punctuation to make our writing easy to read. Finally, we added color to our teaching pictures.

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On Friday, we were ready to celebrate! We got into small groups to share our writing. Everyone got a chance to share, and we gave compliments to each reader. We finished our celebration with a final how to… how to make hot chocolate! :) We all had fun celebrating our fantastic writing!

Mrs. Stadt :)

Writing Update

This week, we focused on fixing and fancying up our All About books for our celebration.  The students worked at making a new table of contents to match the chapters they made for their book.  They added page numbers, a cover, color to their pictures, and even some dedication and about-the-author pages.  We are looking forward to celebrating our All About books next week!

Writing Update

We spent this week working on fixing and fancying up our writing for our celebration.  This whole unit focused on using other authors as mentors to learn from.  So, this week we studied how other authors fancied up their stories for publication.  We noticed that they have covers with titles, dedication pages, and about the author pages.  And just like them, we tried it too!  I will be sure to share some of their writing on the blog on Monday :)

We will celebrate with all the other first grade classes on Monday.  Keeping with the theme of using other authors as our mentors, part of our celebration will include adding book reviews to our friends’ stories!!  I will post pictures later for you to enjoy!

Writing Update

The week before break was our last week of our writing unit, Writing for Readers.  We started the week by sorting our writing into two piles.  The kids organized their work into an ‘easy to ready’ pile and a ‘not so easy to read’ pile.  Then they went on a hunt for the hardest to read story and the easiest to read story.  We glued the hardest to read story onto the top of a piece of construction paper.  We took the easiest to read stories and compiled a list of ideas of what made them easy.  Then, each student checked their story with the list to see if they did all they could to make their story easy to read.  Once they had a chance to fancy it up, they stapled their story to the bottom of the construction paper.  We shared our stories with students from the other three first grade classrooms and some students were even making changes to their stories to make them easier during our celebration!  Check out the fun from our celebration below:

This week, we started a brand new unit of study.  We will focus on revising our writing for the next four weeks.  This is a tricky thing for first graders to do, because they are so proud of their writing and how much work they put into it already.  Sometimes they find it hard to think that they need to make it better than it already is.  We are working hard on finding new ways to make their stories even better.  We started by rereading and adding to the words or pictures using our new purple revision pens.  We then started adding missing parts of the story using new tools like paper flaps and carets.  Most recently, we have worked to add dialogue, it really gives our stories a voice.  These first grade writers are such hard workers!

Mrs. Stadt :)

You are invited…

…to attend our first grade JUST WRITE celebration!!!

The big event will take place Thursday, May 19 at 2:45 pm.

Parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters are welcome to join us in Room 106 to experience a writing celebration. During our celebration, you will have a chance to read all of your child’s published writing from this school year, view classmate’s stories, take part in a toast and tour the school to read stories written by all of the teachers and students.

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I can’t wait to see you there! :)

Mrs. Stadt

Donations Needed: Chalk & Bubbles

Picture-3-28wcpkp-89x150Picture-4-1eeus98-73x150Every year, we first graders look forward to celebrating the end of the year together outside with bubblessidewalk chalkpopsicles, and fun!  We are all stocked up on popsicles and FUN, but…we would LOVE if you would add bubbles, large bubble wands, or sidewalk chalk to one of your shopping lists in the next few weeks.  We hold our celebration on the second to last day of school, so if you are willing to help supply us, you can feel free to send in your goodies anytime before the second to last day of school.   Thanks so much!

Mrs. Stadt :)