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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

During Writer’s Workshop, we have been writing small moment stories.  A Small Moment story is a true story about you!

We learned how writers plan their stories:

Think of an idea

Sketch a quick picture for the beginning, middle, and end

Write our words

Add a more detailed picture if we want

We also learned that good writers always keep working! We used the phrase “When you’re done – you’ve just begun!”. Good writers add details to their pictures and words, or they can start a new story.

Mrs. Stadt :)

Writing Update

This past week in Writer’s Workshop was filled with assessments! We spent the first part of our week reviewing the parts of a great small moment story.

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After our review, we had time to write our very best small moment story. We did it with no help, not even from our writing partner. I was very impressed with what these first grade writers know about good writing!

Later in the week, we were introduced to All About books. These are non-fiction books, all about a topic we know a lot about. After spending so much time reading non-fiction books, the first graders were very excited to try writing one of their own. Their first book will show me what they already know about All About books and how I can help them grow through our future lessons.

Mrs. Stadt :)

Writing Update

Since our Holiday Break, we’ve spent some time writing and sharing small moment stories and persuasive letters.  Everyone had such fun stories to share from events that took place over their long, winter break, and many kids wanted to continue writing letters too.  Here we are working as very focused writers on our first day back after break:

At the end of last week, we talked about how we were going to start a new unit of writing next week and we wanted to give each student a goal of what they could work on each day of our next writing unit to make sure that their writing was the best it could be.  The kids have gotten very independent and confident in their writing each day, so as a class, we are going to focus on the features of a 5 Star Sentence:

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We spent some time looking at their writing from the previous unit, and then I helped them choose one feature of a 5 Star Sentence to have as a goal.  Each student was given a bookmark with their goal written on it and they stored it in their writing tool bag, as a reminder of what they were going to work on as they are writing each day.  It was easy to see, as I walked around the room on Friday and all this week, that the kids were working hard to meet that goal in their writing.

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Mrs. Stadt :)

Writing Update

During Writer’s Workshop, we have been writing Small Moment stories. A Small Moment story is a true story about you! We learned how writers plan their stories.

Think of an idea

Sketch a quick picture for the beginning, middle, and end

Write our words

Add a more detailed picture if we want

We also learned that good writers always keep working! We used the phrase “When you’re done – you’ve just begun!”. Good writers add details to their pictures and words, or they can start a new story.

Mrs. Stadt :)

Small Seeds Notebooks

You might have noticed something new in your child’s blue folder tonight…

We kicked off our new unit of writing with a brand new writing tool – a Tiny Topics or Small Seeds notebook.  This notebook is a place for your child to write down ideas for small moment stories.  At school, we’ve been discussing how almost everything can be a story!  If your child comes up with an idea at home, help them write a little note in their notebook.  Remind your child to bring their notebook back to school each day and in no time that tiny topic will become a spectacular story!

Thank you for your help at home!

Mrs. Stadt :)

Writing Update

This week, we compared our writers to photographers.  We talked about how photographers can zoom out and take a picture of an entire event or they can zoom in and really focus their picture on the most important part of the event.  Good writers do the same thing to their stories.  We practiced sorting stories that were zoomed in and stories that were more like a list of many different events.  We challenged our writers to find the most important part of their story and zoom in and tell more about that part.

Our writers also worked hard to put their feelings in their stories.  We wanted our endings to be as great as our stories, so we outlawed, “And then I went home,” as a way to end their stories.  From now on, we are working on adding how we felt  or what we were thinking in our heads to the end of our stories.  This way our ending is still focusing on the small moment we wrote about.

Mrs. Stadt :)

Tiny Topics Notebooks

You might have noticed something new in your child’s blue folder tonight…

We kicked off our new unit of writing with a brand new writing tool – a Tiny Topics or Tiny Seeds notebook.  This notebook is a place for your child to write down ideas for small moment stories.  At school, we’ve been discussing how almost everything can be a story!  If your child comes up with an idea at home, help them write a little note in their notebook.  Remind your child to bring their notebook back to school and in no time that tiny topic will become a spectacular story!

Thank you for your help at home!

Mrs. Stadt :)