How to HELP kids...WRITE! Freebie,too!


Writing in First grade.

Common Core Standards DEFINE 
what writing will LOOK like in Grade one.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.3
Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.

WOW! 
 A lot for firsties who are learning
 to read AND write.

We "JUMP" in!  :)


We start with
NARRATIVE WRITING.

Much easier to write about yourself, than others.

My kiddos are just beginning to understand LANGUAGE.

Sytnax...grammar...structure...????

A LOT FOR A 7 year old!

HOW?  HOW?  HOW?
Breathe...

We TALK.. A LOT!  
We share our ideas.  
We draw. We draw some more.
 We chart ideas. 
We sound out words ( the best we can ). 


student work, writing paper




We share. We edit. 
We write more. 
And we FIX IT!




Is it perfect?  NO!

Is it OK?

YES!

Writing is a process. 
It takes TIME!
And practice.
 And MORE practice!

I want my kiddos to WANT to write.
Not for ME...for themselves!

The LOVE of writing is a GIFT!

Give them a GIFT!




Need HELP with resources, ideas, & planning?

Here are some helpful ideas:










My kiddos use these writing pages
 to SUPPORT their writing.


We use VOCABULARY BANNERS for Language / Spelling Support.

To help YOU get started..


for YOU! :)

Give them a GIFT! 

How many times do YOU ask..WHAT TIME IS IT?

WHAT TIME IS IT???


How many "times" today have you been  asked...

WHAT TIME  IS  IT???

Clock, time, happy clock

For me...
WAY  TOO  MANY!

And so...
WE  TEACH!

Hour hand.
Minute hand.
O'clock.
Thirty.

And OVER...And OVER...And OVER!

Judy clock for asking What Time Is IT?
Big ones for WHOLE Group. 
Little Ones for Small / Independent Practice.

(Practice  MAKES   Perfect!)

To help out...

I have created a
MUCH   NEEDED  Packet.. 
for ME AND  For YOU!

WHAT TIME IS IT? 1stgradefireworks


Snowman clocks for What Time Is It?

Time cards for WHAT TIME IS IT?

Snowman time header cards

snowman, time , black & white cards

Clocks for WHAT TIME IS IT?



These games will help my kiddos practice
Hour & Half-Hour
in 
MULTIPLE GAME  Formats!


Those who like SORTING...SORT!
Those who like a MATCHING GAME...MATCH!
Those who like to write..WRITE!

And so we work..we play...we practice!

And then...

WHAT  TIME  IS  IT??

RECESS!  LUNCH!  TIME TO GO HOME!


Time to the hour and half hour

  
Check out my WINTER Pinterest board!
LOTS  of Winter GOODIES!

How do YOU FIT IT ALL IN? Balanced Literacy

BALANCED LITERACY IN FIRST GRADE!


I can't  believe this is year 26!
MY own twins were in first grade MY first year of teaching!
( NOT in my class...TG...)

Each year things CHANGE!
CHANGE is NOT a BAD thing!
It can make you rethink, reevaluate, redo, remake, revitalize!

After 26 years...I can HONESTLY say..

I will NOT throw out the BABY with the BATHWATER!

WHAT????

OK...We have a new curriculum.  AGAIN!
EVERY  7 YEARS..
Whether you want it ...or NOT!

And so, here we go again.


It really doesn't matter what "program" you give me.

BALANCED  Literacy
 is
BALANCED Literacy



My "STRESS" level rises when I try to plan .
HOW TO FIT IT ALL IN?

Reality check...
Some days I can...some days I can't.

It's ok. 
Life won't end if you don't do it ALL!
BUT..

TRY!

Let's start with :

 #1.. READ ALOUDS

                                          #2 ..  INTERACTIVE  WRITING

I  start with 
READ  ALOUDS!

I  start  my day with a READ ALOUD.
AND
I end my day with a READ ALOUD!

( I try to make ONE of those Read Alouds
 a SCIENCE,SOCIAL STUDIES, or HOLIDAY story)

INTEGRATE whenever YOU can!

After EVERY story...WE Discuss.

Characters.
Setting.
Problem.
Solution.

EVERY Read Aloud.  
Discuss for  10 minutes ...MAX!
Highly Effective! 

When students THINK about a story, "turn & talk"
about it, use the "academic language" from the story they are engaged!
They might NOT take it on for themselves the first time.....
but...over time, they will!

This week I heard some "reading partners"
 discussing  our anthology
story.

I heard "MAIN CHARACTER", 
"Beginning, Middle, END", 
"How did they SOLVE that Problem?"

WOWZA! 
 Teacher  Happy DANCE!

If you need suggestions for Read Alouds...PINTEREST!

Next on my BALANCED LITERACY  plan..

INTERACTIVE  WRITING

So,how?  Where?  WHEN?

I LOVE interactive writing!
Interactive Writing is when the KIDS do the writing.
 We use chart paper. We discuss a story PLAN. 
We start with MAIN IDEA. Then we add 3 detail ideas.
 We add a conclusion. 

They help each other spell.
We sound out words together.
We discuss grammar.

And we write..and read..
and edit..and rewrite!

What a wonderful cycle!

I am using my interactive writing skills to
 incorporate our
NEW long vowel phonics concepts. 
We made a chart. 
Together we thought up words that use our long vowel
 word families. We made a vocabulary box on the chart 
to remind us of words we want to use in our story.
 And..THEY  WRITE! 
Smelly markers are a must! 
And we read..This happens during our 
morning meeting time. 
We spend about 5-10 minutes writing 
each day for 5 days. 
Mondays..we begin a new story.
THEY LOVE THIS!




We started with Kate.
Long a with silent e.
Then Irene.
Long e with silent e.
Next week...
Long o with silent e.

Check out ..


Next we preview...

WRITER'S  WORKSHOP

WINTER IS WONDERFUL

Winter.
Snow.
Jackets, mittens, scarves, & snowboots.

I am NOT an expert on SNOW!

I live in NORCAL.
Wine country. 

Not a lot of snow here.

My students LOVE to learn about WINTER!

Our favorite theme.




ELA  AND  MATH  CENTERS

English  Language  Arts


Contractions


VERBS


MIXED UP SENTENCES


WRITING...MAIN IDEA  &  DETAILS

MATH


Math Mountains
Missing  Addends


MAKING  10  STRATEGY
PLACE  VALUE



How to Fit IT ALL IN? Balanced Literacy...

BALANCED LITERACY IN FIRST GRADE!


I can't  believe this is year 26!
MY own twins were in first grade MY first year of teaching!
( NOT in my class...TG...)

Each year things CHANGE!
CHANGE is NOT a BAD thing!
It can make you rethink, reevaluate, redo, remake, revitalize!

After 26 years...I can HONESTLY say..

I will NOT throw out the BABY with the BATHWATER!

WHAT????

OK...We have a new curriculum.  AGAIN!
EVERY  7 YEARS..
Whether you want it ...or NOT!

And so, here we go again.


It really doesn't matter what "program" you give me.

BALANCED  Literacy
 is
BALANCED Literacy



My "STRESS" level rises when I try to plan .
HOW TO FIT IT ALL IN?

Reality check...
Some days I can...some days I can't.

It's ok. 
Life won't end if you don't do it ALL!
BUT..

TRY!

Let's start with :

 #1.. READ ALOUDS

                                          #2 ..  INTERACTIVE  WRITING

I  start with 
READ  ALOUDS!

I  start  my day with a READ ALOUD.
AND
I end my day with a READ ALOUD!

( I try to make ONE of those Read Alouds
 a SCIENCE,SOCIAL STUDIES, or HOLIDAY story)

INTEGRATE whenever YOU can!

After EVERY story...WE Discuss.

Characters.
Setting.
Problem.
Solution.

EVERY Read Aloud.  
Discuss for  10 minutes ...MAX!
Highly Effective! 

When students THINK about a story, "turn & talk"
about it, use the "academic language" from the story they are engaged!
They might NOT take it on for themselves the first time.....
but...over time, they will!

This week I heard some "reading partners"
 discussing  our anthology
story.

I heard "MAIN CHARACTER", 
"Beginning, Middle, END", 
"How did they SOLVE that Problem?"

WOWZA! 
 Teacher  Happy DANCE!

If you need suggestions for Read Alouds...PINTEREST!

Next on my BALANCED LITERACY  plan..

INTERACTIVE  WRITING

So,how?  Where?  WHEN?

I LOVE interactive writing!
Interactive Writing is when the KIDS do the writing.
 We use chart paper. We discuss a story PLAN. 
We start with MAIN IDEA. Then we add 3 detail ideas.
 We add a conclusion. 

They help each other spell.
We sound out words together.
We discuss grammar.

And we write..and read..
and edit..and rewrite!

What a wonderful cycle!

I am using my interactive writing skills to
 incorporate our
NEW long vowel phonics concepts. 
We made a chart. 
Together we thought up words that use our long vowel
 word families. We made a vocabulary box on the chart 
to remind us of words we want to use in our story.
 And..THEY  WRITE! 
Smelly markers are a must! 
And we read..This happens during our 
morning meeting time. 
We spend about 5-10 minutes writing 
each day for 5 days. 
Mondays..we begin a new story.
THEY LOVE THIS!




We started with Kate.
Long a with silent e.
Then Irene.
Long e with silent e.
Next week...
Long o with silent e.

Check out ..


Next we preview...

WRITER'S  WORKSHOP

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