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Friday, January 20, 2017

How to be BETTER WRITERS in First Grade

Hello everyone! 
 My name is Wendy McCarty.
 I am  the creator behind... 

1stgradefireworks

I create classroom and homeschool materials 
that engage young minds and help teacher to support instruction.
You can see my products in my TPT Store:

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Today's Topic...

Writing in First Grade

Now... I wish I was PERFECT.
I wish my kiddos were PERFECT.

There are NO Perfect PEOPLE!
NO Perfect KIDDOS.

No  Perfect.

Now that we have gone there...how do we get close?

We get  BETTER!

Better Readers.
Better Speakers.
Better Writers.

Better..Better...Better

( My Mantra )

HOW?

We write EVERY DAY.

Usually..more than once.

We write about our day in school
...things we like
...stories we have read
...new words we have learned
...new thoughts we have had
etc.etc.etc.

I try to do a mini-lesson on a strategy.
I add new vocabulary.  In CONTEXT.
We make connections.
We expand our thinking.
We TALK!
And it can be noisy. 
It's OK.

Sometimes LEARNING is messy.
And loud. And busy.
It's OK!

We do writer's workshop.
My kids write.
AND they LOVE IT!











HOW?

Give them paper, pencils, markers, colored pencils, etc...
Give them...TIME!

And ... LET THEM TALK!
My classroom is NEVER quiet!

Talking 
about writing,
 during writing, 
and after writing.

TALK, Write,  Create!

Are they perfect?
NO.

Is that OK?
YES!

*(Update)

I have added new 
VOCABULARY BANNERS
to my
Writing Center.



The banners 
help my
 beginning writers 
( HOW DO YOU SPELL.....??? )
and my 
EL students 
(LOTS of VISUALS )






See how I use the
VOCABULARY BANNERS

For your...

WRITER'S WORKSHOP

 If you need a starting point..  

Monthly Writing Pages
WITH
VOCABULARY Helpers
at the 
bottom of EVERY PAGE!






I LOVE TEACHING!

I am currently headed into my 27th year teaching..ALL of them  in first grade! 
My kiddos ask me "WHY don't YOU ever GRADUATE to Second Grade?" 
I tell them 
"First Grade is IN my HEART!"


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