Word boxes: If a student doesn't know how to spell a word, they check the card in the box. If it's not there, they bring the card to me, we spell it together, and then the card goes back in its spot when they're done. Promotes independent writers!
* My Heart Map. Students create a heart map in their writer's notebook as inspiration for their writing. 3 important people, 3 hobbies, 3 important places, 3 memories, and 3 important things. They will always have something to write about for a personal narrative.
Great idea! When students are at lunch the "Punctuation Super Heroes" sneak in and leave Skittles on correct punctuation. Very motivating.
Leaving Spaces (Spaghetti and Meatballs)
I’m trying to train my kids to use their heart maps when they need writing inspiration, so I keep my heart map by my easel and refer to it during every minilesson prior to writing. I like to pretend…VERY dramatically…that I have NOTHING to write about. The kids are quick to remind me that I can use my heart map for inspiration! They’re all, “DUH, Mrs. Carroll!!!” HA!
Heart Map: You make a map of things you love or things close to your heart and staple to the cover of your writing notebook - if you need an idea, look at your hear map!
Friendly letter song to the "eensy weensy spider". So creative and helpful!
biography project - Google Search
Grammatical Name Art - 1: Write name in bubble letters. 2: First letter write nouns that relate to you (common or proper nouns). 3: Second letter with verbs that relate to you (action or linking verbs). 4: Third letter with adjectives that describe you. Remaining lettersStudents can choose to write more nouns, verbs, or adjectives. Love this for a grammar review at the beginning of the year!
Story Sticks: Children pick one from each pile: A place, a problem, a person, and then they write or tell a story from the sticks.