Writing about small moments...a Seed vs. a Watermelon anchor chart...there are a number of terrific writing anchor charts here, but this is my favorite! Kids always want to choose a topic that is just too big! This helps them narrow it down.
Reading Workshop: What It Looks Like in My Classroom
Giving the students a task during reading workshop is a great idea. They talk to each other because they don't know what to do. While you meet with reading groups, giving them a task is helpful. Elementary aged kids can't sit and "read" for 40 plus minutes straight.
Writers workshop - Lucy Calkins story mountain. Students create notes on a post it forming small ideas. Students take the small ideas and paste them right into their notebook to creat a story. Yellow post it's are the who's, when's and what's of the story, blue can be 3 main ideas or a Problem and pink is a strong closing or the solution to the problem in the story.
This downloads in English only. This character trait word bank is a great support tool for beginner writers. Not only does it give students ideas of character traits to use in their writing, but it also helps them understand what the traits mean by grouping similar traits together in the chart.