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postheadericon The Snowy Day: Writing with Written Expression

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Who doesn't love the book, "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats? 

  This book is a perfect resource for writing sentences using our Written Expression Curriculum. 

 

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I started this lesson by reading the book aloud to my students. I asked them to think about all the actions that Peter does in the story and when and where those actions take place.

The second time, I read the story again, but paused to talk about what Peter does and when and where the actions take place. 

Next, we return to the teacher table to begin the writing process. 

 

BRAINSTORM:

I give each student a blank graphic organizer. 

 

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The students begin with the first column. Who is this about? We are writing about Peter. We can also refer to him as "He." The students write both words in the first column. 

Next we go to the second column. The four triangles asks us to think about the actions in the story. What does Peter do in the story? The students tell me he runs, he made snow angels, he walked, and he built a snowman. Some of these phrases would work with the "What" expander. However, we have not taught the "what expander" and how to use it yet, so for today, the students are allowed to use this in their verb column. 

Last, we talk about "Where" and 
"When" these actions happen? 

Peter runs where? In the snow! The students have built the sentence: Peter runs in the snow. 

Peter made snow angels when? In the morning! The kids have built their second sentence: Peter made snow angels in the morning. 

Their third sentence: He walked in the crowd of snow. 

Their fourth sentence: 

He built a big snowman outside. 

 

When we are done brainstorming, the students graphic oragnizer looks like this: 

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REVIEW:

I am no longer modeling how to write a good sentence. The kids know how to write a sentence, but I always take the time to remind them how to write a great sentence.

To review what a good setence has and looks like, I refer to my pocket chart and I ask the students to share what we know about sentences:

My pocket chart looks like this:

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A good sentence has:

Uppercase letter

Spaces between words

Ends in a period

Subject 

Verb

Expander: Where or When

 

WRITE:

Now, we are ready to write!

The kids get their writing paper and are eager to write. 

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We are done writing and they have done a great job! 

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postheadericon Unit 3.1 A Place to Play: Activities and Resources for the First Grade Clasroom

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We just finished "A Place to Play" and I thought I would share some resources and activities from this story.

 

 

FOCUS WALL PACK:

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SKILLS SHEET:

We send home this sheet each week for the parents to keep at home and refer to throughout the week. 

(You can download this by clicking on the image below)

 

A Place to Play skills sheet
 

 

 

HIGH FREQUENCY WORD CARDS:

These can be used for your focus board or for a teacher table pocket chart.

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3.1 HIgh Frequency Cards

 

SPELLING WORD CARDS:

These can be used for your focus board or for a teacher table pocket chart.

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3.1 spelling cards

 

I also made a spelling list for the kids to have in their independant center:

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3.1 spelling list

 

I also found this activity on Teachers Pay Teachers

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Word Cards:

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ENDING Y: SOUNDS LIKE LONG I AND E

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NOUN OR VERB:

I used these word cards in my pocket chart. I read the words to the students and had them tell me whether it was a noun or verb. 

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I made these cards and color coded the nouns and verbs on card stock. I used the cards above and read the words to the students. I had them hold up the noun card or the verb card. The kids loved it and thought it was a fun "game." The students can also play this in partners at an independant center. 

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As they got better at differentiating noun and verb, I made this for the students to do in an independant center. 

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verb and noun sort

 

 

 

 

postheadericon Happy New Year and fun with Sneezy the Snowman

 

Happy New Year and welcome back!  We hope you all had a restful break and made some great memories.  As I return to school and the cold weather (here in New England) is upon us, I can't help but be excited!  I love the winter months for so many reasons! 

Many people use January to make resolutions and set goals, I do not.  My goal setting seems to happen in August as I prepare myself for a new school, I also prepare my personal life for a new year.  Instead, I use January as a jumpstart. 

In first grade, it takes us almost until January to see our kiddos really starting to "get it."  The light bulbs go off and the "Ah ha" moments begin to happen.  I use January to really see what my students are capable of doing and begin to really focus in on what they still struggle with.  I refocus myself and review the goals I made for myself back in August.  Have I met them?  What really worked?  What didn't?  What have I missed completely?  Where do I go from here?  As I continue on my 180 day journey, I know that they won't all be met, but I also know I tried my hardest.

Another reason I love the winter months is because I get to do all things SNOWMEN!  I don't care much for snow, but boy do I love snowmen.  One of my favorite stories to read aloud this month is "Sneezy the Snowman".  It is a cute rhyming story about a snowman who just can't seem to get warm.  He tries many things to get warm and just as Sneezy is warming up, he melts and the children have to rebuild him. Finally, the children come up with a solution that allows Sneezy to stay warm without causing him to melt.  

   

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Great story for teaching rhyming, sequencing, as well as problem/solution.

I created a page for each student to write about what a snowman should not do.  We turned the completed pages into a classbook that the students can read throughout the year.  Here is a copy of that document.

 

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I also found a couple FREE extension activities that go along with this story sequencing foldable, a response page and a Hot/Cold science sort on TPT.

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