Writing in the Third Grade
This year, one of my goals is to bring our writing program, Written Expression, up to the third grade. Project Read Written Expression is taught from kindergarten through second grade in our building. But now the question is, what about third and fourth grade? As always, bringing a new curriculum into higher grade levels means training for the teachers, mapping out the curriculum, and deciding what skills each grade level will be teaching.
To begin the year, I started teaching my students about a sentence. I spent a couple of weeks reviewing what a great sentence has and what a great sentence looks like. As you can see, we started simply with a capital letter, spaces, and punctuation. We also reviewed that a sentence has two parts, a subject and a predicate. Then, I started to introduce the expanders. We have had some practice with the "Where" expander, so I thought it time to practice writing a few sentences.
A fun activity using expanders:
I collected some magazines and catalogs and cut out some pictures and laminated them. When I was looking for pictures I thought about finding a picture that had a clear subject noun, a verb, and a "Where" expander.
Then, I gave each student a graphic organizer to build their sentence. I had the kids in small groups of six, and each student had a partner within the group.
I put a picture at each table. The students moved from table to table and wrote a sentence about what was happening in the picture.
When the students were done, they had five great sentences about each picture. We are off to a great start! Now, we begin the paragraph writing!