Small Moments

We have been moving and grooving in first grade–in more ways than one.  We’ve been moving our bodies, but also moving our minds as we are learning about what good writers do.

In our district, and at our school, we use a wealth of knowledge and resources to teach our content.  Right now we are utilizing a FABULOUS unit of study from Lucy Calkins, all about personal narratives–which she calls Small Moments.

So far, we’ve set the stage for our Writer’s Workshop, by learning the procedures, as well as important things like where we keep the paper and other supplies in our writing center.  We are just a few days in and have already talked about:

  • how writers remember the story by telling it out loud first, thinking about the beginning, middle and end
  • how writers remember the story by touching and telling the story across the pages of their booklet, sketching the pictures first, then writing the words
  • how writers can go back and add in details they forgot the first time, using carats to add words, or just writing more to the end
  • how writers can tell the difference between a WATERMELON story or the SEEDS inside it  (which are the small moments we are focusing on)
  • how writers stretch out words they don’t know how to spell, and use the words around the room and the word wall to help them
  • how writers need each other–writers worked with a partner to add details by answering questions their partners were wondering about (like who, when, where, why, etc..)

It’s been really amazing to see the progress both in writers’ ability and their willingness to try new things in just the short days we’ve been working together.

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Evan, Millie and Ava are hard at work on their writing. Don’t forget your name and number on the top! We’re working on learning the date, too. 🙂

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Charlie’s getting started by sketching his picture first, then adding the words to the beginning of his story.

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Check out how Landen’s being a super-smart first grade writer and using the alphabet chart to figure out the sounds in his words!

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C.J. uses the alphabet chart, too, as he adds words to his pictures. Jacob is hard at work getting his ideas down, too!

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See Thomas using his rubber band to stretch out a word? Peyton checks out the chart, and Lauren is busy working on a story about a princess. 🙂

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During our Writer’s Workshop, writers can work wherever they think they can do their best work. Ella Marie found a studio spot all by herself at the kitchen table.

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Makayla and Briannia are working on their Small Moments at Table 3.

Millie shows off her word wall skills as she writes Joshua's name.  There are rings with the word wall words that hang under the regular words that kiddos can take to their tables to use and return.

Millie shows off her word wall skills as she writes Joshua’s name. There are rings with the word wall words that hang under the regular words that kiddos can take to their tables.

We have an anchor chart to help us remember the steps to writing a story.  We have been adding steps to it along the way.

We have an anchor chart to help us remember the steps to writing a story. We have been adding steps to it along the way.

Our writing folders help keep us organized: the green means it's a story that we're still working on and the red is for stories we're finished with for now.

Our writing folders help keep us organized: the green means it’s a story that we’re still working on and the red is for stories we’re finished with for now.  The file folder in there will come later, but will be for the project kiddos are working on right now.

 

 

 

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