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.