A couple of years ago, I tried writing warm-ups in 5th grade. The idea was the same as our math warm-ups, and would give kiddos a way of getting their thinking ready for whatever my writing lesson was going to be for the day. For some crazy reason I stopped doing these, and totally forgot about them. Until this week. And then I forgot again between Monday and Wednesday and finally remembered to try one on Thursday. So this 2nd grade debut of Writing Warm-Ups only has two examples. But hopefully they’re really great and that will make up for it. 🙂
We are in the middle of a fiction cycle, and were to going to begin revising. Our lesson on this day was about adding details into your draft and making the story more interesting for your reader. This got them thinking about that before we started, and so when we read our mentor text and got into our conversation, they were ready.
Can you tell what today’s revision lesson was about? Yep–leads! And since I knew I’d want them to collect some good examples for us to use in our discussion, I had them do that as their warm-up. Again, a win/win because it got them thinking, and saved time during our Writer’s Workshop since had already done that work. They did a great job of paying attention to how the intros sounded and were able to make connections to how writers need to make their leads hook the reader so they’ll want more. 🙂
It’s only been two days, but I can already tell these are going to give us a really big bang for our buck. Stay tuned–I’ll have more to share next week. 🙂