I think I mentioned last week (and probably the week before when we started them), but I am SO happy with how these warm-ups are really giving us a bang for our buck, and helping me get the thinking started BEFORE we sit down for our Writer’s Workshop mini-lesson. It seems like they have more time for writing and I talk less!–or maybe it’s just at a different time, but still…:)
Here are last week’s warm-ups, a little late:
We are working on publishing now. Can you tell?
I know, this is totally lame, and didn’t really require them to do much thinking, it was just a quick check-in since they were supposed to be finished publishing their stories and I wanted to see how it was going. Guess I figured that if they had a title, they probably had a story….yeah, not so much. It was also just a great enticement for them to finish because we heard many intriguing titles and want to read them!!
We are just between two writing units and this was a preview of the next one. It was not the first time I’d asked this question, but it was great to see the additional things they could tell me, and even the domain-specific words they could use to talk about it!
Ok, so this is not technically a writing warm-up, but it was timely for us and was something we needed to discuss. You know, sometimes you change the plan. 🙂 And I should mention, they had some great answers and thoughts on what to do next time!
We have a FABULOUS thing at our school on half-days called Robinson University, which means that my kiddos are not in my room for much of the morning, and so didn’t have time to talk about a writing warm-up. We just did a math warm-up instead. 🙂