We have been working on getting our Writers’ Workshop set up, as well as learning about and writing Small Moments.
We used the analogy of a watermelon and its seeds to help kiddos think about a BIG idea and the SMALL parts of that larger story. This picture was really helpful for kids to have a concrete idea of what I was talking about. After I drew my initial picture, writers tried their own watermelons. 🙂
Wednesday was the day we were finally ready to share our finished writing pieces. This was our first for the year, and so we did have to start with a few instructions on how it would go. I also tried something new this time (which, by the way, I SHOULD NOT have done on our first try at a writing celebration…oh well, lessons learned), and had kiddos do writing compliments on their iPads using eBackpack and the MarkIt tool. Writers circulated and read their friend’s stories, leaving kind words about what they noticed and what they liked.
Great job on your first celebration, Rm. 202 writers, and great job on your first stories! Way to start the year as writers! 🙂