About a month ago, Mrs. Anderson decided to make Fridays free writing time for her kindergartners. Her authors LOVED the idea! During this time, Mrs. Anderson encourages her students to write and draw whatever they want. When writers choose topics that they care about and are not tied to a certain genre, it is called a non genre specific project. It may be that students are writing poems. a creative story, or another genre of interest. Mrs. Anderson has noticed how engaged the students are in their writing during this time. This is something she plans to continue with her future writers as well!
Mrs. Moore's first grade writers took advantage of this beautiful spring-like weather and held their writers' workshop outdoors today. Writers know that they can find inspiration in all kinds of different settings. These young writers are proving that writing can happen anywhere!
Students in Mrs. Mann's science workshop have been talking about the importance of observations and making inferences. One of the ways writers explore their ideas and thinking is through visual observations. As Mrs. Mann shared a wordless picture book, the writers were invited to study the images and to use those images for making story inferences. Writers were filling page after page of their notebooks!
Using visual images to spark ideas for thinking and writing is a great strategy to help students make connections between the kinds of thinking scientists and writers both do within a process.
Mrs. Mann's fourth grade Scientific writers have already been generating some important thoughts in their Science Notebooks this year. What a great way to invite writers to jot their ideas onto the page by offering a digital image to think about. These writers will certainly have a notebook full of thinking this year as they continue to observe and reflect through invitations to write!
Mrs. Anderson's kindergarten class kicked off the new year in Writers' Workshop by making books about topics they love! These busy writers went straight to work on their books on the very first week of school. It will be so much fun to see all of the books these authors will write and publish throughout the year!
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