Writers have been busy at work this year at Spring Creek Elementary! All over campus, students are generating writing around topics that matter to them. It's exciting to see writers choosing topics they care about and developing those topics to share with others! Here at Spring Creek, our writers are making books and keeping notebooks in other content areas as well. Scientific writers are keeping notebooks to hold observations and scientific evidence. These writers have things to say and stories to tell. We can't wait to see these young writers grow throughout the year!
The fourth grade scientists in Mrs. Mann's classes wrote picture books to share all they know about science vocabulary words that they have been studying. The students chose their own science topics to feature in their books. Each student designed, drafted, and revised/edited their picture book. After publishing their stories, they read them to a younger audience. Writing is fun in Science!
We are so excited to kick off the 2017 School Year in Writers' Workshop here at Spring Creek! These busy writers in Mrs. Anderson's kindergarten class are working on stories about topics they care about. Throughout the year, young writers will create books and texts for publication. We hope you can continue to follow our blog this year as we celebrate our Spring Creek Writers.
Thanks to Mrs. Anderson's kindergarten class for giving us a peek into your writers' workshop. Happy writing!
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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