This week during writing, the first graders took their last writing assessment. They have done amazing with making sure to write a realistic story with lots of details!
We also took some time to pass back all of the writing assessments and celebrations from the beginning of the year and put them into a book. The first graders had so much fun looking at their writing from the very first day of school. They have grown SO much this year as writers! Look for this special keepsake in the next couple of weeks! We will spend the last weeks of school reviewing and practicing all the different kinds of writing we have learned this year.
This week, we took time to revise our collection of realistic fiction stories. We checked that the stories had all the key features that we had focused on in writing workshop. Then, we checked to see that our stories were easy for other people to read. We checked for finger spaces between words, capital letters in all the correct places (and not in the incorrect places), punctuation at the end of our sentences, correct spelling, and neat handwriting.
After that, we had the opportunity to add a cover to our series books and add an All About the Author page at the end of their collection. We studied some of our favorite authors to see what they shared about themselves in their All About the Author blurbs and then we wrote our own. If the stories don’t entertain you, the About the Author pages will! It was such a fun celebration of all we’ve learned!!!
This week, we challenged the kids to produce as much writing as possible each day, adding lots of details to enhance their stories (endings, lessons, patterns, pop-out words, etc.). We, also, focused on writing 5 Star sentences, as we get ready for 2nd grade.
Most of the students have completed a handful of stories in their series and we plan to prepare for a celebration of their realistic fiction series next week. Ask your first grader how many adventure stories they wrote for their characters.
This week, we started a new bend in writing and focused in on writing a series of books about the same characters. The students got to choose which characters they wanted to have in their series. Then, we noticed how in our favorite series books (like Mercy Watson), there is usually some information about the characters at the beginning of the book that’s reintroduced in each new book. So, we decided to write our books similarly.
We worked hard to fill our first page with lots of details, including: a lead sentence, a who, a what, a where, and details about our characters.
We will spend the next week filling in the rest of the pages of our books with details about the problem, dialogue between our characters, details about their feelings, and more! Our goal is to have a handful of books written about these same characters by the end of next week.
In writing this week, we spent the whole week learning different ways to add details in our writing. We learned that good writers add movement and dialogue to their to stories so that the stories come to life. Another way we can add details is to make sure we tell the small steps. This helps our reader visualize exactly what is going on in our stories.
Finally, we focused on adding feelings in our writing. We can do this by telling how our character is feeling but it makes it even more real when we show how our character is feeling by using a Show, Not Tell. Instead of saying “She was so happy”, we could say, “She was grinning from ear to ear”. Instead of “He was embarrassed”, we could write “His face turned red”. This gives the reader a much better picture in their mind as they read our stories.
This week in writing, the first graders began writing Realistic Fiction stories. We started on Monday by making up a pretend character, thinking of a realistic first grade problem, and a solution to the character’s problem.
We want to make sure we are thinking of real problems like having a wiggly tooth, scrapping a knee on the playground, or getting a bee sting. Once we plan our story across our fingers, then we quickly sketch the story on our paper before we get to work writing the words.
We learned how to write a lead to our story by setting the scene, telling who, what, and where about our characters, and adding a detail to the first page. For example….
One sunny day, Gretchen was sitting in Math Switch. She heard Mrs. VanKoevering teaching about comparison bars.
We ended the week by learning about how we should end our stories. We need to make sure that we solve the problem in our story on the last page and to end our book with a lesson that was learned.
Gretchen felt safe. She learned to go inside whenever there was a thunderstorm.
We were excited to write some small moment stories about the fun we had over spring break this week. Our first grade writers did a great job remembering some of the techniques that we used when writing stories way back in the fall: add a who, what, and where, add dialogue, add details, and add a special ending.
Our small moment story writing was excellent practice for our next genre of writing: realistic fiction. The kids are so excited to begin thinking up their own characters, problems, and solutions for the new stories we will write.
At the end of the week, we spent time writing a realistic fiction story together. We brainstormed the characters, setting, problem, and solution and sketched out each part of our story. Then, we added the words and details.
The kids are so excited to try out their own realistic fiction story next week!
This week, we spent time elaborating on details that we can add to our reviews that would be the most convincing. We strayed away from details like, it’s cool, fun, awesome…and worked on adding comparisons where the students told us why their idea was better than another.
Red Robin is better than McDonald’s because you get endless supplies of french friends.
We then challenged the kids to add all the key features of a convincing review to their own writing. We spent the week fixing up our reviews and adding more to them.
On Friday, we celebrated the work that we have done in this unit by building a book of reviews and sharing them with our classmates. Look for this book to come home and enjoy reading them!
This week, we worked hard to build our REVIEWS with all the important and most convincing parts. We started with a catchy introduction, by asking a question. After stating our opinion and listing CONVINCING reasons, we worked on adding details to our reasons. We ended our reviews by restating our opinion and then telling our readers to do something. We’ve been working hard to produce more and more each day to add to our collection of completed reviews in our writing folders. Ask your first grader how many reviews they’ve completed so far!