Self-Assessment Tell the students that today, they are going to be spending their time reading picture books. Explain that they will each take a picture book and be given a few minutes to practice reading it out loud before being recorded reading the book aloud.
Post 4 - Friendly Letters Saturday, July 21, In much the same way as my reading workshopI begin writing workshop with a foundational unit on sentences and paragraphs.
Before students are ready to begin writing various genres, they must have those basics down Let's face it, learning to write complete sentences is not that fun, so I like to incorporate lots of activities to help teach this concept besides just sitting and writing - we play games, use interactive PowerPoints, and more!
Once these foundations are in place, we move on to our first writing genre. There are so many ways you can use friendly letters and students are usually familiar with them already. To teach friendly letters we use lots of games, interactive PowerPoints, picture books, songs and practice, practice, practice!!
I can't even count the number of read-alouds that I use in a typical day I could spend all day reading aloud! Some of my absolute favorite read-alouds for friendly letters include: I usually use this book as an introduction of the many reasons we write to people.
It has actual "mail" to open and read, such as letters, invitations, thank you cards, etc. If you read First Day Jitters at the beginning of the year, this one is a must since it is the same teacher and class. Students will make that text to text connection! And, there's a Last Day Blues book you can read on the last day of school!
This is one of my absolute favorite books! I love the illustrations and the closings of the letters are cleverly written! I double dip with this book and use it again for my persuasion unit, but the students don't mind And, the author has a follow-up that we love, too though not quite as much!
There are several of these fairytale letter books. The letters are quite lengthy so you probably wouldn't read the book in one sitting, but it's a great look at perspective in addition to letter writing. There are a ton more Do you have favorite read-alouds for teaching letter writing?
I'm always looking to expand my collection! Some of my favorite letter writing songs are below. Feel free to download these freebies for use with your class! You can find it and all of the other friendly letter resources I use at Teacher's Clubhouse.
Here's a close up of one of the foldables completed. I absolutely love this project and it becomes a super handy resource that students keep in their writing folders. They draw themselves and label the parts of the letter and on the inside they write their address, various headings, closings, practice their signature, and write prompts to help them when writing the body of the letter.
It saves prints and keeps me from having to purchase envelopes.
It's perfect for our school mail delivery system! Celebration Our big culminating project for this unit is our Flat Stanley Project. Students get so super excited about waiting on their very own mail to return to school! You can find these resources here if you're interested. We also create our very own postcards out of index cards - super easy!
Students address the lined side and illustrate the blank side. We then send them to their parentsAug 10, · Each year, on August 10th, picture book lovers from near and far join together to share favorite picture books.
Classroom teachers, librarians, parents, authors, and other book lovers join the #pb10for10 community to share their favorite titles. Classroom Lesson Plans DRAMA FROM PICTURE BOOKS: (Including Writing) / Visual Arts Lesson Plans Sorted by Cross-Curricular Content In addition to the Drama and Creativity skills taught in my lessons, most also teach concepts or skills from other disciplines--or general life skills.
Hibernating Animals Lesson Plans! We love teaching about animals in winter. We start with some great books! Here is a list for you! Hibernation Station Animals in Winter Bear Snores On I love these sweet books! We used this chart to guide ourselves with informational writing (sorry no picture #fail).
As usual, we did a little.
After the writing is complete they can either bring in a picture of the secret thing or draw an illustration of it based on their written description.
When the students each share their writing with the class, the class guesses what the reader/writer is describing. Students use wordless picture books to examine elements regarding a story, the plot, and characters. In this wordless picture books lesson plan, students select a book to creatively discuss.
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