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Finding Small Moment Stories

Writing

My first grade writers have been working to find small moment stories.  We’ve had success using the watermelon analogy, when paired with our own story ideas.  To introduce the concept, we took a walk in the woods.  Our “big idea” was the walk in the woods, and we worked to identify the smaller stories within that story. I modeled this a few times with my students before asking them to find their own small moments to write about.  We’re using…

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End of Year DVD

Technology, Writing

I mailed my students their Remembering First Grade DVDs at the end of June. We start our end of year DVD project in the month of May.  If you’ve read about our Personal Narratives DVD project, you’ll notice that there are some similarities in the process, but I find that this project takes less time and is less intense! Phase 1 Take pictures yearlong Take videos yearlong Organize media by subject At the start of the year, I create a folder system…

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Personal Narratives

Technology, Writing

Our personal narratives unit is one of my favorites.  During this unit, students listen to and read books,  discuss books, brainstorm possible topics, write several personal narratives, select one personal narrative to develop into a digital story, share their stories, gather feedback from their audience, give feedback to their peers, revise/edit their stories, illustrate their stories, voice record the stories, insert their illustrations into movie maker, select picture transitions for their movie, and assist with music and sound clip additions.  And, when it’s all said…

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Editing Checklists

Writing

My students are currently working with editing checklists.  I find that they are holding themselves more accountable for the learning that’s taken place over the course of the year.  Over the years I’ve created a few different editing checklists for my emergent writers.  Earlier in my teaching career, I would create a wall chart for all to use as a point of reference (below). I have come to realize that an editing checklist is more usable if it’s near the student!  Read…

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