Moving from grade 5 to primary last year was extremely eye-opening for me. In the past, my students came to me with the basics (usually!) and I was able to focus on the content and style of what they write. In the primary grades, I realize there are so many layers to writing tasks that the job is huge for these little ones. Not only do they need to come up with good ideas for writing, but they also need to remember to form their letters correctly, put spaces between their words, capitalize, use punctuation... phew! That is a LOT of work!
I have all these little parts posted as part of our required success criteria for writing so the students can refer to them whenever they are writing. To keep track of which skill each child is working on, I have each of the children place a post-it note with their name on the appropriate poster. This makes it SO easy for me and the students to keep track of what everyone is working on! AWESOME!
My Writing Goals Monitoring Chart is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store or Teacher's Notebook shop. I am always happy to customize either the clip art images or the goals themselves - don't hesitate to drop me a message if you're interested!
CAFE board is growing!!
I'm far too tired for a whole detailed post today, but I'll give you a sneak peek at some things I'll soon share in a post about our reading time!
We had an art period today and I decided to break out an old favorite - Halloween Ghosts. The kids were NOT disappointed... they loved it! I used the ghost templates at this site. I printed them on card stock and let the kids choose which ghost, or combination of ghosts, they'd like to use. They cut their chosen design out, colored around the perimeter of the shape with a piece of white chalk, placed the outline on top of a sheet of black construction paper, then wiped the chalk from the ghost to the black paper using a finger. After layering and repeating the result is ghostly fun!
One final bit of Awesome for your weekend... my entire Teacher's Notebook shop is on sale, plus you earn DOUBLE reward dollars! That's totally awesome! :)
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