Yesterday I had the pleasure of having a co-worker do a writing lesson with my class. She is the master when it comes to using Thinking Maps. I love watching others teach, I become inspired and learn new ideas or ways to approach something. I've been having difficulty moving my students along in their writing. They know have some sight words under their belts, they are able to segment words in order to write the sounds, but getting them to write a complete sentence that doesn't begin with "I like my…" has been challenging.
To start off, Mrs G read my class a book titled On the Farm. Then they created a circle map about all the things you might see on a farm.
Here are a few pages from our writing journals. Overall, I was thrilled with the lesson, my kids enthusiasm and their final products.
Do you have favorite books you like to use to support your writing? I'm compiling a list, so list away.