Empowering Writers

April 2016 K-1 Lesson of the Month

For this month’s K-1 lesson, let’s create a class book based on Sue William’s book, I Went Walking and the NO GO word cards.

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • First, read the book by Sue Williams entitled, I Went Walking, to the children. Point out how the character walks all around and finds many animals of various colors on his journey.
  • Ask the students if they can think of other ways to say, “walk”? run, skip, hop, jump, walk slow, walk fast, etc. Ask: Do you know another word for walking slowly? Can you show me what walking slowly looks like? Have a student pantomime slow walking for the class. Then ask: Boys and girls, do you know another word for what student’s name, is doing? shuffle, meander, poke, amble, dawdle, dilly-dally, loaf, etc. Students may or may not know another word for walking slowly Feed them a few. Chart these along with more movement words as they enact more ways to move.
  • After enacting several ways to move besides walking, show the students the No Go Cards (either from the K-1 Activity Cards or the samples printed in the K-1 Guide page. ) to add even more ideas to their list of responses.
  • Give each child blank paper (or paper with writing lines at the top or bottom and drawing space on the opposite end). Have each student choose a “No Go” word from the “No Go” cards or the charted list and write a sentence using their chosen word. For example, a student might write: I went _cartwheeling_. What did you see?
  • Next, have students choose their favorite color and favorite animals. The student will write a sentence similar to the one below:

I saw a black panther looking at me.

  • Have the students illustrate their “moving” self and the colorful animal they see.

*Optional: Take a picture of each student moving in their chosen way, print and let them cut out their photo to place on their page. Then have them illustrate their animal.

7.) Bind the pages together in a class book and title it: Mr./Mrs.’s Class Went Walking, Jumping, Hopping, Running!


Teaching Tips:


  • Have Scoring Parties with students. Let the students be involved in scoring their essays using standard rubrics. This approach, along with the Author’s Group Revision Model, will improve student writing.
  • Don’t forget to teach grammar strategies along with the writing process. This will improve writing while providing opportunities to converse about writing in a holistic way.