Our redesigned K-1 workshop introduces teachers to Getting Ready to Write (GRTW) and our new Reading, Writing and Art Connections books (RWAC). Both provide a template for incorporating writing throughout the day. Check out the multiple lessons from all the books to help you design an across-the-curriculum writing unit.
Lesson of the Month:
The lesson(s) of the month will introduce spring (seasons) to students. Begin by reading several books about spring and showing pictures and/or videos of spring days. Find the side by side list on the Literature Connection, https://www.empoweringwriters.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Narrative-Expository-Side-by-Side.pdf. Use the “camera” lesson (p. 147 GRTW) to help students focus. Once students are familiar with the season, create a 5 senses chart. For students who are ready to write, jot down a few sentence starters for each sense (check out the Tabletop Sentence Starters, https://www.empoweringwriters.com/product/tabletop-sentence-starters-set-5-spanish/) and create a few sentences describing spring (p. 146 & 197 in GRTW). Be sure to model first! If students are not writing yet, allow them to draw a detailed picture and label it (Information Detective lesson p. 119 GRTW ).
Other lesson ideas:
Looking closely, I noticed _______.
I was surprised to see _______.
I stared at ______.
The _____caught my eye and ________.
As I listened, I could hear ________.
I closed my eyes and heard ________.
In the distance, I heard _______.
The sound of ______ filled the air.
The _____ tasted ______.
My mouth watered as I _________.
I could just imagine the taste of _______.
I ran my hand along ________ and it felt _________-.
My hand touched ______ and it was _________.
The air was filled with the smell of ________.
When I breathed in I could smell ______.
I caught a whiff of __________.
**Remember, you work within your timetable to complete the lessons. Take out and add lessons as necessary.