|A cute journal you can get for $3.50 from Lakeshore or Amazon. I just make up my own and get it zirloxed.|
A really good way to brainstorm for this is doing a whiteboard brainstorm and have the kids help by coming up with all the things we learned that week in science, social studies, math topics, art projects, what we did in computer and P.E. and maybe what we are reading aloud for our chapter book after lunch. Many times the school is also hosting such things as Book Fairs, Red Ribbon Week, Fun Runs, etc. that we could include.
|Another cute one for purchase. I just made a cute cover and copied 30 pieces of paper in mine.|
|This journal is from Really Good Stuff|
Then we go to our Friday journals and write. Really the only other time I have them write in their journals is on the first and last days of school and after field trips. We use the brainstorming game at Read Write Think to help with that too. The other days of the week we do thematic writing to go with a topic from our literature story of the week, or else we do science or social studies integrated writings.
|Autumn Acrostic Poetry|
|It went along with our cute Scarecrow art project that week....|
|This idea is from Craftster....I'd just decorate up a jar and add writing prompts in little colored papers.|
|This idea is from Journal Keepers and you can buy the whole kit for $14.00.|
|Journals are a good weekly writing activity....use prompts or use a brainstorm of ideas each week.|
Another great way to get started is to read a short literature story. Then do the brainstorm or "LIST" afterwards on the board. This is another way to develop some background knowledge about the topic you are writing about. That's why using the literature stories from your basal is such an excellent way to begin a writing lesson. Use what you learned from a science or social studies story in the same way. Have the kids help you list facts on the board first, and then they have a few things to begin writing with. And I always give them 3 sentence frames to get started.
|This one is from Teachers Pay Teachers...|
Examples: Our solar system .... We have 9 planets.... Our sun is a giant gas ball that.....
Abraham Lincoln was a president that....We celebrate Presidents day to honor.... Frogs begin their lives as....I love studying frogs because... Thanksgiving is a time when we .... I am very thankful for....
The sentence frames always help those kids who have a really hard time "getting started". If they just sit there for awhile I can help them by saying, "Just choose one of the sentence frames and start writing your own words after that". It prevents them from wasting any time in most cases.
|Here was a theme writing we did on our future Summer Vacations.....|
|I happened to find some cute paper for this writing, but it could have been just in the journals too.|
A great website for graphic organizers to write on just about any topic can be found HERE at vrml k12. They have lots of powerpoints on lots of subjects good for kids brainstorming in 1st and 2nd grades.
To see what I do on Mondays for Writing, link HERE. And check back to see what I do the rest of the week.