How to get students writing
1. Make the writing center fun with different types of paper (glossy, print, construction), different type of scissors (think scrapbooking), stickers, glitter…
2. Include visuals/pictures on graphic organizers. For example, when retelling, put a face of a person for characters, a house for setting, and so on.
*3. Use student’s work for your mini lessons to build confidence
*4. Partner student with a “talker” to get ideas flowing and with a writer that starts and finishes a writing piece to get student writing.
*5. Use stickers after each line that has been written for motivation
6. Let student know he/she will only receive treats at publishing party if piece is complete.
*7. Instead of having 8 lines in paper, show only 3 lines so that he/she will not feel overwhelmed
8. Dictate his/her stories
9. Find a dictation application to download
10. Find ways to write about other subject areas he/she likes (like math)
11. Record student during recess/lunch, have student describe what happened as he/she is watching, have him/her use the video to write
*12. On day 1 do guided writing, on day 2 independent writing.
13. Camera for the weekend; have student take pictures, talk about it, and write about the pictures taken.
14. Use comic strips
15. Diary; back and forth communication with a person that’s important to him/her like a teacher, best friend, sibling.
16. Have student rewrite favorite books and/or series of books. Mr. & Ms. Happy work well as well as Do It Yourself Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
*17. Checklist for writing (Step 1: Get ideas….)
18. Sticker stories
19. Reading/writing plays
20. Poetry; haikus are short
21. Speech debate structures that students are passionate about
22. Use music to listen to as he/she is writing
23. Rewriting lyrics to favorite songs
24. Find student’s favorite t.v. show, get format of t.v. show, get him/her to talk/write that way (ex. My favorite is news. I will talk like a news reporter and write as a news reporter. )
25. Write kinesthetically. Write a page, bounce a ball.
26. Writing buddy; change the environment around.
27. Provide the tools he/she likes at home as well
28. Figure out parent’s attitude towards writing and give them helpful tips on how to make writing fun at home.
I'm also attaching a FREEBIE on subtraction and addition with regrouping flash cards. I will be using these as a center throughout the month of March. Please feel free to upload and PIN if you like. Don't forget to become a follower for more freebies. :)
|Subtraction + Addition with Regrouping.|