Moving on…our next lesson in Writer’s Workshop was LABELING. I found the cutest chart on Pinterest, my newest addiction, and was excited to see that it was created by one of my favorite bloggers, Babbling Abby at the Inspired Apple. Anywho, so I made my own replica and added a tree. (I am an official copycat!) We had a wonderful discussion about why we label our pictures and how we will one day take our labels and make sentences with them.
Then I went back to my picture from the previous day and asked my students what we could label. I was very impressed that I did not have to offer any input. They decided what I needed to label.
After the lesson, each student went back to their table and brainstormed a new story idea. Then, they created their illustration and I asked them to label two things on their picture. I didn’t want to overwhelm them. Most of the pictures were just self portraits or them with their mom (which is always popular especially because it is easy to spell). I had a handful of kiddos that did get overwhelmed so I worked one on one with them helping them to just write the beginning sound.
Here she write "sn" for sun and "pl" for people. This is great for a Kindergartener. Once they know more letters and sounds, they will write more, but starting out, this is the first stage of phonetic writing. I think it's exciting!
This student drew herself with her mom and sister at the park. She filled in her name because she new how to spell it. It always amazes me how self conscious kindergartners are. Then she wrote "MGBZ" for monkey bars. LOVE IT!
This is full of good beginnings! "XBCN"= xbox connect, "PAS" = pants, "HUT"= shirt, "TZE"=t.v. I was pretty impressed. Even though KIndergarten is the new first grade, it amazes me how many students start K without knowing any letters or sounds. We just started our letter study this week so I am pretty pleased with their growth and I am totally confident that this year we are going to be chalk full of blooming authors!
They were very proud of their writing & so was I. Good times!! We start week four on Monday. It's down to business people. So...what are you doing for writer's workshop? J