I finally felt most of my students were ready to move on past labeling so we tried this lesson again this week and it went well. J We reviewed our steps: 1. Brainstorm, 2. Draw and label (must use at least five colors) 3. Label (must label at least three things) 4. Write sentence. They are supposed to write a simple sentence made up of word wall words we have learned and one label they pull down from their picture. We won’t always label, this just teaches them to pull down words from their illustration because a good author makes sure their illustration matches their text. J These are my lessons from Monday and Wednesday. I had students tell me what to label on my pictures, and then come up and write the word. Phonetic spelling is very important at this stage of writing and I think they did great. Then, I had a student write the sentence for me too. If they make a mistake, they just put an X over it. We do not erase. J
(I like the bear.)
This week I did a lot of cleaning and organizing in my room. (LOVE that!) One of the things I did was put all of my WWS beginning lessons on the wall. I put a piece of red paper behind them so they would stand out. I have referenced them several times since and the students are going to them to check their steps. I love that! I will update and make changes as we progress but I think it is important to continously provide this visual every day. Next to it I also have my environmental print tree. I tell kids that they already know how to read because of EP and they can use these labels in their writing too.