Tuesday, November 6, 2012

THINGS WE WOULD LIKE TO TELL THE PRESIDENT

Today's an exciting day for you, me, and our country!  However, life goes on in the classroom for some of you, while many have the day off.  

Collaborative class books are a great way to develop the standard "Produce and expand complete sentences in shared language activities" today or any day.  THINGS WE WOULD LIKE TO TELL THE PRESIDENT would be a perfect topic today
Collaborative Books – Here are some other topics for class books.  Children can draw pictures and then dictate or write their own sentences.

THE BEST THING ABOUT ME                        IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS
OUR WISH BOOK                                          FAMILY CELEBRATIONS
WHEN I GROW UP                                        OUR JOKE BOOK
IF I WERE IN CHARGE OF THE WORLD     DREAMS
THINGS THAT BUG US/SCARE US                HEROES
MY NIGHTMARE LOOKS LIKE                      I AM…   I CAN…
MY WORST/BEST DAY EVER                        I LIKE…
WHAT DOES THE PRINCIPAL DO ALL DAY?           
IF I WERE THE TEACHER I WOULD             I KNOW…  I’M WORKING ON…     
IF SHOES COULD TALK                                  HAPPINESS IS…
THE DAY ANIMALS TALKED                          THINGS THAT BUG ME…
WHAT TO DO WHEN A BABY CRIES           A BUDDY IS…
*If you make one or two class books every month you will 
have enough to give one to each child at the end of the year.

Language Experience Charts – Extend units of study or topics children are interested in by recording their comments as you model writing.  You can do this with a document camera, interactive white board, or large chart.  Write a topic at the top of the page and then record each child’s thoughts. 

Circle Story – You will need a small stick, toy, ball, or other prop for this activity.  Children sit in a circle.  The teacher begins a story and then passes the stick to a child who adds to the story.  As the stick is passed around the circle each child contributes to the theme.
*A stick spray painted gold and dipped in glitter makes a cool story stick.

Story Bag – Collect small objects and place them in a bag.  Children sit in a circle.  The teacher begins a story and then passes the bag to a child.  That child selects an object from the bag and adds to the story.  Continue passing the bag around the circle as each child chooses an object and adds to the story.

2 comments:

  1. My kids love our class books. Everyone gets at least two at the end of the year as souvenirs. Thanks for continually inspiring us to make more.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  2. Love your writing prompts. I've also done "If I Were 100 Years Old" as one of our 100 Days of School activities. First graders write their thoughts and draw an accompanying picture. Some pretty hysterical work.

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