We are reading lots of different books that are written and illustrated by Mo Willems. We are learning about reading while paying attention to punctuation and how we can include voice in our writing.
Today we began learning about persuasive writing. Persuasive writing is important because it can help us persuade others to change their mind about a topic that we care about.
When we write a persuasive piece we need the following things:
1. Think of an idea
2. Talk about it
3. Write about it
4. Draw about it
We all wrote persuasive pieces about why people need to know about the global goals.
How To Writing!
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Creating Life Cycles of a Pumpkin
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Today we created life cycles of an apple tree. One of the children discovered that when you write you write from the left to the right. This is just like when we read!
Today Mrs. Huntington, our literacy coordinator visited Kindergarten to read us a story about friendship. As she is reading if we have a connection we use our hands to let her know. Afterwards we turn and talk to each other about the story and share our perceptions.
Please look here to check out our literacy wiki with what it looks like and sounds like during our literacy time.
We reread a favorite story called Ok. Later we created our own Ok book. This is a wonderful way to begin to understand the different conventions we use when writing and creating a book.
"How To" Writing
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We are exploring poetry this month. Today we talked about different types of poems, what a poem is and how they can tell a story. Be sure to ask your child about what we shared.
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We are exploring all About Books in Kindergarten! All About Books are books about del things. We also call them non-fiction books!
Creating, Designing and Making A Theme Wall!
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This is a very exciting time of year. As we end our time together the children really are independent and understand "how to" write a story by themselves and collaboratively. We have been creating Kindergarten books and also writing about topics that interest us!
An Opportunity To Create!
Creative and Independent Writers!
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This morning during our writers workshop time we wrote persuasive letters! Some of us wrote to our parents and friends.
We continue to work on details in our illustrations to help readers understand the meaning of what we write.
Using Google To Help Us Create Forest Animals!
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Launching Writer's Workshop!
Today we read an awesome story called;"ish" by Peter Reynolds. Afterwards we created our own -ish! An -ish is something that you enjoy and care about. Our "ishes" fill our buckets because we care about them!
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Scientific Writing About What Happens To Water and Salt!
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When we create how to stories we use a variety of paper and other tools to share our work. Sometimes we use illustrations and illustrations and words. As a community of writer's we decided that How To writing has a title, it tells about how to do something and it has steps.
How To Writing In Kindergarten!
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We started a new unit of writing on Friday, "How To" writing. How To writing is when we create ideas and thoughts that give someone directions on "how to" do something. One of the children volunteered to demonstrate 'how to" get dressed for recess. We learned that their are many steps involved in how to do something. We talked about other ideas we had for how to writing with a partner during our turn and talk time too! Now we are beginning to illustrate our how to stories and sequence our ideas with at least 3 steps.
What Tools Help Us With Our Spelling?
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The Different Tools We Use During Our Writing Time!
We Can Learn A Lot Through Our Illustrations
Today during our writing time the children visited different stations that focused on a variety of writing activities. The children have been learning about how to write their name while only capitalizing the first letter. We explored and practiced this idea with foam shapes to help us remember to always capitalize the 1st letter of our name. The rest of our letters are lower case.
At another table we were creating an egg and a chrysalis for our life cycle mobiles. Lots of fun crushing up paper and making different sized shapes. This is great for strengthening our hand muscles too!
We had lots of fun tracing our words and pictures on the covers and dedication pages of our Monarch Life Cycle Books. We use thin markers to help make our words and illustrations stand out, like Gail Gibbons. Sometimes we use binders when we write. This gives us feedback so we know where our hands are.
Phew! We did a lot of wonderful things today during our writing workshop time.