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My snowman melted writing activity for 1st

Underlined words below are lesson vocabulary words that are emphasized and written on sentence strips for myReading Writing word wall. I pull off the words off the wall for each lesson, helping students understand this key ‘reading and writing’ vocabulary can be generalized across texts and topics. The focus on acquiring and using these words is part of a shift in the Common Core Standards towards building students’ academic vocabulary. My words are color coded ‘pink’ for literature/’blue’ for reading strategies/’orange’ for informational text/’yellow’ for writing/’green’ for all other words)

Get students engaged

  • Show the powerpoint slide 1 with the melting ice and snowman
  • Get ideas for vocabulary and write them on the board. This is our discussion of vocabulary for the board and here’s the final vocabulary list that we created.

Common starting point

  • “We write topic sentences and concluding sentences for paragraphs” – reference the sentence stripsThis is what we used in the last 2 lessons to distinguish them as main idea sentences.
  • “We use repeating words to find the main idea .” Refer to the top arrow on the organizer and repeated words as those that occur again and again-we circled them in the last 2 lessons
  • “We’ve looked at key details in a paragraph.” Refer to the organizer with the arrows

Give the purpose of the lesson

  • “We’ve used the main idea to write topic and concluding sentences.” Refer to the previous lesson’s project – if you’re doing this lesson inisolation, show the introductory/concluding sentences of some informational text
  • “Today we’re going to write one paragraph. This will be expository. which means it describes an idea – you can’t use the word ‘I’ or ‘my’ in your writing.”
  • “This one paragraph today is just the beginning – we’ll be writing 3 paragraphs about states of matter and put them together to write an essay.

My snowman melted writing activity for 1st ideas under the

Review strategy guided practice

  • “When we write, we use a main idea and think of 3 details.” Refer to the organizer
  • “Each detail should have some words from the main idea. The main idea words should ‘repeat’ in the paragraph.”
  • “Add an introductory and concluding sentence with words from the main idea.”
  • “The main idea is melting ice.” Here’s my organizer on the whiteboard with main idea/key details.
  • Discuss how to go from main idea to a paragraph-here’s the transition from ideas to writing. I used green marker to distinguish this sentence and because we used green sentence strips in the previous lesson to make these sentences.
  • “Make sure you use the main idea in the detailsentences.” This is how I demonstrated how to use main idea words in detail sentences.
  • “Write a topic and concluding sentence.” This is how I explained how to write concluding sentences.
  • Here’s the teachers’ paragraph.

Organize the ideas

  • Look at the powerpoint slides 3-5 brainstorm words and write them on the board as a group
  • Students use the worksheet – write a main idea words on the line add 3 ideas under the line

Write the paragraph

  • Students compose a topic and concluding sentence with the main idea.
  • Students write 3 detail sentences with at least one main idea word. This is how I prompted a student to using main idea details in the paragraph.
  • Here are 2 examples of my students’ work – sample paragraph 1 and and sample paragraph 2
  • Remind students to use good sentences. This is how I prompted one student to use capitalization and punctuation and another student to use use capitalization .

My snowman melted writing activity for 1st helping students understand this key

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