A resource of all things elementary! We are well into enjoying Spring in our classroom. We have been working on measurement for a few weeks now.
Last year, I was based partially in the computer lab and partially in another classroom. This year I'm lucky to be in the computer lab full time! I've had to make some adjustments to my writing units to make them mostly technology based.
My second graders and I worked together to learn about summer on the PebbleGo website. Then I had students continue to research the other seasons on their own. I like to have my students do a small group Fan-N-Pick activity after our research. After the research and Fan-N-Pick, my students were ready to brainstorm reasons why they like each season.
I typed their responses into a four seasons web that projected on my screen: Throughout the project, I left the brainstorming web up for students to refer to.
Next, I introduced the prewriting graphic organizer. We brainstormed a lot of opinion statement options to use for out topic sentences and conclusions. I posted the opinion statements for students to refer to throughout the unit.
I had students choose their favorite season and write a prewriting graphic organizer. I find that by having students use the organizers, their paragraphs are very If they use them often enough, they get into the habit of starting with a topic sentence, writing detail sentences, and ending with a conclusion.
With older students, I will create a template and have them save it into their folders themselves. Now for the fun part My students just love adding clip art to their PowerPoint! Once they have their first season drafted with a picture, they can move on to their next season by filling out an organizer, drafting, getting a picture, and so on.
Throughout the unit, I teach mini-lessons on revising and editing. For revising, I show an example of a paragraph without many details and solicit ideas from students. I really focus on adding details to explain more.
I'm always so impressed with the suggestions my students give for improving the paragraph. We do a lot of editing as we go. I love drafting on PowerPoint or Word because students get immediate feedback for many of their mistakes.
Those red and green lines drive my students crazy! I always require that they carefully read over their work after revising because there are many mistakes that don't show a red or green line.Fifth Grade Writing Worksheets and Printables. Middle school may seem like light years away to fifth-graders, but in reality it’s right around the corner.
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