Monday, January 28, 2013

All About Snow - Step Up to Writing



Every January I head up to our local mountains for some fun, and I bring back snow for my kinders.  This is one of my favorite activities every year.  I pour snow into a little tray-one for every kid.  (This year when I was pouring it, I had a kid ask me why I was pouring marshmallows into a tray! Haha!)  I read a book about snow, show them some pictures I took, and then let the kids play with the snow in their own tray.  Often times, they'll make a baby snowman!  We talk about how it feels and what we learned about snow from our book and experience.  We complete a graphic organizer, with snow as our topic, and then jot down our 3 ideas (a picture and a word or two).  When we write our topic, we trace the box with a green crayon (Step Up to Writing), and say "topic, topic, topic, topic"--as we trace each line.  When we write our three ideas, we trace those boxes with a yellow crayon (Step Up to Writing), and say "idea, idea, idea, idea"--as we trace each line.  Then we write one sentence using at least one idea.  

I'd love to hear about some fun writing activities that you do in your classroom!  




2 comments:

  1. How fun! Some of our teachers used the book "Snowmen at Night" and had students take home a blank snowman and decorate it with their family. Then, they had to write a story about what their decorated snowman did throughout the night. Super cute!

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    1. That's a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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