This is where I will be posting the lesson plans that I am using with my first graders at Guthrie Elementary School. You’ll notice that I only teach WW 4 days/week. On Friday’s I conduct a science lab with these guys. I also only have them for 30 minutes. So you won’t see Modeled Writing or Shared Writing as part of my lesson plans. Their classroom teachers do these activities with them in their homerooms.
I use the Lucy Calkins unit of Study, 6 traits and the book by Denise Leograndis “Launching the Writing Workshop”. So when you see page numbers, I am referencing those sources.
Week 6 – This is the week we have been publishing our writing digitally. We’ve been busy making recordings and typing up our stories
Week 13 – We will be doing a Thanksgiving book this week and writing about things we are thankful for
Week 17 – We will be working on our new laptops this week. We will be typing our finished writing and working on our word processing skills
Week 22 – Publishing week
Week 23 – This week we will be recording our stories. I am emphasizing fluency and reading with expression with this recording so we will practice reading for a few days before we record
Week 24 – 27 – We will be working on putting dialogue in our stories and the correct placement of quotation marks.
Week 26 & 27 – We are working on our own versions of THE IMPORTANT BOOK by Margaret Wise Brown. Students have chosen several things and have written what is important about them in the same pattern as the book. We have also studied the illustrations and how the illustrator placed the words and pictures on the page. Students are writing and illustrating their own books.
Weeks 28 – 31 – These will be science weeks for us. We are learning about life cycles. We have been observing the life cycle of plants and butterflies. As for the writing component, I have introduced a science journal and we have learning how to draw and label diagrams. We have also been learning how to write about what we have observed. The kids have loved this and it’s been a good break from the traditional Writing Workshop
Week 32 – This is the big week of state testing in Texas. I will be involved in helping to administer tests all week.
Week 33-36 – We will be working on our final writing piece of the year for our students portfolios. I will gage my lesson plans based on what my students are still struggling with. We are going to start with reminding students what a small moment story is. The rest of the mini-lessons will depend on what I observe during my conferences.