At the beginning, students often choose the same words that are on the list display poster, but as they become more confident, they choose different pictures and vocabulary. Students feel successful and can remember what they wrote because their pictures match their words.
We learn that we all have stories to tell and that we can tell them using pictures and words (which supports what we are working on in writing workshop). At the beginning of the year, I mostly see pictures and strands of letters. It’s OKAY, this is developmentally appropriate. I love being able to see their writing progress as the year goes on!
Labeling is such an important part of beginning writing and students LOVE having the opportunity to label different pictures. At the beginning of the year I display the labeling poster that has the words. Over time, I begin to display the blank labeling poster that is included in each writing pack. This is more challenging and requires students to either label it independently OR fill it in after they find the matching vocabulary card.
The recipe cards help my students think about providing information in a sequential order. During the second half of the year, one of our writing workshop units is informational writing. We spend time writing “teaching” or how-to stories. The recipe cards help prepare students for writing “teaching” stories because they’ve already had practice thinking about the steps in creating something. In fact, some students go on to make their very own cook books!!
Students LOVE writing letters to their families, friends, and of course their teacher. In fact, writing letters has a been a great way for students to communicate with me. I get letters telling me about what they did last night, what they like about school and of course how much they love their dear old teacher. 😉
Thank you so much for stopping by and reading about my writing station set up! I’d love to hear how you create opportunities for writing in your classroom!