Retelling using ChatterPix

Monday, March 11, 2019 No comments
We recently read the story "The Tree" that is in our Journeys reading basil.  It is a chapter from the book "Poppleton Forever."

First, I had my first graders write sentences telling what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story.

The students then got out the ipads and used the 
ChatterPix Kids app to retell and share their writing.
Here are a few examples:









Happy Teaching!




Writing a Friendly Letter

Sunday, February 17, 2019 No comments
After reading "Let's Go to the Moon," I had my firsties write a letter to someone telling them facts they had learned about the moon.

Here are a few examples of our finished letters:




First, students used the plan sheet below to write their three moon facts on.  Then they used the friendly letter template to write their letter.  They added pictures to display with their letters in the hallway.



Students could write letters about any topic they are learning about.

You can grab a copy of this writing freebie by clicking on any of the pictures above.

Happy Teaching!


Writing - How to Decorate a Christmas Tree

Sunday, December 16, 2018 1 comment

How did I get my firsties excited about this little writing activity?  I passed out brand new, freshly sharpened Christmas pencils and threw up a crackling fireplace on the smart board that I found on YouTube and they went right to work.  They even asked if we could do it again.  That's a WIN in my book!






I grabbed this sequencing freebie from KidSparks that can be found at this link:

The writing printable for this activity is from Stephanie Trapp at Primary Theme Park.  You can read her post about it and get her free printable at the link below:


Happy Teaching!

Nonfiction Writing First Grade Style

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 No comments
We recently used the Shadow Puppet App to share some nonfiction writing.  Here is one of my students reading his nonfiction writing.


{By the way - this writing activity ties in beautifully with the story "How Leopard Got His Spots" that is in the first grade Journeys reading series.}
Day 1
Zebra Writing
We read and discussed the book shown below and then we made a class word bank for students to refer to when writing.


Student then wrote several sentences about zebras and illustrated their pictures.

Day 2
Leopard Writing
  We read and discussed the book shown below and then we made a class word bank for students to refer to when writing.



Day 3
Title and Table of Contents
I gave my students their title and table of content pages.  We assembled the books,  they added a title and filled  in their table of contents page with the page numbers.

Note:  If we would have had more time, I would have added a giraffe page to their books.  And next time we do this, I will have my students add some labels to their illustrations as well.


 Here are a couple more student examples and if you go to the bottom of this post you can grab the nonfiction writing template {free} to use with your students.









You can grab yourself a copy at this link:



Happy Writing!