Saturday, December 29, 2012

Winter Writing Prompts & Craftivity

I have been loving my time off with my family! Staying in my pajamas until the early afternoon is AWESOME! I never get to do that and now I have been doing it for a couple days! It's great! Right now I am listening to the rain pattering on my roof and catching up with my blogging and emails. I have a smile on my face because my house is so quiet and everyone else is asleep still. I am sure that will change in just a moment though.

During my break, I have been working on revamping, improving and inspiring my writing lessons in my classroom. I have said it before and I will say it again-writing is one of the hardest things to teach! I love to teach it, but it is so subjective, that you never know what the outcome is going to be. I love structure, organization and a smooth path to follow. Writing doesn't always fall into those categories, but I am sure going to try.

I have spent the last week working on my latest writing item- Winter Writing Prompts and Craftivity. I am so excited to get back into the classroom and use it with my students.

This packet is Common Core aligned for grades K-4 and comes with a hot cocoa craftivity!

It includes writing prompts for opinion, narrative and informative writing as well as graphic organizers to help generate ideas for each prompt. I have included CC standards posters for each grade level to post next to student work. 
In my classroom, I am going to choose one writing prompt to focus on and display them with the hot cocoa craftivity that is included in the packet.

Then, I am going to take the other writings we complete from the packet and bind them together in individual  student books. This helps me to stay organized (their writing is all in one place) and it shows growth over time.  This helps me with grading, report cards, conferences and I can add it to their student portfolios. Rubrics, and checklists are included in the packet, as well as individual and class book covers. I hope you can find it useful in your classroom too!

If you haven't already entered my 200+ follower giveaway, click on the picture below to enter. There are some fun prizes that you can hopefully use in your classroom.

As I finish writing this post, the hubby and kids have woken up and want some breakfast! My oldest wants to play a family game of Phase 10, so off I go! Enjoy your day everyone!





6 comments :

  1. Jaime, your blog is just too cute! Love your writing prompt pack, too! Great work, girl!
    Smiles - Lisa
    Growing Firsties is co-hosting a Shout Out Linky beginning January 1st

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comments, Lisa! I am so excited for your linky party. I can't wait to join.
      -Jaime

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  2. Hi! I am your newest follower! I saw your comment on Amber's guest blog post I did. Thank you!!! As I have been looking through your blog I have noticed the great ideas and resources you have! :-)


    Kayla Parker
    Meet Miss Parker

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. I love new followers! I am on my way to check out your blog now.
      -Jaime

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  3. Jaime, I agree with you about writing. It IS one of the most difficult things to teach. Glad to know that I am not the only one who feels that way! Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your idea for cooking in the Crock Pot. Gonna have to give it a try!

    Karen
    anappleadayinfirstgrade.blogspot.com

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    1. Let me know how the Crock Pot cooking goes. I am using mine for dinner tomorrow night- BBQ Short Ribs!
      -Jaime

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