Thanks for helping me celebrate! This post contains freebie #2 for this week...so if you missed #1 yesterday you should could go back and grab it.
During writer's workshop, I've been talking about the things that good writers do to help organize their ideas. We did a mini-lesson this week about list making. I started by showing them my special pink notebook. It's really just an lined journal with a pink leather cover that holds my precious "to do" list. I love to put little check marks by each of the things on my list.
I also read the book, Everything to Spend the Night by Ann Whitford Paul. It's about a little girl who takes "everything from A to Z" to her grandpa's house for a sleepover - but she forgets her pajamas.
I wanted my students to practice making a list about a specific topic. I modeled "everything to bake cookies" first.
Then I had my students write a list about "everything to make hot chocolate". They brainstormed ideas with a partner first (just in case someone has not had hot chocolate before). Then we shared our ideas with the group in a circle before each child worked on his/her own list. They were super excited to work on this project. They will be using the lists they made today to help them get started on their how to writing project tomorrow.
What my students don't know yet is that we will be having a hot chocolate and candy cane publishing party in two weeks!
You can click on the image below to download a copy of a few winter themed list writing pages.
I'm off to drop my daughter off at dance class, walk the dogs and bake cookies!
I love cookies and comments! :)