Category: Writing

Winter Writing Freebie Friday!

Surprisingly this week went by pretty quickly even though it was our first full week in several weeks! Happy the weekend has now begun…here’s my Five for Friday! 1. We were busy using Popplet this week before writing in our journals. I love using this as a brainstorming tool and a spot to get organized

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Tuesday Tried It: Informative Writing in First Grade

Today, I am linking up with Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper!  Since we recently started a new unit in our writing curriculum this is the perfect time to link up! Students are now becoming teachers as they inform writers about the different topics they are already experts on.  I know I say it each time

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Using “Spider Legs” during Writing

Did you hear?!?!  We are celebrating our blogiversary this week!  Aylin and I are super excited and wanted to celebrate (and thank everyone) by having a giveaway.  If you haven’t already seen this post please click here.  We will be picking two lucky winners on Sunday- so make sure to enter for your chance to

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Writing Buddies

In writing, we continue to learn new strategies which are helping little friends build their writing stamina and become better writers.  We are now at the point in the year that if writing time is missed someone will say “Mrs. Zanchelli, we didn’t get to write today!?!?!”  This makes me happy and even more excited

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It’s a Fall Freebie Friday!

I cannot believe it’s already nearing the very end of September- this month has flown right by me! Here’s a little peek at my week: 1. Pick a Pebble! I almost always begin my reading groups with a little phonemic awareness warm up activity.  I am well aware that phonemic awareness is something that can be

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Writing “Small Moment” Stories

We are off and going in most subjects-writing included!  This is the first year we are using Lucy Caulkins Writing Program.  In my opinion, it has been fabulous!  My first graders are writing, truly writing, and loving it every minute of it. In order to get writing workshop fully up and running in my classroom

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In the swing of things…and a freebie!

Wow- I don’t know about all of you, but this second full week of school felt SO incredibly long! I felt like each day was like four days in one…but it still was a good week…so here’s five things that went on this week! 1. Part of the reason this week felt so long was

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Back to School is Getting Closer (with a freebie)!

Yay! Five for Friday is back– I love reading about everyone’s week! 1. Oh my— it’s officially August! That means it’s back to school time….but I really can’t complain. It’s been a wonderful summer of traveling, fun with family and friends and productivity! Plus, technically I still have until the 16th, even if these next

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It’s Freebie Friday Time!

We only have 2 Friday’s left of this school year- woohoo! I’m linking up with all my favorite Friday linkies once again today…Kacey @ Doodlebugs Teaching, Amanda @ Teaching Madddeness and Teaching Blog Addict!     1. I’m going to begin with a funny story from the week- I could easily fill our blog with these (as I’m sure

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