This has been my best year of teaching ... ever. Especially my writer's workshop time. This is the first time that I actually saw improvement in my kiddos writing within weeks! The coolest thing is that they are writing ... A LOT! These are some of our "banks" that we used this semester. The kids draw a simple shape and fill it with items that they can talk about. Then, when writer's workshop begins during the week, the kiddos get to PICK what they write about. We did mini lessons on different writing conventions that we worked on in our readings! Feel free to "borrow" the bank ideas.
Here are a few of our banks!
Here are a few of the writings!