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Kdg Interactive Writing

IMG_8057My Kindergarten kiddos are rocking and rolling!  I’m loving the progress they have made from the beginning of the year.  We have been working on a 4 day process.

Day 1 we read a new story.  Lately I’ve been using book builder books where I get to put in a name.  I’ve been using their classroom teacher’s name, which they find funny.  Mrs. Byers has been swimming, running, jumping, eating treats, and doing all kinds of fun things in our silly stories.   We do word work with each of our stories.  We highlight these high frequency words in our book.  We’ve been working on building and writing words such as: the, in, on, see, up, can.  These are words we need to know to be ready for 1st grade.

Day 2 we re-read our silly story for practice.  This gives me a chance to see what reading strategies they are using.  Do they have word by word matching?  Do they use multiple strategies when stuck?  Do they follow the correct direction? (They do!!)  Then I have a picture that we label.  This gives them a chance to see how words look.  We work on what letter sounds they hear in the word, specifically the beginning.  They get to locate something in the picture, draw the line, and then I label it.  We have a lot of fun finding all the new things.

Day 3 we look at our picture we labeled.  We come up with a story from our picture we labeled.  Each student gets to come up with a sentence of their own.  We write our story as a group.  They each get a white board and they practice writing the words in the story.  If they know the word they get to write it on our group story.  If they don’t know the word then I get to write it.  I often have them help me with the initial sound in the word as that is something they are able to do.  They get to put in the punctuation in our story, too.  Everyone gets lots of opportunities to write on our group story.

Day 4 we re-read our group story.  We practice rereading and word by word matching.  Then they come up with their own story that they write in their personal journal.  They can pick the same sentence they said yesterday, but they have to do it independently.  I’m looking for spacing between words, punctuation at the end, and getting multiple sounds in an unknown word or the whole word for high frequency words.  They get to draw a picture at the end and I get to conference with kiddos.  I check mark each correct sound they got in the words and then show them “how it looks in a book’ and write it the correct way for them to see.

That’s our whole week!  Then we start all over with a new book and picture the next week!  We definitely work hard!

IMG_5840IMG_5841My K, 1, and 2 groups are continuing to work on Interactive Writing.  We’ve been so busy!  Learning about concepts about print to help with foundational building is super important.  We’ve been doing a lot of labeling, word building, letter finding, letter sorting, letter forming, poetry reading, and group and individual writing.  Wow!  What a mouthful, right?

After several weeks of poetry interactive writing and foundational skill building, we are ready to get our hands on some books and transition away from poetry.

We will keep working on letter sounds, formation, concepts about print, and word building.  Check back in with us 🙂

Kindergarten Group

Check out the excellent work from Kindergarten!  We’ve been doing A LOT of work on directionality, word by word matching, and letter formation.  I’ve been reading poetry and mentor texts to go along with our picture we label, then write about, and then use a cut up sentence from.

IMG_9621IMG_9622 This has been a fun experience as I’ve really seen the kids grow in their letter formation and they are getting stronger in knowing where to start reading, which way to go, and where to return when they get to the end of a line of text.  We’ve been having fun writing silly stories and then putting them back together when they are cut up.

My 1st graders are hard at work again with the Interactive Writing intervention.  They have been having fun reading poems over and over to practice fluency and directionality, but their very favorite part is when they get to write a story as a group about the poem we have read.

Most recently we read Hey Diddle Diddle and they struggled a bit with what is a diddle?

I asked them what they thought either the cat, the dish and the spoon, or the cow did at the end of the story.  I thought it was fabulous how group 1 (picture on the left) incorporated our previous poem Humpty Dumpty.  You can see we are still working on letter formation and when it is appropriate to use a capital.  In group 2 (picture on right) you can see we still have some letter reversals we are working on, but I love how the students are excited to generate a group message, they are so eager to add word to the story, and are really understanding how words are put into a message.