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Combo Interactive Writing


This year one of my groups include a 1st/2nd grade combo and it’s fun having kids from different grade levels.  So if you see me talking about my “combo kids” you’ll know it’s my group with both grade levels in it.

IMG_5182This group is working on Interventions That Work’s Interactive Writing.  We have been working on letter identification, letter sounds, word building, directionality, and word by word matching.  I JUST received another iPad from Donor’s Choose (Thank you!) so some of our word work is able to be done on the iPad since both boys have one to use.  You can see them above working on beginning sounds.  It’s just a nice way to differentiate what we are doing.

We started out with a group poem that helped us work on fluency, directionality, and word by word matching.  Kacie Rogan, one of our 2nd grade teachers, came in to observe us on day 1 since she will also be doing Interactive Writing with some of her groups in her classroom so it was nice to have another teacher in to watch.

After we worked on our poem we wrote a group message and worked on building up some more known words such as has, red, go, we, will, or.  We are wanting to see some rapid acceleration in letter ID and known writing vocabulary.IMG_5176

Once we created our group message we then extended our message by writing individual messages.  Once the kiddos were finished with their individual message then I was able to conference with each child and check the sounds they correctly produced in their words.  We are working hard on stretching the word out and writing all the sounds we hear.  Keep checking back on us and see how we work to be the best readers possible.

Fall Festival

IMG_8310Thanks to everyone who came to Lowell’s Fall Festival on Tuesday night.  We had over 100 people visit us in the library to write a limerick on the child’s name.  The limericks were absolutely adorable.  We have hung the limericks up outside of the office so when you’re in the building please check them out.  We look forward to seeing families again at conferences on Tuesday, October 22nd and Thursday, October 24th.

IMG_6134IMG_6135Mr. Brace and I have both been working with Kindergarten groups on Interactive Writing–a process where we get to work on writing a group message, along with a lot of other really fun reading and writing activities.  (If you’re interested in learning more about Interactive Writing and are new to reading my blog please click on the Interactive Writing tag on the right hand side of categories.)

The kids have really enjoyed coming with us and working on reading poems, writing a group message (as seen above), and writing their own messages.  Writing an individual message has been significantly more difficult for our students, but it’s been good practice as they’ve been able to practice letter formation, known words, directionality, spacing, and have been able to conference with us over how those individual sentences would look in a book.

My 1st graders continue to have a lot of fun with the Interactive Writing.  We are working on poems out of a nursery rhyme book, which is nice because most of the poems are semi-familiar to all of the kids.  They are able to pick up on the words in the poem quicker than other poems.  This makes it nice for them to practice 1:1, directionality, and fluency.

And I don’t quite know why, but they sure love writing about putting food on the characters or visiting fast food restaurants.  But you know what?  I’ll take it.  I’m seeing smiles on their faces as they are developing a love for reading and developing a love for writing.  What more could a reading teacher ask for?

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.

My two 1st grade groups are currently working on an intervention called Interactive Writing.

What is Interactive Writing?

  • Interactive writing is a collaborative writing experience for beginning writers in which the teacher guides students in the group-writing of a large-print text. Students participate in the composition and construction of the text by sharing the pen, physically and figuratively, with the teacher. The composition is read and reread by the group to make the reading and writing connection.

With these two groups we spent 1 day learning and reading the poem Little Boy Blue.  We went over some trickier vocabulary and they listened to me read the poem with fluency.  This was a poem they had heard before in other settings so many of the students were able to follow along and read the poem with me.  We also used magnetic letters to help us with some word work so we can get better with sounds, letters, and words every day!

The second day we practiced reading the poem several times.  Each student was able to practice directionality by pointing word by word with the pointer and return sweep by coming back to the next line of text when you get to the end of the previous line.  From there we generate a message together as a group.  In this case we had to decide whether we would wake up Little Boy Blue or let  him sleep.  Group 1 (picture on the left) mostly decided they did not want to wake up Blue.  One little boy did want to wake him up.  The message the group decided on was “Elijiah, Kemari, and Omar tried to stop Brandon from waking up Little Boy Blue.”  Group 2 (picture on the right) decided they all wanted to be mean to Little Boy Blue.  They were going to put things on him to wake him upt.  Their group decided on the message “Owen put water on him.  Kennedie put salsa on him.  Deon put ketchup on him.  Alex put a taco on him.  Little Boy Blue cried!”  The students were able to write known words (such as their name, a, him, put, on, stop) on their white boards and a student would also write it on our chart paper.  I would write any unknown words.

This has been a VERY fun experience for both myself and the 1st graders who aren’t quite ready for a full on reading group.