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Monday, April 9, 2012

My Community Writing Freebie

This week, in Social Studies, my first graders are learning all about communities. To get them to think about what's in their community, I created this web for them to jot down their thoughts. Then, they rewrote the information in paragraph form. It's amazing how many children are not aware of the names of stores and places they visit in their community. They know they go there, but they don't pay attention to the names or their parents don't tell them. Click on the image below to get a copy of this web.



Here are some examples. I included lined paper in the download, but my students used storybook paper.



These students did not finish their paragraph yet, but I thought they did a good job on the web.


Vicky lives near me, so notice what she wrote in her web! She actually asked me if it would be okay for her to write that! How cute!


For a REALLY cute and creative communities project that would be a nice addition to this writing activity, check out Mrs. T's First Grade blog:




My students are also continuing to learn about plants and flowers. At this station, they are making paper flowers and writing a fact on each petal.


They are also enjoying an activity from Centers in a Bag. Here, they are sorting nouns, verbs, and adjectives and recording some of them on the recording sheet.



That's it for now. Thanks for looking. If you download the freebie, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks!






34 comments:

  1. Very cute freebie. Thank you so much!

    First Grade Delight
    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  2. Tag! You're It! We are playing Blogger tag. Come by my blog and check out the fun.

    Sandra
    Classroom Companion

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  3. Haha, tagged again. Man, that took me forever when I played. I'm not as fast as I was when I was a kid ;) Although my mom still calls me a kid.. Anyway, I love the freebie! Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. I love this freebie! Your kiddos did great with it too!

    Erica

    Sprinkles to Kindergarten

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  5. Tag! I've tagged you because I love your blog!

    http://firstgradeistoadallyawesome.blogspot.com/2012/04/tag-im-it.html

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  6. You’ve been tagged! Come see what it’s all about :o)

    ✿Valerie
    All Students Can SHINE

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  7. Oh my! Four more tags! That makes a total of 7! I wonder if anyone wants to hear 70 things about me? LOL! I think I better wait until I have a free couple of hours to answer the questions! Stay tuned...And thanks so much for thinking of me. I feel blessed!

    Lori (luvyorkies@gmail.com)
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

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  8. I love the community writing activity! We are saving our community unit for June, so this will be perfect! Thanks!

    Amanda
    First Grade Garden

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  9. I love this! I posted a link from my communities project.

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    1. Thanks, Jill! I'll do the same! Your project was really great!

      Lori (luvyorkies@gmail.com)
      Teaching With Love and Laughter

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  10. Loved both the communities project and the flower facts. Awesome!

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    1. Thanks, Neesa! I appreciate the kind comment!

      Lori (luvyorkies@gmail.com)
      Teaching With Love and Laughter

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  11. Love Love Love the Plant-Noun, Verb Adjective sort!

    Please share!

    stewartr@greenvilleisd.com

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    1. I agree! Click on the link so you can get the activity. I believe it was a freebie.

      Lori (luvyorkies@gmail.com)
      Teaching With Love and Laughter

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  12. Thanks for the freebie!! Filing it away for next year!! :)

    Live Laugh and Love to Learn

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  13. Thank you for the freebie! I love your ideas.

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    1. That's very kind of you to say. Thanks so much!
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  14. Hi Lori,

    I love your Community graphic organizer but the link doesn't seem to be working for me :( Is there somewhere I could get a copy of it?

    Thanks!
    Courtney

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    1. Courtney,

      I can email it to you. Just send me your email address.
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  15. I love the idea of gathering information about the community using a graphic organizer. I was trying to get it, but I'm not able to. Is there any other way to down load it?
    Aida

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  16. I love your community web too! Is there any way you can send it to me? meredith.beery@gmail.com

    What a cute post!

    -Meredith

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  17. Love the community web as well!! I'm not able to download it by clicking on it. Would you mind sending it to me? Thanks so much!

    melaniejarrett@gmail.com

    Melanie

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  18. Is there a way to still get your community writing Freebie? I just love it. If so, Please email tjwraines@gmail.com. Thank You!!!

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  19. Thanks for your writing freebie! I am teaching about communities tomorrow and my Social Studies textbook is super dry. This will be a great culminating activity! :)

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  20. Thanks so much for sharing your freebie! I am teaching communities and my textbook is super dry - I think this will be a great culminating activity. :)

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  21. Thank you so much for this activity. I can't wait to get this started.

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  22. Thanks for this project. My students will really enjoy creating their "community". Can't wait to get started.

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