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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Writing Samples and a 100 Day Freebie!

I find inventive spelling so amusing! This week, in kindergarten, we finished up our Mitten and Hat unit. After completing a Venn diagram, comparing and contrasting both stories, my students were asked to write a sentence about one of the similarities between both stories. Here are some of them:





How cute are these?! I can read their writing all day long. Oh, wait! I do! LOL!

My first graders also did a unit on The Hat and The Mitten. One of their assessments was to write an opinion essay about which book was their favorite. They needed a thesis statement, 2-3 reasons why the story was their favorite, and, a conclusion. 



(the second page said "awesome.")

(The second page said "I ever heard!")

For the rest of this week, we'll be celebrating the 100th Day of  School. My students will be writing about what they'll look like when they are 100 years old. These always come out cute! This is the writing template they'll be using:

Click here to grab a copy of the writing template. Just save it for next year if it's too late!

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    1. I always tell my students that since I read so many of their stories all week long, they must amuse me when they write. Most of them listen!
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  2. Oh my word! Their writing pieces are fantastic. I wish my kinder kiddos were writing like that at this time. I have a few that are really getting the sentence structure but then I have a handful that are still stringing random letters. So frustrating. What writing curriculum do you use? How do you run your writing time? I'm always looking for new ideas/approaches for writing.

    Erin
    www.missandersonkinder.blogspot.com
    andeair@hotmail.com

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    1. Erin,

      I use CraftPlus Writing as the basis of my writing program. But, I supplement a lot. I model all the time and challenge my students to write a proper sentence. They love to rise to the challenge. My writing time always begins with a short mini lesson and modeled writing activity. Then, I let them have at it during the Quiet 10. Finally, we meet again and share.
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  3. Lori, your kids' writing is wonderful! I envy you :)

    Sarah
    teachingiscolorful.blogspot.com

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  4. How gorgeous :) your kiddies are fabulous writers!

    Thank you for sharing your 100 day writing ideas... I'm in Australia and we don't actually celebrate 100 days (I'm thinking of starting it in my class though, so many awesome ideas for it!) but this set will be perfect for our History theme on past/present/future!

    Jess :)

    Early Years Fun

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    1. Jess, I'm glad you can put it to good use!
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  5. Your kiddos' writing is SO good! I love inventive spelling too - My teaching bestie and I have had TONS of laughs reading the papers we have gotten this year :)

    Susan
    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

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    1. Oh, I got a great one today! It was supposed to say arms, and, well, let's just say the "m" was left off! LOL!
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  6. WOW! Your students' writing looks fabulous! I love writing at this stage. This point in the year is so fun because they are really developing as writers. :)

    Thank you so much for these wonderful freebies! I will put them to good use. :)
    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

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    1. I totally agree Sarah! We are really having so much fun!
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  7. I love your posts but especially the ones about writing. I hung up your transition words for pocket charts. They have helped my students immensely. Thanks again!

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    1. Thanks so much for saying so, Cecelia! Oh, lots of alliteration in that sentence! LOL!
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  8. That's one thing I miss about being in the lower grades!! It's not as cute when 4th graders are using invented spelling. LOL
    Jessica
    ideas by jivey


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    1. Jessica, thanks for the great, hearty laugh!
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  9. I need you to come to teach my babies writing!! Thanks for the freebies...tucking them away for next year :)
    Vickie

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    1. I'm on my way over! Can I meet the baby?! LOL!
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  10. I looooooove the 100th day freebies. Thanks so much! The writing looks great too, especially the first graders <3. Their handwriting is beautiful.

    Cindy
    Primary Reading Party

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    1. Thanks Cindy! I'll have to post the finished 100 Day writing. They are precious!
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  11. I love, love, love your writing freebie for the 100th day of school. You help children move from the brainstorming to a polished final version in such a seamless way. Thank you so much!

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  12. Beautiful writing and great freebies- thanks for sharing. Today was the 100th day- I look forward to using them next year:-)

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    1. Sorry you missed using it this year, Jan!
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  13. Good Morning...I just linked up right before you! Thank you for the freebies! I got such a kick out of reading the Jan Brett writing!
    Tracey
    The Teacher’s Chair
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    Happy Pinning!

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  14. Thank you so much for sharing your 100 day writing templates with us! LOVE them!
    The kiddos did great on their stories!
    Julie
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

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    1. You're very welcome Julie! We finished ours up today. They came out really cute.
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      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  15. Thanks for these adorable freebies. I'm definitely going to use them next year!

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  16. Lori, Lori, Lori, These are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing your 100th day activities with us and sharing the amazing writing samples!!!!!! Love, Love, Love!
    Katie
    (I do realize I sound like the Goose from Charlotte's Web, but I can't help myself) You are amazing, amazing, amazing!

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