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  • Discover New Mentor Texts for Your How-to Writing Unit

    Discover New Mentor Texts for Your How-to Writing Unit

    Procedural writing or “How-to” is one of my favorite units to teach during Writers’ Workshop! There are so many fun ways to introduce the unit that will engage students. One of the best ways to help students during any writing unit, however, is the use of mentor texts. Mentor texts provide concrete examples of great…


  • Personal Narrative Writing Mentor Text

    Personal Narrative Writing Mentor Text

    This book makes a great mentor text for a personal narrative genre writing unit! Kids can relate to Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe and use some of the strategies she uses to revise their writing workshop stories. Read this post for mini-lesson ideas, an anchor chart, and freebie for Show, not Tell! Great for kindergarten and…


  • My Top 10 Favorite Picture Books of 2022

    My Top 10 Favorite Picture Books of 2022

    The end of each calendar year always brings lots of round-ups, listicles, and best ofs… (Spotify unwrapped anyone?) I thought I’d jump into the mix but with a literacy twist! How about some favorite picture books? I love really good picture books! Today I want to share with you some of my favorite new picture…


  • 5 Tips for Kindergarten Personal Narrative Writing

    5 Tips for Kindergarten Personal Narrative Writing

    If you know kids, you also know that kids love to tell stories… like, a lot. If you’ve ever asked a room full of Kindergarteners or 1st graders what they did over the weekend, you know! And, we don’t see all those memes out there about having to sit through your kids’ never-ending stories for…


  • 5 Tips to Support Emergent Writers in the Drawing Stage

    5 Tips to Support Emergent Writers in the Drawing Stage

    Teaching writing can be hard, especially in Kindergarten! I often see the initial focus of writing workshops placed on text as opposed to spending the necessary time supporting emergent writers in the drawing stage. I think this can be one of the things that makes teaching writing to these littles so hard. If you’re new…


  • 6 Critical Steps to Launching a Smooth Writing Workshop in Your Classroom

    6 Critical Steps to Launching a Smooth Writing Workshop in Your Classroom

    If you’ve been here before, you know I LOVE teaching writing. I think there are so many benefits to incorporating a writing workshop into your kindergarten or first-grade classroom!  If you are not familiar with the writing workshop model, it  is a method of teaching writing that consists of four main components:  Mini-Lesson, where you teach…


  • A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Workshop in Kindergarten & First Grade

    A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Workshop in Kindergarten & First Grade

    In terms of both support and resources, writing seems to take a back seat to reading in many districts. Some teachers are given curriculum that’s either overwhelming, not developmentally appropriate or nothing at all. So, today I want to go through each component of the Writing Workshop in detail to help you implement it in…


  • Reading Project: Reading, Writing, Craft, Bulletin Board Display

    Reading Project: Reading, Writing, Craft, Bulletin Board Display

    This exciting reading project will motivate your students to read and will make a beautiful bulletin board display! This is a reading/writing project based on the theme: Reading Takes You Places! Included: ~List of mentor texts (books and poems) to kick-off the project theme ~Reading Craftivity (thinking bubble and summary slip)- After finding a book…


  • Why and How to Teach Sequencing

    Why and How to Teach Sequencing

    I had so many questions after reading one of my student’s stories: “I asked my mom if I could have cake and my sister got mad at me. Mom said it was ok so we had the cake. My dad got the cake for my mom.” After questioning, I learned that Dad had bought a…


  • Strategies for Supporting Struggling Writers

    Strategies for Supporting Struggling Writers

    Getting kids to love writing can be difficult sometimes, especially if they are struggling writers. It’s normal to dislike something you’re not good at (or think you’re not good at). I dislike bowling because I have terrible aim and usually end up in the gutter. But, I’m sure if I had the patience took the…


  • How to Get Students Writing Independently During Writing Workshop

    How to Get Students Writing Independently During Writing Workshop

    Writing is hard for many kids! If you run a writing workshop, you know how important it is to have kids writing independently. Yet, there are many challenges kids can have during this time that can lead to frustration and less-than-ideal work! Teachers face a huge challenge when kids aren’t able to work independently during…


  • Writing Bundle: Adding Labels, Dialogue, Onomatopoeias

    Writing Bundle: Adding Labels, Dialogue, Onomatopoeias

    These packs are perfect for helping beginning writers bring their writing to life! 3 important writing skills are included in this bundle: Labeling & Writing Sentences– 100 sets **PLUS 30 NEW Phonics sets! Adding Dialogue– 25 sets Adding Onomatopoeias– 31 sets *NEW* FREE digital upgrades included for the Dialogue and Onomatopoeia resources! BONUSES: Each pack…