Daily Lesson Planning
- Present the "Spot writes" image. Talk about Spot’s writing spot. Ask children where they like to draw and write—at school, at home, other places.
- Read the rhyme to the children. Then, in subsequent readings, invite them to join in with the rhyming words or other key words.
- Discuss the steps Spot goes through as he gets his message ready to share. He looks, thinks, talks, listens to others, reads, and then writes words and makes drawings. Finally, he’s ready to share his special message.
- Implement "Spot writes" (BB 2).
Choose from the following activities:
- Talk about steps in a familiar process. For example, if you want a snack, first you look around and think about what you would like. Then you may talk about what you can have and get the things you need (food and plate or bowl). Finally, you eat your snack and maybe share it. When people do things again and again, they follow steps. Talk about other things children have learned to do. Implement “Writers follow steps when they write” (BB 3).
- Discuss writing spots children have seen—Mom writing a grocery list on the kitchen counter or people writing at desks in offices. Invite children to watch for writers and their writing spots at home, on TV, in magazines, in public places. Start a class list and add new “writing spots” during the year.
- Implement "My Writing Spot."
- Have children list or draw favorite drawing and writing materials—crayons, pencils, markers, paints, computers, and so on.
- Set up a writing center, or “Writing Spot.” Keep writing supplies on hand.
- Have children say the “Spot writes” rhyme with you and point out favorite sounds or words. Implement "Spot Writes Rhyme" for them to take home.
- Invite children to share a story about a picture or note they made for someone. If individuals don’t have a story, assure them that they will have many opportunities to write and share notes and pictures throughout the year.