Daily Lesson Planning
- Present "Writers look and think to find ideas" to your class. Point out that the boy is observing the chrysalis of a monarch butterfly, and Spot is reading about butterflies. Explore with children how looking and thinking gives ideas for writing.
- Find out what the children know about butterflies and write some of their ideas on the board or a chart. Implement "Butterfly Life Cycle" or draw the life cycle of a butterfly (egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly) on the board, and ask children to help you label it.
- Invite students to respond using “Writers look and think to find ideas” (BB 4).
Choose from the following activities:
- Early in the year, and then periodically, have each child write a list of the words he or she knows. These lists can include names, words children know how to spell phonetically or by memorization, and words they can find in the classroom. Have children keep their lists and watch them grow.
- Implement “Writers think about letters and words” (BB 5).
- Designate certain areas of the classroom as quiet places (for thinking) and others as talking places. Implement "Quiet Places/Talking Places" for this activity.
- Begin building a word wall on a bulletin board. Start with a few words and gradually add more, especially those that the children ask for. It is best to keep common nouns and high-frequency words on the main word wall. (See "Everyday Words" below for a suggested list.) Other words can be displayed temporarily.
- Place magazines and newspapers in the writing center. Ask children to find labels and signs (cereal, toothpaste, detergents, etc.) they can read. Have children cut out and post these labels on a large poster and read them to each other.
- Invite children who have special interests to begin writing about and drawing them. Encourage phonetic spellings and using the word wall. Also provide blank books for this activity.
- Recall different ways to find words, including the use of word walls.
- Talk about ways that looking and thinking can help writing and learning.