Daily Lesson Planning
Special Note: Encourage all kinds of writing in kindergarten. Let children know they can spell phonetically (writing letters for the sounds they hear), copy words from around the room, or ask someone for help. (For children doing scribbles or strings of letters, you should sometimes transcribe their messages into conventional print somewhere on the page to help them recall what they wanted to say.)
- Explore "Writers write to share ideas" to identify different forms of writing that the children in the picture have been involved in. Ask the students to show how they write their words. Have them demonstrate on the board.
- Do some interactive writing using classroom news, current units, seasonal subjects, or other topics of interest. (Save some of the writings, and revisit them later to make simple changes or additions.)
- Implement "Writers write to share ideas" (BB 10). If you wish, copy children’s addresses onto scrap paper for the children to copy onto their drawings.
Choose from the following activities:
- Implement “Writers write words” (BB 11).
- As children read books and find words they are interested in, encourage them to write the words in their Buddy Books or personal word dictionaries.
- Encourage writing during choice time by having paper, pencils, and markers available in the dramatic-play, art, math, and block/building areas.
- Have children write word lists by remembering words they know by heart or copying words. Then have them copy some of these words onto word cards. The word cards can be used for building sentences and word sorts. Implement "Word Cards" for this activity.
- To encourage longer pieces of writing, invite other adults to act as writing partners with students. The adults can help children with words or act as scribes—when appropriate.
- Invite children to draw and write stories about their lives. Implement "My Own Story" for children who like to write on lines.
- Have children share something they have written.
- Check students’ progress on personal word dictionaries.