Welcome! We all know how students enjoy sharing about themselves. "About Me Graphic Organizer and Writing Project" gives your students an opportunity to do just that! It also gives you an opportunity to assess your students' writing skills at the beginning of the year - or at any time. It’s a flexible writing project that can be tailored to the ability levels of students in grades 3-5.
There are two graphic organizer options. One graphic organizer is for students who have pets, and another is for students who do not. The topics covered on the graphic organizer are: family, interests, goals, summer, pets, and favorites.
Also included are student writing pages with the heading displayed for each topic. One set gives students a full page to write on for each topic. Another set has two headings on each page, allowing room for half a page of writing for each topic. An extension page is included for students who want to write more. All student writing pages come in two versions - with a border and without.
You may wish to use the included instruction sheet about basic paragraph design. This printable page reminds students to include: 1) an introductory sentence that is indented, 2) interesting details, and 3) a conclusion. Students are also asked to check their work for beginning capital letters and ending punctuation for each sentence. Students are asked to fix any omissions.
I have used this material during the first two weeks of school with my 4th graders for many years. After completion, students enjoy decorating their graphic organizers. These, along with their writing, make a wonderful display for parents to enjoy at “Back-to-School" night. A letter with detailed instructions on how I have used the material is included in the download.
I hope you and your students enjoy this writing project as much as I have with my students!
Have a wonderful school year!