As we approach second half of the year kindergarten teachers must look at strategies for teaching opinion writing, reflected in the Common Core standards.
This packet will help to guide your students in a systematic way, using a collaborative model.Children will have the opportunity to graph their opinion and analyze the data collected. Two types of surveys are provided. One allows students to pick from two choices and decide which they like best and the other requires giving a reason to support their opinion. Sentence frames are provided for those students who need addition support expressing their thinking.
Students build a graph reflecting the opinions of their collaborative team and this data is then collected to build a class graph. Important questions lead students to think about the data and interpret it. Tally marks are introduced as another means for recording student choices.
Why surveys?Taking surveys allows children an opportunity to practice asking questions and organizing information for a purpose. These are critical skills to acquire but can also be so authentic and engaging.
The final section of this packet offers a simple format for students to write their opinion based on the data that has been collected. The writing has been designed with a word bank so students can learn "how to" build appropriate sentences.
Opinion writing does not have to be overwhelming. This is a fun and easy format to make this kind of writing comprehensible to young children and allows them to build their understandings together. Follow my blog to see how I implement this in my kindergarten classroom.
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