Since time is at a premium in my classroom, I have decided to use our cursive handwriting practice as a way to also learn important background knowledge about the topics we are studying, usually in science and social studies. We use cursive handwriting paper and my students use black ink pens (since they write easier on the paper). I usually give my students 5-7 minutes per prompt and we do about two a week. Once the time is up, students count the words up and fill out the half sheet and attach it to their paper. I add my comments to the sheet when I look over their paper
Even though cursive handwriting is no longer in our state curriculum, I still think students need to learn and practice the skill. We use cursive handwriting as part of our weekly morning work rotation (M – cursive, T – poetry, W – grammar, Th – poetry, F – cursive). It takes less than 10 minutes to do the work and the students learn a lot over the course of the year. I always use themed passages that go with the topics we are studying for these cursive pages so my students are gaining background knowledge.
Topics included in this pack:
What is a Continent?
Time to practice that cursive!