How To Writing: A Hands-On Approach in 1st Grade

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  1. ‘Writing’ the subject that drives fear into the hearts of teachers and is so often ignored/forgotten because “We do a lot of writing in reading.” Nothing can replace explicit writing instruction, mentor texts, time spent writing, and students sharing their writing.Using a workshop model, students ha
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Outside of How-To writing being a part of the Common Core, it provides a great practice in logically sequencing events (a tough first grade skill). Additionally, it gives us the chance to review and practice those very-important transition and time-order words (first, second, then, next, also, last, finally, etc.).

In this resource, you’ll find a hands-on approach to introducing and practicing how-to writing...with paper airplanes! Then, you’ll find a variety of prompts and writing papers that work perfectly for Work on Writing.

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Things I Can Teacher Others

*Mini-lesson idea

*Interactive Notebook Page

Mentor Text Ideas

Hands-On Ideas

*Building Paper Airplanes

*Making Maracas

Writing Templates

*Graphic Organizers (with and without scaffolds)

*Writing How-To Booklets (with and without scaffolds)

24 Writing Prompts (16 everyday prompts + 8 math prompts)

Anchor Charts

*How-To Writing Checklist

*Time Order Words

Assessment Resources

*Detailed Teacher Rubric

*Student Self-Assessment Rubric (2 versions)

*Mini Self-Assessment Checklist (perfect for work on writing)

If you have any questions or requests, feel free to email me at!


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***For other Common Core ELA resources, check out my Parts of Speech Grammar Bundle and Sweet Inflectional Endings units.

Total Pages
41 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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