Writing is an essential skill for all students and daily writing opportunities are a must in any classroom. This digital download contains several thematic writing prompts to get you through the year and promote a love for writing. Each unit is broken down into 2 – 3 week cross-curricula topics. Each day 30 minutes is reserved strictly for writing, about 15 minutes of whole group brainstorming/prewriting, and about 15 minutes to respond to prompts with teacher support. Each week contains 5 – 6 writing prompts and always includes a Free Write (Free Write Fridays) and a word bank. The word bank grows as the year progresses. During the second half of the year, writing prompts are modified to include an introduction to the writing process. On Mondays & Wednesdays, students get a new writing prompt. On Tuesdays & Thursdays, students publish a final copy based on editing and revisions conducted in small groups or during centers. Students kept all prompts in a journal that was sent home each month. In addition to direct instruction, each printable was reproduced and placed in our writing lab/center for students to revisit.
Downloads are grouped by grading period and sold separately. Themes are introduced in the following order: (GP1, $3)Welcome to School, Me! & Feelings, My Body & 5 Senses, Family & Friends, Nutrition, (GP2, $3) Fall & Harvest, Music, Opposites: Day & Night/Winter Break, Winter & Holidays, (GP3, $3) Community Helpers, Words & Roads Take us Places, 100th Day, Spring & Insects, (GP4, $3) Plants/Gardens & Farms, Animals & Habitats, Water Wonders, Every Day is Earth Day
I have included a Microsoft Word version of each file for your own modifications and a PDF of each file for immediate use. When using Microsoft Word documents, ABC font pack or similar fonts are desired to maintain original formatting. Each download contains approximately 4 themes.