WRITING SOME “LOFTY GOOD” SENTENCES
FOR 1ST GRADE STUDENTS
Students LOVE a good story to go with your theme on high flying KITES. Afterwards, it’s the perfect time to motivate them to write. A “Simple” system that builds on itself is the best way to develop a child’s beginning writing skills. These mini-lessons work well with emergent and developing writers.
KITES come in all shapes and sizes; they swoop, dance, twinkle. Not only does this theme lend itself to a lot of descriptive writing, but boys are more willing to jump in with their imaginations. I highly recommend you might want to begin reading a few stories that focus on this theme. Some I have found to be a lot of fun are:
The Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand
Kite Flying by Grace Len
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
Just A Kite (Early Reader) Mercer Mayer
Kites Sail High by Ruth Heller (A book on verbs)
The Kite (First Reader) by Mary Packard
• Front Cover
• Lesson Objectives
• Creating “Lofty Good” Sentence(s) Ideas For the Teacher: This page gives you, the teacher, ideas to help your students brainstorm examples of sentence(s) developing the concept of using who, what, where and when.
• “Lofty Good” Vocabulary Ideas for the Teacher: These are vocabulary ideas you can use to help your student develop one or more descriptive sentences about kites.
• Teacher Sentence Organizer: You, the teacher, can use this as a blackline master to make up your own sentence organizer to demonstrate on the elmo overhead projector.
• “Lofty Good” Student Idea Organizer: You can use this page to demonstrate how sentences can be made from their “key” words. You can use this on your overhead projecter/smartboard for whole group instruction.
• Student Sentence(s) Organizer: On this page your students choose their own “key” words. They write them in the spaces above in the appropriate boxes. Your student can then use their words to make a sentence/s depending on their writing level. You would want to demonstrate this the first few times and walk your students through the writing process. If you want, this could be their rough draft copy, as a final sheet is supplied at the end of this packet.
• Blank Student Sentence Organizer: You, the teacher, can make up your own organizer for your students.
• Kite Examples for Elmo Overhead Projector/for Kite Craft. Be sure to tell students when they decorate their kites that they won’t look like examples shown, these are just ideas of what some people did and then ask for their ideas.
• Kite Craft. Decorate a kite; color, collage etc., and hang for display. You could also have a day when you could take the kids outside and fly a kite for fun.
• Final Neat Proof Copy. Students can copy their corrected sentences and draw a picture of their writing. It can be added to their portfolio as a finished piece of work.
• A First Grade Writing Idea: After reading the book Stuck, students could write what they throw to get a stuck kite down from a tree.
• A kindergarten page – Some sentence frames could be;
My kite has_______ ______ . It _________over________ _______ .
My kite was stuck on a_______ _________ . I _______ to get my kite.