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I love these graphic organizers! It made my life so much easier this year when teaching about watermelon stories and seed stories. My kids really enjoyed them as well.
Watermelon Story Graphic Organizers
Here's what you will want to do. First of all, make your set first. So I took the first graphic organizer, colored it, and made it the top cover fort the second graphic organizer.
I know the second organizer looks a little different. Here's what I did. I cut on the vertical dotted lines leading up to the solid black line. This enabled the kids and I to write out (3) watermelon stories that we could write about. I told my students this time that they had to write about their favorite place. Some examples were School, My Home, and their favorite restaurant.
After they write these titles on the top, have them sketch as many details as they can think of related to that topic underneath the flap. You will want to glue all of this into their Writer's Notebooks to keep all of their brainstorming pieces together for their story.
I then asked my students to write their first story based off of one flap. They created amazingly wonderful watermelon stories and stayed on topic. Now we are working on zooming in on that watermelon topic and creating more of a seed story.
Seed Story Graphic Organizers
To use the first graphic organizer, my students will be taking their watermelon story and analyzing it to create smaller seed stories. I gave them an example of how I went to the San Diego Zoo (watermelon story) but when I give them this graphic organizer I will show them the different things that I did while at the zoo (rode the gondola, saw koalas, rode on a double-decker bus, etc.).
To use the second graphic organizer, the students will choose one seed, out of the many that I created, that they want to write about and either sketch pictures or write in the seeds labeled details. We find that in 3rd grade, sketching is an amazing skill because it allows them to share in more details which enables them to write in more detail.
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