\To culminate a unit on community helpers, ask each child what they want to be when they grow up.
\Students bring in outfits and props to help them look like they are working in their chosen field. (I also have a collection of “dress up” clothes they may use.) Get creative: a man’s white shirt makes a great lab coat for a doctor or a scientist.
\I take a photo of each child dressed up looking like what they want to be when they grow up.
\In small groups of 5 or 6, students complete the writing template stating what they want to be when they grow up and what they will do when they have that job.
\Glue their photos onto the top of the page.
When I grow up, I will be a fire fighter. I will save people from burning buildings.
When I grow up, I will be a dancer. I will dance on a stage in New York.
I have included 3 writing templates. One says: When I grow up, I will be (and it includes writing lines).
The 2nd template says the same thing, but also gives you a second sentence starter: I will (with lines below it).
The 3rd template gives you a different font size.
You can use these to take dictation from your non-writers. You can assist your emergent writer fill in the blanks or you can let your writers use their inventive spelling to complete their own sentences.
Check out my blog: kfundamentals.blogspot.com to see photos of our finished product: "Student writing samples with their career photos."
This makes a GREAT bulletin board for Open House.
Remember to keep the FUN in the Fundamentals. :)