Writing Animal Stories: Using Setting, Character and Action and the Alphabet~
This is a great writing tool that I use to increase the depth of my students writing skills by adding setting and the action that their character (animal) is doing. When I use these, my students will write 3-4 sentences easily about one animal.
This pack includes an animal for each letter of the alphabet and comes in both color and black and white.
We add in science by discussing where the animals live, what they might eat and what they might do. We always name the animal something that goes with the letter that it starts with. We also talk about adjectives that goes with the animal as we are writing (or where it lives, or adjectives about what it is doing). At the beginning of the year, I have the kids tell me the sentences and we write them together. As the year progresses, we move slowly toward the kids making their own sentences. At the end, I make their pages into a book for them to take home. This also increases the realia in your writing program.
This unit fits CCSS 1.L.1; 1.SL.4; 1.SL.6
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I emailed this description to a fellow teacher about this product:
I do a letter a week in my classroom. Each week, we use one of these sheets. We talk about the character (or the animal) of the story that we are going to write. I always give them a name that goes with the letter- like Allie Alligator. Then we look at the circle to the left and I tell the kids that this is the setting or where the story takes place. We talk about places where alligators live (and often I will pre-print picture out of their habitats so the kids can see). I then do a quick draw of a swamp (1 minute or less). Then I tell the kids that they can do a quick draw (I time this for a minute). We also write the word swamp under the circle and we talk about adding an adjective (like a muddy swamp).
Next we go to the right hand circle and this is where the action is going to happen. So we talk about things that an alligator could do.... my kids this year said that Allie the Alligator bit someone in the leg. So we do a quick draw- I do mine first then they do theirs.
Last is the writing portion. I try to get 3-4 sentences from the kids but we do a ton of oral language through this. I start by re-stating what the pictures show. I also ask them what time of day this is happening. I write the words on my paper and have it projected onto the board where the kids can copy it.
A sample writing might say:
One cold, stormy morning, Allie the Alligator rested in a muddy swamp. Suddenly, a man came stomping into the water. Allie the Alligator was frightened by the man so she bit him in the leg. The shocked man jumped and broke free from Allie. He ran away from the swamp very quickly.