At the beginning of the year, I like to have my students brainstorm ideas of what they would be interested in writing about! At the beginning of first grade, it can be difficult for some students to get their thoughts out because they are worried about spelling the words correctly. Doing this on Google Classroom would give students the opportunity to add pictures and captions for a more polished product they can use down the line.
The download includes a teacher model, a checklist, and a link to the student template. The template is made using tables in Google Docs so that students do not have to worry about resizing the photos. The photos that students are able to select within Google Docs have already been checked for copyright purposes.