Give Me 5 for Writing
There are countless ways to use Give me 5 for Writing in your classroom. I will share what is included and the way I have used it in my classroom and then you can decide what might work best for your students.
Hands with “Give me Five” which includes the 5 primary rules for writing: Do you have capitals, Do you spaces between words, Do you have spaces between your words, Did you use your best spelling and Does it make sense?
Posters to explain and teach each rule with examples to correct or decide which is the best way to write. There are 15 posters for your use or display, which are created in color and black and white. They can be posted in a writing station/center or can be used as a teaching tool if copied onto the smart board or used in PDF format on your smart board as well.
A Black and White cover if you decide to make a booklet for each student to use as you teach the concepts or just to have all of the pages in one place.
26 pages with 5 sentences on each page for students to rewrite and correct. They can be completed as one sentence a day and corrected together or however you choose to use them.
7 pages of short paragraphs to correct and place end marks as needed to separate the sentences. All pages can be printed onto the smart board to be completed as a class...your choice!
All pages are duplicated with the corrections as an answer sheet if needed.
How I have used these pages with my first and second graders:
I laminated and gave each student a hand to clip into their writing journals as a reminder of what he/she needs to remember when writing and for use whenever students are writing. I also placed some of these in areas where students write and in table baskets.
I copied all posters onto the smart board and used each one separately each week to discuss and teach a particular concept. I told my kiddos that I was looking for that concept in their writing that week. So, if I taught the first poster, which is using capitals at the beginning of sentences, then I was expecting them to remember that and use capitals at the beginning of sentences. I taught and discussed each poster in this manner. Sometimes, for example; I taught more than one concept a week. Perhaps 2-3 a week when using all the times we need to use capitals as there are many posters explaining capitalization.
After I taught capitalization and end marks, I then introduced the Edit pages and at first we did one sentence a day together only focusing on capitalization and end marks. After I felt the students could manage this on their own, they did one sentence, which took a minute or two independently during a quick “Daily Edit” time and we went over it together. Children explained why the correction needed to be made and everyone used a crayon...not pencil...to make their corrections to self reflect on their errors. We then took a few minutes to have a share out...What did you learn...why was that important...how did you know to do that etc.
After they seemed fairly competent with this skill, then we moved onto the next poster and continued in this manner doing a few samples together until we completed all the posters.
When all skills were taught, then we did the daily edit everyday as described above in #3.
By this time, students were expected to understand what and how to use the conventions. Of course not everyone was proficient!!! The paragraph pages can also be used in cooperative groups or with partners.
What was clear after using the “Give Me 5” ideas, was that the students had a tool on which to rely and to use during independent writing.
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