Differentiating lessons has never been easier with the thirty topics presented in this book. Customizing lessons to meet the diverse needs of your students is as simple as 1 – 2 – 3! Identify the starting level that is best paired to a child’s ability. From there, watch children excel to proficiency with all 10 topics.
Once students have worked with the lessons, writing center activities can be developed using the reproducible pages.
Level 1 – Complete Sentences
Students follow three easy steps to complete an illustration. A document camera, smart board, or white board can be used to model the process. Four sentences about the illustration are written using the words provided in a word bank.
Level 2 – Writing Sentences
This level will prove a little more difficult than level 1. Similar to the first level, students will draw a picture. Next, students will write phrases to answer the 5 Ws: who, what, where, when, and why. These phrases will scaffold students to write interesting sentences about their picture. If your students need more direct instruction, consider prewriting with the class to compose the phrases on a chart, prior to beginning the activity.
Level 3 – Writing Paragraphs
This level is the most challenging of the three. Here, students demonstrate critical thinking skills, as they draw the object in a new setting. Following their drawing, they will compose a paragraph about their illustration. Advanced writers can use this scaffolding to write an entire story!