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Fall is such a great time to teach Transition words. Once the students know how to use transition words, it helps them organize their ideas and express themselves more fully. Teaching transition words helps kids organize their ideas and express themselves more fully. It is one of the best ways to develop writing fluency and build confidence. I love teaching transition words in the fall because there is so much to write about and the students can use what they learn in this unit all year long!
The activities in this unit build on each other, so that the students learn a little more with each activity. Step by step lesson plans, writing models, and student materials are included. I've attached editable transition word cards and a color version of the writing samples.
Activity #1“ Come To My Party” (writing model included)
Kids really get into this one and since they write about foods and activities they like, it doubles as a get to know you activity. This activity also prepares them for Activity #2. As a bonus, your students learn about contractions in the future tense. (Mini contraction lesson included.)
Option: You may want to read/discuss the writing sample from Activity #1 with your students and start with Activity #2. I like to do both, but I understand you may not have the time.
Activity #2 “Squirrel Party!”
The students build on what they learned in the first piece (scaffolding) by writing “Come To My Party” from a Squirrel’s Point of View. They learn a few more transition words and have a lot of fun brainstorming squirrel party activities, such as nut cracking contests, squirrel karaoke and tree tag. A ton of FUN!
Activity #3“ A Day To Remember” (mentor text/writing model included)
The class plans a Day or “Morning to Remember” (fall or Halloween themed). The students use transition words to write about it. They learn about past tense and different ways to open and close a paragraph.
Several extensions are included, e.g. a story writing activity and ideas for your writing corner. (Story writing paper included! Your students can use these throughout the year to write their own stories :)
Please check out my other writing units, reader's theater scripts, and plays. I have a fun transition words unit for grade three (but I have also used it later on in grade two. Like this unit, the students learn about transition words, but they also develop a number of other writing skills.)
Enjoy your fall writing! Please follow me for units and freebies to come. :)