To celebrate the first day of my spring break, I'm hooking up with Teaching Blog Addict for Freebie Friday! Here is a quick and easy way for your beginning writers to plan out a basic paragraph using a 4-Square Writing Organizer. The topic sentence is provided on one version and and a blank 4-square with a writing prompt is on the other version. Your students just have to write three things that they love about springtime and a concluding sentence. Four choices of handwriting-lined papers are included for the final copy.
I LOVE using 4-Square writing organizers with my Firsties! My reluctant writers really get into doing this because of the extra support the organizer provides. On the first day, the kids fill out the 4-Square. The next day, I have my students check each sentence for capitals and punctuation. They trace over the first letter of the sentence with a green colored pencil and trace the ending punctuation with a red colored pencil. They love this part! Later, we use "spell checkers" (high-frequency word lists) to fix basic spelling errors. The kids work with a buddy to reread the writing for any revisions before writing the paragraph on the handwriting paper. Ta-da!
You can grab yourself a copy of the project at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. If you like it, I'd sure appreciate it if you'd considering following my store and letting me know what you think. Thanks for your support!
I love spring weather (sunny, but cool) and beautiful daffodils (OK, so it snowed a bit this morning, but that was very strange for mid-March in Oregon)! What is your favorite thing about springtime?
Have a happy weekend!