Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Who Let the Writing Out?

I bet you are singing in your head..."Who Let the Dogs Out?"...right now!  I wanted to share with you a little way we quickly review what good writers do in their journals before we start writing.  I will call on students to draw a card out of the bag and then he/she will say out loud to their friends what they need to remember to do in their sentence by looking at the clue on the card.

The bag I am using is from Katie & Co.  Have you ever seen them at a conference before?  I just LOVE using their products in my classroom.   Katie & Co. is a site devoted to fun learning activities and tools for your classroom.  She uses a lot of flannel board, puppets. and songs!   Click {here} to go to their website and check out their products!

Here is an example of one of the activities I bought last year. 
Have you been to Joyful Learning in KC: a blog for kindergarten teachers yet?  Thanks to Chalk Talk I have found another great blog with amazing ideas.  Joyful Learning recently posted about Writers Workshop in her classroom.  As a class they made a chart about what they "used to do" in writing and what "we do now" in writing. 
Picture from Joyful Learning in KC

I cannot wait to do this with my kiddos in the classroom.  This is another great way for me to show them how proud I am of their writing!   Click {right here} to go to her writers workshop post and more! 

Click {here} to download writing reminder pictures!

Thanks, Amber


  1. Hi Amber! This is a great idea! Could you explain the "truck" card?
    Thanks so much!

  2. Thanks Christine...The "truck" card is representing that the picture matches the word or sentence. Hope this helps!

  3. Hi Amber! Would you take just a minute and explain all of the cards? I want to make sure I have the right idea for all of them. Thanks!

  4. ! . ? ~ Ending Marks

    Finger pointing ~ Spaces between words

    Star with the word said ~ Remember to write your Star/Sight Words correctly. Use the word wall or Dilly Dally Dictionary.

    Snake ~ Stretch out your words

    ABC ~ Use a Capital letter at the beginning of your sentence.

    Truck (picture & word) ~ Make sure your picture matches your sentence.

    Hope this helps!

  5. These are just wonderful! Thank you for sharing. :)


    Sprinkles to Kindergarten

  6. Thanks Amber for the great advertisement! I love my job! It is so much fun coming up with the activities. I love your blog site. Thanks again.
    Happy Kindergarten Days! Julie Torkelson

  7. This is a GREAT idea! I will definitely use these cards for my youngest writers. Thanks for the share!

    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  8. I love these cards. Fantastic idea. I am your newest follower!


  9. These are wonderful!

    Thank you for sharing you awesome creativity! =)

    Heather's Heart

  10. Thanks for your lovely cards.For sure they will be hepful to muy young writers.


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