Second grade writers celebrate the end of their realistic fiction writing unit by reading their “bedtime” stories to kindergarten buddies. Throughout this unit, writers practiced writing leads in which the characters and setting were introduced. They wrote about real-life problems that are typical of 7 and 8 years old kids and how their characters solved these problems. They stretched out the important parts of their stories using elaboration techniques, such as adding dialogue, characters’ thoughts and feelings, and step-by-step actions. Pretty impressive!
And kindergarten writers celebrate the end of their “Looking Closely – Writing Like a Scientist” unit by sharing their pieces with their second grade mentors. In this unit, kindergarten scientists collected colorful fall leaves and other objects from nature. They examined them carefully, using magnifying glasses, and drew observations by adding as many details as possible. Then, they stretched out shape, size, color, and texture words to describe these objects to help teach their readers. As they stretched out their words like a rubber-band, they wrote down the sounds they heard. They even used some of the sight words they are learning, like “the,” “my,” and “see,” to write sentences such as: I see the red leaf.