Saturday, November 26, 2011

skip the fill-in-the-blank and encourage more writing!

Often times, it's hard to get away from worksheets. Sometimes schools or districts mandate that you use a certain number/all of given curriculum series to prove "fidelity to the core" (glad I haven't worked at places like that!) or you're not sure how else students could practice the specific concept.

I like to take worksheets and cut parts of it to encourage more writing.......as seen in the pictures below. I put a worksheet on the document camera/overhead to give students sentence frames (or at their table if they need it).

I try to avoid fill in the blank (different from cloze activities which I know are powerful and helpful), as I saw that this was almost never done in England or Australia and students there wrote a LOT more (yes, this is a bit of a generalization). 

 





worksheets source: Harcourt Storytown


Any thoughts on worksheets in the classrooms???

3 comments:

Holly said...

I just found you on Kristin's blog (Teeny Tiny...) blogging just takes some getting used to - you'll get there. I'm still new at it myself (about two months now)...but man, am I addicted!!!! Good luck and I look forward to reading yours!

Holly
Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

Kristin said...

Hi! I love that Holly beat me to this. :)
It does take some time and I've found that the more often you blog, the more people will come back. The best way to connect with other bloggers is by leaving comments. Keep leaving comments and pretty soon, that blogger is going to get to know you. Also, always leave a link back to your blog. I know that when I get a comment from someone I don't know, I always check out their blog and become their newest follower. That's how I started following you! :)
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Hadar said...

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Hadar
Miss Kindergarten
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