Word Study NotebookOne of the subjects I really hope to focus on this year is word study and conventions. Many times as writing teacher I feel like I spend too much time getting the kids to get their words on the page and not enough time focusing on getting their writing ready for the reader by editing and checking for conventions and spelling. I hope to change that this year!
This year I am going to use a Word Study and Conventions notebook. I took a composition book and divided it into two sections with a tab at the top of each.
The first tab is for word study. I have the first four pages (front and back) labeled with the letters of the alphabet. This is where the kids will add in high frequency words or other words they need to learn. It will function as sort of a personal word wall for the students. The other pages in the section will be for children to do their work during word study lessons, buddy study activities, or at the word work station. The second tab is in the middle of the book. It is where kids will do their work during our conventions lessons or at work stations. The inside of the cover has a pocket for kids to put their "words to learn" card from buddy study inside. The inside of the back cover has our editing checklist that kids will add to as we learn new topics. This will allow me to hold them accountable for the material we've learned.
It is my hope that the kids will use this notebook as a tool during the editing stage of the writing process since everything will be packed into one convenient place. I'll post more pictures as I get the sample notebook ready.
Nouns - August 2012
Today in our word work lesson we reviewed nouns. We are reviewing nouns and verbs in an effort to lay the foundation for writing complete sentences. We watched a short video about nouns and then began a concept web. Tomorrow the kids will make their own noun graphic organizer.
Here's the video we watched. Ask your child to identify some nouns at home!
This week we've been looking at complete sentences. We're learning that a complete sentence has two parts. One part of the sentence names who or what - it is usually a noun. The other part of the sentence tells what happened. Here's a short video to check yourself. Can you spot the complete sentences and the fragments?