Phonics-Based Writing Stations
Learning how to read is one thing, but learning to write is a whole different story! Did you know that in the process of literacy development that writing is the last skill to learn? When a child learns to write they are combining all their knowledge from spelling, phonics, grammar and syntax. Doesn’t that sound really complicated? Well it is complicated for new writers to grasp all these concepts at one time. Not to mention learning how to properly hold a pencil! Since children are learning how to combine so many different new skills together they need some direction while writing. This is where the writing prompts come in handy.
These pre-made writing prompts are designed to complement my Kindergarten Reading Passages and First Grade reading passages. This not only helps students build confidence in their reading comprehension, but at the same time they are building stronger literacy skills.
Writing is critical in the Learning Process
Being able to write is critical in the learning process, spelling and phonics go hand in hand while writing. Comprehension of a passage and gathering your own ideas relating to the short story is a skill that children need. Spending the time now will lay the foundation for the skills that a student needs to be able to “read to learn” in the future. By working on writing will also help students learn grammar and syntax of the English language. For these reasons having your students write is a good way for teachers to see where students are struggling, considering a student can be a good talker but a struggling speller, a student could be a good reader, but lack comprehension of what they just read. These are just a few reasons of why writing passages are just as important as the reading passages.
Learning is fun for students and painless for teachers
This design also becomes hassle free for the teachers because the questions are already build into the lesson. The reading passages are bundled alongside the writing passages, so a child doesn’t have to “remember” the story. Teachers feel free to get creative, have students color code their answers, color in they many pictures or just have them simply practice writing the prompts. These activities can be completed in groups or individually. I prefer to use them in writing stations, so it is just one seamless task of writing for the prompt together. I also like to take this time to review some phonics while students try to spell those tricky words such as bear. Without even extra planning your writing lesson also doubles as a phonics review. How cool is that?
As a teacher you can give the students space and observe there skill levels, or you can aid each student at the writing station to correctly write each statement. There is no wrong way to use these passages … unless you are not using them at all.
Learning can be fun for students and painless for teachers, so use some of these tips and tricks to make another great year of learning!