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Learn to identify common birds plus ideas for attracting backyard birds.

Flower Power: Learn parts of a flower.
Includes a fun craft idea.
Inside Seeds: Learn parts of a seed.
An active simulation to
teach about why some
animals may become endangered.
Practice making change using math story problems.  



What is Writer's Workshop?
Writer's Workshop is similar to Reading Workshop in that the students are given instruction in small groups based on the students instructional needs. In Writer's Workshop students are allowed to write at their own pace as they work through the writing process. In Writer's Workshop there are several expectations. 
  • Students should write daily. Writing should be formal as well as informal. Writing in a daily journal gives students practice writing in an unstructured and informal environment. Some writing throughout the day should also consist of formalized instruction. Fro example, you may spend time teaching students how to write complete sentences, use capitalization, or write a story. The skill may be specific or brad. These lessons build upon one another and they will be reflected in student writing. There should be lessons that address content, style, voice, convention, word choice, sentence fluency, and presentation.
  • Students generate content and topics for writing. Sometimes students will be assigned a topic for their writing in order to fit a set of writing standards or curriculum. There should be opportunities, though, for students to decide on their topics for writing. By doing this we communicate to students that writing is a way of expressing yourself and communicating with others. They will learn that writing isn't just something you do to fulfill and assignment requirement. When students are allowed to select their topics or write what they are thinking they will be more motivated as writers and more likely to be willing to invest the time and energy it takes to make their writing the best they can do.
  • Students should write without restraints. As a teacher work to create a non-threatening writing environment. Don't begin writing assignments with too many rules or instructions. Keep the writing instruction clear, concise, and easy to understand. Also, as the teacher, you do not need to feel that you should focus on all aspects of writing in every piece a student compose. Determine what skill you are focusing on and only assess for that skill. As the student develops their writing skills you can assess more and more of the aspects of good writing from a single piece.
  • Provide opportunities for students to read their own writing and listen to the writing of others. Encourage students to provide feedback for their classmates. Encourage attentiveness to meaning by asking for more information, responding to thoughts and ideas, or laughing at humorous parts. If students have a real audience, besides the teacher, for their writing they will be more motivated to make it their best. Students will feel that their writing as meaning and that they are communicating and connecting with their peers through their writing. Listening to and reading the writing of others also increases comprehension.
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