Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Labeling

Writing has always been a struggle for me. Even as a child, I found writing difficult and now that I'm a teacher, writing is definitely my weakness. My goal this year is to master kindergarten writing. So if anyone has any tips or suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.

My very favorite thing about teaching writing is through mini lessons. I don't always plan them out before hand, I just base it off of what my students need at the time. I saw this lesson on Pinterest a long time ago and I put it in my teaching vault (where all of my other untouched ideas live). My students had been drawing pictures for their writing for a few weeks now and I could tell that some of my students were ready for something more. That is when I decided it was time to introduce labels.

 We started by labeling the teacher. The kids thought this was the funnest thing we had done all year. I didn't premake the labels and I had them come up with the body parts. They did an amazing job. I then modeled how to use labels in pictures and sent them on their way to try it on their own. Some students were hesitant to use them and others labeled everything on their paper. Lesson... successful!

The kids loved the labeling lesson so much that I decided to use it again in our science lesson all about the 5 senses. This time students partnered up and they were able to label their friend to identify the correct body part that matches each sense.

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