With First-Hand Experiences
Observing Nature, Collecting Leaves, Exploring the Poetry of Leaves, and Reading Fiction and Nonfiction to Build Background Information
Lucy Calkins encourages teachers to take children on “writerly/scientific walks.”
Exploring the poetry of leaves through movement and song.
P.S.: Poems and Songs to Memorize, Recite, and Perform
- Leaves Are Falling, Nellie Edge
- Like a Leaf or a Feather, anonymous
- Leaves Fall Down, Margaret Wise Brown
- Who Has Seen The Wind?, Christina Rosetti
Lead your children into organizational thinking with this template. Help them identify the topic, provide a detailed drawing, add facts about the topic, and summarize with a statement of opinion. Later in the year, this organizational plan becomes a way of thinking that leads to quality informational writing.