4th Grade Writing

Collection by JoAnn Heins

JoAnn Heins
"This website has really interesting writing prompts. Some of them are really fun!"

my 28 most tried and true writing prompts

my 28 most tried and true writing prompts

Writer's Notebook --simple activities for starting writing off 'WRITE!' this school year! :)
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Writer's Notebook Organization!

I've been using the Writer's Workshop model of teaching and celebrating writing for the last 8 years, but this is the first year that I feel I've got a good grip on how to help my students organize their Writer's Notebooks (WN). This blog will show you some options for organizing WN's and some sample lessons to help you implement the Writer's Workshop model easily. Please visit my TeachersPayTeachers account to support the work I've done here at…

sample heart map in writers notebooks

Writing in Cafe 1123

"Words are a poet's paint...Every word has the power to make something happen." -Poet and Author Georgia Heard What I Know About Writing Strategies The first step in helping kids become great writers is convincing them that they have a story to tell. Authors aren't struck with great story ideas, they work for them. Just like Peyton Manning had to practice to become a first class quarterback or Venus Williams had to practice before becoming a terrific tennis player, authors too must practice…

Listen up writing teachers! This site is a GOLD MINE!  Workshop friendly
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Always Write

(corbettharrison.com) Always Write: An Original Writer's Notebook Lesson from Corbett. One of the most amazing writing sites I've ever seen and explored! If I ever teach middle school or high school English again - this site will be a best friend!

Biography Poster.
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Another 3rd Grade Biography Project

We have finally gotten to Olivia's third grade year. She has many projects to complete this year (yay third grade) but the biography pos...

Mrs. Truett's 3rd Grade: Adjectives!
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What is a better to learn about adjectives that to describe the nouns we know best? Today we created character study of ourselves by using adjectives.

How to Blow a Bubble...  First, students chewed a piece of gum.  Then they wrote a paragraph about how to blow a bubble using transition words  such as first, next, and last. Finally, they created a picture of themselves and attached a balloon to their picture so it looks like they are blowing a bubble!!
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Mrs. Orman's Classroom: Use Popular Music to Teach Poetic Devices & Figurative Language
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Use Popular Music to Teach Poetic Devices & Figurative Language

Song lyrics are perfect for teaching figurative language! To engage your students, you need to know what they like. What books do they like to read? What movies do they like to see? What do they do in their free time? What kind of music do they like? Having a questionnaire at the beginning of the school year is a great way to find out more about them. I like to have them create a collage mobile with their answers (more on that in another post). But this allows me to gauge what their…

super power writing
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Teacher Idea Factory - Teacher Idea Factory

Teacher Idea Factory

Just the thought of doing a research project is enough to send some students into a permanent state of shock, (and fill teachers with dread!). End the fear with this fun and easy method of organizing and writing research projects.

Take the Fear Out of Research Projects

Just the thought of doing a research project is enough to send some students into a state of shock, (and fill teachers with dread!). End the fear with this easy method of organizing and writing research projects. Includes templates for animal research, city or state research and research of a histo...

Sentence Buddy
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The Sentence Buddy Freebie | Falling into First

Ok, so I’m a day late. But as promised I’ve uploaded my little Complete Sentence Buddy freebie!! [Click the picture you grab your copy ] We spend a lot of time at the beginning of the year talking about the parts of a complete sentence. Well I wrote the silly song below and my […]

Being a Good Writer: Writing tips and strategies from Lucy Calkins. I can't wait to share this with my class!

Being a Good Writer: Writing tips and strategies from Lucy Calkins

What makes a good writer? How do you become a good writer? Lucy Calkins - author of the Units of Study for Reading and Writing series - offers words of wisdo...

possessive nouns
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What Does the Fox Read?

simile lesson
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Ginger Snaps

Tidbits and treats for teachers

It's not too late to start this super fun writing unit for Halloween!  Have your students make a pet monster with this creative writing unit that covers 4 of the CCSS writing standards!  It includes Prewriting graphic organizing worksheets to help develop story ideas, build character descriptions, create a problem and solution, and organize events in the story. It also includes lined writing paper with monster-themed borders, teacher observation form, and revising and editing checklists.

Halloween Writing Project: Make a Pet Monster!! Distance Learning Ready!

This is a creative writing activity that can be used all year long. But, it's really fun to plan it for Halloween in October! COMPLETELY DIGITAL!Digital links with complete text boxes are ready to go for students!Included in this writing unit are:Prewriting graphic organizing worksheets to help de...

Our Bubble Bursting Gum Projects  These projects turned out to be a fun & creative way to share  several of the major standards that we focused on this year.  The project incorporated the following: Timeline (The History of Gum)  /Facts/Opinions/“How to” Writing (Written by students for parents to follow)/Compare/Contrast (Types of gum)
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Working 4 the Classroom

Creating a Collaborative Community