I had an interesting conversation with a new first grade teacher the other day. This lovely lady has taught second grade for several years and had never taught any younger grades. She was a bit disheartened when I dropped in on her, saying that she just didn't realize how little her students would know.
After a short discussion, we decided to back up a bit. She had them draw a picture of their choice and then encouraged them to talk and write about their picture. Below you will see the results.
They knew A LOT more than she thought they did! Because they had time to draw and talk about their ideas, and because they had a choice about their topic, they were able to produce some very nice beginning-of-the-year pieces. Their teacher can look at their work and quickly assess what they already know about the first grade ELA standards-- that includes the Reading standards-- and make her plans accordingly. Write on!
|Still at the scribbling stage...|
|Me and my dog Chico he is my dog is brown|
|I see the American flag. (The student used the Pledge of Allegiance poster in the room as a resource.)|
|I went shopping with my cousin and got a dres for school and it cost 3 dollar|
|My friend is spending a.....|
|My sister play with ball. and we ride I (a?) motorcycle.|
|I love to ride my roller coaster. my dad toook me to Six Flags|
|I love a hotel. Because it got a pool. Me and my mom.|
|I'm playing with my yo yo outside with my sister|
|I love my mom she loves me We live .....I get to school by car.|
|I like riding my dirt bike when my mom says I can ride my dirt bike.|