Thursday, February 16, 2012

Presidents Day Writing and TWO FREEBIES!

So our writing topic this week is "Description of a Person."  I love open-ended topics like this... lots of options!  I decided to incorporate some Social Studies by talking about Presidents Day and our country's leader, President Barack Obama.

Here is what we did today:

1 - First, I hung a large color portrait of Barack Obama on the whiteboard.  I found this little gem a couple of years ago at a local store called Merchandise Outlet.  I gave each student a Post-It note (to ensure that each child had an opportunity to speak) and when they were able to think of a description of our President, I wrote it on their Post-It note.  The kids stuck them around the portrait.  This was like our pre-writing brainstorming session.

2 - Next, the students and I worked together to move their Post-It notes on to our writing tree map and place them under the most appropriate branches.  If you would like your own copy of these labels, click HERE to visit my TPT Store and grab this FREEBIE!

3 - Then, I passed out our clipboards, mini pencils, and copies of the writing tree map.  (There mini golf pencils are perfect for little Kindergarten hands, by the way.)

4 - Finally, I removed one Post-It note at a time and guided the students in writing the description on their own copies of the writing tree map.  If you would like your own copy, click HERE to grab this FREEBIE at my TPT Store!

As you can see, we did not finish writing all the descriptions today.  Unfortunately, we have early release tomorrow and no school on Monday (due to profesional development), so this writing activity will have to wait until Tuesday!

I hope you are able to use this activity in your own classroom to compliment your Presidents Day lesson.  Thanks for stopping by!  :)

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