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How to get your students BEGGING to do opinion writing!

Getting your students to enjoy opinion writing can happen using Who Would Win Books!  The teacher uses this mentor text and reads everything but the "battle" at the end!  The first grade, second grade, or third grade students will use graphic organizers to plan their writing using the facts they learned about each animal.  The book activities provided in this lesson plan are easy prep and fun for the students!  Check it out now! (#jdsrockinreaders #opinion writing)

When it is opinion writing time, do you hear your students moan and groan?  I've been there, and it's so disheartening!  I can help you with that though!  Writing time has become our favorite time in the classroom!  If we miss it for some reason, the kids are literally mad at me!  So, what can you do to get your students begging to write? 

One of my favorite writing lessons is an opinion writing lesson with Who Would Win? books by Jerry Pallotta.  He does an amazing job catching the interest of his readers with these books are perfect for the students to do some Opinion Writing!

Here is how I set it up to really getting the students excited and ready to write!  You can check out the lesson HERE!

7 STEPS TO FUN OPINION WRITING

1.  Capture interest!

I am using the book Alligator vs. Python for this example, but the same process can be used for any of his Who Would Win? books.  First, we read the book together and discuss all of the interesting facts about each animal.  I do not read the "battle" at the end!  That is what is going to build the excitement!  

2.  Review all of the facts!

I make each student a booklet that they will use for their opinion writing.  We read through the different facts that we learned and sort them whether they were the alligator or the python.

Getting your students to enjoy opinion writing can happen using Who Would Win Books!  The teacher uses this mentor text and reads everything but the "battle" at the end!  The first grade, second grade, or third grade students will use graphic organizers to plan their writing using the facts they learned about each animal.  The book activities provided in this lesson plan are easy prep and fun for the students!  Check it out now! (#jdsrockinreaders #opinion writing)

3.  Advantage checklist!

Next, we go through the advantage checklist and decide who has the advantage in each category.  This may vary depending on student responses and reasoning.

Getting your students to enjoy opinion writing can happen using Who Would Win Books!  The teacher uses this mentor text and reads everything but the "battle" at the end!  The first grade, second grade, or third grade students will use graphic organizers to plan their writing using the facts they learned about each animal.  The book activities provided in this lesson plan are easy prep and fun for the students!  Check it out now! (#jdsrockinreaders #opinion writing)

4.  Choose a "winner" and reasons!

Now, students can choose who they think will win the battle.  The will use the planning page to write who they think will win and then they will choose reasons WHY they think that animal will win and what might happen during the battle.

Getting your students to enjoy opinion writing can happen using Who Would Win Books!  The teacher uses this mentor text and reads everything but the "battle" at the end!  The first grade, second grade, or third grade students will use graphic organizers to plan their writing using the facts they learned about each animal.  The book activities provided in this lesson plan are easy prep and fun for the students!  Check it out now! (#jdsrockinreaders #opinion writing)

5.  Write your opinion!

Students are ready to write their opinion pieces now.  They will write an opening, reasons why they think that animal will win (what might happen), and a closing.

Getting your students to enjoy opinion writing can happen using Who Would Win Books!  The teacher uses this mentor text and reads everything but the "battle" at the end!  The first grade, second grade, or third grade students will use graphic organizers to plan their writing using the facts they learned about each animal.  The book activities provided in this lesson plan are easy prep and fun for the students!  Check it out now! (#jdsrockinreaders #opinion writing)

6.  Determining the winner!

Lastly, you will read the rest of the book to your students to see what happens during the battle!  They will be begging for more- trust me!

7.  Bonus!

Some students choose to write their own "battle" for the end of the book.  

Getting your students to enjoy opinion writing can happen using Who Would Win Books!  The teacher uses this mentor text and reads everything but the "battle" at the end!  The first grade, second grade, or third grade students will use graphic organizers to plan their writing using the facts they learned about each animal.  The book activities provided in this lesson plan are easy prep and fun for the students!  Check it out now! (#jdsrockinreaders #opinion writing)


I have lessons for the following Who Would Win Books!

This opinion writing lesson is one of my favorites that we do during the school year!  I do this with my first graders, however, this could be used in grades 1-4!  One of my other favorite writing lessons is my All About Reindeer Books- you can read about it HERE!



Leap Year and Leap Day Activities for Kids

2020 is a Leap Year!  I thought it would be fun to do some activities with my first graders this year!  You can check out these activities HERE or click on any picture!



Leap Day Anchor Chart and Book

You can display this anchor chart to remind students about leap day.   This book gives an introduction to what Leap Day is and students learn some fun facts about leap year and leap day.  

Make a Hat and do a Word Search!




True/False Game

I like to teach them some facts about Leap Day!  Here is a fun little true/false game you can play!



Directed Drawing

After we've learned some facts, we do a directed drawing of a frog and then write something we learned about leap year! It is so much fun!


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Helping Students Conquer Letter Reversals: b and d

Reversing letters is very common for young students.  Typically, this is something that will be sorted out and mastered by first or second grade.  However, there are some students that have a more difficult sorting out these letters and continue to have letter reversals into and beyond second grade.  So, what can you do as a teacher or parent?


1.  Explicit Instruction

If your student is having trouble with reversals, the first thing that you can do to help that child is to make sure that you tell them that they are reversing letters.  Point out which letters they are having difficulty with so that they are fully aware of what you are going to be working on and why it is important.  Let them know that this is common, but it needs to get corrected before it becomes more of a habit.

2.  Choose a Strategy for your Students

I personally like the strategy of "Put your B's and D's to BED".  This strategy can be used at any time because students always have their hands with them.  They make the "OK" sign with both hands and stretch out the word "bed" as they look at their hands.  I have created some anchor charts that help reinforce how to keep the b's and d's straight.  You can hang these in the classroom for easy reference or use the desk tag.  You can find all of these activities HERE.


3.  Kinesthetic Movement

Getting students up and moving when learning is always a bonus!  This helps their brains remember concepts they may not otherwise master so quickly.  Doing simple whole arm movements making the letters and saying the letter name and sound out loud can help some students to better master these tricky letters!

4.  Specific Lessons Focusing on Reversals

Now that your student knows that they need to be conscious of these letters, giving them specific lessons on how to correct these reversals is necessary!  I have made several resources to help students sort these out.

Games:  b and d match game and b and d board game

These games are a big hit with my students!  The first one can be played like memory.  Students match a "b" picture with the letter "b" and a "d" picture with the letter "d".


This game is a board game.  Students choose a card and move that amount of spaces.  If the picture matches the letter they land on they keep the card, if not, the card goes into the discard pile.  The player with the most cards, in the end, is the winner. 


The object of this game is to get 5 in a row!  Students draw either a "b" or a "d" and place a "marker" on the board.  The person to get 5 in a row first- wins!


Mazes

These "b" and "d" mazes are a fun way for students to notice which letter is which!


Worksheets

There are some basic worksheets for some extra practice!


Color by Code

Students can identify and distinguish between the b and d using these color by code worksheets!


If you are interested in checking out these activities, you can check them out HERE!