Kinder Journeys Supplementals


Pocket Chart Writing?

I am always looking for ways to help my students become more independent, while challenging them to apply their newest learning.  I believe children learn best when they can move and move it around to make meaning.  Pocket Charts provide a fantastic way for children to work together, organize their thinking and keep items together.  They enjoy placing things in pocket charts and using pointers to read text out loud.  I found simple trays at Goodwill, which keep the various words grouped and separated in a drawer for easy access during literacy centers.  I make sure to include everything that my learners will need at the center, so as not to waste any precious time. Including a sample, can also be helpful, especially as they are learning what they will be doing at the Pocket Chart Writing Center. 

Each center contains the same theme as the JOURNEYS Kinder Lesson.  This will help them make connections to their learning.

To start, I copied off a huge stack of the basic papers to write on and also put in fresh pencils and NEW crayons.  I don't know about you, but I love a box of new crayons, so I make sure that include a new box often.  I also had a pocket chart attached to the back of my easel, so my kids were able to turn it around and voila!  They were ready to go.  
Each sentence is in the same color as the frame around the corresponding picture.  This helped my students who were still struggling with their sight words.  After they were done matching up the sentences with the pictures, they went through with pointers and read all the sentences. Last, they chose a sentence to copy and illustrate.  This turned into a predictable center where students gained confidence.  For my advanced writers, I had them write more to explain what they observed in the picture.  My students prided themselves on being Scientific Observers, so this always challenged them.  A few had time to do several different sentences and later turned them into a storybook.  

You will need:
  • Paper like the one above, or their writing journals
  • Pencils
  • Crayons, colored pencils or markers
  • Pocket Chart (or on the floor if you don't have one)
  • Sentences and corresponding pictures laminated
  • Storage envelopes for each lesson.  I used these and they worked wonderfully.  Click here to order yours.  They were super easy for the students to stuff all the materials back in at the end of literacy centers.
Let's look at the Lesson 24: Animal Colors Pocket Chart Writing Packet

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