"I am also new to 4th grade this year. I am extremely overwhelmed! I teach two 4th grade classes of Reading, Writing and Language Arts each day, and I have no idea where to begin with writing instruction. Do I begin with the Ideas trait and go from…"
"A life map is a graphic organizer that the students create that "maps" out their life memories in a chronological order. This is just one way we help students start to think of ideas. I teach 4th grade so I like to have…"
"I teach 4th grade writing, and we (our writing team) like to start with reading Mem Fox's Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. We talk about our special memories (something warm, gold, something that makes you cry, etc) and brainstorm…"
"Start with 10 of your favorite books, books that you know and connect with. Study these books. What makes them so good? Look at the craft (similes, beginnings, rising action, etc) and document this information. These can be your mini-lessons. Good…"
"Start small, include sketching or drawing of things near and dear to the students. Then have them focus on one item to describe and make connections to why it's important to them. Let students know that rambling is OK sometimes and that great…"