Why Use Writing Prompts- Plus FREEBIE

   Do you use writing prompts in your classroom? How often do you have your students write in your classroom? You may be asking yourself why is it so important. 

Teachers should work diligently to develop growth as skilled writers by giving students the opportunity to write each and every day. This can empower students to be creative and develop their voices as they write about topics that interest them the most. Students will build language skills and vocabulary by brainstorming ideas and sharing their knowledge, opinions, and imagination. As students share their ideas they are also building friendships, making connections, and working on social skills. Writing can also give students the opportunity to become caring members of a community by sharing ways to make the world a better place. It can also inspire students to work on problem-solving and think about their inner feelings. Spark a child's interest by giving students sentence starters or writing prompts and letting them get their minds going. Make writing a part of your daily routines. While working with young students, be sure to start with topics they are familiar with and enjoy.

Here are some reasons why it is important to use writing prompts in your class.

  • Gives students a starting point.
  • Gets students to respond to a specific topic using targeted language
  • Helps beginning writers stay focused
  • Inspires young writers
  • Sparks creativity
  • Provides writing skill practice with spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and handwriting
  • Teachers can monitor writing progress over time and make adjustments in their instruction.

If you are stuck for writing prompts that will inspire your students, check out some of the writing activities I developed while working with young students in the classroom. I put together some seasonal writing packets that are sure to promote your student's curiosity. There is such a wide range of topics to choose from. Give your students the opportunity to select the topics they are excited about. Each writing prompt is on primary or secondary lined paper to easily differentiate the needs of the students you work with.

Winter writing is a great way to encourage creativity in the classroom! With these winter writing prompts, designed for kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade, students can explore the winter season in a fun, imaginative way. Whether writing about snowflakes or dreaming up a winter story, these prompts will keep students excited about writing all season long.

Grab this FREEBIE. It is always a big HIT in my classroom. I let the students create paper snowflakes and hang them around my classroom. They can develop their procedural writing by naming the steps of how they did it and recording the information.

As spring approaches, teachers admire how the student's writing continues to blossom. All the hard work and dedication to writing really do pay off. Whether writing about flying a kite or what they might see at the end of a rainbow, these prompts will spark their interest throughout the spring.

Encourage your students to continue to write over the summer. Let them share all their summer adventures with you when you see them back at school in the fall. From ways to stay cool on a hot summer day to how to make s'mores. Your students will find something interesting that they can expand upon. You could send home a Summer Packet with some of these writing prompts to inspire them.

Here are some writing prompts to get you started in the fall. Students can write about what they might pack in their backpacks, what they might look for in a new friend, signs of fall, harvesting, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and more.

If you are hooked and want to save money, you may want to purchase writing prompts to use throughout the year.

Check out this bundle of writing prompts to use yearlong. You will find close to 100 different writing prompts to choose from. Make writing easy with these print-and-go writing prompts.

Reasons Why You Should be Teaching Word Problems to Your Students

Enhance learning for your kindergarten and first-grade students with these fun and interactive winter-theme number stories and word problems! With a variety of number stories to choose from, you can easily differentiate your instruction. Not only do word problems provide higher-level thinking for young children, but they bring meaning to real-life situations. Children learn quickly why it is important to learn how to add and subtract because they need to in order to solve problems that they may face in the everyday world. It is important to create word problems or number stories that students can easily relate to. Students should begin solving simple number stories with tangible items found in the classroom. Once the students have lots of experience with adding and subtracting with manipulatives, they can move on to picture representations to assist them in solving problems. 

Are you struggling to find age-appropriate addition and subtraction word problems for your kindergarten and first-grade classrooms that use decodable text? These Winter-themed word problems or number stories are perfect for engaging students as they are able to illustrate and write equations to show off what they know. This packet contains 20 number word problems for students to solve by answering addition and subtraction number stories. You can differentiate this set of word problems or use it at different times of the year as your students further develop their skills. You will receive ten-word problems using addition and subtraction within ten, and ten more word problems for students to solve within 20. I have also included a cute winter-themed black and white cover page so you could staple this packet together as a booklet. Students will enjoy the winter theme graphics and number stories.

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Are you interested in engaging in seasonal-themed or holiday-themed word problems? Check out these products or purchase the yearlong bundle of word problems for extra savings.