Saturday, September 6, 2014

S'more Paragraph Writing

I LOVE teaching writing to my second graders. It's a process, but by the end of the school year, their growth amazes me! This year I'm teaching my students that a paragraph is like a S'more. The top cracker is the topic sentence, the marshmallow and two layers of chocolate are the supporting details, and the bottom cracker is the closing sentence. I've used many graphic organizers, such as the hamburger. However, I wanted to try something new. For some reason, my students don't get excited over a hamburger paragraph. But a S'more paragraph sounds so much more delicious! To motivate them, I plan to make S'mores with my kids and make the comparisons to a paragraph. I'm hoping this analogy will stick! The poster is a Freebie in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. I also created a set which includes the poster, rubrics, and graphic organizer.
Click here to download the poster, graphic organizer, and rubrics.
Click here for the Freebie poster