Reading and writing curricula look different in different states, countries, and classrooms. However, there are some basic expectations and ideas in first grade writing that can be used to support learning.
Once first graders master writing their letter and some basic words; it is time to watch the writing begin! First grade writers write longer pieces and try out new spelling words in a variety of subjects. This Septembers, remote learning settings will give first graders more opportunities to use technology rather than handwriting. This may help develop great writers who would otherwise be hesitant to write because of the extra work involved in handwriting. In first grade, students will be using their writing skills in all subject areas.
First Grade Writing Skills
- Writes with structure, including an introductory sentence, supporting or accurate details, and some sense of closure.
- Writes a variety of texts including, narratives, informational pieces, how to’s and opinion pieces.
- Contributes to a group writing with teacher help.
First Grade Writing Activities
Write, Write, Write: Find opportunities to allow your child to write. Using their skills to label items, write directions, or draw a picture and write a sentence to explain their drawing are all great ways to practice writing. Encourage them to read their writing to family and friends. Practice, practice, practice.
Answer a Question: It is time to put your child to work to find the answers to their questions. When a question comes up, encourage them to research the answer using a book or the computer. They can share their answers verbally, draw a poster, or write a story.
Make Books: Fold and cut 8.5 X 11 pages into halves and staple the pages together. Staple the left side of pages (3 staples: top, middle bottom) so that the pages can turn like a standard book. 4 full pages makes a book with a cover and back page and 14 pages to use for writing and/or illustrations. Add or delete pages as your child needs.
Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.