Common Core Winter Writing

Yipee! I just finished updating my “There’s Snow Place Like Home” packet to align with the Common Core Standards for writing. I’m super excited to introduce these new changes to my students. Students will be writing narratives, informative/explanatory texts, and opinion pieces. Slide1 Here’s a look at what you’ll find inside: Informative/Explanatory Writing CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure. I made these helpful posters that explain what it means to write to inform and how to write to inform. I plan on displaying these in our writing area. imageimage I also added these GREAT writing prompts! Sometimes I’ll pick a specific task card for them to write about and other times I’ll allow them to pick (depending on the difficulty of the writing activity). There are 10 task cards for this standard. The task cards include topics on: How-To writing and conducting research. image In addition to the task cards, I’ve also added some helpful organizers for students to use to get their ideas down on paper. Slide24 Slide39 Slide28 image Here’s an example of one of the “How-To” writing pages. image   Students can pull the task card and begin to write! Easy-peasy!


Writing Narratives: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.3 Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure. These are the posters I made to introduce writing narratives. I know these will come in handy!

image image Here are some of the narrative writing task cards:

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And, finally, I’ve included activities for writing opinion pieces! Writing Opinion Pieces: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.

imageimageimage One of my favorite activities that my students complete is they write their opinion about their home. The topic is “There’s Snow Place Like Home” and then students give reasons why they love their home. It’s precious! image This is a SWEET craft project to complete in conjunction with the opinion writing piece on their home. It makes an amazing hall display. Students can hang their polished writing piece below the house they create!


Here are some of the organizers:

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I’ve also included this ADORABLE penguin craft in this packet, as well. Your students could make this after writing an explanatory text all about penguins (conducting research) and you could have them leave off the hat and scarf to make it more realistic looking. Or, it could be completed after writing their opinion on whether a penguin would make a good pet or not (that task card is included, too). Either way, the penguin is SUPER CUTE and your students will love making it! All templates are included. image After students use the organizers to get their thoughts down and you’ve conferenced with them, you can have them transfer their finished product to this pretty, fancy paper! I’ve included paper with and without primary lines. Slide72 Slide73 Slide70 Slide75 Slide67 Slide66

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  • mrsg January 26, 2014, 5:41 pm

    Oh my love this docketta@yahoo,com

  • mrsg January 26, 2014, 5:42 pm
  • Geri January 26, 2014, 5:46 pm

    Looks awesome!

  • Kristen Smith January 26, 2014, 5:49 pm

    LYNDSEY, I love everything about this! Your students are going to have a BLAST writing using their new task cards!

    A Day in First Grade

  • Sydney C January 26, 2014, 5:49 pm

    Doh, number 4! It looks great. We're doing opinion writing right now! Nice job with this.

  • Karen Ganon January 26, 2014, 5:50 pm

    This is fabulous, and would work even for many of my third graders. It's very complete, with clear and simple directions. The topics are engaging. This is wonderful work you have done.

  • Shana Grooms January 26, 2014, 5:52 pm

    This is perfect for what we are doing now…thanks!

  • Courtney B January 26, 2014, 5:56 pm

    This looks so cute!

  • Mikki Cee January 26, 2014, 6:05 pm

    Awwwww…… not fast enough! 🙁 (just in case you're feeling like randomly choosing an extra today????!!)


  • Mrs. Wathen January 26, 2014, 7:02 pm

    We are doing opinion writing now. Heading over to grab it on sale:)

    The Resourceful Apple

  • Gladys January 26, 2014, 11:28 pm

    This unit was already cute…now it's amazing! Love it and love you girlie! 🙂

  • Geri January 28, 2014, 10:38 pm

    Yay! It looks like I actually made it in the first two comments this time. Can't wait to receive it! Looks like a fantastic resource.

  • Tammie January 29, 2014, 12:17 am

    This looks great! Can't wait to take a look at it!

  • vicky1970 February 5, 2014, 2:36 am

    Super cute Lyndsey — I love this – your students are lucky to have you my friend.
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  • Kimberly February 11, 2014, 11:45 pm

    Hi Lyndsey, I've love your materials and have purchased many on TPT. Where did you get the cute borders you use a lot (especially the one with the corners and the zig-zag sides?). I've looked but haven't been able to find them anywhere. Thank you for all you do!