Are you getting used to a ‘new normal’ with school? In some way, we might never get used to this year. Nevertheless, Fall is here, and that means it’s time for your second graders to focus on reading and writing! Whether your students are in front of you physically or virtually, they are the same students you’re used to having. Some days they’re very excited to read, write and learn seemingly everything, while other days, not so much. Fortunately, you can make writing fun for your second graders with Writing Pals!
Every teacher knows the power of engagement. Let’s talk about how to engage our students, regardless of their location, in writing that will stretch their abilities and build their skills.
Flexible, Fun, and Easy to Use!
If you’re in the market for a resource that is both flexible and fun, and will make writing fun for your second graders, look no further. Aimed at second grade (and third grade) this versatile digital writing journal can be used with distance learners, and in the classroom, as well. Each writing prompt for the day is introduced by cute, beloved characters with whom learners will connect!
In the October resources, Writing Pals Wendy, Goobly, Peter and Grogg, are here to make sure we know that ‘writing’ doesn’t always mean creating a story. It’s easy to get stuck in the ‘story writing’ mode, but in reality, there are countless ways to incorporate writing into your daily instruction that don’t involve thinking of a story.
Ease of use is another bonus, as these slides can be shared effortlessly in Google Classroom.
Benefits of Digital Journaling
How else can you make writing fun for your second graders? Vary the type of writing assignments and prompts! One mode of writing that doesn’t involve a story is journaling.
Journal writing can be therapeutic as well as great practice for writing. Looking for some new ideas that will excite your students? Take a look at some inviting prompts accompanied by these fun characters to help get the job done! What would you do for a day if you were invisible? There’s even a chance to create your own Jack O’Lantern and then write about it!
Hoping to establish good letter-writing skills? Try these letter-writing activities!
When your students finish writing letters provided in this multi-purpose digital resource, why not keep the letters going? What a great opportunity to introduce the dialogue journal in your classroom. Get ready to learn a WHOLE LOT about your students!
And while we’re at it, how about a list?
Lists do the heavy lifting for many of us, young and old alike! Check out this resource for incorporating list-making into your writing routine! Lists are perfect for relevant writing. Students can see their teachers and parents both using lists, whether paper/pencil or digitally. Let them know the organizational power lists can have over their lives!
‘This or That’ is a popular discussion theme, and Halloween offers great topics for such a conversation. These engaging photos will get kids thinking about which option to choose and the reasons behind their choices.
Make writing fun for your second graders with Writing Pals! With this rich, varied collection of resources, you’ll be ready to guide your happy learners through a variety of writing activities. And you’ll enjoy seeing the furrowed brows, moving pencils, and productive smiles that tell you learning is happening!
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