Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tried It Tuesday: Quick Writes

Let's link up with Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried It Tuesday!

When doing a read aloud, I usually have a novel study that goes along with the text. Usually the kiddos have short response questions to work on for each chapter. But sometimes we don't. So, I have Quick Write Sentence Starters taped down to their desks. When we finish a chapter or a picture book, I will sometimes have the kids head back to their desks and pull out their Post Its. Students will then use the Quick Writes sentence starters to response to the text. When they are finished, they stick the Post It to the number I gave each child in September on the Show What You Know chart.

This type of formative assessment takes only a few minutes and is very telling! It gives you quick information about what your students took away from a read aloud session, and what you still need to work on.

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  1. I like the idea of a quick write the size of a post-it note - great way to motivate a kid with limited skills because the paper is small so the length of writing will have to be small too! :)

    1. Thanks! I usually only give kids a few minutes at the end of the read aloud during transitions to do a quick write, so it really is just a sentence or two. Not scary for the students, and it's an easy check for me! When kids have unanswered questions about the read aloud they jot those down on the post it, too!

  2. The Show What You Know is so very important for the kids to do just that! Kids definitely love sticking Post-It notes on things, so double win!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. I love this idea with the Post-its and quick writes. Thank you for your freebie too! Awesome!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  4. Love the Post-It notes with the Show What You Know! I would love to try to incorporate something like that in my classroom. Still trying to figure it out since we switch for subjects.
    Cute blog design too!I love grey with a pop of one color. :)