At the beginning of the year and in developmental stage students in core two are in writing, pictures are an integral part of the process. In fact children using pictures to tell stories or convey meaning is considered writing for many first grade students.
Students can use pictures to help plan their writing for the day. When a child has drawn a picture of something that happened over the weekend or even a make believe story, they are beginning to plan their story. I tell students to that if it’s important enough to draw about, it’s important enough to write about. A sun in the sky is written down “It was a hot day.” A picture of a family becomes “My mom, my dad and little brother were there to.” As students begin to draw encourage them to write sentence that correspond with the details in the picture.
It’s also a good idea to encourage students to add labels and arrow to their picture to help clarify their ideas. You can also label the parts of the picture for students. This can make writing easier because the words are already visible when it comes time to write.
When students are writing at home, ask them to spend a little time drawing followed by a little time writing. When they’ve written a few sentences about the pictures have them return to drawing. Students continue to draw and then write sentences that reflected the added details in the pictures.
While conferencing with students ask them to explain their picture and ask about the details of the picture. After they explain it tell them to write what they just told you down. The picture serves as a conversation piece between you and the student. Ask question about details in the picture and ask kids to draw pictures of what happens next.
TAKE AWAY TIPS
If it’s important enough to draw about, than it’s important enough to write a sentence about it.
Have students vocalize or share out loud before they actually write.
Use labels, arrows and word/thought bubbles.