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Term 4 Writing Unit for Prep/Kindergarten

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This unit has literally everything you need to teach writing to your Kindergarten/Prep students in Term 4. If you’re a graduate teacher, new to teaching Kindergarten/Prep, or you just want to reclaim your nights and weekends, then this resource is for you! Featuring 40 lessons, each lesson slowly builds upon the previous ones so your students have the confidence and ability to grow as writers. With detailed lesson plans, digital learning intentions and success criteria and all your resources included, you won’t need to worry about planning writing for the whole of Term 4. I’ve done it for you!

Important: This is a digital resource. No physical resource will be shipped to you. You will be able to download the resource immediately after purchase. 

What’s included in this resource?

  • 40 lesson plans – simply print and go! You won’t need to plan for writing for a whole term! I’ve got you covered.
  • Digital learning intentions and success criteria for every lesson - Simply display these learning intentions on your Smartboard and click the lesson you are up to from the contents page. No more trying to cram learning intentions at the top of your whiteboard!
  • All resources included – Whether it is word banks, learning intention slips for the students’ books, or support prompts to use at the tables, you will literally have everything you need. The only thing that is not included is your students’ writing books!

You will need PowerPoint to use the learning intentions resource. Also, the PowerPoint will need to be in slideshow mode for the animations and hyperlinks to work.

Please note, the lesson plans are in PDF format so are not editable.

Also note, this resource uses Australian spelling (e.g., colour, favourite). Please note this Term 4 unit is aligned to the Australian School Year (Jan- Dec). Therefore some of the activities refer to the end of Prep/Kindergarten and Christmas This resource will not suit classrooms that don’t follow the Australian school year (Jan -Dec).

 

What kinds of lessons are included?

In this Term 4 Writing Unit, your students will experience:

  • A holiday recount: The unit opens with the students writing a holiday recount. In this lesson, students are encouraged (and supported) to try to include details such as when, where, who and what.
  • Narrative writing: Over 11 lessons, students learn all about the features of a narrative: the setting, the characters, the beginning, middle and end. After reading narrative examples that are provided in the unit, the students plan and write their own beginning, middle and end of a narrative. Each lesson slowly builds on the previous, and students are supported the whole way!
  • Informative writing: Over eight lessons, students plan, draft and write an information book about an animal. They write about what the animal looks like, where it lives and what they eat. At the end of the eight lessons, students have a book fair where they share and celebrate their information books!
  • Poetry: Over eight lessons, students learn about two types of poetry: colour poems and couplet poems. Across the two weeks, students plan, draft and publish a colour poem, and a couplet poem.
  • Letter writing: Over four lessons, students will learn about the features of a letter: the opening, the body and the closing. They will draft and publish two letters for special people in their lives!
  • End of year reflections: Over four lessons, students reflect on their year and write about their favourite parts. There is an optional front cover included in the resources. Why not turn their reflections into a memory book? What a great keepsake from their first year of schooling!
  • Picture prompts: Over four lessons, your students will love writing sentences about picture prompts. There are different options: Christmas-themed prompts, and non-Christmas themed prompts. Choose whichever suits your students!

 

Did someone say ‘differentiation’?

We all know that in one Prep/Kindergarten classroom, there can be a huge range of abilities. Well, never fear! Each lesson can be differentiated to suit the varying needs of your class.

In each lesson plan, there is a Support Prompt (which suggests a modification to the lesson for your less-able writers) and an Extending Prompt (which suggests what your top writers can do to extend themselves). Hello differentiation!

There are also supporting resources that you can print off and give to your less-confident writers. I believe all students should feel success, no matter what their level. So, there’s plenty of supports you can give your students who need it.  

 

What else is awesome about this resource?

  • There are 8 different font options. Why? Well in Australia we have different ways we teach handwriting. Kind of crazy, but true. So, you’ll notice this resource has font options: Victorian, NSW, SA, SA Beginner, Tas, QLD Beginner and Sassoon Primary.
  • I’ve also included Century Gothic font.
  • Please note, the spelling in this resource is British/Australian spelling (e.g. colour, favourite).
  • There are two options for the Learning Intentions PowerPoint (for each font): one where you can edit the text, one where the next is not editable. To use the editable version, you will need to install the font onto your Smartboard. Don’t worry, it’s easy.

How the lessons work

Each lesson plan includes the following:

  • Learning Intention and Success Criteria: (Remember, these match the digital ones you put up on your Smartboard)
  • Resources required: (So you can quickly see which slide you will need and which printable resources to copy for your students)
  • Whole class lesson: This is where you can use the script (or modify it) to teach your mini lesson. Each lesson builds on the previous ones at a comfortable pace. In this part of the lesson there is lots of opportunities for student participation, teacher think-alouds and modelled writing.
  • Independent activity: This is where students practise the skill you have taught them in the mini lesson. There are extending prompts and support prompts included as we all know, every class has a range of abilities. The differentiation is sorted for you.
  • Reflection/Share time: This is the opportunity for students to share their work with their classmates. It’s a time to celebrate all learners, no matter their abilities. Suggested prompts are also included in the lesson plan.

 

This resource is PERFECT for you if:

  • You are new to teaching Prep/Kindergarten and are unsure how to teach your students how to write
  • You are a graduate teacher, feeling a little unsure because your university didn’t teach you how to teach writing
  • You are a seasoned teacher but you are sick of planning and want your weekends back!


 Frequently asked questions:

Q: What fonts are included in this resource

Victorian Modern Cursive font, NSW font, SA font, SA Beginner font, QLD Beginner font, Tas font, Sassoon Primary, Century Gothic

Return & Refund Policy

Since your purchase is a digital product, it is deemed “used” after download or opening, and all purchases made on www.lovingthelittlies.com are non-refundable or exchangeable. Since the products made available here are intangible, there is a strict no refund policy.

Shipping Info

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