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How do you teach writing so it POPS?

How do you excite and encourage a 4th grader to write when writing is clearly not his favorite subject?

When my younger son was in the 4th grade, I as a Learning Coach procrastinated about starting our unit on ‘Writing a Report’, because of his aversion to writing.

One day we sat down and talked about what he would write about if he had the chance to write about anything in the whole world; lots of funny and thought-provoking conversation and ideas came about, but motorcycles was on the top of the list. So I thought let’s go with it and we did, but not in the traditional way. I wanted to make this unit totally come alive for my 9 year old son.

We created a Lapbook. We created a big book containing a collection of mini books, flaps, pockets, pictures, written work, and even drawings. Lapbooks could also include stories, graphs, timelines, charts, or anything your creativity comes up with.

I taught to the objectives which were provided in each lesson. and we referred to the checklist at the end of the unit to assure that what’s most important was included in the lapbook.

My Checklist:

Catchy Intro which states the report’s topic.

The body of the report contains interesting and important info and each paragraph of the body includes one subtopic and a topic sentence.

The conclusion makes the reader feel the report has said something important.

The sentences are clear and the words are strong, exact, and varied.

There should be few errors in grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling.

Check out his Lapbook below and check out some other very creative Lapbooks to get ideas on how to make learning come alive. 

The intro is up top and the conclusion and bibliography are on the bottom

He even included a picture of the little clay motorcycle figure he made after we watched “There Goes A Motorcycle” which we watched umpteen times. 

Pictures of some of his favorite motorcycles
History of motorcycles
Flip book of some very interesting motorcycle facts
A little pocket with pictuers of helmets
This was FUN LEARNING!

Comments

  1. This is a great, great, great idea!! Love that you let your son choose the topic. This project encourages creativity and writing- fantastic!

  2. He did such a great idea! I'm seriously impressed with the creativity!!

  3. What a cool project! This reminds me of the "ology" books. What a great way to make learning fun!

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LAPBOOKING

How do you teach writing so it POPS?

How do you excite and encourage a 4th grader to write when writing is clearly not his favorite subject?

When my younger son was in the 4th grade, I as a Learning Coach procrastinated about starting our unit on ‘Writing a Report’, because of his aversion to writing.

One day we sat down and talked about what he would write about if he had the chance to write about anything in the whole world; lots of funny and thought-provoking conversation and ideas came about, but motorcycles was on the top of the list. So I thought let’s go with it and we did, but not in the traditional way. I wanted to make this unit totally come alive for my 9 year old son.

We created a Lapbook. We created a big book containing a collection of mini books, flaps, pockets, pictures, written work, and even drawings. Lapbooks could also include stories, graphs, timelines, charts, or anything your creativity comes up with.

I taught to the objectives which were provided in each lesson. and we referred to the checklist at the end of the unit to assure that what’s most important was included in the lapbook.

My Checklist:

Catchy Intro which states the report’s topic.

The body of the report contains interesting and important info and each paragraph of the body includes one subtopic and a topic sentence.

The conclusion makes the reader feel the report has said something important.

The sentences are clear and the words are strong, exact, and varied.

There should be few errors in grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling.

Check out his Lapbook below and check out some other very creative Lapbooks to get ideas on how to make learning come alive. 

The intro is up top and the conclusion and bibliography are on the bottom

He even included a picture of the little clay motorcycle figure he made after we watched “There Goes A Motorcycle” which we watched umpteen times. 

Pictures of some of his favorite motorcycles
History of motorcycles
Flip book of some very interesting motorcycle facts
A little pocket with pictuers of helmets
This was FUN LEARNING!
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