Squiggle starts as an independent center the second nine weeks of kindergarten. Beginning Week 9, the Squiggle is introduced as a whole group activity. Perfect Read Alouds for the whole group lesson are “The Squiggle” by Carole Lexi Schaefer and “This is the Sun” a Crayola book I found in the Target Dollar Spot a few summers ago. Each book discusses a line, a scribble, or a “squiggle” that can be changed into something else.
Gradual Release of Responsibility - I do it.After the story, show the students a piece of chart paper with many “plus signs.” The reason I start with a “plus sign” is that the shape remains the same if it is turns upside down or sideways. All the students to brainstorm many ideas they can make with a “plus sign.” You hold the pen so the lesson can go quickly. I have done the next step two different ways: 1. When teaching full-day kindergarten, I would send them back to their tables with a piece of paper that contained 1 big “plus sign” in the middle of the page. 2. When teaching half-day kindergarten, I would let them see the paper and tell them they would have the opportunity to make a squiggle for morning work the following day. The students are required to label their pictures, either independently or with help.
We do it.The second lesson starts with a quick review of the stories and the chart paper with the “plus signs.” I would also share a few student made squiggles. Then I would show them the new squiggle for the day, a “V.” The chart paper shows a “v” pointing in 4 directions. Again, the students brainstorm and you write their choices. Again, they will either get another chance to do an independent squiggle at the table immediately or for morning work the following day. The students would also label their picture.
The third lesson starts with another review and a few students sharing their squiggle from the day before. Today’s lesson will include a chart paper with a “U” shape written facing 4 different ways and a sentence starter. We talk about what the squiggle could be as I turn the page 90 degrees at a time…it could be the bottom of a boat, the side of a face, a hill for Jack and Jill, or the side of a plate. Then, they are all given the same squiggle and asked to go illustrate and write about their picture.