Writing about DecemberToday's FREEBIE is for writing. I made new 4 squares for your December writing centers. The programmed 4 square is called "The Life of an Elf." My favorite thing about a 4 square is it can be used for the earliest writers and as an outline for more advanced writers.
Early WritersUsing a 4 square for early writers is a great way to teach the mechanics of writing. Using this 4 square a student might write "The elves are making toys. The elves are checking the list. The elves are decorating the tree. The elves are packing the sleigh." The programmed text can create a comfort to early writers so the focus can be on the mechanics (capitals to start, spaces in between, and a period to stop). For a complete blog discussion about 4 square, Click here!
Practiced WritersStudents who have the mechanics in place, can use the 4 square to give more details. A student might write three or four sentences about the elves making the toys, before moving on to checking the list.
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MAKE SURE...students must understand a 4 square is just a planning tool for writing, it is NOT the writing!
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