Labeling: 3 Lessons for Building Successful Early Writers

Labeling is an easy way to get early writers to write! Students can label pictures, then write about their labels.
Labeling is an easy way to get early writers to write. The writing is supported and can be differentiated for all students. Start with an anchor chart and move it to an independent writing center.

1. The Anchor Chart

Labeling is an easy way to get early writers to write! Students can label pictures, then write about their labels.
Students are exposed to labeling in a whole group setting.  As a fun introduction to labeling, the teacher can allow students to label her. Using post-it notes, students label her body parts (foot, let, shoulder, hair, and so on.) Trust me, students will remember this introduction forever. 

The teacher can then introduce labeling as a pre-writing activity. Enlarging the labeling sheet can help create a familiar anchor chart. Students can label the specific parts of the bus or the bat that will be in the independent sheet. First label the poster with a title. As students are directed to label parts of the bus, their attention can be drawn to the initial sounds. At the end of the week, students can use the words in a sentence supported by word wall words.

2. The Independent Center

Labeling is an easy way to get early writers to write! Students can label pictures, then write about their labels.

Once the students produce a labeling product whole group, they can be asked to do it in an independent center.  They can use the poster as support, if necessary.  The lines are provided for a variety of activities. 

Students can be directed to 
  • practice writing the labels, 
  • use word wall words to write sentences, 
  • write a sentence with commas, and
  • write a story using these vocabulary words.
The examples to the left show a variety of written responses.

3. Digital Slides

Labeling: 3 Lessons for Building Successful Early Writers

During 2020, digital materials were needed to "teach" writing. While these activities are less than optimal. The slides provided a springboard to writing. Students completed the labeling activity similarly to the printed activity, but moving the words to the correct label. After the labeling, students would move sight words to create a sentence starter, then type the ending. Students were then asked to copy the sentence to a piece of paper.

FREEBIE

Of course, I have a FREEBIE sample of a labeling set.  Once you use it with your students, you'll see the early success in writing.  If you would like to get the Labeling Sample set, click the picture below.

Labeling is an easy way to get early writers to write! Students can label pictures, then write about their labels.
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