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Blog post of writing tips, plus 30 writing lessons for the beginning of first grade chart (free)

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First Grade Writing Prompts for Winter

First Grade Narrative Writing Prompt - If I had a Magic Car


This is part of the free editing set from First Grade Wow. For kindergarten, I use it to show what they can do (smiley face in the check box) and what their newest personal challenge is (I highlight the check box). They keep it in their writing folders. It helps differentiate learning and gives each student focus. There are many other useful pages in the packet, too. All free!


Stretch a Sentence

Stretch those writing skills with this "stretch a sentence" activity! Little writers will learn to expand on an idea by adding more details to a sentence.


Fun in First Grade: Picture Perfect Narrative Writing More

from Tales from a Very Busy Teacher

Halloween Art Project and Writing Piece

Haunted house writing and art project. Perfect classroom activity for the fall months. Such a fun way to explore creative writing with your elementary school students!

from Teachers Pay Teachers

Math / Literacy / Incentives & more { Fall } Themed Packet

Fall Writing Prompts for Kindergarten or First Grade. Includes prompts for Halloween writing!

I blow this rubric up into poster size and have a discussion with my class about how I grade their writing and that they should always challenge themselves to try and get a 4!


Great first grade writing checklist/anchor chart to remind students what they need in their writing


Opinion Writing - First Grade Centers and More