Today, I am also thrilled to be linking up with Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper to share an idea I tried recently and is just now taking off in my classroom.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.3 Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
"Spider legs" help students to go back and add to their writing without having to go back and erase or adding "carrot" which only allows for so much room. We keep our "spider legs" in a red bin where kids have easy access to them. "Spider legs" are simply cut up strips of notebook paper.
|Example of "Spider Legs"|
We are currently using "spider legs" when...
1. The author is reading his/her own writing and realizes he/she forgot something/wants to add a detail.
2. A student's writing buddy listens to his/her story and has another question/needs clarification.
3. After a student shares in our author's chair, someone asks a question that the student did not already have answered in his/her writing.
I am pretty sure my kids like "spider legs" because of the fun name and they can stick out of their notebook. I
like LOVE "spider legs" because they encourage my kiddos to go back and reread their writing and it encourages them to write more!
Below are some examples of how my firsties are using their spider legs:
|This student wrote lots about her dog but forgot to tell us what her dog's name is...she was able to add that detail to the beginning of her writing using the "spider leg."|
|This student forgot to answer "where." He quickly added it to his writing by using a "spider leg."|