December Lesson of the Month Connection:
Many schools are being asked to supplement classroom instruction with station activities. The lesson this month can be used as a classroom activity and then placed in a station (learning center) to further reinforce the skill. There are a number of activities in each of the Empowering Writers Guides that can be completed in a MODEL sample, practiced in Guided Practice and then placed in a station for further learning. For example, copy sentence starters on sentence strips and place them in a learning center for additional practice. Word referents can be practiced in a station, as well as “flip the sentence” and many elaborative detail pieces. Cut and paste activities can be put back together as a class and then placed in a station to reinforce the skill.