Kindergarten Story Writing

Story Narrative Imaginative … Creative …

Book Title/Cover Story/Resource Overview Objective Lesson Links & Black Line Masters
  You are going to love this book by Bethany Barton!  I sure did!  Spiders can be difficult to love, but the more you know about them and the more humour that surrounds them, the more chance there is for an attraction to emerge! Where do I begin?  In this lessons, there are suggestions for outdoor learning, art, inquiry,  spider  research, a maker activity, checking out emotions, and lots of fun! Writing Trait: Ideas & Voice

I’m Trying to Love Spiders

 Baby ducklings do things in their own time and learn to fly just like the others … and maybe even farther.    In this lesson, students are invited to think about the ways in which ducklings and children are alike.  Can examining germinating seeds provide another example of how things grow at different rates and speeds? Writing Trait: Ideas and drawing with details

Ruby Flew Too

Ruby Flew Too … documentation of learning

It can be hard to tell one worm from another, so why not embellish them a bit!  Well, if you can’t draw, you might have troubles embellishing.  But that’s what makes this book so funny.   Using this book as a launch, kindergarten students will add a detail to their picture of an easy-to-draw, worm.  Could a worm be purple?  Could it wear glasses, a hat or running shoes?  Of course it could.  Just add a detail and and prepare for laughter!  From there, a class book is born. Writing Trait: Ideas & Voice

I Can Only Draw Worms 

 What do you like and dislike? Lots of examples are shared in this sure to please book.  Team it up with Tony Johnson’s, The Magic of Letters and you’ve got emergent literacy at its best! This book offers a perfect segue into finding out a bit more about your students’ likes and dislikes.  Pictures can be drawn and best-guess letters used to describe favourite things and things rather avoided.   Writing Trait: Ideas & Conventions

I Like Bees, I Don’t Like Honey

This is a story of a boy who loved the stars so much, he decided to catch one of his very own. Students use maker materials to try to catch a star. Writing Trait: Ideas & Voice

How to Catch a Star ~ Maker Activity

This is another incredibly creative book by Herve Tullet.  Your students will laugh and marvel at these delightful pages.  Watch the creativity of your students as they draw pictures on a piece of paper that a large hole in it! Writing Trait: Ideas & Voice

The Book With a Hole

Bear Sees Colours  Bear see colours everywhere.  Children are invited to see colours in their world too! In this lesson students are invited to play with colour and begin to write colour words.  Images from Pintrest are used as inspiration for playful ideas. Writing Trait: Ideas

Bear Sees Colours

Wee Can Write is a professional resource filled with lessons for emergent writers.  Activities, based on renowned picture books, are arranged with a seasonal theme. Each featured book offers trait-based mini-lessons. This resource, presented in a teacher-friendly format, provides clear explanation of the traits at an emergent level. Use it to establish a common trait-based language in our kindergarten classrooms while teaching important foundational skills.  
On Flo’s first day of preschool, her lunch bucket is lost … And creative Bob knows just how to use it! After reading this book to your students, share a bucket or two.  Encourage students to copy Bob’s bucket-using ideas.  Maybe they can think like Bob and be inventive while they play! Writing Trait: Ideas

Bob and Flo~ Create a class book

Max and Ruby are baking cakes for Grandma’s birthday. While Ruby sends Max on errands to make up for his misadventures in the kitchen, Max puzzles over how to make sure the grocer gives him that extra special ingredient for his cake. Help emergent writers to better understand the ways in which they can get ideas down on paper to convey their message. Writing Trait: Ideas

Bunny Cakes Lesson

This beautifully illustrated book uses poetic language to describe the special features of the month of November, in both natural and domestic settings. Repeat this lesson monthly to collect formative assessment about the progression of student writing skills. Create a class book, use in portfolios or as individual student writing samples. Writing Trait: Ideas

In November Lesson

  Use play in centres as the vehicle for representation.  Writing Trait:  Ideas

Lesson: Where the Wild Things Are

Cameron Girard does everything he can to destroy the ugly sweater that Grandma knit for him. But as Grandma describes what all the colours mean, Cameron has a change of heart. Long before kindergarten students are able to write stories of their own, they are able to talk about basic story elements like problem and solution. To prepare for future storywriting, students will discuss the problem and solution framework of this story. Writing Trait: Ideas

The Truly Terrible Horrible Sweater SWBS Lesson     



Charlie is babysitting Lola and must get her to eat some not-so-favourite foods. How will he manage that? In this lesson link, students will continue to examine the problem and solution relationstionship.



Writing Trait: Ideas

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato SWBS

Willow wants to be heard, but her tiny voice means that she is often left out. Does Willow find her voice? Read this delightful book to find out what happens. Read Willow’s dialogue in a whisper and have a conversation about the voice trait. A SWBS graphic organizer will be used and filled out by the teacher, with lots of discussion by students, to determine this story’s problem and solution. This activity helps to lay a foundation for clear ideas in future story writing. Writing Trait: Ideas

Willow’s Whispers SWBS

Frog wants to fly, but flying is a bird thing. When frog rescues a baby bird, flying just might become a frog thing too! The first page of this book provides the ‘somebody, wanted and but’ parts to the story. The remaining pages provide the ‘so’ or solution. In this lesson, kindergarten students will discuss the SWBS framework on a more independent basis.  Can small groups of children do this on their own? It’s the gradual release of responsibility model.  

Writing Trait: Ideas

Problem and Solution Lesson

All the Dandelions are disappearing quickly, but Christopher Nibble finds one. Will he gobble it up quickly before others find it? This book has a heartwarming theme. And yet another lovely book to determine importance.  What is the problem in this story? What’s the solution? Writing Trait: Ideas

Christopyher Nibble SWBS

In this video clip, Faye demonstrates how four objects can be used to fuel the imagination. By drawing first, students have the time to plan and talk before they write. Writing Trait: Ideas     

It’s In The Bag: a video from S.D. 72