I believe that drawing is such an important part of early writing. Since drawing is writing for young children,we want to give them opportunities and guidance in drawing to help them learn to use eyes to more closely examine their work, adding more detail in their drawings and gradually, over time, in their writing. The more students reflect on what to put in their picture and how to show their story without even having to use any words, the more they will think about this when they write and the more they will have to write about.
This week I did a lesson in a kindergarten classroom only focusing on drawing. We started with a very simple non-fiction text about penguins.
As I read the book and after I was finished, I led students in a discussion about what details they were noticing and which ones we wanted to be sure and put in our drawings. We decided on ice because that helps show where they live, fish because that is what they eat, and eggs on their feet because that is how the daddy penguin keeps the egg safe and warm.
I have found that smaller sheets of paper work best when first starting to teach students how to draw and add detail to their drawings. We drew our pictures one step at a time. I asked the students questions about what we needed to start with, what to add next, etc. I wanted the students to help me recall the details. I gave them direction on how to draw everything.
They did a great job! This drawing lesson could easily be followed up with a shared, interactive, or indepedent writing activity.
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