Ana Hernandez-Carter is a bilingual Pre-K teacher at Ninfa Laurenzo Early Childhood Center in HISD. She was also a resident teacher in SLC’s inaugural ELLA (Early Literacy Leadership Academy) and Ana now serves as a mentor for SLC, sharing best practices with resident teachers in our Classroom Storytelling project. Below she shares her ideas on creating a Thanksgiving themed writing basket for her students:
This month, we are reading several books about Thanksgiving and having conversations about what are we thankful for. To promote writing in my classroom, I use writing baskets related to the current learning theme. This year, I created a “Thanksgiving” writing basket, incorporating elements of dramatic play and writing in order to encourage independent writing. I included cooking/recipe books, books about Thanksgiving, vocabulary word rings and some writing prompts to scaffold students at different instructional levels. With this basket, my students have the opportunity to create their favorite meal to dramatize Thanksgiving dinner, create lists of ingredients, write about all of the things they are thankful for and create recipes for yummy desserts. With the work products, we create class books and displays that showcase the process of learning. Happy Thanksgiving!