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Second Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Second Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Second Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Get 5 more days of activities with week 2 of our independent study packet for second graders.
2nd grade
Science
Workbook
Second Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Second Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Second Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Get 5 more days of targeted practice with Week 3 of this independent study packet for second graders.
2nd grade
Social studies
Workbook
Organization in Writing
Organization in Writing
Worksheet
Organization in Writing
This template guides children through the pre-writing process as they prepare to write about a special day, adventure, or experience.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Designed by teachers, this independent study packet offers Week 3 of reading, writing, math, social studies and science activities for fourth graders.
4th grade
Social studies
Workbook
 Write a Personal Narrative Story
Write a Personal Narrative Story
Worksheet
Write a Personal Narrative Story
This worksheet template guides children through the pre-writing and writing process, helping them to organize their thoughts before they write.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Week 3 of our Third Grade Fall Review Packet features five more days of learning activities designed to prepare students for their third grade year.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Literary Essay Graphic Organizer
Literary Essay Graphic Organizer
Worksheet
Literary Essay Graphic Organizer
Help your fourth graders organize the structure of their literary essays with this graphic organizer.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Personal Narrative Problem & Solution
Personal Narrative Problem & Solution
Worksheet
Personal Narrative Problem & Solution
Students can start a personal narrative with a clear problem and solution by using this activity to organize their story. This handy graphic organizer will have students consider various aspects of their problem and solution, and how it made them feel.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Week 3 of this Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet explores topics in reading, writing, math, social studies, and science for a well-rounded review of third grade curriculum.
4th grade
Social studies
Workbook
Writers' Building Blocks
Writers' Building Blocks
Workbook
Writers' Building Blocks
Here is some basic training for every budding author. This series focuses on the pre-writing and organization stages of writing, including sequencing stories, making outlines and researching.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Persuasive Writing Prompt Cards
Persuasive Writing Prompt Cards
Worksheet
Persuasive Writing Prompt Cards
Your students will be ready to share their opinions and evidence when answering high interest persuasive writing prompts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Ingredients of a Story
Ingredients of a Story
Worksheet
Ingredients of a Story
Have your students think of story elements as ingredients for a delicious narrative! Young writers will consider setting, characters, the problem, and the solution with this fun pre-writing organizer!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
On Demand Writing: Picture Prompt
On Demand Writing: Picture Prompt
Worksheet
On Demand Writing: Picture Prompt
Use this picture prompt to provoke creativity in student writing.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Story Mountain Prewriting
Story Mountain Prewriting
Worksheet
Story Mountain Prewriting
Young writers will traverse the story mountain to create a narrative plot of their own! Students will consider various story elements, including characters, setting, climax, problem, and solution with this great visual aid.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer Template: Concept Web
Graphic Organizer Template: Concept Web
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer Template: Concept Web
Concept maps are versatile and useful for all subject areas. Use this concept map for word work, main idea and supporting details, or to map out ideas.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Real Super Powers Graphic Organizer
Real Super Powers Graphic Organizer
Worksheet
Real Super Powers Graphic Organizer
Use this bubble chart to brainstorm your favorite superhero's real strengths.
4th grade
Social emotional
Worksheet
Writing Narratives: Plan the Setting
Writing Narratives: Plan the Setting
Worksheet
Writing Narratives: Plan the Setting
Your students will have fun developing the setting of a story with this graphic organizer.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Book or Character Mind Map
Book or Character Mind Map
Worksheet
Book or Character Mind Map
During or after reading a fictional book, help your learner put their thoughts onto paper with this book or character mind map!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Develop a Story
Develop a Story
Worksheet
Develop a Story
With this prewriting organizer, students will brainstorm and visualize details of their fictional story.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Personal Narrative: Surprise!
Personal Narrative: Surprise!
Worksheet
Personal Narrative: Surprise!
Make personal narrative and dialogue prep a breeze with this organizer! Students will practice sequencing and prewriting as they put together their personal narrative about a time they were surprised by something or someone.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
My Story's Characters
My Story's Characters
Worksheet
My Story's Characters
Characters are at the very center of any story, and learning how to create dynamic characters is essential for budding writers. Your students can use this handy organizer to plan rich character development in their creative writing.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Personal Narrative: Adding Dialogue
Personal Narrative: Adding Dialogue
Worksheet
Personal Narrative: Adding Dialogue
Adding dialogue to writing makes for more entertaining and relatable story-telling. In this activity, young writers will use a fun comic book format to add simple dialogue to their personal narratives.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Writing Prompt: Stranded on a Deserted Island
Writing Prompt: Stranded on a Deserted Island
Worksheet
Writing Prompt: Stranded on a Deserted Island
Use this creative prompt to peek into your young writer’s imagination and cultivate their writing skills.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Storyboard
Storyboard
Worksheet
Storyboard
Help students organize their ideas with this versatile storyboard graphic organizer! Children can use it to respond to text, organize the order of events, or even as a pre-writing tool to collect ideas.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Brainstorming Techniques
Brainstorming Techniques
Worksheet
Brainstorming Techniques
Organizing your thoughts is an essential part of the writing process. It's easy--and fun--with this brainstorming worksheet.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Prewriting and Planning

Before your student can write, they’ve got to prewrite. ‘Prewriting’ is just a fancy word for ‘drafting,’ and we have tons of ways for them to practice it: Activities to get them started, games to make it fun, and worksheets for putting pencil to paper. Get your kid all kinds of prewriting help with our expert-selected materials, designed to make your student a writing whiz.
As students begin to expand their writings into more mature pieces and substantive pieces like informational or functional writing, it will get harder to be able to maintain the a constant flow and hit all the points they are aiming to get across. Teaching them prewriting and planning techniques will help them to accomplish this.
Prewriting and planning is the process of getting all of the ideas your students want to convey in a piece organized so that they will be able to stay on topic as they write. There are many different prewriting techniques.
  • Brainstorming - As the name implies, brainstorming is not an overly organized process, instead letting the student simply write what comes to mind when thinking about the topic. These ideas are then reviewed and the good ideas are noted for use in the paper.
  • Clustering - Clustering is a more visual and organised that brainstorming. The main concept of the piece is written in the center of the page. Subsequent ideas are written around the main topic with lines connecting them. Each subsequent idea can then branch of and have it’s own subpoints.
  • Outlining - The most organized form of prewriting, an outline is often made after one of the other prewriting methods has been completed. The outline actually creates the structure of the paper, laying out how the points will be addressed and in what order. This will typically be the last prewriting step before a rough draft is started.

Working with students using the resources provided above by Education.com may help students gain familiarity and comfort in using these techniques.