Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Workshop Wednesday: Motivating Students to Write With Gemstones!

It's time for Workshop Wednesday with my BBB Jivey!
This week's topic is how we get students to write...if you think about our students and what we'd like to see in their writing, we have a really big job! We need to motivate them to plan, to START their paper, to include vocabulary and creativity skills, to remember punctuation and capitalization, to edit, to revise, the list goes on!
Here's when I introduce my GEMS! They'll do anything for one of these jewels! I can't get around the room fast enough when I'm passing these out! They call me left and right!
Here are some samples for a variety of leveled students:
I use gems for grabbers and creativity skills. 
Jewels are awarded for using synonyms. 
 And vocabulary words...
 Strong verbs and descriptive writing gets a sparkle too!
Do you see that sentence??!!
Mmmm...there goes the wafting smell fragrance of delectable cupcakes and apple pie that can belittle the marvelous scent of any fancy perfume.
What??!! That writing blows my mind!
So proud of all these students!
**Sometimes I give gems for anything I like in a paper and other times it's for a specific skill/target I've taught and want to see in their writing.
Get some self adhesive gemstones and see the magic happen right before your eyes!
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  1. Do you mind sharing a copy of your writing template? This would be great for my fourth grade students.

  2. I LOVE the gem idea!! How about your students' writing?!? OH MY!! They just blew me away! That is amazing!!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  3. I use gems and all other kinds of stickers! This idea I borrowed from you years ago!! My 4th-sters go crazy for any kind of sticker. The stickers not only motivate my kiddos, but they also serve as a quick assessment. When an administrator comes into the room and sees stickers, the kids are eager to tell him or her why. It's also a great reference tool for me when it comes time to prepare monthly progress reports and report cards.

  4. WHAT? It's 11:13 p.m. You KNOW what that means...I want gems RIGHT NOW. I want to go wake all of my kids up and have them WRITE so I can give them gems...RIGHT NOW! This is so unfair. I am going to have to wait until after school to go get them and I will miss a whole day of opportunity to stick these marvelous little things on their papers. There is a positive to this. I will have a whole WEEK to collect gems for them. Loving the giveaway that all my favorites are having. Thank you!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  5. This is the best. idea. EVER. I need gems!!!! My kids will go nuts. :-P Thanks for linking up, bestie.


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