Sunday, November 25, 2012

Small Moments

Small Moments Writing

This year, I decided to start Small Moments now, and I am glad I did!

 I started by reading Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee. What I like about this mentor text is that Marla could have written about all of the things that she did at the amusement park. Instead, Marla wrote a story just about the roller coaster.

Kindergartner kids get that. I think the idea of sticking to one idea and spreading that moment across the pages can be difficult for kindergarten, so this book is the perfect example.
We read lots of books that had the parts you could ZOOM in on too.
We talked about the part in the story when Sophie gets furious.
This was a great example of showing rather than just telling.

When I told the class we would be learning how to write a Small Moment story, it gave  new energy to the workshop time.

Next step we wrote a Class Small Moment Story

Some of Our Small Moment Stories

After reading Roller Coaster, a lot of students wrote stories about being on rides. Roller Coaster is a great example of stretching out your story for a small moment. The illustrations are very detailed for kindergarten. I love that she uses sound words in her writing.

                                       The Bamboo Shoot

 We go to the Bamboo Shoot ride many people were in line.
 up up up
 We tell my Mom to close her eyes to sleep then we tell her to open them.
(A little confusing but she explained how they were teasing their mom on the ride)
 We go back in line The End

Pinkie Pie

Pinkie Pie
 I love Pinkie Pie
 Pinkie Pie has blue eyes
She is the best my little pony because she eats candy.

Going To Mc Donald's
Going to Mc Donalds
 It was our turn.
 I looked in the bag. I saw my favorite animal.
 I pulled it out.
It was a good day

For these Small Moment stories, I had students work on these little books below.


  1. Kindergarteners can write, and your class is proof!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. I like how your taught this unit. I really liked your anchor chart on the apple. I pinned it to Pinterest. Thanks for sharing the small moment template!
    Connie Anderson:)

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    Mrs. Shelton's Kindergarten

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