Slicing with First Graders #5 of 31

It's a busy month of writing and commenting with the Two Writing Teachers' Slice of Life March Challenge.  Please visit their site to read other slice of life stories and leave a comment or two.

Imagine my delight when I received an invitation from Mrs. Cochran to join her class for Slice of Life writing.  Who wouldn't want to spend 30 minutes with  6 and 7 year-olds as they write and share their Slice of Life stories.

I entered the room just in time, writer's notebook in hand.  First, we talked about who might have had a hard time writing.  Several of us shared our stories (me included).  Writing every day is hard!  Then, Mrs. Cochran asked a few kids to share their ideas before we set off to write.  We all know that writers get ideas from other writers.  So those who might not have known what to write about could get an idea or two.

Time to write! Music played softly in the background while we spread all over the room, intent on our writing.  For 15 minutes, we wrote.  I came with an idea, so I was able to get started right away.  Markers and pencils were scattered across the floor as my fellow writers concentrated on their work.

Sharing is always my favorite part.  I got to sit with several students as we shared our writing and gave each other feedback or asked questions.  The half hour came to an end all too quickly.

I'm really hoping I get invited back!


  1. What a great time you must have had with those young writers. I am sure you have inspired them to continue writing.

  2. I love this!! I bet you were in hog heaven! Those students look like they are loving it. What a great way to get the excited to write!

  3. I love how the Classroom Slice Challenge has really taken off! How lucky are you to spend that precious time with those young writers! And how lucky are they to have you spread your love (and sometimes angst) of writing.
    Happy Slicing to all!

  4. Julie, 15 minutes is a long time for 1st graders to write but I see that they are all engaged and writing. How wonderful.

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