Above - I gave the children a bag of toys to sort into groups. Here we have "animals" and "transport" as our subject matter. The children then used a blank 4 square (below) to further categorise the toys into sections for writing about later. For example, eventually the aim would be to have a piece of writing on "animals" with a paragraph each on birds, cats, dinosaurs and pigs.
Next we went a little more abstract and used picture cards. I explained that this could be a good way to narrow down your ideas about a subject. The children chose their favourite content from among the subject areas of animals and vegetables.
|Sorting into subjects - vegetables and animals|
We then talked about content being relevant and used a worksheet to pick out and discard content that was not relevant to the subject.
|Balls and dolls don't belong in a 4 square about food.|
Next lesson we will go more abstract and brainstorm our own subjects on a four square.