Saturday, September 19, 2015

What's in My Fall Writing Center?

Work on Writing is a favorite part of our Daily 5 rotation. I think it's because there is something for everyone! 
Fall themed writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade
Students have freedom to choose what they'd like to write. They are given LOTS of choice. There's something for everyone, from reluctant writers to those who love to write.
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade
Students can use a variety of fun tools. 
{pencils, pens, highlighters, markers, pencil crayons/colored pencils, a date stamp, staplers, tape, hole punch}
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade
And there is so much allowance for differentiation that any student at any writing ability level will feel successful and inspired to create!
Here is what's in my autumn writing center:
lists
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade

Fall themed writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade
These are great for hesitant writers, students who are want to spell words correctly, and for those who need practice with copying words. They are also a wonderful tool to help with expanding thematic vocabulary, since students can "read" what it says because of the picture cues.
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade

find it {here}

write the room
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade
This is another great option for students who don't know what to write about, or for those who need to get up and move as they work. Students take a paper and write down words, phrases, sentences, numbers, or other print they see around the classroom.

sticker stories
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade
Students take stickers from the sticker bin and use them as part of their story's illustration, then write about the things on their stickers in their stories. The stickers may be characters or used as part of the setting.
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade
They add details to the stickers to make illustrations for their stories.
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade

story bubbles
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade

Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade
I purchased these 'Story Bubbles' from Tara at 4th Grade Frolics {here}. They are random characters that I've linked together with a binder clip. Students write stories using all the characters in the pack. They are fun story writing prompts!

journal prompts
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade
This set of prompts is about the students themselves. There are lots of story or journal prompts that have students writing about their thoughts or opinions. It is from my Journal Prompts for Primary Students pack.

Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade
labelling pages
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade
Labelling pages provides students with practice matching pictures to words in the Word Bank. There are lots of thematic, seasonal choices found in the Let's Label! pack.

Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade

thematic writing pages & thematic word wall words
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade
I have the autumn writing paper stationery {with both primary and plain lines} and thematic word wall cards available in the writing center. Students can use the word wall cards for reference in spelling word they may need, or use them for idea inspiration.
Find the Back to School Word Wall cards {here}, the Autumn Word Wall cards {here} and the Thematic Writing Pages {here}

word wall
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade
Another important component of the writing center is a Word Wall. This is where students can find out how to spell a common word that does not follow regular spelling conventions. It's a big, visual, accessible dictionary. This set is from Teaching in the Tongass.

opinion writing, narrative writing, writing to inform
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade
I just love these sets from Lyndsey! There are tons of writing papers and prompts for students to share opinions, write to inform, or create narratives. Find them {here}

lined & unlined paper {to write "books"}
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade
cards & envelopes
I have a collection of blank cards and envelopes that students may use to write notes to friends, family members, people who are sick, etc. 
This week I had a student say that one reason writer's write is to be kind to other people.
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade
Every Day is a Story
Writing center ideas and activities for Daily 5 work on writing for First Grade and Second Grade

1 comments:

Rossana said...

Thanks! It´s very inspiring that I will add some of your ideas into my writing center :)

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