Sunday, January 03, 2016

What's in My Writing Center? {Winter}

Even though it doesn't feel like winter outside {it's been unseasonably warm} winter IS officially here!
Writing center components including a thematic word wall, writing center stationery, labelling pages, writing prompts, sticker stories, writing lists, writing letters, write the room activities, and more
As I mentioned in my post about our Fall Writing Centers {here}, students have freedom to choose what they'd like to write during Daily 5 Work on Writing. They are given LOTS of choice. There's something for everyone, from reluctant writers to those who love to write.
Writing center components including a thematic word wall, writing center stationery, labelling pages, writing prompts, sticker stories, writing lists, writing letters, write the room activities, and more
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 components including a thematic word wall, writing center stationery, labelling pages, writing prompts, sticker stories, writing lists, writing letters, write the room activities, and more
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 winter writing center:
LISTS
Writing center components including a thematic word wall, writing center stationery, labelling pages, writing prompts, sticker stories, writing lists, writing letters, write the room activities, and more
Writing center components including a thematic word wall, writing center stationery, labelling pages, writing prompts, sticker stories, writing lists, writing letters, write the room activities, and more


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.
Word cards and corresponding lists for the writing center

find it {here}

 WRITE THE ROOM
Writing center components including a thematic word wall, writing center stationery, labelling pages, writing prompts, sticker stories, writing lists, writing letters, write the room activities, and more
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 components including a thematic word wall, writing center stationery, labelling pages, writing prompts, sticker stories, writing lists, writing letters, write the room activities, and more
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 components including a thematic word wall, writing center stationery, labelling pages, writing prompts, sticker stories, writing lists, writing letters, write the room activities, and more
They add details to the stickers to make illustrations for their stories.
Writing center components including a thematic word wall, writing center stationery, labelling pages, writing prompts, sticker stories, writing lists, writing letters, write the room activities, and more

STORY BUBBLES
Writing center components including a thematic word wall, writing center stationery, labelling pages, writing prompts, sticker stories, writing lists, writing letters, write the room activities, and more

Writing center components including a thematic word wall, writing center stationery, labelling pages, writing prompts, sticker stories, writing lists, writing letters, write the room activities, and more
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!

 WRITING PROMPT IDEAS
Writing center components including a thematic word wall, writing center stationery, labelling pages, writing prompts, sticker stories, writing lists, writing letters, write the room activities, and more
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 Writing Prompts for Primary Students pack.

96 writing prompts for primary students- perfect for the writing center!

 LABELLING PAGES
Writing center components including a thematic word wall, writing center stationery, labelling pages, writing prompts, sticker stories, writing lists, writing letters, write the room activities, and more
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.

Labelling pages for the writing center

 THEMATIC WRITING PAGES & WORD WALL CARDS
Winter themed Word Wall cards and writing center stationery

I have the winter 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 Winter Word Wall cards {here} and the Thematic Writing Pages {here}

 WORD WALL
Writing center components including a thematic word wall, writing center stationery, labelling pages, writing prompts, sticker stories, writing lists, writing letters, write the room activities, and more
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 components including a thematic word wall, writing center stationery, labelling pages, writing prompts, sticker stories, writing lists, writing letters, write the room activities, and more
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 components including a thematic word wall, writing center stationery, labelling pages, writing prompts, sticker stories, writing lists, writing letters, write the room activities, and more
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 writers write is to be kind to other people.
:)  :)  :)




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