Friday, August 5, 2011

Writing Center!!!

I am SOOO excited to have this project finished!  I have been working hard on getting my writing center put together and it's finally done! 

I've recently updated this! It has a new look and LOTS of additional templates and samples!!! 

This is available on Teacher's Pay Teachers for only $5.00!!!  Everything you need to make a complete Writing Center as shown above (minus the tri-fold board).

Make a Writing Center! Everything you need to set up a center full of ideas and successful writing tools. I have made my center on a trifold project board so it will be portable, but this can also be used on walls, bulletin boards or placed in a Writing Notebook. Copies of "What Good Writers Do", "What Can I Write About?", Super Synonyms" and the alphabet chart are perfect to print for each student's writing journal/notebook.
Everything (samples and titles) are sized to fit a Trifold display board. Trifold boards can be purchased at Walmart, Target, Michaels,or any other craft or office supply stores.

This kit was made so you can pick and choose what fits your needs. Samples in this kit are differentiated for you to select the ones that best meet your grade level. There are two different titles to choose from and two sizes of titles to fit different sizes of tri-fold boards, bulletin boards, walls or binders. The larger titles are split onto several pages and will need to be cut and fit together.

Ideas and photos for setting up your board are included in the download. The following items are also included:
1. Two titles to choose from (Each title in 2 different sizes)
2. Example Headings. Headings included are: Letter, Story, List, Card, Postcard, Poem, Recipe, Book. 
3. “What Can I Write About?” Story Prompts
4. "Super Synonyms" Printable
5. “What Good Writers Do” Printable
6. Alphabet/Number Chart
7. Bonus Writing Checklists - Cut and handout to students during the editing process
8. *Two Card Samples
9. *Two Letter Samples
10. *Two List Samples
11. *Book Samples and Story Sample
12. *Two Postcard Samples
13. *Two Poem Samples
14. *Recipe Sample
15. Postcard Template (two per page)
16. List Template (two per page)
17. Card Template (three per page)
18. Two Story Templates
19. Two Letter Templates

*This center includes printable samples/examples for each writing topic. Most samples have two versions to meet the needs of different grade levels. You can easily print the samples and post them on your board, or you could hand write your own samples so the students can see authentic writing. 

** Update!**  Just wanted to add an update to this post to mention that I have added  two new versions of my Writing Center. While this original Writing Center continues to be my best seller, I just thought I would mention the additional choices :)

Here are the two new writing centers, the original is below in this post.  Click on the photos to see these items and read their descriptions/view previews at Teachers Pay Teachers.

While you are at my store, check out some of my new and best selling products including:

My Original Writing Center - My best selling product!
CVC Clip The Sounds

Print Your Own Teacher Subway ArtPerfect for Gifts! 
Don't Get "Frozen" -  A Sight Words Card Game

Read It, Build It, Write ItAll 220 Dolch Sight Words Included

The "Blue Cat" Daily Five Posters

Reader's Toolbox of Reading Strategies

Marzano (Kid-Friendly) Rating Scales

Polka Dot Behavior Clip Chart with Daily/Weekly
Behavior Reports and Punch Cards
Chevron Behavior Clip Chart with Daily/WeeklyBehavior Reports and Punch Cards

Word Family HousesCVC and CCVC Words Included
The Ultimate Writing Center:  Chevron

Sight Words Superhero:  Everything You Need to Motivate and Reward Sight Word Recognition

Sight Words Superhero Add-On Pack:  130 Pages of Sight Word Games and Activities!

Mighty Minions Sight Words Card Game
Mighty Minions Read It, Build It, Write It

Author's Purpose Anchor Charts

Letter AND Sound Picture Mats
Interactive Word Wall Books

The Scientific Method Posters and Activities

Awesome Adjectives with "The Blue Cat"


And, don't forget to follow my store to get a free kit each month!!!  Past "Follower Freebies" include"

Click here to see how to get free kits each month:  Mrs. Gilchrist's Follower Freebies


  1. Thank you, thank you! Super!

  2. Thank you so much! I am so thankful for your option - I am not working right now, so funds are super tight. But I love your stuff and so appreciate your sharing!

  3. I cannot believe how amazing this is! I really really appreciate it!

  4. Oh my gosh! Thank you so much! I just found a great, new space for my writing center today and was treading making everything for it! I made a itty bitty donation to your paypal, times are tight right now here also! Majorly!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful writing center!

  6. What font are your titles made from? I love them!

    Peace, Mel D
    Oh the Places We’ll Go

  8. Thanks so much for sharing this! I have spent way too much on my class and I can really use this for my writing station. I will use the the parts for my mini lessons also. Thanks again!

  9. This is great on so many levels! first off, that you made it! secondly, that you shared it! third, that you've included an optional donation! i teacher kindergarten so i wont need it this involved especially to begin my year, but its nice to see someone doing daily 5 stuff for the younger grades! Thanks!

  10. Thank you for sharing! I made a small donation but I hope that little by little it goes a long way! Teachers are always spending above and beyond! Thanks!

  11. Ooooooh, love this! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful happy work. I made a tiny donation to your class. Keep on rockin'!

  12. Love this- thanks so much for sharing!

  13. I LOVE this!! I am figuring out what to do for my writing station now, so perfect. Do I have to have the fonts to see them when I download it to print? It won't let me have them all! Is there anyway to fix this? Are they from DJ Inkers?

  14. Amber Leigh - Since these are PDF's the fonts should should print out as shown. My guess is that google docs was acting up when you tried to download them (that happens every so often) so try again later and if you still have that problem let me know and I will get this to you another way.

  15. This is really wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing...
    We are in the middle of renovations on our VERY old house and money is tight so it is AWESOME to know that there are still people out there who just LOVE to share for the sake of sharing and helping others to be better teachers...
    If you always have the donation option available I will try to donate the next time around. I love DonorsChoose!!!

  16. Seriously so great, I blogged about it :-)

  17. Thanks soooo much! My husband is out of a job (since Nov) and we are counting every penny 'til Sept. pay date! Thank you for giving us the option, I will get back to you when the sun is a bit brighter!!

  18. OMG! I LOVE YOU!!!! This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. THANK YOU so much for your time and dedication in creating these wonderful materials!!!!


  19. I love your work! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  20. Thank you so much for sharing this! I would love to add a few more choices for my first grade teammates (like "how-to" and dear diary ...) What font did you use for those headings? Please let me know and thank you again!


  21. Here is the font:

    I love this font too!

  22. You thought of everything! This could be used in more than one grade level. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome ideas! I just had to pin it!

  23. Hi there! I am a homeschool mom with a struggling writer. This writing center looks great! It is inspiring and fun with excellent reminders. I downloaded and printed it this morning and plan to set it up for her tomorrow! Thank you so much for sharing! (I left you a small donation. I wish I could have left you a large donation though. Thank you so much!)

  24. Thanks so much for sharing... Great way to display!!!!!