Friday, August 5, 2011

Writing Center!!!

** Update!**  Just wanted to add an update to this post to mention that I have updated my original Writing Center with two new versions.  These two versions are bigger and include more examples and differentiated writing samples to span more grades or the levels of students in your class.  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.









 Here is the original 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! 


WAIT!!!  I've updated this! It has a new look and LOTS of additional templates and samples!!!  Here's the new:





Here's the old:


I've decided to put my writing center up on Teacher's Pay Teachers.  It is only $3.00!!!  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 tri fold project board so it will be portable, but this can also be used on walls 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 Tri Fold Foam Display board sized 40" x 28" when fully open.  I purchased my board at Walmart.
Included in this download:
1.  "What Good Writers Do..." Printable
2. "What Can I Write About?" Printable
3.  "Super Synonyms" Printable
4.  Alphabet/Number Chart
5.  *Story Sample
6.  *List Sample
7.  *Card Sample
8.  *Letter Sample
9.  *Book Sample (fold in half to make a booklet - you may want to add additional pages.)
10.  Bonus Writing Checklists - Cut and handout to students during the editing process.
11.  Titles:  "Writing Center" and "Work on Writing".  I included both titles so you could choose what you wanted to call your center.  **There is some assembly to the titles!  You will need to piece the letters together for some of the words prior to cutting around them.  An alternative is to use pre-made letters.
12.  Titles:  "I Can Write a... Story, List, Book, Card, Letter".  After printing, I cut around the titles to adhere them to the tri fold board.
*The samples in this download may be used in your center, however I opted to handwrite most of my samples so the students could see authentic writing.  You can use the samples as is, or use them as a guide to make the samples you put in this center.   I also used a real card for the card sample.
FYI - I cut construction paper to back each of the pages that I put on my tri fold board.  Since the board was white, this made the pages stand out more.
Have a GREAT weekend!!!

30 comments:

  1. Thank you, thank you! Super!

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  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!

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

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  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!

    http://thebubblyblondeteacher.blogspot.com/

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

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

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  7. THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING! I have been seeing this ALL OVER PINTEREST!
    Peace, Mel D
    Oh the Places We’ll Go

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  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!

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  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!
    www.wateringthekindergarten.blogspot.com

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  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!

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

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  12. Love this- thanks so much for sharing!

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  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?

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  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.

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  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!!!

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

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  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!!

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  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!!!!

    Victoria
    wisewittyteacher.blogspot.com

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

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  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!

    Kristen

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  21. Here is the font: http://www.azfonts.net/load_font/ld_sketch.html

    I love this font too!

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  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!

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  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!)

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

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  25. THANK YOU SO MUCH CINDY!!! YOU HAVE MADE MY LIFE SO MUCH EASIER AND MY 1ST GRADERS ARE GOING TO BENEFIT IMMENSELY!!!!

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