I have most of my writing centers in a pocket chart (the pocket chart you can find HERE and see below). These activities are not always assigned. Sometimes I have something completely different that I need them to work on in the writing center, sometimes these are used as early finishers, and other times I give them the choice to pick anything that they want to work on!
These activities are definitely not all introduced at once — it takes time! I introduce a lot of the easier writing sheets right away. For instance, write the room is actually introduced the first week of school. Some of my kids write 5 words during the 15-minute center, and some of my kids fill the entire page. It doesn’t matter, as long as they are understanding the work and writing! Another page I introduce at the beginning of the year is the page seen below.
Another page I introduce pretty early on is “Write the Globe.” Yes, this activity is just “copying” words and I know some teachers may not see the educational value behind this; however, I really just want my students to LOVE writing early on and this center is one that they really do love! My kids love when I read the words to them that they wrote, they are fascinated by the globe, and later on in the year they really remember these places they wrote down and they start to grow their interest in the world. I actually move on to having students write letters to mom and dad trying to convince them to take them on vacation to some of these places!
Writing our color words is also a center I introduce early on, and the students are very successful with this. The color words can be found on the color posters hanging in my room, or even in my thematic words binder for the kids to use if needed.
Rainbow friends is always fun for the kids. They just LOVE writing their friends’ names. For this activity, I let them walk around the room and copy their friends names from their desk tags before returning to the writing center to write their names again in rainbow colors!
Some activities for later in the year may be writing cards (I love you cards, Happy Birthday cards, etc).
They really start to enjoy letter writing towards the end of the year. I leave envelopes and a mini mailbox at the center as well.
They love “mailing” their letters (I deliver them at the end of the day).
All of these activities and more can be found in my Work on Writing pack.
Click on the image below to see more.
I also have this new binder, which I am super excited about! I added a cover sheet to the binder (which will be added as a freebie at the end of this post) so students know exactly what they can do if they choose to work on this.
Inside the binder I copied From The Pond’s directed drawings. I copied them on colored card stock, just to add some color into the binder, then I added each page into a page protector. Students really shouldn’t need to take these pages out of the binder to use.
I also have another writing binder as an option. Again, this can be used as an early finisher or there may be times where I actually assign work from this binder. The cover of this binder (found in the freebie below) tells students their options on what they can do while they use the pages inside the binder. This binder correlates with a lot of the writing center activity pages too!
Inside the binder there are thematic words for the entire year! The themes range from school words to ocean words and Halloween words to Christmas words. This binder has you covered! I printed the pages onto white card stock and inserted the pages into page protectors. The students will use these words to draw a picture, write a sentence or story, label a picture, write an opinion piece, etc. There are SO many options to choose from!