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Transitional Words - Reference sheet for Writer's Notebook

Set up a research folder to sort and hold notecards. Easy way to get kids to write a research paper.

Ready to Research?

Students write a letter to a parent about what they did during the week. The parent writes back a short note in response. "If the students bring their Friday Journal back on Monday with a parent response, they receive a sticker on the cover of their journal. By the end of the year, the cover looks really cool and the parents have a special keepsake."

End of the year reflection activity - free printables

What the Teacher Wants!: 10 Things

Paragraph writing anchor chart. I've done this before and called it a "Whopper of a good paragraph"

Writing Strong Leads

I Teach. What's your super power?: Writing Strong Leads

Elaboration, sensory details, writing, fourth grade

Musical chairs writing. When the music stops you pick up writing where the last person left off.

EXPOSITORY WRITING~ Students underline or highlight using the three stop light colors. Green introduces, and circles around to end, the paragraph. Yellow is a key supporting detail. Red tells more about each supporting detail. Great visual!

Inspired to Read: Transition words. Tons of great anchor charts!

PARAGRAPH WRITING~ Great visual strategy for teaching paragraphs using a stoplight system. Students can easily see the structure of a paragraph this way.

Round Robin Writing - A fun way to keep students writing EVERY day!

Five writing lead posters with examples.Dialogue, Question, Action, Sound Effects, Mental Image, ...