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Popcorn Writing Center Activity: Students pick a yellow piece of popcorn (character) and a white piece of popcorn (setting) and write a short story. Containers can sometimes be found for $1 at Target's dollar section

My students last year loved having whole class journals to write in. They had a chance to write in them during Work on Writing, and a chance to read them during Read to Self. I made up a new set of 8. At the moment they are pretty plain covers, but once a student writes in it they have the option of choosing a sticker from my collection to place on the front cover. The stickers show me how many kids have tackled each topic.

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Journal Jar

students will have fun picking out topics from the jar, and you can even have their input on what they want to write about- this could be a great station

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First Day of School Activities for Big Kids

Teaching With a Mountain View: First Day of School Activities for Big Kids

Storybird - Free website where kids can create stories based on illustrations. Great for a writing center.

Terrific idea for using different words in a student's writing! Make for your writing center or each student can make their own! $0

maybe as a center, dump the sticks out and place in the right cup? or pick one from each and try to make a sentence?

musical chairs writing When the music stops you pick up writing where the last person left off. 10 minute intervals. Could be a fun group activity.

Vocabulary 1- Ice Cream Words: Students start by writing a common word on the ice cream cone. Students can now look up synonyms for these words. Creating a large ice cream cone with words that can replace the common words.

story wands. the kids love to get a chance to explain each story element...cute idea

FREE printables to make your own focus sticks for your students. Students use the sticks to check their own writing. FREE corresponding classroom poster set!