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Quiet writing time with fun music was one of the MOST peaceful times in my classroom this year. The kids loved it. Love this chart to introduce the expectations for it.

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Writing Workshop / Personal Desk Reference (8 tools in 1)

This writing tool acts as a word wall, an editing check list, and a great visual reminder of the 6 traits of writing. Best of all, because it has so much valuable information, it allows the kids to feel successful. They are able to correctly spell more words, use an impressive vocabulary, and edit their work, just like real authors. Includes 8 resources in 1! $4

Good Writing Center Idea! Could even have students do this during our reading time for about 15 minutes, then have partners read each others' responses.

This book is a good introduction into writing for primary students. The book makes the point that students will write best when writing about what they know. Would be a good entry into personal narratives.

"I Map" - from Jeff Anderson's Mechanically Inclined.......beginning of the year activity.....get to know you activity