You probably already know that conferring and working in small groups is the most organic and effective way to differentiate your instruction AND meet your students' needs. However, that requiresYOUto be working with them. What about when you're not working with them? You want meaningful, rigorous writing opportunities that are skill-specific. That is precisely the purpose of these writing centers.
There are 5 Types of Writing Centers with 5 of each writing center. That means you've got 25 Writing Centers to help your students grow! Each writing center also includes an Answer Key so that students can self-check or you can use as a grade if you prefer. The centers are available as color-coded or black and white. This particular set of Writing Centers are based on Scientific concepts.
What centers are included?
1. Fix it Up! Editing -Students edit a paragraph. The number of mistakes is located at the bottom so students know when they have found them all OR if they need to keep looking. An answer key is included so students can self-check.
Cool Critters! (Ants)
Sluggish Situation (African Land Snail)
Poison Dart Frog
2. Transition Mission-Students use a transitional words and phrases chart to add transitions to a paragraph. An answer key is included so students can self-check.
Crocs & Gators
Animals Impact Their Environment
3. Elaboration Station -Students are given a few sentences with facts about the topic. After the facts/evidences, students use elaboration strategies to add on to the paragraph. Sample responses are included.
Grizzly Bears (Informative)
College Athletes (Opinion)
Physical Education (Opinion)
4. Paraphrase Practice -Each center has a paragraph. Students practice paraphrasing the paragraph. A chart for the STP (Stop! Think. Paraphrase) strategy is provided.
Animals in Zoos
5. Sort + Write -This center includes 5 different science-based sorting activities. Students have directions for each sort. They are given words and phrases to sort for a specific purpose. After they have sorted, they write a multi-paragraph essay using the details and the sort to organize and write their essay. There are a total of 5 sorts. These could also double duty as a science center.
Writing Rocks! (Classifying Rocks)
Life Cycles (Complete + Incomplete)
Heat Energy (3 Types)
Writing Matters! (Solid, Liquid, Gas)
People & Their Environment: Helpful or Harmful?
The centers are included in color + black and white. Ideas for storage and organization are included. Please see the preview for more information and to get a better look at these centers.
If you have any questions as to how you can use these in your upper elementary classroom, please email me at email@example.com.
These centers are the perfect supplement for our writing units and the monthly text sets.
This unit has been updated as of 2/13/19 to include daily lesson plans, resources, and activities. Please note that this unit will increase in price after 11:59 pm February 13, 2019.
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Narrative, Opinion, & Informational Writing Bundle OR Reading and Writing Bundle
What this Product Includes
This resource includes Notebook Charts and Anchor Charts for an Informational Writing Unit. For each notebook chart, there is a Full Page Anchor Chart that can be used as Anchor Charts in your Writing Center and/or as a slide show when teaching. In my 4th grade classroom, I used the Full Page Anchor Charts to teach the lesson by projecting onto the SMART board. Then, students glued the half sheet Notebook Anchor Charts in their Writing notebook to use as a reference throughout the unit.
This unit does NOT currently have daily lesson plans. A unit planner of teaching points is provided to help guide the process. In the future, lesson plans may be added. You will find pictures of possible Anchor Charts and Writing Notebooks to help you visualize how the unit might go.
*Characteristics of an Informational Text *Writing an Informational Text *Wise Readers Ask Questions *Cause and Effect *Sort Out the Details *What does the TEXT say? *Using Text Evidence *Transition Words for Informational Writing *Organizing an Informational Text *See, Think, Wonder *See, Think, Wonder Notes on How to Use the Strategy *Text Features *Informational Writing Editing Checklist *Informational Writing Checklist and Rubric *Solving Our Spelling Problems *Paragraphs with Purpose *Instead of Says *Introductions *Conclusions *Building the Main Idea of a Paragraph *Craft Moves and Elaboration Strategies 1 *Craft Moves and Elaboration Strategies 2 *Craft Moves and Elaboration Strategies 3 *File it Away! (Graphic Organizer/Boxes and Bullets) *Show Me the Evidence (Graphic Organizer for gathering evidence from 3 sources with lines) *Show Me the Evidence (Graphic Organizer for gathering evidence from 3 sources without lines) *Show Me the Evidence (Graphic Organizer for gathering evidence from 4 sources with lines) *Show Me the Evidence (Graphic Organizer for gathering evidence from 4 sources without lines *Sorting My Evidence (Graphic Organizer to sort information) *4 Square Boxes and Bullets Writing Planner *Boxes and Bullets Planning Page *Informational Writing Checklist
This opinion writing unit will have your students writing powerfully persuasive essays! This jam-packed unit includes Daily Lesson Plans, PowerPoint and Google Slides, Writing Notebook Anchor Charts and other engaging activities.
What is included?
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Unit Lesson Plans
Notebook Anchor Charts
Full Size Anchor Charts
Rubrics & Checklists
Mini Word Wall
More About this Product
The lesson plans are divided into three parts:
1. Basic Teaching Points: Lessons that can be carried from writing a self-selected opinion piece to writing in response to text. These begin with generating ideas and end with a published piece of opinion writing.
2. Bonus (mini) Mini Lessons: Lessons to be used in small group, conferring, or whole group depending on the needs of your students.
3. Writing in Response to Text: Lessons to be used when writing in response to text or a prompt
This unit provides topic ideas and resources for any opinion piece. You could use a text as a basis for the opinion piece or use this unit to simply kick off opinion writing in your classroom. The writing lessons do not need to be taught in the exact order. Also, some of the teaching points you could use as small group lessons if you find that only some of your students need the lesson.
Writer's Notebook Anchor Charts
The anchor charts included in this product are meant for students to have anchor charts at their fingertips in their Writer’s Notebooks. I don’t know about you, but wall space is always an issue in my classroom. Not only that, but storing and keeping track of large chart paper can sometimes stretch our organizational skills to the limits! I have found one of the best ways to support my students is to treat their notebooks like a tool in which they can find the strategies and skills taught whenever they need it. In this way, what we teach our students is not just a one day occurrence, but they have a “forever tool.”
Raving Reviews - Sampler Opinion Writing Unit on Book Reviews
This product is a small piece of my Book Review Unit that is growing larger than I imagined! In my 4th grade classroom, we completed a small Opinion Writing Unit on Book Reviews. My kids LOVED it! I began this unit by explaining to my students that “reviews” are a special type of Opinion Writing that a writer writes based on their experience. There are reviews on EVERYTHING! Restaurants, Movies, Video Games, EVERYTHING! I also told my students a funny little story about when I went to try a new Chinese restaurant by my new house and found that my mother had written a review- and it was not a good one! Needless to say, I tried somewhere else. My students got a nice chuckle out of that and it was a nice way to get them excited about Book Reviews. I then showed them the website Crixut.com, which are Movie Reviews written by kids. Even though they are movie reviews, they are excellent examples of a Review and Opinion Writing written by kids. This is just an idea to help you get Book Reviews & Opinion Writing up and running in your classroom. This sampler includes:
“Building a Book Review” Anchor Chart- This helps to explain the structure of a Book Review. I have included two versions depending on the needs of your classroom. Their essays could be 4 or 5 paragraphs.
“A Book Review” (stepped out version) - This version is for those students who need a little more scaffolding or you could use this as a homework assignment or in a center.
“Planning my Book Review” - a planner for your students to organize their writing Boxes and Bullets style. There are two of these planners, one for a 4 paragraph essay and one for a 5 paragraph essay.
“A Book Review” Publishing Paper- this is the final landing spot for their Book Review with a small window for them to include an illustration of the book cover.
“Bookagram” – an Instagram inspired book recommendation sheet. If you are interested in purchasing this product alone, please see my Bookagram product.
This resource is also part of aReading & Writing Bundle!
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Reading & Writing Bundle #1
This Personal Narrative Unit is perfect for kicking off Writer’s Workshop at the beginning of the year, while also providing enough content to support the Narrative Writing Common Core Standard at any other point in the school year. The lessons in this unit will build excitement for writing and set foundations for the rest of your academic year. This unit also contains lifelong tools which could supplement other writing units and the overall writing process. The content in the unit support 4 basic goals:
*Get students excited about writing!
*Build a community of writers.
*Build confidence in the writers.
*Find ways to craft our own life stories
What this Unit Includes
*Writing Unit Calendar with Teaching Points
*Blank Planning Calendar
*Mentor Text Suggestions and Links
*20 Lesson Ideas for the Unit (The lessons in this unit are NOT always in a specific lesson template or written to precisely tell you what to do. However, there are detailed descriptions and ideas for each teaching point, including how the teacher can model, how students will practice, and what students will do independently. This unit will look different in every classroom as your own personal teaching style, experience, and perspective filters through. I have included a brief explanation for each teaching point and how it would/could look in the classroom. I have also noted when to use the anchor charts for each day as well as included pictures of notebook work that may help also. This unit of resources will hopefully “fill your fist” as Katie Wood Ray would say, with writing strategies to help your writers build a love for writing! You can check out my blog for anchor chart ideas and information on teaching writing.
*20+ Writing Notebook Anchor Charts for the Writer’s Notebook to help support applying the writing strategies into their work by providing anchor charts at your students’ fingertips.
*20 Anchor Charts to be used for: teaching the lesson, laminated as posters, put in sheet protectors and on a binder ring as part of your writing center or any other creative way you find use for them!
*Narrative Writing Checklist and Grading Rubric
*Standards for 3rd-5th grades (to glue in notebook)
Whether you are using this in your classroom to start off the year or as a way to improve your students’ writing process, I hope you and your students enjoy this unit as much as we did! If you have any further questions or needs I would love to hear from you!
This unit has been updated 8.14.2017 to include Book Reviews
What is included?
This bundle includes my favorite and most used Reading and Writing Unit resources in a package that saves you 20%. This reading and writing bundle includes the resources listed below. You can click on any of the links to take you to the resource and see the preview.
Each of the included units includes Reading and/or Writing Notebook Anchor Charts to help support your students' needs.
Why Reading/Writing Notebook Anchor Charts?
The charts in the units are meant to be used inside students’ reading or writing notebooks. This is why they are shown two on a page. I don’t know about you, but we have copy budgeting issues at my school and I am always trying to find ways to save paper and copies! Plus, my students use composition notebooks for every subject and we have a special section for Notes and Teaching Charts where we glue these in.
More importantly, I use a lot of anchor charts in my classroom. With the amount of charts I make- it would be impossible to keep all of them up throughout the year and sometimes students forget they are there. Having them right in their notebooks allows easy accessibility to help during independent Reading or Writing. You might also find these useful for parents to use at home.
Since I began using anchor charts inside our Reading and Writing Notebooks, I have noticed my students are able to work better independently. They have the tools they need to support their learning. The charts have also been helpful in planning and presenting my lessons. For example, when we are talking about “theme,” I have examples and ways to find it by using the chart. This helps to bring a large and broad topic down to a concrete idea.
This set also includes a variety of graphic organizers for both reading and writing. I would love to hear your feedback on this product and requests for any other anchor charts you might feel would be useful to you and your students!
This ELA + Math Morning Work is available for the following grade levels:
This product is a guide and resource for an Opinion Essay in which students construct a literary response in the form of an opinion. According to assessments which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, students in 3rd-5th grade may be required to respond to a text based on their opinion. How you use this resource will depend on your district and state assessments. I have based this product on certain Florida assessments in which students give their opinion about characters or the theme of the story.
Regardless of assessment, this unit is intended to help students not only become better writers, but better readers. The teaching points are a guide, aligned to the standard, and reinforced by the student checklist.
Though this product is aligned for grades 3-5, you may find valuable resources for 2nd or 6th grades as well.
The anchor charts are intended to be used in the writer’s notebook, but also might give you ideas about anchor charts for your classroom. I hope this product fulfills your needs and I would love to have feedback based on your experience. You might also be interested in other Narrative, Informational, and Opinion Units which you can findHERE.
What this Product Includes
Literary Essay Unit Teaching Points Planning Calendar
Blank Planning Calendar
Writing Notebook Anchor Charts
*Readers and Writers collect evidence to grow ideas
*Sentence Starters for Responding to Literature
*Readers get BIG Ideas by thinking about the Character
*Crafting a Theme Statement
*Common Theme Statements in Literature
*The Hook - Chart for Leads
*Effective Endings - Chart for Endings
*The Hook and Effective Endings (Blank
*Opinion Writer’s Checklist
*My Thesis Statement - (Graphic Organizer to plan Thesis Statement)
*Transition Words for Persuasive and Opinion Writing
*Transition Words and Phrases
Planning & Publishing Pages
*Opinion Essay Boxes and Bullets Planner
*Opinion Writer’s Checklist for Peer Editing
*Elaboration Paper to help students elaborate each reason that supports their opinion
*Square Opinion Writing Planner (Full Page
*Writer’s Celebrate 3-2-1 Style (Comment Cards for Student Celebration)