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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 requires YOU to 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 6 of each writing center. That means you've got 30 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.
Click here for Writing Centers Volume 1 (Informational & Opinion)
What centers are included?
1. Storytelling vs. Summarizing - Students decide whether the writer is storytelling or summarizing the story.
2. Storytelling Revision - Students rewrite the summary as a story. They are to add details, characters, dialogue, thought shots, and other narrative writing elements to slow it down and make the writing sound like a story.
- New Girl
- What's in the basement?
- Camp Out!
- Roller Coaster
- Bee Sting!
- New Pet
3. Fact Adjectives - Students are given cards that has a photo with directions on writing with fact adjectives. They are to write inside their writing notebook or on a sheet of notebook paper.
- Cats on a Computer
- Girl on the Phone
- Elephant & the Mouse
- Best Friends
- Stocking Up Squirrel
- Little Monkeys
4. Speaker Tags - Students think about what is happening in the conversation and how the character might speak. They will then write a speaker tag to complete each sentence.
- It's a Deal!
- Recess Wars
- Kings' Quarrel
- Phone Call
- Book Spill
5. Transitions - Students will write a transition word or phrase to complete the sentences. A transitions chart is also provided.
- Rooster's Ride
- Camp Commotion
- To the Hospital
- Something in the Water
- It's Just a Game
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.
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These centers are the perfect supplement for our writing units and the monthly text sets.