I finally uploaded some of my anchor charts that I used with my kiddos last year. Head over to my Anchor Charts page and check ’em out! 😉
Individual Word Walls have helped my students get through their writing so much easier. And as an added benefit, I don’t spend as much time spelling words over and over again to the same students. When a student asks me to spell a word, I will not spell it for them until they have their WW opened up to the correct page to write it down. These little books have come in very handy!
All you need is a small memo book, some colored paper, scissors, glue, and some stickers or anything you want for decorating. I actually found the memo books on sale at Walgreens 6/$1, so these didn’t cost me much! The other supplies I had laying around the house.
1. Trace the cover of the memo book on the colored paper, an then cut it out.
2. Decorate the colored paper with the design of your choice.
3. Glue the cover onto the memo book.
4. Count out the pages and divide them so that each letter gets an appropriate amount of space.
There you have it. Individual word walls within 15 minutes–or 5 for most boys!! 😉
As I was browsing through the dollar store, I came across this really cute trash can. I know, it’s a trash can for crying out loud! But hey, I’m an elementary teacher with vision!!
I decided that this would be a great place for students to put their ideas that they want to write about in the future, but just don’t have time for at the moment the idea hits them. Instead of just telling students, “I’m sorry, but you just can’t write about that right now,” I will now have a better solution. My students will be able to write down their ideas and place them in the “Recycled Writing Ideas” can to save for the future.
There are many different ways that this can be used, and I’m not sure exactly how I will implement it, but right now it is just another step to getting myself and my students organized. I’m thinking that this will be a great way to find out what kids really want to write about, and hopefully I can incorporate their ideas into my classroom discussions and individual writing pieces. As the year goes on, I’m sure I’ll find many more ways to use it.
I would LOVE to hear your ideas if you have some. I’m always open to new ways of thinking!!