Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Writing in My Classroom

Writing has been one of my of the many things I have focused on this summer. I have created some writing resources for my classroom, but I have also purchased many different resources to help my writing block.
I personally feel like my writing block was not organized last year. I would basically just wing everything. Sometimes great things happened and sometimes it was a major flop.
Another one of my goals is to create a writing block using by implementing writing workshop. I also wanted to revamp my Work on Writing station.
Here are some amazing things I have pinned over the summer, some things I have created, and of course some AMAZING resources I have purchased.
1. My first pin is something that I created. I wanted to start with creating a writing workshop starter kit that I thought would work best for myself and my students. Here is what I came up with.
There are anchor charts describing how to edit and revise, peer edit, and steps for sharing published work.
There are also many different teacher checklists, conferring sheets, peer editing checklists, and rubrics.
My favorite things are the letter that I will send home to parents describing our writing block, the writing process chart, and the August/September calendar that I will use to jump start my writing workshop mini lessons.
2. My other resource that I have pinned is my Grammar and Punctuation Rule Book. I use this to introduce, practice, and review 25 different grammar and punctuation rules. It's so simple yet my little ones love it. They first write a sentence that uses the current rule, then they draw a picture to match the sentence.
3. My third pin and the last thing I created is my writing keepsake journal. I plan on using this to monitor my little ones writing. On the last day of each month I will have my little ones writing in their keepsake journal. Not only is this something that allows my little ones and myself track their writing, it will also go home at the end of the year for parents to keep.
Now for things I have pinned from others.
4. I love this letter for parents. Last year I had a couple parents question me about inventive spelling and why I don't tell my little ones to spell words. Here is a perfect letter that I think will get the point across.
Inventive spelling letter for parents!
5. I found these amazing free letter writing practice sheets. These will be great to send home with my little ones that are still struggling with writing their letters.
Free handwriting sheets for each letter!
6. I pinned this last year, made my own, and used it every week. It was a great resource to use when I conferenced with my little ones.
Writing Goals
7. I found this anchor chart on pinterest and this is the one that I created. I never took the time to talk about how important illustrating our writing is. This is an anchor chart that I plan on using to teach that concept.
How to Make a WoW Picture by Spotted in First Grade
8. I also found these writing anchor charts. This is the one that I created. I plan on laminating it so that I can reuse it throughout the school year.
Fillable Anchor Chart by Spotted in First Grade
9. This is something that I purchased from Lori Rosenberg. I can't wait to see this in action.
10. And my last writing idea. I also purchased several writing through the year packets made by some great TpT Sellers. Sorry I don't have a picture for these. :/
My Giveaway ends tonight!

Yours in Teaching,


  1. Great ideas! I would love your writing workshop pack. I feel like I struggle with reading, and this seems like it would get me on the right track.

    First Grade Magic

  2. Your writing workshop package looks awesome. I definitely need some help in that area. :-)

  3. I wishlisted ALL of your products! I am heading to grade 2/3 after teaching 5th for the past 13 years, and your ideas are so helpful!! Thank you for sharing!

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

    1. Yay! Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad that I am helping you out!

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    3. I in no way copied your work if that is what you are saying. It is part of my writing workshop pack and it won't be for sale outside of the pack. Writing workshop is something that many teachers use in their classrooms and has been around for many years. There are tons of writing process charts on TpT. Sorry if you feel that I copied your work, but I assure you I did not.

    4. I don't mean to butt in, but I hate to see teachers accuse others of "copying" their ideas. Whenever a teacher creates something based on the writing process, Daily 5, CAFE, common core standards, etc., there is bound to be some similarities in wording. The steps of the writing process (prewriting/brainstorming, rough draft, revision, editing, final draft/publishing) have been around since I started teaching in 1997, so they're definitely nothing new! Again, I don't mean to interfere but we all have a common goal: to help kids reach their potentials as learners. Besides... isn't pretty much everything on TpT based on someone's previously created idea ;)??

    5. I'm sorry that my comments were read that way. I am not in any way accusing Kelli or anyone of "copying" my ideas. I'm sure I'm not the first person to do this, and won't be the last!
      All I was trying to say was that if you sell it apart from your bundle, Kelli, it will hugely undercut my product, since your entire bundle is less than my chart. Pricing on TpT has become a real issue lately with some teachers posting $1 stores, etc. I really, really don't want you to think that I was accusing you of anything. Like I said... I'm NOT that person. I think your stuff is great!


  4. Wow! You've got lots of great pins. The Writing Goals chart is awesome! I repinned almost all of 'em. If I'm fortunate enough to win, I'd love one of your newly created writing resources.

  5. I love all your ideas. I wishlisted your Writers Workshop Resource Pack. This will definitely come in handy in my class. What a great resource to remind students with their next steps. Thanks so much.

  6. Love the writing goals chart and the WOW picture rubric!

  7. Just found your blog through the linky. :) Headed over to check out your TPT store!

  8. I just found your blog through the linky & I'm loving so many of your pins, I've already re-pinned like 4 of them. Thank you for sharing so many great ideas with us. I'm also one of your newest followers.


  9. Could you PLEASE email me your Parent letter about inventive spelling? I can't find it in your TPT store.