Work on Writing/Word Work..Settling in and A Little Giveaway!




It's Friday:)))  Yeah!  It has been a week:)  Too many transitions for this gal who doesn't like change at all...lol!

You'll be happy to know, the octuplets (he he) have settled in quite well!  I was truly fearful I would be training for weeks again......not the case.  Now, it's not perfect but we are running 4 rotations and it's working:)  What more could a teacher ask for?  They have truly caught up with my "oldies" as far as all the activities I have introduced.


So far I have only introduced 2 Word Work activities:
 
They are loving these and so am I!!  It gives them practice on those sight words they should be spelling without trouble but still have problems with and  practice with sentence writing. A 2 for 1:))
(p.s. if you purchased these a) thanks bunches and b) the cheaper the dry erase marker, the better for easier clean up)
 
and Shake, Write, Learn
They love these to!  (little man in this pic "forgot" to write a sentence with each word....he fixed that..lol)
 
I have introduced lots more activities this year in our Work on Writing.
Here's Rory's Story Cubes in action:)
 
I introduced the Story Bubbles this week.  Huge hit!!!  The kiddos loved them:)


These are our book cover writing folders.  I have glued the covers only from book sleeves onto folders.  Then I put paper in the folders and the students take a folder and create a story inspired by the cover.

My story stones:)


Here is the table with all our Work on Writing activities.  (it just needs a cute sign)
The kids have several choices and just love it.  And sometimes, they just take their writing journal and curl up  in a corner and write without anything;)

I'm feeling happy, happy that everything is working out so I'm having a teeny, random giveaway.
It's short and sweet, ends midnight Saturday, yep tomorrow.  The winner gets my:
Story Bubbles
Shared Writing Journals
Super Hero Sight Words Set A and B
Story Starters



a Rafflecopter giveaway

103 comments

  1. Sooo Cute!! I love how creative you are (and that you share things! ;) I'm always inspired after visiting.

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

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  2. I love all your writing activities! My kiddos love doing shared journals.
    Tania
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

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  3. I just LOVE all of your fabulous ideas! We are practicing building stamina for work on writing and my kiddos are struggling trying to come up with different writing ideas. I have my fingers crossed for this giveaway!! What great products :) I follow your blog and tpt store!

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  4. I love all of your story starter ideas! And those story bubbles are the best!

    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

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  5. I love the story bubbles! What an awesome idea!
    Have a great weekend! :)

    The.Teacher.Diaries.K4@gmail.com

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  6. These are super! I always need new ideas for these two areas of D5.

    Learning With Susie Q

    susieqsclass@gmail.com

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  7. You have inspired so many things in my classroom. I get excited every time I see you have a new post! I am just starting Daily 5 for the first time and I love it! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas:)
    Natalie
    Natalies Nook

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  8. These activities look so fun! I love it when my students are finally settling in! Thanks for sharing. I just started a weekly link up over at my blog. I think your post would be perfect to link up. You should check it out!

    Jennifer
    Darling Little Learners

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  9. Great ideas to use for word work. thanks for sharing them.

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  10. I can't wait to use many of your ideas in my classroom. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  11. Your table of word work activities looks awesome! Your kids look like they're having so much :)

    --jen

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  12. I absolutely LOVE your book cover writing folders. I've kept a heap and haven't known what to do with them (I don't keep them on the books because they become so tatty). I'll be implementing this idea straight away!

    Kylie
    Down Under Teacher

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  13. Fantastic ideas! I am always looking for fun and interesting ideas to incorporate into my working with words/work on writing part of my program. Thanks for sharing! Jennifer R

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  14. LOVE your work on writing ideas. That one is the hardest for me to get my kiddos interested in. I am sure your ideas would be a huge hit!

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  15. I love your work on writing area! Shared writing journals are a big hit in my class. I love the story bubbles.

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  16. Love your ideas! Can't wait to try the super hero sight words.

    Mindy

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  17. Awesome ideas to get kids excited about writing. So fun!
    Katie
    I Want to be a Super Teacher

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  18. I know how it is to get new kids... and they were coming from the only male teacher in our school who was very dynamic and cool... he changed grades that year and his kids got split to us... I'm glad it's working out for you!

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  19. Great ideas for making writing more appealing to your students! Hope I am lucky!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  20. Such great ideas to help the kiddos enjoy writing more! I am trying to boost the likeability factor of my writing for my kiddos as well!

    Super giveaway!!!!

    Dee
    Mrs. B's Nook

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  21. Love the story stones! So cute!

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  22. Missed you these past weeks....things have been crazy, haven't they? I'm glad the new additions are doing well. I know you were worried about that! We will catch up this weekend! :)

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  23. I would love to win your giveaway items! I haven't introduced any word work activities yet (have done read to self, work on writing, read to someone) but still need to work on stamina a lot! It is going well though and the kids say how fast ELA goes:) Thank you for sharing!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  24. im not yet to word work or writing so this would be so great to win. The bubbles are such a super idea! love it!!!!

    rene'
    A Passion For Primary

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  25. I've already made your vocabulators and they are a HUGE hit! Adding the other items would be a dream come true. Thanks for all your inspiration.

    Angie

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  26. I love the idea of the sight word pack!! You are so creative!! :)

    Mrs. Brown

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  27. I begin introducing station rotations Monday, which is fine, because I also will be doing some retraining. This week, we had a field trip and I was out for two days of training. I got a new one on the field trip day. I wasn't there to start my expectations. I'm feeling your pain. Glad it is working out for you.

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  28. I'm introducing Word Work next week, so these are some great ideas! Thanks for sharing :)

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  29. Those story bubbles are ADORBS. I am starting the daily 5 next week! Super excited, but also a little scared :-0
    Adventures in Room 5

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  30. I really love the story stones and can't wait to make my own. They will be great for the writing section of the Daily 5.

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  31. I am a first year teacher in 4th grade and these would be a great addition to my classroom!

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  32. Okay I love all your ideas, fantastic would love to win Mary at apopovic@primus.ca, follow your store also

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  33. So glad that the kiddos are settling in nicely. I had no doubts :) You make me miss teaching reading and writing. These activities are CUTE!!

    Elizabeth
    Fun in Room 4B

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  34. How does the shake write and learn works thnks Mary apopovic@primus.ca

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  35. Very creative!

    rmariemuniz@hotmail.com

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  36. This is wonderful. I wish I had a table as organized as this! Great giveaway.

    Brittany
    Stickers and Stamps

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  37. I would so appreciate winning your give away! I just ran across your blog and am so excited I did! Awesome ideas that I want to try. How do I order from you?

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  38. I would so appreciate winning your give away! I just ran across your blog and am so excited I did! Awesome ideas that I want to try. How do I order from you?

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  39. I'm not sure there is any surface in my classroom that looks as put together as the one pictured above right now LOL so major kuddos to you! Also, I'm loving those story bubbles you've created!!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

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  40. I love your ideas and your table looks so cute!

    Michaelyn

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  41. What cute ideas! I am doing the Daily 5 (4) this year for the first time and needed more ideas for Work on Writing!

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  42. I love it. I find writing the hardest to get kids interested in. This looks such a fun and varied way of reeling those reluctant writers in!

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  43. You always have such great ideas! Thank you so much for sharing these with others. Students will truly be excited about writing.

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  44. I L-O-V-E your ideas...thanks for sharing.
    RL

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  45. I love all your writing ideas. Thanks for sharing!
    Ursula

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  46. Your blog has inspired so much of what I am doing this year. I am making my vocabulators soon. Rice is colored. I would love to win your prize to add to my writing center.

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  47. What an awesome giveaway!! I am so excited! I love your writing center and everything looks so cute and fun::)) I hope I win!

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  48. I'm a first year teacher and have been struggling to get my reluctant writers excited about writing. I can't wait to add some of these ideas to my word work and work on writing time! Thank you so much for sharing with us! New teachers like myself need all the help we can get!

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  49. These would be great for my third grade class!

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  50. Cute ideas! I'm always looking for new ways to inspire student writing!

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  51. I would love to win these items to add to my classroom! My kids really love to write and would be excited about these activities. Thanks for sharing :)

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  52. I pinned your story writing table- it is awesome! Creativity breeds creativity, right? And this little table makes me want to be creative. My kids will love it!

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  53. Love love love this assortment of ideas. Just found out I will be switching grades next week due to class sizes (sigh) so this would be perfect for my new older kiddos. Thanks for the inspiration!!!
    Klwalks@gmail.com

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  54. Great new and excioting ways to get young creative minds putting words (thoughts) to paper. Thanks for the opportunity!!

    Leigh
    lthrockmorton@mscs.k12.al.us

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  55. Love them all! I already use the community writing journals and the story starters. I would love to have a set of the sight words! So glad to hear you new crew is doing well!!

    Lisa
    Super Pig and Tyrant King

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  56. What great products you have! Hoping to Win!

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  57. I can't wait to add some of your exciting activities to my writing choices!! Super! Thank you!!

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  58. I have vocabulators that I purchased but haven't made yet. Your writing center has inspired me! I can't wait to make mine. Thanks for the awesome ideas.

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  59. Enjoyed the ideas. I try to make my writing area as varied and inspiring as I can because many of my kids come into my room detesting writing because of our school's tunnel vision regarding the state test.

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  60. Oh my, so many wonderful ideas for writing. I especially love your story rocks and story bubbles. So cute!

    Liliris
    Fourth Grade Garden

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  61. Oh how fun! Thank you for the chance at winning!

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  62. I love your word work. It's hard to tell from the picture how the Shake, Write, and Learn works. I'm guessing that you have words in the containers that they use as story starters... right?

    The story stones are WONDERFUL!

    Thanks for sharing

    Cindy
    Granny Goes to School

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  63. Oh I hope I win! :) I always find such inspiration reading your blog! If you get a chance, I'd love some advice on something I posted about on my post this morning on my blog. I'm having a hard time getting in my groove this year!

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  64. Wow so many wonderful ideas. Some I am using others I want to start Monday!! Thanks love your blog.

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  65. Your writing table looks great!! I love your Super Hero Sight Words and Story Stones! Thanks for sharing your ideas :)

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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  67. The writing table looks amazing. Such engaging activities! I especially love the story bubbles.

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  68. So many great writing activities! I really need to work on things like that this weekend. I just intro-ed work on writing last week.
    -Dani
    A Place to Thrive

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  69. I love your ideas Tara! Thanks for sharing! I need to "bump up" my word work and can't wait to use your ideas!
    ~Lorraine
    Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies

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  70. This looks really great! I would love to win!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com
    GFC: Kelly Brown

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  71. I love all of these ideas! As a new 4th grade teacher and Daily 5 user, these would be so helpful! Everything looks amazing :)

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  72. Thanks for sharing such great writing ideas. I will definitely be implementing these in my classroom.

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  73. I love these ideas! And I love reading your blog. I would love to win. I'm trying to incorporate more writing into my curriculum.

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  74. Your writing table is fabulous!
    wnekola@viking.portage.k12.oh.us

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  75. I am an NQT, starting teaching for the very first time this year. Our first school day is this Monday - 24th. Will be teaching 8-9 year olds and all the preparation is quite overwhelming. In my country we do writing activities as a whole class, but I would really like to set up an activity corner as you've done so that I would eventually introduce writing as a more pleasurable, 'free' activity. I would love to win this getaway to start me off in accumulating materials and resources for the benefit of the kids I will be teaching. Your resources and ideas are an inspiration for me.

    p.s. I already follow your blog and pinterest. Will start following your TpT store.

    Cheers :)

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  76. Wow, what a great giveaway- I already follow your blog and TPT store- your projects are wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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  77. I have some really good writers this year! The others just need to see how fun it is. =)

    Emily @ Second Grade Silliness 

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  78. I love all of your ideas! This is my first year to teach 4th grade and I'm getting so many great ideas from your blog. Thank you!

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  79. Fabulous ideas Tara! I am loving those shake up word thingees (I know, such an official name for it ;) ) So glad things are going well with D5 this year!

    ~Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

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  80. You give me so many ideas that help me improve my Writer's Workshop time. It's all still pretty new to me so I love getting lots of ideas from your work on writing. Thank you once again.

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  81. Loving your blog! :-) I'm new to 4th this year so it's good to hear great ideas!

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  82. Loving your blog! :-) I'm new to 4th this year so it's good to hear great ideas!

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  83. Love your daily 5 activities, I'm just starting it this year with my third graders and your blog gives me great ideas

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  84. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I went from teaching grade two to four this year and I have been looking for some new word work and work on writing ideas.

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  85. Love it!! I haven't introduced work on writing independently yet do I'm super pumped now! Have you posted on the vocabulary things yet??
    Rachel

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  86. Love your great ideas! I always struggle with writing ideas! We just went through an adjustment too but we went the other direction...I lost 4 of my darlings because we added a teacher. Hopefully things settle down now and we can really dig in to Daily 5! Keep the awesome ideas coming!

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  87. Love your blog! Love your ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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  88. You have so many great ideas for Daily 5. Thanks for sharing, and giving me some inspiration.

    P.S. Thank you also for the Monday Made It series this summer...and now the monthly version.

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  89. These are all such great ideas, definitely adding them to my arsenal for writing work! I love how your writing table looks clean, organized and fun! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  90. I'm sorry I'm so behind, my friend. I am delighted (and not surprised in the least) to hear things are going well with your expanded class. I know you will continue to do incredible work with them--talk to you soon! :)

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  91. I love to visit your blog and your TPT store. You help me get new ideas! I introduced a share journal last week and we had to make a sign up sheet for it. I am making more this weekend!

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  92. I am starting writing next week and I'm so nervous. These ideas are so helpful. Thanks as always for sharing!!
    Peggy

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  93. I am always looking for new ways to encourage little writers, I think I have found some great stuff! These are all amazing things, I am keeping my fingers crossed.

    faithfulinfirst.blogspot.com

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  94. Wow! It was a long way down to where I could comment! Love your stuff. Introducing Word Work this week with your Shake it Up activity and adding your shared Writing idea to Work On Writing. I don't have all of them yet. Would love to add more of your activities to my collecton!

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  95. I absolutely love your writing activities table!! You have inspired me to do the same in my 4th grade classroom....thank you!! You have such wonderful ideas....how could your students not enjoy writing? I hope I can win some your amazing ideas.
    ~Lesley
    maris529@frontiernet.net

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  96. I'm slowly introducing work on writing and word work choices in my classroom, too, so I'd love to add your great resources to my stations!

    Thanks for the chance to win, and for sharing your ideas! I love them all!

    katherine
    Yay Third Grade

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  98. Hello,

    I was wondering how the shake and write,vocabulators, and story bubbles work? Is there somewhere I can look to find out? Thank you.

    tyeanna_caliman@yahoo.com

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