I saved our writing pictures for last because writing is one of my favorite things to teach. Our writing center is an important part of writing workshop. We publish projects once a month, so students need access to “fancy” paper, stencils, and fun scissors. I’ve organized a variety of writing paper by theme in our mailboxes. The buckets on top have writing ideas and story starters. Draft paper, thesauruses, sticky notes, etc. are stored in the tall organizer.
Just like reading, we also have a writing reference board. I made writing genre posters with suggested types of writing projects for each genre. I use these for reference during mini-lessons and students use them for free writing time to get new ideas. We also spend a lot of time working on writing creative beginnings (or leads) for our projects. You can get a free copy of the lead posters from Beth Newingham.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour through our classroom and picked up some tips and new resources along the way. I know I haven’t shared our math items, but that’s because I’m completely redoing how I teach math. More on that to come, promise!