Writing Center Activities

Thursday, February 13, 2014 / 2 comments
I struggle with writing instruction in my classroom. Even my highest leveled students cannot come up with their own sentences. It is just so difficult to get them to come up with something on their own. They don't struggle with the mechanics of writing (punctuation), they just have trouble writing for the simple sake of writing. Coming up with the words to write might as well be neuroscience for us (some of my guys would probably ROCK neuroscience). For my younger students that still struggle with holding a pencil, writing can be a huge challenge they will try to avoid altogether. After searching and searching for different things to use in my writing center that can meet the needs, I finally started making my own sheets and finally found time to put them into a pack.


I use these sheets daily in my writing center and I also send them home weekly for homework. For my lower students, I stick to level 1 for their instruction and use the sheets for receptive language fluency and errorless writing opportunities. For my higher students, I like to scaffold the levels (using the same picture pages and sentences, but different levels) during the week to build up their sentence structure and ability to independently create complete sentences




These sheets give you the ability to provide each student a writing activity that is on their level without tons and tons of pre-planning.

Here's a little run down with some page examples:

LEVEL 1: Receptive Language/Pre-writers

 




Who? The following sheets can be used with students that are non-verbal and/or students that are still developing fine motor skills pre-writing skills. These sheets can also be used to work on receptive language and sentence structure for all learners.

Uses: 

• Cut the sentences into strips and the pictures out and have the students match or point to the picture of the sentence as you read it out loud or as they read it if they are able. 
• Provide students with errorless writing by allowing them to match the pictures to the sentences to create a full sentence, then have them read it out loud or you read it for them. 
• Cut the sentences up and have the students put the words in order to create a sentence for the picture.
• Add Velcro to the pictures and sentences and put in your students workboxes, independent work binders or send home for homework! 

There are 3 versions of Level 1:

Version 1: Complete sentence and picture word shown
Version 2: Complete sentence and no picture word shown
Version 3: Incomplete sentences and picture word shown (errorless writing)

LEVEL 2: Beginning Handwriting









Who? The following sheets can be used with students that are developing handwriting skills and still require lined tracing font for correct letter formation.


Uses: Have the students trace the words in the sentence.






There are 6 versions of Level 2:














Version 1: Trace the attribute word with lined font.
Version 2: Trace the noun and the attribute word with lined font.
Version 3: Trace the entire sentence with lined font.
Version 4: Trace the attribute word with lined dotted font.
Version 5: Trace the noun and the attribute word with lined dotted font.
Version 6: Trace the entire sentence with lined dotted font.

LEVEL 3: Structured Sentence Writing






Who? The following sheets can be used with students that are able to trace font without any lines as well as use correct formation independently.

Uses: Have the students trace the words in the sentence or fill up the boxes with the correct letters/word to complete the sentence.


There are 6 versions of Level 3:

Version 1: Trace the attribute word with dotted font.
Version 2: Trace the noun and the attribute word with dotted font.
Version 3: Trace the entire sentence with dotted font.
Version 4: Fill in the box for the attribute word.
Version 5: Fill in the box for the noun and attribute word.
Version 6: Fill in the box for the entire sentence.

LEVEL 4: Building Complete Sentences









Who? The following sheets can be used with students that are able to use correct letter formation and finish incomplete sentences.

Uses: Students write complete sentences by filling in the blanks or boxes.


There are 4 different versions in Level 4:

Version 1: Fill in the blanks sentences (space for each letter in each word)
Version 2: Fill in the blank scaffold sentences (space for each letter in each word)
Version 3: Fill in the blank sentences.
Version 4: Scaffold sentence writing (Building up to complete sentences)

LEVEL 5: Independently Writing Complete Sentences





Who? The following sheets can be used with students that are able to write complete sentences independently


Uses: Students write complete sentences.


There are 2 different versions in Level 5:

Version 1: Fill in the blanks (4-5 blanks per sentence)
Version 2: Writing Sentences On Your Own

Click on any picture to link to the Writing Pack and be sure to download the preview file for a FREEBIE!

Also - share below how you conquer writing in your classroom and I will be picking a winner of the pack tomorrow!

Happy Valentine's Day <3

:)


2 comments:

  1. My situation is so similar to yours. I'm still searching for a perfect balance in teaching writing. I use No Glamor Writing with my students with autism. I like the progression of that program, but even with the beginning level, my students with autism struggle. I like how this starts so fundamental and moves forward.

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  2. This is fabulous! I teach in a site based DCD program in Minnesota. Not sure if you have picked a winner yet, but I would LOVE to try this out for free :)

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