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writing office for primary grades

My students were having difficulty staying focused at writing center.  I decided to make theses folders for them to grab from the writing center and take back to their seats.  I love that they have the resources and tools they need without having to physically be at the writing center.  It is also a visual reminder for other students to leave them alone while they write.

 I only make enough in my classroom for the number of students who will be at writing center.  You could also make one for each student in your class if it fits your needs.

writing office for primary grades

As you can see, there's not a lot of space for 4-5 students to work at my writing center.  I was also hanging our anchor charts back here, but when students would go somewhere else in the room to write alone, they couldn't refer to them.  This was a problem.

writing office for primary grades

So, these writing offices were born!  There are tons of amazing writing office options on TPT, but I was looking for something simple for my students.  I wanted them to have easy access to sights words, the alphabet, a writer's checklist, and graphic organizers.

writing office for primary grades

This is the front of the writing office.  I got the green file folders from Amazon.  Click the photo below for an affiliate link to the folders.


writing office for primary grades

writing office for primary grades

I recommend laminating the offices once you get them put together.  Students can also then check off the items on the Writer's Checklist after writing.  

They always want to ask what to do when they're done.  I included an early finisher list of things to do, so you never have to answer that question!

writing office for primary grades

My students really rely on sentence starters right now when writing.  Each type of writing's graphic organizer tool contains them for each sentence of their writing.  I also added the alphabet at the bottom, because correct letter formation is super important.

writing office for primary grades

Finally, I added a mini word wall for sight words. 

The printables for the writing office also come in black and white within the resource.  They would be really fun printed on Astrobrights paper!  For the color version, I went with cool colors to provide a more calming workspace.  

You can click any of the photos in the blog post if you think this might be a tool your young writer's need!  Happy writing, and thanks for stopping by!

writing office for primary grades








anuary interactive read aloud


Hello, friends!  Let's talk Interactive Read Alouds!  Do you use them in your classroom?  They are a great opportunity for you to expose your students to more challenging texts.  They should be about 1-2 grade levels above your students' on level reading level.  By exposing them to these more challenging texts you are able to model think alouds, encourage more critical or high level thinking, expand their vocabulary, deepen comprehension, and develop more discourse among your students.  

I have developed these monthly units of Interactive Read Aloud Lessons to guide you through all of these valuable skills and strategies.  You may think that your students will grow tired of reading the same book everyday, but I have found that it deepens their understanding of the text.  We do not read the whole text each day, but only the parts of the text needed to successfully complete the daily task at the end of the lesson.  

The texts that we use in January in First Grade can be found below (affiliate links):












Before reading the text each day, I always try to build their background knowledge on the topic or I show a short video at the start of our lesson to help with the comprehension skill or strategy that we are practicing that day.  Below you can find links to a few of my favorites for this month.






Most of those are fairly self-explanatory as far as which video goes to which story, but the five senses one goes with Dog Breath.  We focused on words and phrases that express feeling or appeal to the senses.  :) 

The Common Core Standards that are focused on this month include:

RI 1.2  Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

RI 1.6  Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.

RL 1.4  Identify words and phrases in stories and poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

RL 1.9  Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories including written details and illustrations when developmentally appropriate.

january interactive read aloud

Before reading, we also go over our "I can" statement for the day related to our comprehension standard and success criteria.  I include what our goal is for the day in the before reading part of the lesson plans included.  We also go over vocabulary using a routine that I include in the pack.

january interactive read aloud

january interactive read aloud

You can also print the text dependent questions for the read aloud on sticky notes and stick them in the book.  I like to turn the notes sideways on the paper and then cut each question apart.  I can then stick them on the specific page where I will be asking that question.  I also make sure students turn and talk about the answer to each question.  This keeps everyone engaged and accountable!

january interactive read aloud

january interactive read aloud

After the read aloud, students should always complete a daily task.  This allows them to practice the skill from the lesson and can be used for assessment.  They glue these tasks in the Reading Journal for completion.  I just go around and check them at the end, as well as give immediate feedback to students.  

january interactive read aloud

All of the daily tasks from the week help lead up to the culminating task on Friday.  This is where I can see if the students truly mastered the standard that we worked on.  This is an example of distinguishing between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by words in a text.  I use the rubric provided to score the task.  There is also a comprehension assessment at the end of the week to check for understanding in a multiple choice or written response format.

january interactive read aloud

Here are some of the other activities and culminating tasks we complete in the month of January in first grade:

january interactive read aloud

Students had to compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.  This was a huge hit!  My students really got into choosing sides of the characters, too.  It was hilarious!

january interactive read aloud

january interactive read aloud

january interactive read aloud

january interactive read aloud

january interactive read aloud

Click any of the photos from the post or the image below to read more about my FIRST GRADE JANUARY INTERACTIVE READ ALOUDS.  As always, thanks for stopping by!

january interactive read aloud




























classroom management strategies

My students absolutely LOVE playing Classroom Management Games!  I have designed the game set for January and February to cover any behavior needs you need to cover.  You just choose the behavior focus before playing the game with your class.  These games target those behaviors while positively reinforcing students meeting your expectations.  Classroom games are played as a whole group and end with some sort of reward.  You can also play the games in teams, tables, or individually.

I print the games on cardstock and laminate them.  I use Velcro dots to attach the game pieces to the game boards.   I have found the board games with spinners are easier to play on a magnetized surface.  I just use magnets to attach the game pieces.

classroom management strategies

The first game is Brrr! BUMP.  Just choose what behavior you want to focus on and write it on the laminated game board.  When students do not meet expectations, the teacher gets to add a game piece to the board.  When a student meets your expectations, that student gets to add a game piece to the board.  The first with four in a row wins!  Don't forget that you can bump each other off the board!  I have included a list of mostly free prize ideas in the resource.

classroom management strategies

classroom management strategies

Winter Waddle can be played as class vs. teacher or you can play it by tables or teams.  When a table or students are being on task, for example, they get to move their game piece.  If students are playing against the teacher and not meeting expectations, the teacher gets to move the game piece.  The first to the igloo wins!

classroom management strategies

This game requires students to earn pieces to build a snowman by the end of the day.  If you are working on transitions, and students exhibit a quick, quiet, and smooth transition, they earn a piece of the snowman.  I attach the pieces with velcro dots.  If it's not built by the end of the day, they have to start over the following day.

classroom management strategies


classroom management strategies

My February games are all about ROBOTS!  I think Love Robots are the cutest, so there you go!  Robot Race, like Winter Waddle, can be played as class vs. teacher or you can play it by tables or teams.  When a table or students are being on task, for example, they get to move their game piece.  If students are playing against the teacher and not meeting expectations, the teacher gets to move the game piece.  The first to the end wins!

classroom management strategies

True Love Tic Tac Toe is played like traditional Tic Tac Toe.  When students exhibit the positive behavior, the student gets to add an X to the game board.  When students do not meet expectations, the teacher gets to add an O to the game board.  The first with three in a row wins!

classroom management strategies

Finally, Love Robot requires students to earn pieces to build a Love Robot by the end of the day.  If you are working on cleaning up, and students exhibit that behavior, they earn a piece of the robot.  I attach the pieces with velcro dots.  If it's not built by the end of the day, they have to start over the following day.

If you are interested in playing these games with your students, click any of the photos to check the resource out.  We are a Positive Behavior Support school, so these games meet the requirement of having a whole group behavior incentive.  I have these for the entire year, so I hope they will help you and your students as your are working on your classroom community.  I hope you have a great rest of the school year!

classroom management strategies