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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Writing Menu Display

The other day, Lory, from Fun For First, made my day when she blogged about my writing menu display. This visual display contains 18 different writing activities for my students to choose from when they are done with their station work. Sometimes, I use it as an actual station.
Lory had an amazing idea to number the posters and then number the baskets where the templates are kept. I immediately sprung into action and did the same thing in my classroom. Here is the final result:

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Sorry about the restroom sign! Going to the restroom is NOT one of my writing choices!
Here is where I keep the writing templates.

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Posters 16 and 17 are not included in my writing menu product. However, you can purchase the message books separately here. If you have the message books and the writing menu and would like the poster, just send me an email, and I'll send it to you.
If you have my writing menu posters and want to number them, too, you can grab mine by clicking on the image below. I printed them landscape to get the larger numbers on the wall and I printed them portrait to get the smaller numbers for the mailbox slots. I used binder clips to secure them. You can read more about that here.

Numbers for I can write a...menu

The children are really enjoying this new system. Thanks for the great idea, Lory!
I have another mailbox system in my classroom. This one has a dual function. My first graders use them as mailboxes and I also use them to hold the writing activities for my kindergartners. When they are done with their station work, there are tons of exciting writing activities waiting for them in the mailbox. You can check them out here:
Kindergarten and First Grade Writing Forms Preview

I loved Lory's idea so much and saw how organized it kept the templates and how easy it was for the children to find what they wanted, that I decided to do the number system for these activity sheets, as well. For these, though, I have no posters. So, I put an example of each sheet in a binder and numbered the sheets and the corresponding mailbox slot. Now, my students look through the binder, find what they want to do, note the number, and grab their sheet out of the mailbox.

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No more searching and searching. No more taking out the wrong sheet and putting it back in the wrong slot. The binder also serves as an example of how each sheet should be completed.

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I am really loving this! And, so are my students!

Okay! One more thing! Wednesday is the last day to enter to win the Talk Bar from Learning Resources. Today, I left the Talk Bar at home, and my students couldn't stop asking for it. At one point, I pretended to give them my car keys and told them that they could just drive to my house to go get it! It really is a great tool to have around. I have an ABC order station this week and I programmed the Talk Bar to be the answer key. They loved it!

You can enter by clicking on the image below.

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I'll announce the winner Wednesday night. Good luck!
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21 comments:

  1. Lori- I know you commented about loving Deedee and Deanna's writing unit too, but I also love this unit. I purchased it as well and use it during my literacy centers! The kiddos love it!

    Sarah
    Kindergarten Korner

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    1. Sarah, I'm so glad you love it as much as I do! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  2. I totally want to be in your classroom!!! :)
    Love all the cute posters and ideas!!

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    1. Aww, thanks so much, Kristin! You know I feel the same about you!
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      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  3. I love the posters. They are on my wish list. Maybe Cyber Monday:) I would love to hear more about your reading stations you mentioned. It looks like you use Harcourt Reading too...

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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    1. Thanks so much, Tammy! What reading comment are you referring to?
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      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  4. I love the idea of putting templates into #'d mailboxes. That is such a good idea.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jessica! It's really working out well!
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      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  5. I love everything about this post! The posters, the writing station activities, the way you organize them!! If I were a kid in your class writing would be my favorite time of the day! :)

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

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    1. That's so nice of you to say, Stephanie! Writing time is definitely MY favorite time of the day!
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      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  6. Lori,
    Let me begin by saying this was one of the best posts I've read in awhile! I love how everything fits together so neatly and efficiently for our little ones! I teach first grade and have been using Daily 5. This year, I have added a menu wall for Work on Writing. It works well but after seeing the additional choices you have in your unit, I am definitely adding it to my menu! I love how everything is numbered and wouldn't you know, I have an extra stacker system just waiting to be put to good use!
    I am definitely giving you A++ for a fabulous post today! I love learning new things that are REAListic and easy to implement no matter what time of year it is! Thank you for the inspiration and I love being a follower!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Julie
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

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    1. Julie, thanks for taking the time to write such a great comment. I am looking forward to using the Daily 5 next year because my entire Work on Writing station is already done! My students are really enjoying the menu and I am loving how independent it makes them.

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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    1. I like the sound of that! I've always wanted to be a guru at something! Thanks for everything, Jen!
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      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  8. This is so incredible Lori! WOWzers!!!!

    I would love to be a little elf in your room and see all of this amazing-ness in action! Thank you so much for helping us encourage our little authors to be the best they can be...you are an inspiration! =)

    Happy Thanksgiving sweet friend! =)

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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    1. Heather, thanks for the incredibly sweet comments! You are too kind! And, you are always welcome to come and visit me anytime!
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      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  9. I love this Lori! On my Wish list! You have always been such an inspiration for me!

    Aloha,
    Corinna

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  10. I am going to use this in my classroom this year! I absolutely adore it and I LOVE the updated version! Thanks so much!
    Nicole
    First Grade OWLS
    nicbunt@gmail.com

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  11. Hi, I absolutely love your writing station center! I can't seem to print the numbers thou. Seems they were moved. Could you please send me the link?
    Thanks!

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    1. Thanks so much! I fixed the link and you can grab the numbers now!

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