Move it or lose it? Yes! In other words, if you don’t just let them ‘move it,’ you are going to ‘lose it,’ as in lose control of your students and your classroom. It is an absolutely natural need for your little friends to move. God didn’t build kinders to sit at a desk all together and complete worksheets. It’s just not natural. I am telling you, if they are forced to stay in one place . . . they WILL explode. It’s a proven fact. So I am always looking for activities that will feed that need to move, while still working on skills that they need master. Regardless of whether it’s for Math or ELA, there is always one or two different Write the Room activities going on in my class at any given time.
Does it take modeling and practice to get your kids to master the routines and expectations for Write the Room. Yep! You bet! But it doesn’t take long and once you do, you’ll kids will beg for them, especially when they are differentiated so that everyone can work on their own skills and level of readiness to be successful.
The problem is . . . I always have requests for more and more and more. One person wants an editable sight word write the room, another wants one for rhyming, and yet another wants one that will address CVC, CVCC and CCVC words. Yet another person wants one for each week in the month and, of course, everyone wants them differentiated. So, I thought I would make a bunch that you can either get a la carte in case you only need one or two specific skills or as a bundle, in case you want something for each week in the month. I think I came up with a little bit of something for everyone.
Before I show you all the different packets available. I wanted to make sure you knew that each packet comes with two very important features. First of all, each one has a student visual instruction poster to help make your station more independent. I think these are always so important even if students are familiar with the activity because they are able to give them that little visual reminder of how to complete the task in case they forget . . . saving you from being interrupted.
Also, I include a sample lesson plan on how the activity might be differentiated. It shows how it’s can be tiered and refers to the Common Core Standards that the activity addresses. This is the information I include in my own plans and I wanted to make these activities as simple as possible for you to use and demonstrate differentiating for your administrators.
EDITABLE SIGHT WORD WRITE THE ROOM RUN
I can’t tell you how many times this has been requested, but I’m not 100% thrilled with powerpoint editable files. I wanted to be able to do this right, so I went and made this an editable PDF.
The quality and ease is so much better. All you have to do is click on the highlighted areas in the packet and enter your own words. You control the list.
There are two different kinds of recording sheets because I had requests for a ‘mixed up’ sight word version as well. So that means you students can either simple find, read and record the words they find when they search the room, or you can mix up the letters in the word when you create the card and they can find the card, unscramble the letters, use the ‘editable word bank if needed’ and record the sight words they find.
WRITE THE ROOM FOR CVC, CCVC OR CVCC WORDS
Some of you students my just be starting to blend words. Some are perhaps working on beginning, medial or ending sounds. Still others may have moved on and are working with blends. This packet addresses all of those students and have numerous response sheets that will challenge you students within each skill.
It’s so simply to find just the right challenge level for each student with so many cards and response sheets from which to choose. Just post the cards and hand your students a clipboard.
WRITE THE ROOM FOR RHYMES
I don’t know about you, but I work on rhyming the entire year. Even with those students who have mastered it early on, review this skill is always a good idea.
Again, this packet provides activities that are differentiated to keep all your students engaged and happily on task.
WRITE THE ROOM FOR MYSTERY SENTENCES
I like to use this activity as a choice in my work on writing station. Students find the missing words around the room, recording them in the appropriate box and then either draw a picture to reflect the words as a sentence or answer the question that the words together make.
I SPY WRITE THE ROOM FOR CVC, CVCC AND CCVC WORDS
Never underestimate the power of combining two favorite activities into one. I Spy meets Write the Room. It’s a winning combination.
Students will search the room for cards and then search the cards for hidden words. They use their response sheets to show what they know either by circling the picture that reflects the word or by simply writing the word in the corresponding box and reading their words to a friend.
Bundled or A la Carte
I totally get that not everyone can use every single one of these packets. And then again, there are some of you that want the benefit of having lots and lots of choices so the bundle is perfect. Either way, I wanted to give you the means to get what you need.
Each packet is available on their own, however, if you’re a bundle buyer, I have that for you too. You’ll get all 5 packets at a 40% discount off from the price of buying them individually. That’s a pretty great deal. Want to learn more? Just click HERE or on any of the pictures above to take you to each individual packet and to see a preview of all that is included in each one.