Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Made It: Writing Prompts and Shared Writing Journals Covers

Yay! Monday Made It.  I'm so excited to be off today, too.  Friday the 13th marked the end of my career 3 (technical writing).  Next Monday I start training at my new school.  So this week is like my "summer."  I'm excited.

Remember my Back to School writing prompts?  (Thank you, Katie, for the original inspiration for prompts in a jar.) Well, I finished putting them together.  Thanks to other people's Fantastic Friday Finds and lots of bargain shopping, I got what I needed to finish putting stuff together. I went to Michael's and got one of those paper trimmers 40% plus the teacher's discount. (Thank you, Tonya, for telling us about the sale.) I also found two packages of 250 sheets of card stock for $7.99. 

I got some jars and containers at Dollar Tree.  (I am proud of those craft caddies.  Target has some for $2.50, but these were $1.00, so after like 3 Dollar Trees I found 10.  I will use them for something!)

I had a Xyron from my monther-in-law I had never used.  Thank you, Elizabeth, for recommending it. (The laminator function did not go very far, but I tried it out.  The adhesive sheets are cool though.  I made my jar label stickers this way, and am also going to redo the labels for my teacher toolbox this way.  The glue dots are not sticking.)

So after printing on my speckled card stock and much cutting and more cutting.  I still need to finish laminating.  That is on the to-do-list for today.  I also made the jar labels a little cuter. You can get them here.

I made some persuasive writing prompts, too.  I intend to make some narrative ones as well.  You can get my 100 persuasive writing prompts here.

I also love this idea Tara and some others have for shared writing journals.  I want to pair them with my writing prompts.  So I made journal covers for different kinds of writing (like persuasive, descriptive, letter writing, stories, poetry, newspaper articles, etc.) as well as topics (like sports, movies, video games, pets, music, family/friends, etc.)  I will have to wait and see which ones I want to use.  I made 26 covers, but I don't think I will actually have that many shared writing journals.  I was trying to decide which ones I wanted. You can get them here.

In case you missed my "Connect the Faces" freebie activity from my guest post at Learning is something To Treasure on Saturday, here you go.

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Connect the Faces

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  1. WOW - you have so many fun and cute resources!
    I would LOVE to win Writing Graphic Organizers for Common Core Standards Grades 3-5 for my 4th grade class!

  2. I totally love the idea for shared writing journals. I was gong to make some today, but now I will definitely be using your system of the different types of sentences. Makes so much sense to carry that teaching into the journals. Thanks!

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  3. That's so great!! I would love the Writing Graphic Organizers for 3rd - 5th grade too! Or maybe your persuasive writing prompts!


    Third Grade's A Charm

  4. These are great. I would love to use these journal covers/prompts in my class.

    ✣ Miss Nelson✣
    Miss Nelson’s Blog

  5. I would love the 100 persuasive writing prompts!

  6. I LOVE the jars from Dollar Tree!! I'm pretty sure I have a plastic container addiction! I would love the Writing Graphic Organizers for Common Core.

    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

  7. I would love the Paisley and Damask Word Wall Words. It would be perfect for my little room!

    Reading Toward the Stars

  8. Thanks for posting pictures. I love the Dollar Tree jars. I would have to adapt your prompts for my kindergarten kids but still a great idea.
    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  9. Great pictures! You have been working really hard!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  10. I love the 100 Persuasive Writing Prompts.

  11. I stopped back by your blog to thank you for your comment on mine :) ...but now I am SO JEALOUS of the jars you found at the dollar store!! Oh my goodness, I love those! My dollar store had ...well, nothing. I love all of those writing prompts!! You have such great stuff! :)

    Little Lovely Leaders

  12. I absolutely LOVE the topic journals. I called them interest journals and used them all the time this year in work on writing during Daily 5. My kids LOVED them! They would take them to lunch and even recess to keep working on them! It was fantastic! Love your labels for them! They look great :)

    Reaching for the TOP!

  13. I LOVE your ideas. I especially love the 100 persuasive writing prompts. Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas.


  14. I love the writing prompt in a jar idea!! I am also looking forward to using the Shared Writing Journals this year in my classroom. I am excited to see how that goes. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  15. Once upon a time, I had a xyron. I have no idea where it is, but after this post I am going to make a concerted effort to find it ASAP!

    Thanks for the reminder!

    I puffy ♥ your writing prompts!

    Inside this Book

  16. You have been busy!!! Writing is my absolute favorite subject to teach!

  17. Your writing ideas are great! I am a fourth grade teacher and always looking for writing ideas. I am your newest follower.

    Teaching Star Students

  18. You have gotten lots of shopping goodies:) Love your prompts and shared writing journal topics:) So cute! Thanks for sharing and linking up:)))

    4th Grade Frolics


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