Monday, August 01, 2011

Writer's Workshop Binder Insert Idea...

Last year, I started using WW binders. I used many of the ideas on Beth Newingham's site (she is AMAZING), with tweaking for my grade 2/3s. Honestly, I didn't use them the way I had envisioned. I am going to further tweak my binders as I read about all the awesome things that everyone out there is doing. So...this is my first major brainwave lol.

I've decided to make "My Writing Guide" inserts for the kids. I've done up a sample using my own pictures that I made into a collage in Picnik. I created the other two images and then used PowerPoint (thanks to a blogger who explained this is how she makes all of her signs/posters) to make the insert itself. I copied images from the Internet of characters that the kids LOVE to read about. If you'd like to see my sample, click on the image below. I'd also be happy to send you an editable copy in MS Ppt if you'd like to add your own picture collage or for use with your class.

 In the fall, I am going to send home a letter to parents that invites kids to bring in a few pictures that inspire them. I may even show them how to use Picnik...Also, the kidlettes can add stickers and colour to their own Writer's Workshop Guide. I strongly believe that kids need to make their charts, covers, etc so that they are authentic to them.We will use cardstock for durability (Michael's puts them on sale for $2.50/50 page pack) and then I will laminate them. My intention is to have the kids insert them in the front pocket of their binder. 

I will also be making a reference poster on the back which will include; Writing Success Criteria, a few GO Charts, and maybe JUICY WORDS...will most likely wait until school is back in session so the kids can tell me what they want.

Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated!


  1. Oh please forward me a copy of the ppt so I can use it. Thank you sooo much! :)

    Melly <><

    Second Grade Strategies for Sizzlin' Second Graders!


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