Student-Friendly Writing Center

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One of my favorite parts of my second grade classroom was my Writing Center.  It was neat and so accessible to my students.  We would spend the first few weeks of school discussing routines and how to keep it organized for each other.  This makes a huge difference and the center stays this neat all year long (for the most part)!


Here's a close-up of all the different parts:


The Writer's Eye posters are from the wonderful Miss Nelson.  We go over each poster before it goes up on the wall and they provide a reminder for students.

The students keep their Writing Folders in the Writing Center.  I find the less they keep in the desks, the less stuff we lose!  It's also easier for me if I need to grab a writing sample or want to check their work quickly.  The box is separated by groups, so I send one students from each group to grab all the folders.  No line at the Writing Center!

Students keep their own supplies in their desk, but I have extras in the Writing Center for them to use.  In the small drawers are crayons, markers, scissors, highlighters, colored pencils, etc.  Each drawer is labeled with words and pictures.  Above the drawers are my sharpened/unsharpened pencil bins.

In the larger drawers, there is a variety of writing pages and graphic organizers for students to use.  Again, each drawer is labeled for students.  Lastly, there is a bucket of clipboards for students to use.  I'm not sure why, but my kids love using clipboards!

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4 comments

  1. I love this center! So easy to find everything and I have never thought about keeping their writing folders nearby-- genius! It's always so hard to dig through their bins to find a sample when you need one, so this is a perfect solution! Thanks so much for sharing :)

    ~Stephanie
    3rd Grade Thoughts

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  2. I really love how you store their folders in the tub/crate thingy. My kids have individual folder slots and there is a huge back up when we're getting them out/putting them away. I will definitely be doing this next year!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

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  3. I love this! I've never had enough space for a true writing center before, but since I'm transferring next year, I really want to make it a priority! Thanks for the ideas!

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  4. I was wondering if you could tell me a little more about your writing center I had some more questions! E-mail me if you can please! Thanks so much! -Allison (gangles13@gmail.com)

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