Seasonal Writing CentersThis is one of my favorite, inexpensive, writing centers, especially for new teachers. All you need is a piece of poster board and some sticky notes. Draw, cut out and laminate a seasonal item, this pumpkin for fall, a flower for spring, etc. You can use your document camera to project it and trace it! :)
When you first start this center, you will need to model it and role play because everyone will want to walk back and forth to get a sticky note, but that's OK, as the year rolls on they will get use to the system and the best part....you can teach your small groups without interruption.
Fill up your poster with as many sticky notes as you want, depending on the grade level. You can start with just five or load it up! The students are allowed to take one sticky at a time to use that word in their writing. They need to write the word in their personal dictionaries, word work folders, whatever you use in your classroom, but that's the ONE "MUST DO" RULE.
By having the correct spelling of seasonal vocabulary, it will give them more confidence in their writing as well as an idea about what to write about if they are stuck. I've included two lists for you, a Fall List and a Halloween List.
Fall Word List
Halloween Word List
|haunt||haunted house||hay bale|