Hello sweet readers. We are almost half way though the year. That is right...HALF WAY!!! This year just seems to be flying by. With that being said, our routines are in place (most of the time) and our daily 5 and writer's workshop is in full swing. Writing is something that I always want to improve on each year. This year is the first time I have implemented writing on a daily basis and I am so glad I squeezed it into my busy schedule. Some days we have 20 minutes to write and other days we only have 5-10 minutes to write. Either way it is ok. Their writing is improving each day and that makes me a happy teacher. We use our writer's notebooks daily so it was important for them to be organized. I'm going to show you how I set them up.
Each student needs a three ring binder. Ours are 1 1/2 inches. Our notebooks are split up into 7 sections. I ran the section coveres off on bright colored paper so they stand out and are easy to find. When you open up the binder, they keep a copy of their weekly spelling list in the pocket. Their first section is their spelling dictionary. Every Monday, after we introduce our new words, we add them to our dictionaries for them to reference throughout the year.
We try to write one story per week during our writer's workshop time. I have 4 sections for the writing process. They put each step behind each section. We do our pre-writes whole group.
When it comes to our rough drafts, we write one together on the board first. After we have talked about the steps and what we need to include in our writing, I turn them loose and work with those who need help.
Once their rough draft is complete, they place it behind the editing and revising section.
Their final copies go here.
With Daily 5, they write every day. I use these awesome writing calendars that I got here. Each month goes behind "what can I write about". I have several sets of writing task cards but I love these calendars. They are super low maintenance. No cards to clean up. No drawers to keep clean. They keep them in their notebook and are good to go all month long.
I also let them choose prompts they haven't finished from previous months.
Every writing piece they do for Daily 5 goes behind work on writing.
I don't use any kind of fancy paper for this. Last year, I ran off sheets for lists, stories, letters, etc and it was a lot to keep up with. I keep blank notebook paper at my writing station. They grab a sheet of paper each day and get to work.
I can quickly grab their notebooks to check their work. Then at the end of each year, all of their writing will be in one place. I love looking back to see how much their writing has grown.
You can get these section dividers as a FREEBIE in my TPT store!
Does your class use a writer's notebook? I'd love to hear from you.