Sunday, September 2, 2012

Jazzing UP my Writing Center with a Giveaway!

Friends~I am on a mission! I need to jazz up my writing center and make it more enticing for my students.  I am so very proud of my new class.  They are already rotating into Daily 5 Centers!  That means my Word Study and Writing Center are taking a beating as we learn how to take care of the supplies.  Now I have the usual items like colored pencils, markers, gel pens, red and green pens, prompt sheets, handwriting activities, editing cubes and so on.  I really wanted something new and exciting for my students to dig their pencils into.

I was so pumped when I saw a Story Cube activity while we were in the mountains picking apples this weekend.  I am still trying to adjust to picking apples in 90 degree heat!  I am a northerner for crying out loud.  Still, we had tons of fun! This is our 2nd year picking and visiting the Hendersonville Apple Fest in North Carolina.   Check out the troops below!

Here are the story cube activities that I grabbed for my kiddos to try out!  They are pretty cute and I love that the images are really open ended.   I think they will really challenge my writers to stretch their thoughts. Give the image a click below to grab a set for yourself.   Or enter my GIVE AWAY below!

I was so excited about these cubes that I decided I needed to make some of my own to use with my students.  I wanted the pictures to be more straight forward.  I am calling it my Roll a Story Center.  Basically my students will be assigned a 5 cubes to roll.  1 for the setting, 2 action cubes, and 2 ending cubes.  They will roll and record their cubes on a sheet.  They will need to number their cubes to show their story's sequence.  They will then have the opportunity to write on a premade form.  They then grab an editing cube to check their work.  I love they way that they turned out!

I can't wait to get them made and put them out for my students to use.  I think they are really going to love writing with this activity!  You can grab a FREE copy of my Roll a Cube Directions, a setting cube, and a writing sheet!  Just click the image below and DOWNLOAD the PREVIEW!

I am so excited about this that I decided to do a fun Writing Center Give Away!  The Schroeder Page is giving away a a set of Rory's Story Cubes and a copy of my Roll a Story!  That is not all!  The winner will also get a copy of my new Play Dough Draw and Write Book!  Below are the goodies- a $24 PRIZE!
Click the image below to check out my files and be sure to look at my other Draw and Write Books.  They are favorites in room 331!

Here are the rules for this GIVE AWAY!  You must complete each step and you may only enter ONCE.  I will be checking each entry and if the steps have not been completed the entry will be deleted.  This is a great prize so I want it to be fair for ALL!

Step #1 You must be a follower of The Schroeder Page.
Step #2 Like my Facebook Page
Step #3 Follow my Teachers Pay Teachers Store
Step #4 Follow my Teacher' Notebook Shop
Step #5 Follow me on Pinterest 
Step #6 Once you complete steps 1-4 Please leave a comment telling me what your student's favorite writing center activity or supply is.
This give away will end on September 9, 2012.  I will choose the winner via random number generator.  
Good Luck and Thanks so much for helping me Jazz up my Writing Center will all of you comments!