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Detective Mystery Unit Made Easy!

Welcome Super Sleuths!

If you are someone who loves classroom transformations and engaging students while they are learning, you have just cracked the case wide open! In this blog post you will get to go behind the scenes with us to see how we set up, planned, and operated our Detective Mystery Unit!
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Let the Mystery Begin!

The first task that you face when you plan for a fun unit like this, is getting into character! We do everything as a team at our school, so the three fourth grade teachers plan and work together. We all participate in the events together! If you don’t do this with your team, this is a great time to start!

Transforming into Detectives

We started our Detective Mystery Unit by simply getting each teacher a badge off of Amazon. Our next stop was to the Dollar Store to find some fancy aviator sunglasses…. and just like that, we were transformed into Detective Brazeal and Detective Devlin!
We also made sure that we used detective vocabulary throughout the day for our gumshoes!
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How to Create a Top Secret Crime Lab

Setting the Stage

The next thing that we decided that we HAD to have was a crime lab to book our evidence into. Instead of transforming three classrooms, we decided to have all three teachers set up one crime lab.  Our perfect spot was behind the curtains of our stage in our MPR. No one would even know it was there, except for our junior detectives. Also, if we wanted a small group activity, one class could go inside, but if we needed all three classes to participate, they could sit in the MPR and look into the lab. If this is not an option for you, maybe there is an empty classroom at your school that could serve the same purpose. We loved this idea because our unit was an entire week long, and this way, we didn’t have to be in this dark lab for an entire week!
Check our YouTube video out below to get a feel for it!

Making it Happen

This crime lab is not as hard to set up as it seems.  The first thing that you will need is black plastic sheeting. Here is what we used Click Here. We simply used a staple gun and lined the area. The only other thing we bought were our detective cardboard boy and girl and the footprint stickies from Oriental Trading. The rest of the supplies were found around our classrooms or school. We already had black lights, cation tape, and we found the cool items on our lab table in our science materials kits. The glowing liquid in the test tubes is made from glow in the dark paint that one of the teachers had at home. We already had the flashlights that the students are holding in the picture because we do Flashlight Friday reading, which we purchased from Amazon. Overall, it looks like a lot, but when you have three teachers making one lab, you have more resources to pull from!

Why We Set the Stage

The main purpose of the Top Secret Crime Lab is to build excitement for the students!
It is so amazing to hear them shout out,  “Wow!” “Ahhhh!” and “That’s Awesome!” Immediately, they are hooked. Buy in. It’s as simple as that. If students are engaged, they will be more motivated to complete the academic tasks that you present for them! Another reason is for your excitement! It is so rewarding! We were excited to get to work each day and pumped when it was time for our Lab time!
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It’s Crime Time!

Okay, now it’s time for the good stuff. The first question you need to answer is, “What is the crime going to be?” If you are doing the unit with multiple classes, you will need to find something that all of the classrooms have in common. Since we were reading Bunnicula, we decided to buy a small stuffed rabbit for each classroom. We really wanted them to value the rabbit, so we made it our class pet. We brought in a pet carrier, gave him a blanket, laid out some food and water, and made sure he was securely locked in his cage every day before heading home. If you know the book, then you will get why there is a white pumpkin nearby. We also left the book for him to read at night. After we were done reading our book, it was time for the crime to occur! Bunnicula mysteriously disappeared overnight! When the students walked in to the crime scene below, they were devastated that their beloved class pet was missing! And just like that, we had The Case of the Missing Bunnicula!
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It’s Content Time!

For those of you who have not read about our Year Long Plan, you might be unfamiliar with the way we teach. Each of our units lasts one month. If you are interested in seeing our Year Long Plan (which we highly recommend), check it out by clicking here . In each unit, we teach four main standards… one from each domain.
Here is what we were teaching during this unit.
Genre: Mystery
Key Ideas and Details: Character Traits
Craft and Structure: Elements of Poetry
Vocabulary Acquisition: Context Clues
Language: Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases
During our Engaging Scenario (what you are reading about), we complete one task from each domain each day. The Engaging Scenario lasts for a total of five days.

Day 1 of our Detective Mystery Unit

For the very first day, our focus was on Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases. The students were given this
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Their first task was to make a sketch of the crime scene. Then, students had to write a report describing the scene. In their report, they had to circle all prepositions and underline all of the prepositional phrases. Describing the crime scene is absolutely PERFECT for Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases!
*On a side note, this engaging scenario is done after the concepts have already been taught and practiced.
Here’s what we use:
Booking Evidence During Your Mystery Unit

The Evidence

The next step was to book all of our evidence into our lab! Students used gloves and placed items from the crime scene into baggies. All of the 4th grade classes came together and debriefed. We talked about what was seen in each classroom (all the same) and what we thought our next actions should be. As a group, we decided that it was time to canvas the campus and start gathering tips!
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The Next Steps

Students created posters that listed basic information about the crime. In this poster, they had to include five prepositions and prepositional phrases. Again, the prepositions were circled and the prepositional phrases were underlined. On the posters, students advised witnesses to contact our Crime Hotline with any tips that they had. Each student made a poster and they were plastered all over campus! Talk about building excitement! The whole school was buzzing!

Day 2 of our Detective Mystery Unit

The next day, our focus was Character Traits. Again, our students had already been working on Character Traits. Here is what we used:
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Character Traits Tip Line

For the Tip Line, we wrote eight short scripts for eight different callers. Click the image below to get the script of the 8 callers for FREE!
 Various staff left these messages on our voicemail portraying eight different character traits. When our students came in the next day, they received the piece of paper in the image above. We also have it available for FREE by clicking on the image below!
We told them that we had several new messages that needed to be investigated! They were hooked! With each message, students had to assign a character trait and list the evidence that supported their claim.  Most of the messages were pointless and led nowhere, but several fed the students ideas about what they should do next in their investigation.
Keep the Suspense Building During Your Mystery Unit!

And the Suspects Are…

From the hotline, we created a suspect list. Our first thought was to make a list of everyone that had access to all three rooms. From there, we focused on the time of the crime. Our custodian report that he saw the bunnies at 4:30pm. This dwindled down our suspect list to six suspects.

Day 3 of our Detective Mystery Unit

The next day’s standard was Context Clues. Our students were already very familiar with Context Clues. Here’s what we used:

Top Secret

A Top Secret envelope was placed on each of our doors with a black light message inside. Students came together to examine the messages.  Students had to use their knowledge of Context Clues to decipher the messages! One of the notes said to check by the piano in the MPR for a very important clue. Students RUSHED over to discover it! This important clue was an invitation to a party that had a map on it. The students then interrogated the remaining six suspects and discovered that three of them lived in the area on the map. Our mystery now had three prime suspects!
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Day 4 of our Detective and Mystery Unit

The next day, we focused on College and Career Readiness. We had an expert come in to close the case! Our forensic specialist came out and shared with the students all about the law enforcement career. Students took notes and asked some amazing questions! They loved this! At the end, we explained our crime to the expert and asked if he could pull prints from an item left at the scene. He pulled the prints successfully!  All we needed was to collect prints from each of the remaining suspects and make a match!
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Making the Arrest for your Mystery Unit

Making the Arrest

Our fingerprint match led to no other than our very own principal! The 4th grade class served our principal with a search warrant. After searching her office, our cherished rabbits were found safe and sound! Immediately, the students chorally read her her rights and our principal was booked!
When asked about her motives, our principal told the students to look inside the basket. We discovered that our cute little bunnies were holding rolled up papers! These rolls ended up being diplomas from Bunny Obedience School! When our principal explained, she told us that she heard our bunnies might be vampire rabbits (If this sounds a little crazy, read the book! You’ll love it!). She didn’t want anything to harm the students at her school because safety was her top priority. She decided that she would send them to a four day obedience training and she didn’t want to tell us because she wanted them to finish their training. Talk about an amazing principal, right?! Our students immediately forgave her and released her!

Day 5 of our Detective Mystery Unit

The next day’s focus was on Poetry Elements. We had fun with fingerprint poems and pulled out all of the elements from some detective poems.
On Day 5, we also did a ton of fun detective and mystery activities. Some of the activities were:
★Who Dunnit?
★Fingerprints
★Unlock the Mystery Writing
★It’s a Mystery? Graphic Organizer
★Acrostic Poem-Gumshoes
★Who Am I? Class Game
★I Was Framed Activity
★Shoe Print Art
★Shoe Print Art: Take a Deeper Look
★Master of Disguise
★3 Secret Code Activities
★Spy Spell
★Truth Serum
★My Spy Kit
★Mystery Scramble
★Secret Agent Name
All of these activities were pulled from our Detective and Mystery Activity Bundle

CASE CLOSED!

And there you have it. A Fun and Engaging Detective Mystery Unit. The students were able to practice and apply all four of our main concepts that were in our month’s unit, while having a blast! Want to know the best part? We can’t wait to do it again!
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Progressive Tense Verbs

Welcome to our Teacher Toolkit Series!
Our topic today is teaching Progressive Tense Verbs!
Here is an idea for an Anchor Chart.
Our students love the pirate theme in our classroom!
So what is a Progressive Tense Verb?
Progressive Tense Verbs describe ongoing actions
in the present, past or future.
Basically, students need to know that they need two elements:
a “to be” verb (am, is, are, was, were, will be)
and an action verb ending in -ing.
We like to create a chart to show which “to be” verb they should use. Whenever students write a progressive verb sentences, we have them use two different color highlighters to code their sentence. They use one color for the “to be” verb and another for the action verb ending in -ing.
We have found this to be a successful tool.
Our students love practicing Progressive Tense Verbs with our Emoji Progressive Verb Activity FREEBIE!
Students love technology and Emojis, so we try to use them whenever we can!
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We love teaching with theme and enjoy treating our students when we can. This was a fun treat of just oranges (to prevent scurvy of course) and chocolate treats wrapped in gold. Super easy!
We also love capturing these learning moments with a photo.
Check out this “Make Me Pirate Photo Booth App.”
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If you are looking for a fun way to practice Progressive Tense Verbs in your class, we have Pirate Themed Progressive Tense Verb Task Cards available in our TPT store!
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Teaching Tone!

Welcome back to our series for another tool!! Today’s tool is Teaching Tone! Be sure to download your FREEBIE below AND enter our RAFFLE for a FREE Tone Craftivity!!
 We always start a concept out with a colorful anchor chart
that will BURN an image in our students’ minds and IGNITE their interest in the
topic!
 We love a theme, so our theme for Tone was fire! We always
feature a career, since we want our students to be college and career ready!
Firemen are always a hit with the kids.
 Next, we had students complete a craftivity (that is
available in our store or in the giveaway below). Students read 4 short
passages, chose the tone from 8 choices, and matched them up. They highlighted
the words that showed the tone of the passage. With the other 4 tone choices
that were not used, they worked backwards. Students created their own, original
passages that showed the tone. Students then switched with partners to complete
the rest of the craftivity. They loved this part!

Here is a fun Reader’s Notebook idea that I absolutely love.
The hardest part for students is to realize that the tone of a passage is based
off of the author’s word choice. I always put up “What words or phrases do you
see in the text?” Students then need to collect the author’s words!!! They need
to forget about the passage’s meaning and just focus in on the words! They
always want to tell me, “The tone is funny because I laughed,” or they will
give an event. NOOOOO! THIS IS THE MOOD!!!!! Students need the opportunity to
pull out the words from the text! This Reader’s Notebook activity helps them
see the words isolated from the passage to see what the true tone is.

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exactly what I just mentioned above!
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 We always love to have students practice with picture books!
This is a great activity for early finishers! They love picture books! With
this book, students pulled out the tone of “Urgency” with text evidence including:
“turned on the siren,” “rushed,” “roars down Main Street,” “siren going full
blast,” and so on.
 Students also enjoyed some yummy “fire bark” to complete our
theme. The fire bark is simply melted chocolate, and anything you want to throw
in! Simple!
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Foldable, and Exit Tickets!
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Teaching Mood in Literature

Welcome back to our Teacher Toolkit Series!
Today, we are going to go over the COLORFUL concept of
teaching MOOD in literature!
Get your berets ready because we are going to paint you a
MASTERPIECE!
Our students always get excited with a cute anchor chart to start things off.
Anchor charts create a visual for students to reference back to.
Our focus is the READER when teaching mood!

After students have the concept of mood, we practice finding the mood with some of our favorite picture books. The key is to find picture books that give a variety of moods! For example, Silly Tilly’s mood was humorous and Where the Wild Things Are’s mood was imaginative.
Another fun way to teach mood in literature is to teach mood with MUSIC!
Students love hearing their favorite songs to spur their interest and ignite engagement! We love listening to Kidz Bop in our class! Students pulled out the mood of BORED, FED UP, and TIRED in one of their favorite songs, “Same Old Love” and POWERFUL and COURAGEOUS in the song, “Confident.”
We love hooking them in with what they love most!
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Our theme came from our idea to center teaching mood around colors. For this, we use the color wheel and associated different moods with different colors.
Do the same for your class by downloading this FREEBIE that practices using colors to teach mood! When teaching mood, we had students close their eyes and imaging different objects. For example, we had them picture the sky for blue and a tree for green. We had students write how they felt while imagining these objects. After our discussion, we gave them a chart with the different colors and moods, that we felt, fell under each color. We used this chart throughout our unit.
Our fun activity (that is available for FREE in our GIVEAWAY below) that we made goes PERFECTLY with our theme… PAINT BY MOOD!
Students loved this activity!
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Of course, our students’ favorite part was the colorful snack!
Students were able to “paint” their cupcakes with their moods from their book.
After reading, we had students paint their cupcake the color of their mood and explain it to their table group. This was a great Book Share while practicing mood!
For a fun art activity, we capitalized on the theme of being artists. While reading, the students listed their moods throughout the book. After reading The Dot, students were able to paint their own dots with their mood’s color!
Here’s what we have noticed about teaching mood in literature over the years…
1. Students always try to ask us if they have the correct answer. They are so used to getting a correct answer and they need to realize that mood is subjective (within reason). The most important point to make is that as long as they support their mood with events from the text, they have the “correct” answer. We all have different interpretations of the same event and this needs to be a discussion to have in your classroom.
2. Students should be noticing that the Mood Changes! Moods change within the book from chapter to chapter or sometimes, even page to page! We have found it helpful to have them use a mood tracker to record their moods AS THEY ARE READING and NOT WAITING UNTIL THE END! Also, when students use a “Mood Tracker,” it is easier for them to get the overall mood of a book. They are able to see what mood happened the most often throughout the book to make a general statement. When students do not use a mood tracker, they tend to give the mood of the last chapter instead.
Here is a great YouTube video that goes over the concept teaching MOOD and TONE… which brings us to our next blog post! Come back next week for our next TOOL… Teaching TONE in literature! We like to teach these concepts together, because they are easily confused.
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Teaching Suffixes

Welcome to our “Filling Your Teacher Toolbox Series!”
Here are some tools for teaching SUFFIXES!
This creative and colorful anchor chart helped to kick off our theme…
We are Suffix Rock Stars!
This time, we had students create a mini-version of it in their Reader’s Notebooks for future reference.
We started the unit by having students choose a suffix and writing the suffix in big bubble letters. Inside, they wrote in words that had the suffix they chose.
Students also started by creating flashcards for
each of the 20 suffixes we taught.
On the front, they wrote the suffix and on the back, the meaning.
Throughout the unit, students were able to study
at home with these flashcards.
We also implemented the strategy of “Quiz Quiz Trade.”
Another way for students to practice identifying the meaning of suffixes was through a matching game.
Students always love a game!
We had students do what we call, “JOTs.” JOTs are a quick creative writing prompt activity that students complete in their Reader’s Notebooks. JOTs are a way to make sure that students are understanding the concept you are teaching. They also create a fun visual! In this JOT, students practiced breaking apart a word and looking at each word part to discover the word’s meaning.
Our theme of being Suffix Rock Stars came from our new Task Cards! Students participated in a classroom game of Scoot! They were able to practice with two sets of task cards. One set tested students’ understanding of suffix meanings and the other set tested students’ ability to use the suffix correctly.
Students then filled out a graphic organizer with the
suffixes that they were still struggling with.
Because we love to throw a party, we had students pose with these props! They also enjoyed this yummy treat. The treat was a scoop of ice cream with a Pop Rock surprise!
Below, we are doing a GIVEAWAY of our
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We look forward to sharing another tool with you next week… Proverbs and Adages!!!! Stay tuned!!
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We LOVE SO CAL! Here’s a few of our favorite things!

1. THE WEATHER!
We love that we are not shoveling snow in the winter, but if we wanted to, we could drive a half hour and experience it for the weekend… Warm Springs, Hot Summers, Cool Autumns and Cooler Winters. A backyard BBQ can happen all year long!
2. THE LOCATION!
We’ve got the beach, mountains, desert and valley within a few hours drive from each other. We love vacationing to them all!

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Teaching Plot

Welcome back to our “Filling Your Teacher Tool Box” Series.
Today we are going to talk about PLOT!
We have a new and exciting way to teach plot.
You and your students are going to love it!
We’ve all heard of a plot mountain, or a plot roller coaster.. here’s another way for students to remember the parts of a plot!
Are you ready????!!!!
PLOT…It’s the PULSE of a Book!
We got this idea because we try to have everything that we do related to a career whenever it is possible. In this unit, we went with the theme of DOCTORS!
We started off with this fun Anchor Chart to help students remember the parts of a plot:
Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action and Resolution.
To reach those kinesthetic learners, we had all of the students stand up.
They put their hands over their heart and they patted the beat of each part.
A slow beat was done for both the
E         x         p         o         s         i         t         i          o         n
and
R         e         s          o         l         u         t         i          o         n
A medium beat was used for
R   i   s   i   n   g    A   c   t   i   o   n
and
F   a   l   l   i   n   g    A   c   t   i   o   n
A fast beat was used for the
CLIMAX!
We started by going in order, and then I would mix up the parts and they would show me the beat that matched the part I called out. THEY LOVE THIS!!! This is a great way for students to remember some difficult vocabulary!
Students took notes in their Reader’s Notebook, which listed the definition for each part.
We also went over the last class book that we read and identified each part.
Next, we did our  “APP”lication activity, which is directly connected with our Anchor Cart!
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Photo Booth Props: Book the students are reading, stethoscope, doctor coat, headpiece
If you’ve read our posts before, you know we love a good theme!
Our entire Language Arts block was a PLOT PARTY!
Students dressed up like a doctor, made a fun craft, enjoyed a fun snack, and took a fun picture ALL WHILE LEARNING ABOUT PLOT!
Photo Booth Props: current book the students are reading, stethoscope, doctor coat, and headpiece. For the headpiece, use a strip of white construction paper and staple it to the size of their head, cut a large black construction paper circle and a smaller yellow construction paper circle. Then, glue black circle to white headband and the yellow circle to the black circle to create a light!
Snack: Red Jello cups with whipped cream and a chocolate heart! Quick and easy!
When we tested Plot, we decided to have the students dress up in their lab coats!
Dressing up increased their excitement, which motivated them to do better on their test as DOCTORS!GET OUR FUN “APP”LICATION FOR FREE BY ENTERING THE RAFFLE BELOW!!!!!!
PLOT… It’s the PULSE of the BOOK!

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Your First of Many Tools… Relative Adverbs!

Welcome to our first blog post in our series of
“Filling Your Teacher Toolbox!”
Are you ready for your first tool????
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Your first tool is how to teach RELATIVE ADVERBS
while keeping it simple!
Before we begin, we want to give you a disclaimer. We are very aware that Relative Adverbs can be very detailed, such as relative clauses, prepositions, etc… For the sake of teaching Relative Adverbs to fourth graders, we have simplified the concept to what we consider, appropriate for their developmental level.
With that being said, let’s get started!
We started teaching Relative Adverbs with this bright and beautiful anchor chart. Anchor charts are a great tool for students to reference throughout the unit. We love how it reaches our visual learners!
Here’s a few tips for teaching Relative Adverbs!
Here’s “The Test” for relative adverbs…
Where: Can you plug the words “in which” or “at which”?
      Example: I went to the school where  I attended elementary school.
      Test: I went to the school “at which” I attended elementary school.
      Non example: Where have you been all day?
      Test: “At which” have you been all day
When: Can you plug in the words “on which” or “in which”?
      Example: I like the time of day when my students go home!
      Test: I like the time of day “in which” my students go home!
      Non example: When is it time for lunch?
      Test: “On which” is it time for lunch?
Why: Can you plug in the words “for which” or “the reason”?
      Example: I needed to explain why I was late for work.
      Test: I needed to explain “the reason” I was late for work.
      Non example: Why do you cry all of the time?
      Test: “The reason” do you cry all of the time?
In our experience, we have found that students tend to create relative adverb sentences incorrectly because they use them as the “5 W’s.”

 

Because our Task Cards that we used today were Monster Themed, we thought, let’s go with it! We love a good theme! (One of us more than the other… but anyways…) We started out by making these adorable Monster Ballot Boxes! These monster ballot boxes are a great idea because the task cards required students to write the number of the task card on either Monster A’s eyeball jar, Monster B’s eyeball jar or Monster C’s. Whichever monster had the most eyeballs at the end, won! As students finished, they put their name in the Monster Ballot Box that they thought won. Here’s why this was so amazing… There were 2 students that picked A. The rest picked B (which was correct). I was able to go to the two students that got the wrong answer, find their mistakes and review those task cards with them on a one on one basis. Talk about an easy red flag, right!? I plan on doing more Ballot Boxes in the future!!!! Such an easy tool!
We also made some cute eyeball cookies! The kids loved them!
Not to mention our fun Photo Booth!
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Task Cards:
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Upcoming Blog Series

We are excited to announce our next blog series! 
We have already shared our year long planning and some of what we do on a daily basis. Now, we want to fill your toolbox with tips and strategies for teaching various concepts. In this blog series, we will go over how to teach what we are teaching in our unit: 
Plot, Connecting Text to Visual, Suffixes, and Relative Adverbs. 
This is the first group of standards that we will cover, but we will blog about more in future posts. 
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Enjoy!

Colorful and FUN Writing Wall Idea!

We are so excited to show you our new writing wall!!!!!
One of us (okay, it was the brunette) got the idea from looking in a magazine! She saw some colorful clipboards on the wall of an office. She thought…. why not for our classroom??? I immediately fell in love with her idea and ordered enough for my class too!!! :)Anyways, if you love this as much as we do, 
 
So, back to our writing wall…
Our writing wall is used to post student writing samples. We have students generate a writing sample from one of the three genres (narrative, opinion, or research) once a month. During holidays, we feature a holiday inspired writing piece for about a week or so. After we are done displaying the writing sample, the piece goes into the student’s portfolio. So easy!
In the center of this board, you see a group of papers. They are: the genre, the prompt, steps for the genre, revise/edit guidelines, the rubric, and anchor charts for the genre.
 
We love our writing wall and the students are always so proud to display their work. How do you display your students’ writing?