Writing Center for Kindergarten, 1st Grade & 2nd Grade Year Long Bundle
What if having engaging writing center activities for kindergarten was easy? This set of writing center activities designed has been planned for you and is a great way to set up your sustainable kindergarten writing center! Labeling a picture, writing sentences, card making, letter writing, sequencing a story, themed word cards, portable word wall, writing center posters and more!
Everything is here to make your writing station successful in your own classroom. Center time is about to have a favorite activity… the classroom writing center.
The skills included in each monthly set remain consistent with lots of differentiation options. You may decide at the beginning of the year to have your kindergarten students work on labeling the picture during their literacy center time. Then as the school year progresses, you will introduce the different ways your young writers will work.
These activities were designed for students to complete independently. I created this writing center back in 2011. Over the years, I have updated and expanded this set of writing activities to include first grade and second grade writing tasks that hook even reluctant writers. These revisions have been a big hit in early childhood classrooms everywhere.
Here’s a look at some of the different writing activities included for you each month:
- Classroom anchor charts for each type of writing. These provide a visual reminder of how to do each fun activity.
- An editable sight word list
- A list of color words
- A list of family words.
- A full page and half page version of picture cards and vocabulary page () . I liked to add them to add them to a binder ring and leave them in the writing area.
- 60 Vocabulary word cards each month
- 5 different themes each month
- Tons of no-prep writing page and response pages to pick from
- Make a List: Each month students have 5 different list making opportunities. They will use supportive vocabulary cards.
- Label the picture: Students will label a picture using a word bank. There is a label page for each theme, so 5 different labeling tasks each month.
- Write a Story: Students can draw or write a story. The vocabulary cards will provide fun ideas to spark their love of writing.
- Sequencing: Students will sequence events using the word lists to help them in the writing process. The vocabulary words provide endless writing prompt ideas
- Write a Card: Students will have so much fun writing cards to their friends, classmates, and family. Towards the end of the year, you can add the letter writing template to the inside of the card.
- Write a Book: Students can practice booking making at the writing center too!
Your young writers will need a variety of different writing tools. Make it simple but fun:
- colored pencils (I like the erasable kind)
- markers (optional)
Classroom set up:
- Place the writing center activity cards on a bulletin board or tri-fold board (if you need it to be portable). Other teachers place the vocabulary cards in a pocket chart.
- Baskets or bins to place the different writing options in.
- You may wish to add your own sentence frame or sentence stems to the writing literacy centers work area at the beginning of the year. A simple sentence can be really supportive in a kindergarten classroom.
How to differentiate the writing center:
Remember the purpose of a writing center, is to hook your students. Staring at a blank paper can intimidate your new young or lowest writers. The writing paper templates that I have included are highly engaging so students can participate at this center at their own level.
How to keep students engaged at the writing center for the whole year:
We know that writing skills take time to develop. Some kindergarten writers can write a complete sentence while others are still are writing random letters. Each month there is a new theme that students will be excited about. The writing center will be BRAND NEW! PSST… busy teachers don’t have much time to re-teach the writing center… now you don’t have to!
Here are the themes that are included each month:
5 Aug/Sept Themes with 12 color vocabulary cards per theme
- Back to School Supplies
- Around School
- Back to School Activities
5 October Themes Each with 12 color vocabulary cards per theme
- Community Helpers
- Fall Animals
- Fire Safety
5 November Themes with 12 color vocabulary cards per theme
- Fall Activities
- Food (Great as a Thanksgiving Writing Center Activity)
- Then and Now
- Veterans Day
5 December and Winter Themes with 12 color vocabulary cards per theme
- Christmas Items
- World Christmas
- World Holidays
5 January and Winter Themes with 12 color vocabulary cards per theme
- Arctic Animals
- Hot Cocoa
- Snow Activities
- Winter Clothes
5 February Themes with 12 color vocabulary cards per theme
- American Symbols
- Dental Health
- Groundhog’s Day
- Valentine’s Day
- 5 March Themes with 12 color vocabulary cards per theme
- Healthy Food
- St. Patrick’s Day
5 April Themes with 12 color vocabulary cards per theme
- Earth Day
5 May Themes with 12 color vocabulary cards per theme
5 June/July Summer Themes with 12 color vocabulary cards per theme
Life Cycle Themes with 6 color vocabulary cards per theme (BONUS)
- Apple Life Cycle
- Pumpkins Life Cycle
- Spiders Life Cycle
- Chickens Life Cycle
- Frogs Life Cycle
- Beans (Plant) Life Cycle
- Butterflies Life Cycle
- Turtles Life Cycle