Today I am sharing how I set up and organize write the room for use during my literacy centers and answering questions about write the room! Write the room is actually the second literacy center I teach my kids because it’s so easy to implement!
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Question 1: What is write the room (WTR)?
WTR is a movement based activity that also great for learning vocabulary! Students get up and walk around the room finding words and writing those words down. They can find the words anywhere in the classroom which is why it’s called write the room! This literacy activity can be done in many ways but in our classroom it’s done in 2 ways. The first is a free write where students walk around and find words and write those words down on scrap paper. The second way is a more directed write the room where the students use a recording sheet with pictures and find those pictures around the classroom. The pictures contains the word. Students find the picture and write the word!
Question 2: How do you organize your write the room?
Our organization is quite simple: it’s color coded just like our center wheel! (CHECK OUT OUR CENTER WHEEL HERE!) I use color coded baskets that match the color of our literacy groups. This allows the students to know exactly which basket they can choose from. The baskets allow me to differentiate the recording sheets!
I use these baskets from the Dollar Tree. The baskets hang on the wall with command hooks!
Included in each basket are the recording sheets for write the room. These recording sheets tell students what pictures they are looking for and what words we are writing. Each recording sheet is themed to match our themes and helps students learn vocabulary! Students can choose any of the sheets in their basket!
Question 3: Do you differentiate? Do students have choices for the write the room?
Absolutely! Just like every center in our classroom, we want students to have choice in their learning. This choice gives them a voice in their learning. Voice and choice empower our students. Empowerment means engagement! In each group’s basket there might be 3 or 4 different choices for them. So usually in the classroom I have 4 different “themes” hanging up! Students can choose any of the “themes” from their basket! This allows me to differentiate for my students!
Question 4: What skills do you include in write the room?
Write the room is great for thematic vocabulary. For example, each time we do a new theme or research project, we put up a “write the room” for that theme. This allows constant reinforcement of the vocabulary for that theme! I also use write the room for letters at the beginning of the year. And we use write the room for sight words all year long!
Question 5: Who changes the write the room?
THE KIDS! That’s right!!!! Train two or three students to help change our the write the room so it’s less work for ME! I use masking tape to tape the cards on the walls. You can train the students to take the cards down, remove the tape and sort the cards. I place tape on the new cards and the “Write The Room Team” puts the new cards up!
Are you looking for write the room activities for your kids? Check out our Write The Room For Year creation! It includes a write the room for each month! It includes cards and a recording sheet for monthly thematic vocabulary! Keep the learning going all year long and keep your students engaged by changing out the themes!
Also check out our research projects for thematic write the room activities!
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