I’ve been using “Writing the Room” as one of my reading rotations during my small group reading time for several years now and my kiddos really love it! If you’ve never done a ‘Write the Room” activity before….here’s how I do it!
With “Write the Room” activities, I hang several laminated picture cards around the room for children to find. Each card has a picture and a word describing the picture. Sometimes I use color pictures, other times (to save ink!) I use black and white. The kids don’t seem to mind either way!
Since this is a reading rotation used during small group time, I have a small group of children, armed with clipboards and pencils, quietly walk the room on the lookout for our “Write the Room” cards. When a child finds a card, he/she writes the information from the card onto their answer sheet. (During this time, other small groups are doing other things, including teacher time with me!)
Here’s the answer sheet for the clipboard. On this day, they are ^writing the words for members of a family.^
They love the clipboards, the walking around the room, the hunting for the pictures. I love the way they are engaged all year long while they practice phonics, hand-writing skills, letter/sound association, and any other skill I like to throw at them. My kiddos look forward to new “Write the Room” activities each week!
Here is a link to my store on Teacher’s Pay Teachers if you’d like to see my newest Write the Room activities for the beginning of the school year…Write the Room: ABC, Write the Room: Family, and Write the Room: School.
In other news, I fixed my Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree and it’s ready to to go back to my classroom! (It had a little accident last year.) Here it is in my kitchen, ready to head back to school soon!
And don’t tell my husband, but I visited IKEA! The stools are for my computers and listening station, the blue cart is for Busy Bags for my Busy Kinders when they finish work early!