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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

End of the Year Writing Book

I'm not a parent yet, but I am almost positive that when I send home one sheet of writing that my kids complete, it hangs out on the fridge for a week or so then quietly makes it's way to the trash can. So I came up with a pretty good solution.

This is my writing wall. I have laminated construction paper spaced out across the wall, and each student has their picture on a star laminated on the bottom left of their work. I use two large paper clips at the top to hold their work and their published pieces get changed out about once a month.

Valentine's Day Heart Art

Bubble Gum Fun from The Teacher Wife & Mrs. Lee

When I take them down, I fold them in half and file them away in each student's folder. I keep them in order in the folder and simply put the most recent writing in the very back. 

Then, at the end of the year, I have a date with this guy. 

It's really pretty easy. I file the covers in the front, backs in the back, and take the file folders to the binding machine. They're already in order and ready to go!

Stars were purchase at Office Depot.

Watercolor and white crayon. None of my students had ever done this before!

Turkey Trouble by Nicole Shelby

President's Day.
I can't remember where I got this. Please let me know if you know1

The Lorax by Mel D at Seusstastic

My Shape Monster by Amy Lemons at Step Into Second.

They came out really great, and I think the kiddos are really going to love them. I can't wait to pass them out tomorrow!

Two more days!


  1. I love the idea of an end of the writing book. It would be great to see the progression over the year!

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. This is my goal for next year - thank you for sharing! Is the binding machine yours or does it belong to the school? I'm looking to purchase a good (but not expensive one) for my classroom.

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

    1. I'm glad you like these. I used a binding machine that was at a place called RAFT (Resource Area For Teachers). It's a wonderful place with die cuts and laminators, binding machines and supplies. It's pretty much heaven!

  3. Just found your blog on TT. Love it and became your newest follower!


  4. What a great way to keep it all organized!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  5. Thanks for sharing your ideas! Congrats! I have awarded you "The Lovely Blog Award". Please stop by TIPS at the link below to pick it up!
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  6. What an amazing treasure for your kiddos! I love it! =)

    Heather's Heart