These winter centers are a perfect way for students to practice the writing skills taught in class. Students love the fun winter themes. All the descriptions are provided below.
Scrambled sentences and how to paragraphs, plural words, editing sentences- capitals and periods, winter writing prompts, and syllables and contractions!
Scrambled Sentences Winter
These scrambled sentences are a great way for students to practice word order and sentence structure. There are eight sentences per topic.
• Christmas trees
The writing pages are included with different line sizes.
Students will be asked to place the word cards in the correct order and then write the sentence correctly. I have students write four sentences each day.
I also included the student directions and instructions for setting up these activities.
To provide differentiation there are eight simple sentences provided with 2-3 words in each sentence.
Winter Writing Prompts
This packet contains 30 writing prompts. Students will be asked to write about winter experiences, how to paragraphs, and describe their stocking or snowflake.
• Candy cane
• Gingerbread house
• Polar Express
• Sleigh ride
• Winter break
Each piece of writing paper is provided with two different size lines.
Students love writing about their own experiences.
Also included is a list of some wonderful winter books!
Capitals and Punctuation Center
Students will read the sentence and fix the mistakes they find. This center works great to reinforce how to edit their writing. I use beginning checklists with just one or two questions on them to help students learn how to use a check list.
All the sentences are about winter!
There are three different center packets included. There are 24 sentences in each set, and I have students correct 4-5 sentences a day.
Students will look for words that need a capital letter. The missing capitals are at the beginning of the sentence and proper nouns.
Students will add ending punctuation (periods or question marks).
Students will correct capitals and punctuation.
• There are worksheets provided with writing lines, so students can write the sentence correctly on the lines provided.
• Editing Worksheets, The sentences are provided from each set and students can mark the corrections needed. This helps them understand how to edit a rough draft.
• For set number 3, students can edit the sentence and then write it correctly. This helps students learn how to edit a rough draft and then write a final copy.
Syllables and Contractions
These syllables and contraction centers work great for a center or partner work.
Winter Syllables Center
Students will look at the picture card (word is provided) and decide how many syllables are in the word. There are 30 word cards provided. Students will place the cards on the sorting mats by how many syllables each word has. On their recording sheet, they will write the number of syllables.
There are two different direction sheets. The first direction page has students count the number of syllables, write the word, and then write the number of syllables. The second direction page has students use the sorting mats, and sort the words by number of syllables.
Winter Contractions Center
Students will put two of the word cards together and then match the words to the contraction card. Students will write down the two separate words and then write the contraction.
Contractions Included: wasn't, she'll, he'll, hadn't, isn't, couldn't, shouldn't, didn't, doesn't, don't, I'm, can't, and won't
I print these cards on cardstock, cut them apart, and then I laminate them.
This plural words center is a great way for students to practice adding –s or –es to the end of words. Students will read the sentence and make the underlined word plural.
There are 24 sentences in this set and I have students work on 4-5 sentences a day.
These sentences are all about winter. Students will read about snowmen, Christmas trees, and snow!
While students are working at this center, it is a great time to have writing conferences or work on writing skills in small groups.
• There are worksheets provided with writing lines, so students can write the sentence correctly.
• Write the plural words- The sentences are provided and students will look at the underlined word and add either –s or –es to make it plural. Then they will write the plural word on the line provided.
Scrambled How to Paragraphs
These scrambled paragraphs are a great way for students to learn the structure of a how to paragraph. It helps students learn how to use a topic sentence, transition words, and a conclusion sentence.
The how to paragraphs are:
• How to build a snowman
• How to make hot chocolate
• How to decorate a Christmas tree
• How to get ready to play in the snow
Students will put the sentences in order and then write the paragraph correctly.
The writing pages are included with different line sizes. Each paragraph is also provided with dotted letters so students can trace the sentences if needed.
I included the student directions and instructions for setting up these activities.
Here are the individual lessons:
Scrambled How to Paragraphs
Winter Writing Prompts
Capitals and Periods
Syllables and Contractions Center