Thursday, July 12, 2012

Writing Process Pencil and a Sneak Peek

I know I should be saving this for next week's Monday Made It with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics, but I just can't do it. And I do have another larger project in the works for next week!

I found this darling pencil visual to keep track of where students are working in the writing process. I pinned it from Second Grade Style

Here is my finished pencil.

Here is how I did it:

I was first inspired to actually start the project when I found the PERFECT pencil colored poster board at Michaels. In my stock of scrapbooking supplies I had all of the other colors I needed. Is that pinkish paper not theee most perfect eraser color or what!?

I cut the yellow poster board to be the same width as my eraser colored paper. I quickly drew in some jaggedy edges at the bottom. 

Then I used the brown paper for the sharpened portion of the pencil. I adhered it to the back of the yellow paper, trying to line it up carefully so I could cut a nice point. As you can see it didn't match up that great so I trimmed off some of the yellow and it was fine. 

I used a square of black paper for the tip. It was easier to adhere it to the front first and then flip it over to cut from the back.  

Next, I measured white paper three inches wide and adhered it to the top of the yellow paper. 

I cut the pink eraser colored paper 4 1/2 inches and when I stuck that on I made sure to stick it under the white so that the white was on top of the yellow and the pink paper. 

I used my Creative Memories corner rounder for the ends of the eraser. 

To finish it off I drew black lines horizontally along the white paper. And now that I'm looking at this picture I realize I forgot to trace over the lines I drew in between each step of the writing process. Ooops! I'll have to go back and do that. 

I used vellum for the titles, but one lesson learned: When using Creative Memories frosted photo splits, be sure to use Creative Memories vellum. You can tell that the drafting section is a darker vellum (the CM brand) than the other sections and so if you look up close you can see the little tabs of adhesive under the lighter sections. Oh well, it'll do. 

I'll use clothespins with student names or numbers on them to track student progress just like in the pinned version from Second Grade Style.  

Boy am I glad I found that yellow paper at Michaels! 

Here's a sneak peek at the big project I started for next week's Monday Made It!


  1. I love the pencil that you made. Thanks for the detailed directions. I am excited to see your Monday Made It!!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. That is a really cute pencil! How do you do Writer's Workshop? I started Writer's Workshop toward the middle of the year last year, and my kids loved it!


  3. Thanks for the comment Jessica. I've never done a true Writer's Workshop (horrible I know!), but now that I have one year with the curriculum under my belt I'm trying to see how it will fit in with my class. I'm sure a post about it will be coming in the near future!

  4. I started Writer's Workshop in January last year, and I saw a HUGE difference in my students writing. But, I know what you mean with the curriculum. Next year, my Writer's Workshop will have a different flow to it and will be more planned out now that I know the curriculum better. What ELA curriculum does your school use?