Monday, January 2, 2012

VOICES for You & Great Clip Art


I had a few requests to share the headings from my VOICES board. Here's the link to the original post I wrote on how I use the board in my classroom:  Using VOICES.  When it comes to sharing documents I'm not always sure how to do it correctly, but I'll give it a try.  I had originally saved it as a Power Point, but in an effort to share it I resaved it as a PDF and put it on Google docs.  Here's the link for them:


Someone please just leave me a comment and let me know if it worked!

I should comment on the images I used in the headings.
They are from the Phillip Martin Clip Art Collection.   He has amazing clip art for teachers to use for free as long as you are not profiting from it.  I think I'm okay with it here since I'm just sharing the headings for free. 

His collection has lots of school/kid friendly clip art for all different subjects and occasions.  If you haven't checked out Phillip Martin's amazing clip art resources,  please go.  I know you will find something you like.

25 comments:

  1. Awesome idea! It reminds me of a cross between Daily Cafe and 6 Traits writing. I'm definitely using this in my room!

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  2. Thank you for sharing...I will be using them in September! I started Daily 5 this year and moved to a new grade level. Revamping my writing program will be my next year's focus!

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  3. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Sally from ElementaryMatters

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  4. Love the board! Do you have a book that you use to help guide your VOICES lessons?

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  5. Hi Nancy,

    Thank you very much for sharing the link, I can't wait to print it out and use it in my classroom! My art skills are extremely limited and I was wondering, is the USING YOUR VOICES title at the top one you made up yourself or is it available in a printable?

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    1. Hi Lisa. The "Use your writing VOICES!" are actually precut letters I got in a package at a teacher's store. You know the kind that are perforated and you just pop them out? I use Trend's Ready Letters. Here's a link to a bunch of them. They come in a ton of different sizes, colors, and patterns.

      http://www.trendenterprises.com/product_searchresults_New.cfm?ThisLevel1=Product%20Category&ThisLevel2=Ready%20Letters%C2%AE

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  6. Hi Nancy,
    I also teach 5th grade and am wondering WHAT YOU DO with the Voices chart? We use 6 Traits as well but I'm not sure what to do with this fabulous chart.

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  7. Hi Nancy,
    I also teach 5th grade and am wondering WHAT YOU DO with the Voices chart? We use 6 Traits as well but I'm not sure what to do with this fabulous chart.

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    1. Hi Marlene. I do with the VOICES board exactly what I do with the FACES board. After a writing mini-lesson, my friends and I usually sum up the key point of the lesson. It is written on a card and posted under the writing trait it falls under. For example, I did a minilesson today on topic sentences for paragraphs. The key point was that A topic sentence keeps the reader hooked and tells them what the paragraph will be about. On the card we just wrote "Topic Sentences=Hook + Topic." It's shorthand, but my friends know what it means from the lesson. We then put it under the Organization column.
      Now, when I meet for conferences, I will refer to the board if there is a teaching point on it my friends need to work on. It is also good for saying something like, "I think your word choice is not too effective here. Look at out VOICES board. What under word choice do you think would be helpful to you in revising your paper?" Then, your friend has to identify and apply a skill/strategy they have already been taught.
      There are a million ways to use the board, but these two are the most common ways I find myself using it. Hope this helps!

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    2. I love this idea, being a first year teacher at a PD school we are high on the radar for the 6 traits writing! Do you have a copy of all the mini-lessons you have used in the past over the years? I am in 1st Grade and would have to adjust them for my grade level.
      Thanks for sharing your GREAT ideas!

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  8. I would love to know all the strategies that you use for each one. Or a final picture from the end of school year.

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  9. Wow! I love these. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. do you have a list of all the stratiges you would put underneath each heading? Thanks so much!

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    1. I don't, but only because they really change each year. It is all about whsat mini-lessons my friends need. If you are really looking for a set list, I would suggest checking out the six-traits book series. They have really good checklists which are essentially your mini-lessons.

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  11. I just downloaded your PDF file and printed the VOICES headers. I'm getting my classroom set up this week, and with our new focus on Common Core (I'm in Georgia), we are going to be writing A LOT. Thanks for the legwork! I love these!

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    1. Yeah, Bev! I hope they work well for you!

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  12. I was searching the web for some great ideas for 6 traits writing that we are really focusing on this year. Saw your "voices" board, and absolutely loved this! I have been doing CAFE the last few years, and love how this format is very similar! Thanks so much for sharing and letting us download your headings!

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  13. I just saw this! I teach 2nd grade and I am going to adapt it to work with how we score their writing. I think the visual is so important for the kids to see and remember how to make their writing better. I like the idea of the kids writing down on the card- I did that with CAFE but I am with you- I don't have tons of writing time so I will be doing the writing!

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  14. Thank you Nancy for this wonderful idea! I've placed a link for it on my blog http://funfourthgrade.blogspot.com/ You rock!

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  15. I love this idea and it appears it will work so well with our common core writing that our team is so excited to try it out for a test run. The mini-lessons are fab. to assist the future writers of our classes. Thank you so much for your friendly blog and sharing your ideas to all of the educators...it is just perfect.

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  16. Thank you for sharing... We are just incorporating the Daily 5 in our school and it ties in beautifully as well as makes so much sense.

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  17. Can you share all of the concepts that you have under each of the headings?

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  18. Thank you so much for sharing this menu. I have been struggling this year with how to put the great "writing" books out there together. I think I may have just been inspired by yours as how to do this!

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  19. Thank you SOOOOOOO much! I love the headings - printing them at this moment. Your generosity has taken some stress away, and right now, that's saying a LOT. I'll share your link on my new blog and your headers with my fellow teachers in my middle school.

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