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Teaching Kids How to Create Plan Boxes



Chart: Plan Boxes

Originally uploaded by teachergal

Thursday’s the day I’m going to teach my kids how to create a plan box. I created this chart as a scaffold for visual learners who might not fully t internalize my “Here’s how to create a plan box spiel.”

I’m also zooming-in on two sample plan boxes, which are connected with this-coming Thursday’s lesson. To view more samples of plan boxes, click here.

Sample Plan Box #1

Sample Plan Box #2

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

5 thoughts on “Teaching Kids How to Create Plan Boxes Leave a comment

  1. I have been using planning boxes since day one (of this year) and they are really helpful. I can’t believe how much time it is saving me because I know who is having trouble getting started while they are still on the carpet with me, instead of discovering it 10 minutes later. Today I taught a lesson on reading what has already been written before adding to the story and the plan boxes definitely helped the students to remember exactly what they were working on Friday.

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing! I’m having a hard time with my struggling/reluctant writer’s getting started and staying focused. I’m hoping that this will help. Please continue to post and share your amazing ideas! 🙂

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  3. Thank you for your willingness to share your ideas. I love that you show examples of what plan boxes look like. I also find it helpful to look at the anchor chart you use with your students. I am going to try plan boxes with my 4th graders.

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