09 February 2013
I really needed a new way to get my students to fix up their writing. We talk about transition words from the start of the year and even have a list in our writing folders, but I wanted to be sure they were actually being used in their writing. I decided to make clips for the most common transition words we use. I also made a set of clips that listed alternatives for the word-said. These clips have been a huge hit in the classroom. My students simply grab a clip, use it to spell the word(s) correctly, and then return the clip to the ribbon.
It also gives them the chance to get up and move a bit, which is perfectly fine with me, if it means they are improving their writing in the process. I love watching them get up to look for just the right clip for their writing piece.
They were a cinch to make, too. I only needed ribbon, clothespins, and binder clips, which I already had at home.
I have the labels attached. They aren't the cutest, but they get the job done!