Here are 16 January writing prompts to help your students WANT to write, by giving them some interesting and fun writing prompts to jumpstart their creative minds, they will be excited to get down to business. A nice plug in for the writing portion of your Daily 5 activities too.
1-2-3 Come Go On An Elf Adventure With Me!
Woo hoo! The new Elf On A Classroom Shelf activities have been a wonderful hit, and the creative juices just keep flowing. I hope you enjoy these latest FREEBIES as much as I did designing them!
Since teachers have commented on how the sliders are a nice way to "sneak" in a little art, with all of those standards, I decided to design "Jingle" the slider elf. There are strips for upper and lowercase letters, numbers to 30, counting backwards from 10 to 0 as well as 20 to 0 + skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's.
If you don't want to make a slider, have students make a "Belly Booklet." They can practice writing letters, numbers, words, their name, or whatever else you're working on, and record things on just-the-right-size pages. click on the link to view/download the Elf Slider Packet.
Since Diary of a Wimpy Kid is really popular with children, I decided to make a Diary of a Wimpy Elf. I had a blast designing this packet, and think your students will have fun decorating their "top secret" file-folder diary and making entries as an elf, who is recording their activities and adventures.
I've included "spy stickers" to decorate their diaries with, or use them as incentives for great writing, excellent effort, wonderful improvement etc. There are also 2 diary-page templates to use now and then. Click on the link to view/download Diary of a Wimpy Elf.
The scenario: Can you imagine being the smallest and weakest elf at the North Pole? You so want to help Santa, but everyone thinks you are too little, too dumb and too weak to do anything but be a candy cane tester, licking a sample from each batch to make sure they taste just right.
To make matters worse, the only thing "big" about you are your feet and ears. They are ginormous! This little elf constantly daydreams about all of the adventures he’d go on as a super-spy for Santa.
After all, being little has its advantages. He could hide almost anywhere; and his huge ears help him hear just about anything. His humongous feet allow him to ski down slippery slopes, without having to put real skis on!
Give your students this background information (included in the packet) and have them become that tiny elf, with the giant feet, huge ears and big heart. Have them write about what they do and how they feel. I've also included 30 crazy writing prompts to jump-start their creative minds, hopefully causing a few giggles.
Encourage them to name their elf and draw cartoon-like pictures in their diary, like Jeff Kinney does in his book. When your elf activities are winding down, have students write a few pages where they "save the day" and become a highly respected, and depended-upon elf, who is a very special spy for Santa. Click on the link to view/download The Diary of a Wimpy Elf.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Elf-Themed Activities With Me
Because the Elf activities from yesterday were such a huge hit, (scroll down to see that blog & FREEBIES), I decided to make a few more. There's a writing prompt that can turn into a nice behavior modification tool; I call it Santa's List.
Now that the elf is on the shelf and reporting back to Santa, students could write about why they think they should be on the good behavior or "nice" list.
Launch this writing prompt by playing the Christmas carol “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.” I taught my Y5’s this song and we did some finger movements as we sang: “. . . He’s making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. . .
After my Y5's got the “wiggles” out, we brainstormed about good behavior and what Santa’s elves might be looking for. How does one get on the nice list? What things could we do? What things shouldn’t we do?
Write a list on the board, so children can refer to it for ideas as well as spelling help. Pass out the writing prompt page. Students write why they think they should be on Santa’s nice list and then color their page.
After they share their work with the class, collect and collate the pages to make a class book. A cover is provided. I’ve also included a Santa’s list poster. Print; mount on red and green construction paper and laminate. You can hang this on your wall or white board and add students names as you catch them behaving appropriately or completing tasks.
The packet also includes a template for students to write a note to their Elf on a Shelf or to Santa. Click on the link to view/download Santa's List Writing Prompt.
Another interesting December writing prompt, helps reinforce giving directions. Encourage students to use transitions, ordinal numbers as well as adjectives.
I've included word cards for sequential-transitions, + a helpful guide to using transitions that I give my college students.
Add some pom-poms, a jingle bell, and some white glitter to make an awesome bulletin board. Click on the link for the How To Dress An Elf "craftivity."
For more fun writing, have students keep a journal of your Elf On A Classroom Shelf's adventures. This makes a quick and easy Daily 5 activity for the month of December.
Have students keep everything in a file folder. I've included days of the week cards; a star chart students can color when they've done a nice job on their journal; lots of prompts for both PK and older kiddo's, + "elf mail" notes.
Click on the link to view/download the Elf Journal.
Finally, I had several requests for alphabet cards, so I designed an "elf-abet" packet.
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“Elvish singing is not a thing to miss, in June under the stars, not if you care for such things.” -J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
1-2-3 Do Some Thanksgiving Turkey Activities With Me
Come November, it can become a bit boring for kiddo's to review letters, numbers, and various other basic standards. Yet it's imparative to keep kids practicing these skills, so they retain them, as well as for slower learners to finally be able to "get it" and catch up.
With that in mind, I designed some "Stuff Me!" turkey worksheets that make reinforcing upper & lowercase letters, counting, adjective use, and sight word recognition more fun.
There are 6 "Stuff Me" skill sheets, that ask students to stuff their turkey with something. I've also included a "you-fill-in-the- blank" one, to program with whatever. Some other ideas you could do would be: verbs, nouns, sight words, student names, names that begin with T, colors, rhyming words, words that contain the U vowel, spelling words, ways to show a given number etc.
To add to the fun, set a timer for 1 to 2 minutes. Challenge students to write in as many as they can, before the timer rings. For addition practice, have students count up their total and write it down on their recording sheet.
When you have completed as many Stuff Me worksheets as you want, have students add things up to arrive at a grand total.
Be sure and do these activities along with your students. You might also want to revisit a worksheet to see if any of your kiddo's can beat your totals. Use the word worksheets, for something different, for your Daily 5 activities. Click on the link to view/download the "Stuff Me" activity packet.
Another "turkey-rific" writing activity, I designed several years ago, before I had all of the computer programs I now have access to. However, My Thanksgiving Dinner, continues to be a favorite among visitors so I wanted to mention it today.
I made the cover for the booklet out of a paper plate, glued on plastic "silverware" and tied it all together with a piece of jute.
You may want students to include an adjective when they are writing their sentences. i.e. I am going to eat warm homemade bread.
Click on the link to view/download the My Thanksgiving Dinner "craftivity". After you have read a few books about the first Thanksgiving, a nice follow up to the above activity, would be to have students complete a Venn diagram comparing their Thanksgiving celebration with the Pilgrim's.
Click on the link to view/download the Thanksgiving Venn Diagram.
My personal favorite book about Thanksgiving is an awesome rhyming story by, Diane Z. Shore. It's entitled: This Is The Feast.
For more books, click on the link to view/print a list of 70 of my favorite Turkey & Thanksgiving Books.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Fall Writing With Me!
While I was working on the scarecrow packets, it crossed my mind that scarecrows are really not all that scarey? I thought of the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz who wanted a brain, and I wondered if a scarecrow had one, what would he say? My brain needs a shut off button, so one idea led to another, 'til I decided to turn all of these thoughts into interesting writing prompts with a scarecrow character.
Getting students excited about writing, and WANTING to write, can be difficult. A teacher announcing that "It's time to write." is often followed by a lot of groaning, as if you had asked students to whine in unison.
To get my students enthusiastic about writing I'd dream up creative and interesting writing prompts to jump start their brains.
Instead of informing students that it's time to write, ask them: "If you were a scarecrow what would you want to wear?" or "Do you think scarecrows are scarey? If you were the farmer, how could you make a scarecrow scarier?"
Watch all the hands shoot up. With lots of enthusiasm say: "Great! Now choose one of these scarecrow writing prompts and tell me your thoughts in detail." Reveal the prompts listed on the board and have students choose which one they are most "excited" about. My kiddo's couldn't wait to get started. Woo Hoo!
Click on the link to view/download the 6 Scarecrow Writing Prompts
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Getting your students excited about writing, and WANTING to write, can be a bit difficult. I've found that if children have an interesting writing prompt to jump start their brains, they WILL be enthusiastic and get right down to business! Give them a choice of any of these six, fun-scarecrow writing prompts, perfect for Daily 5 or your writing block.
Lots of quick, easy and fun ways to help your students learn the SC blend using a scarecrow theme. Many of these activities are perfect for Daily 5.
1-2-3 Come Do Some SC Blend Activities With Me!
It's sometimes difficult to find interesting activities for teaching blends. I decided since I was designing scarecrow items, I'd make some for the SC blend.
To introduce the SC blend, set a one-minute timer; challenge students to write down as many SC words as they can think of, before the timer rings. I've included a worksheet for this, as well as one for how many words students can make using the letters in the word scarecrow.
The SC Word Blend packet includes 50 words that begin with the SC blend. There's an anchor chart alphabetically listing them, + separate word cards you can put on your word wall or use for flashcards, alphabetizing, vowel sorting, or Memory Match and "I have; who has?" games.
Combine them with the 50 SC pocket cards for more activities. The pocket cards feature dashed SC letters at the beginning of the word. Students can trace them with a red dry erase marker.
Add the scarecrow "Kaboom!" cards to make games even more fun. See the tip list of what to do with word cards to find out the directions.
I find that simply writing the words helps reinforce word recognition and usage. So that this is not a tedious or boring activity, students can write the words in their own SC blend word book.
Encourage students to look up definitions for words that are new to them and include them. There's a cover and recording page. To make printing easier, I made 2 on a page.
Another way to record words, is via the bookmark. As students learn words they can add them to their list.
There are also several worksheets, where students trace, write and alphabetize the words, fill in the SC blend to make words, as well as use the words to fill in the blanks to complete simple sentences.
For more writing practice, there's a story-starter: "No matter how hard Scarface, the scarecrow, tried to be scary, he just wasn't!"
Encourage students to use as many SC blend words as makes sense; underlining them as they go. Who incorporated the most?
Any of these activities would be great Daily 5 options, for the word work or writing portions. Click on the link to view/download the Scarecrow-Themed SC Blend Packet.
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I also spent some time searching YouTube for cute video clips reviewing the SC blend. The only one I found worth taking a look at, was a 2-minute animated clip. Click on the link above to take a look.
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1-2-3 Come Review The Alphabet With Me.
I like to do "regular routine" stuff with a different theme each month. Even tho it's the "same old-same old" things are kept fresh and interesting by simply tweeking them for the seasons. With that in mind, I designed 20 Letter of the Day anchor charts. There are some for each month as well as a few extra's for popular themes.
If you’d like to use these each year, print, laminate and clip to your white board changing things up each month. This is also a nice activity to use as a review if you post it on your calendar board.
Another option is to not laminate the pages and have children fill in the information. When the page is complete, add it to your Letter of the Day binder. (I've included a cover for this. )
When you have done all 26 letters, put this student-made booklet in your classroom library.
Occasionally, you may want to run a page off for your students to work on for Daily 5 Word Work.
It's easy to make this a part of your morning routine, job chart, or calendar time. Using a dry erase marker, write the upper and lowercase letters in the boxes. You can show correct formation of the letters, or choose a student to do so.
Ask students, “What sound does the letter make?” Say the sound several times. Ask them if they know any words that begin with that sound? Write the words in the appropriate boxes. Have students look at your word wall to see if they can find any more to add to the list. Another question could be, "Is this letter a vowel or a consonant?"
Make it personal, by also asking, "Do any classmates have a name that starts with that letter?" You can either write their name on the paper or have the child with that name come up and write it.
Choose another child to circle the letters in the “Find it” section. This is a good time to point to each letter and say the letter or sing the alphabet song. Click on the link to view/download the Letter of the Day Packet.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Fun Football Activities With Me.
I discovered long ago,that if I could incorporate a theme of something that was popular with my students, I'd grab and hold their attention. It seemed that my little guys had more difficulty focussing than the girls did, so I often offered choices when I could. Because sports was always a "hot button" and 'tis the season for football, I decided to dream up some activities with a football theme.
I thought it would be fun to do something with the -all family of words and make a game of it. Students choose teams and then work either independently or with their group, to think of as many -all words before the timer rings. Each word is worth 1 point.
To get in some math practice, have students figure out how many touchdowns and field goals they achieved with their word list. i.e. 7 words = 7 points = 1 touchdown. Any "extra" words can be counted to make a field goal.
A field goal = 3 points for 3 words. i.e. One team thought of 11 words. They scored 1 touchdown (7) and 1 field goal (3) and had 1 extra point left.
I've provided score card - posters, if you'd like to keep track and post the results. There are blank templates, so you can program other word families, if you'd like to keep this idea going. After I got the -all word family football packet done, I wanted to make Bingo cards as another way to review the words.
However, I had less than 24 words and could not make a Bingo card, so I thought I'd add the -ick word family to the football packet, because you kick a football.
80 pages later, (!) the packet was completed, but my entire day had slipped away! That's why this is posting so late. I am going to leave this blog up for tomorrow, and post a new article on Thursday. This will give me more time to work on Scarecrow stuff.
The packet includes the same activities for both the -all AND -ick word families. There are pocket word cards, traceable word cards, covers so students can make Itty Bitty booklets, alphabetizing worksheets, trace-write-color-cut & glue worksheets, + a word search.
Also included is a fill in the word sentence worksheet; 30 different Bingo cards, so your entire class can play; words on footballs + Kaboom bomb cards to play Memory Match and "I have; who has?" games.
There are also posters, blank templates for you to program with whatever, and 2 word-slide "craftivities." Many of these activities are perfect for your Daily 5 Word Work.
Click on the link to view/download the -all & -ick Word Family Football packet.
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