Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Writing Activities GALORE!

The summer is FLYING by... I can barely keep up! I took a two week-ish hiatus from anything school related (except Pinterest, of course!) but have decided I better get back into the groove.... First things first: BLOGGING! Second, scope and sequence.........................

Anyway! As a 4th grade teacher, I have to prepare my kiddos for [dumdumdummm] the state writing test... This baby includes editing & revising as well as TWO compositions-  a personal narrative & an expository. If there's one thing I learned this year it's KIDS HATE WRITING! Not good when they'll be tested on it... So this summer I found some super awesome writing activities to spark their imaginations & make writing FUN! They're kid tested and approved, too - I taught a writing camp this summer and my kiddos LOVED these activities!!

I started with "Let's Get Pop' Rockin" by Babbling Abby, a descriptive writing activity. I must have been really excited that day because I didn't take any pics... Bummer. This activity works on using awesome adjectives & similes to describe. SO GREAT! And YUMMMMMMY!

Day two was PLAYDOUGH MONSTERS by Smart Chick! The kiddos got to create their own playdough monster using playdough, feathers, google eyes, pipe cleaners and pom -poms. They ate.this.activity.UP! And I had all ages, 1st graders all the way up to 7th graders! After creating your monster you describe where it lives, what it eats, how it smells, etc. There are SO many options included in this activity pack: a how-to-report, moster warning note, friendly monster letter, acrostic poem... And that's not all of it! In short... BUY THIS!



For day three, we got to EAT and learn with the activity pack "How to Make Dirt Pudding" by Amy Lemons!! Another activity allll the kiddos LOVED! The activity pack has the kiddos work on sequencing, transitions, describing through observing... And the awesomeness doesn't stop there. Again! Buy it!


The last day of camp the kiddos made t-shirts. I gave each kiddo a blank t-shirt which they wrote their name on. Then we gathered in a circle and passed our shirts to the right (or left, doesn't matter). The kids then wrote a NICE adjective (or phrase) describing the camp-mate whose shirt they had. You keep on passin' until everyone has had a chance to describe their friend. When the t-shirt gets back to it's owner, you have a cool shirt with sweet descriptions written all over it! The kids LOVED it! And they didn't even mind practicing adjectives. :)





Until next time! 



4 comments:

  1. Sounds like you did a great job teaching writing! I'm glad you shared these activities because I need all the help I can get when it comes to writing.

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  2. I love the monsters.

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    Heather
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  3. This is fun to see this interesting post.Work on blank t shirts is awesome.

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