1-2-3 Come Do Some Anticipatory Writing With Me (Say what?)
All the while I was working on the ANTicipation packet, the 1979 Heinz ketchup commercial "Anticipation is making me wait" and the tune that accompanied it, kept running through my head; sort of like Disney's "It's a Small World" tune that plays incessantly even after you exit the ride. It's still there; buzzing through your brain like a pesky mosquito.
Any hoo, as my frequent visitors know, I love putzing with word play, so anticipating the summer naturally led me to an ant craftivity. Run the ant's head off on black construction paper. Mine was light enough so that I could still see the graphics, which I embellished with crayons.
Using and old file folder, make a template from my "body part" patterns. Trace once and then cut 3-6 pieces at a time. Students cut out the head and then glue the two body segments together.
Wiggle eyes and black pipe cleaners added that extra bit of pizzazz. I bent the pipe cleaner in half and spread it into a V and then bent up the ends to make the "feet." I attached to the back with Scotch tape.
Explain to students that the definition of anticipation has to do with hopes and expectations for the future. I've written a sample for you to share if you want, or create one of your own. Children love hearing about their teachers. Younger students can simply make a list.
Students complete the writing prompt: Some of the things I'm anticipating doing this summer . . . glue it to a sheet of construction or scrapbook paper, and then attach their ant to the bottom.
You can leave it at that, but for a bit more hands-on and that finishing touch, add the picnic basket to the top. (There's one for summer and a generic one as well) To add a bit of 3D, you can cut brown strips of construction paper for the handles and attach them with brass brads.
To give students another option, they could choose to write about what they are anticipating in the next grade that they'll be going into, or something else that they have expectations or hopes for.
Completed projects make an awesome hallway display. Hang up a plastic, red and white checkered tablecloth (they sell them at The Dollar Store) to use as a background. Your caption can simply be ANTicipations! Cut your letters out of brightly colored construction paper and add some clip art ants.
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"It takes a big heart to shape little minds." -Unknown