1-2-3 Come Tweet a Writing Prompt With Me!
Since tweeting is all the rage, I decided to hone in on that motivation, to get students to write about a variety of things on a daily or weekly basis, using this quick, easy and fun "tweet" form.
There are 10 different tweet forms for you to rotate through, plus a blank one for you or your students, to make up their own tweet topics.
The last entry on every form is "Feeling." Students think up 3 adjectives that describe them that day, which further reinforces the important use of description in student writing.
If you have the time, have students partner up and share what they've written, as a means of expressing, venting and getting to know each other.
Click on the link to view/download the Sweet Tweet writing prompt packet.
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1-2-3 Sport A Mustache With Me!
Anyone know why a mustache is so popular right now? I see them everywhere, in all sorts of novelty, craft and stationery stores.
Well, because they are the "it" thing right now, I decided to whip up a big-yellow fluffy-Lorax one!
Making a mustache/moustache to launch a writing prompt, is an interesting and "Suessical" way of doing things. I think your students will enjoy it.
For an adorable bulletin board, take everyone's photograph wearing their mustache and put it next to their writing.
Your bulletin board title could be the same question you asked: "We mustache you, would you save a truffula tree?"
Flank the board on either side, with 2 colorful truffula trees.
Make them out of strips of neon-colored tissue paper, and rolled up green bulletin board paper for the trunk. Stripe it with brightly colored border.
Or you could really make them sturdy with PVC pipe. Mrs. Lodge, a very creative librarian, did just that. I LOVE her Truffula trees! Click on the link for directions.
As a surprise, while you're "truffulling" why not whip together some Truffula pencils. I think students would think it rather cool, to write about saving a Truffula tree, with a Truffula pencil! These were made by Jin Yong. Click on the link to get directions over at the inspiring Under The Cherry Tree Blog.
Click on the link to view/download the Lorax Mustache writing prompt craftivity.
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"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose!" -Dr. Seuss
1-2-3 Come Be A Thing With Me!
Seuss was always on the loose in my classroom for March.
I think I own every book Dr. Seuss ever wrote.
One of my favorite theme days was Cat In The Hat Day. It was school wide, so everybody was in on the fun.
I think it’s more interesting for students, if you can add a “craftivity” to a writing assignment, sort of like an illustration.
I think it motivates them to get down to the business of writing, so that they can go to the “craftivity” center afterwards to complete their assignment.
After reading the Cat In The Hat story, my Y5’s often said they liked Thing 1 and Thing 2 even better than the cat!
Since the duo is so popular, I thought it would be fun for students to become Thing 3.
I’ve designed 2 body templates for your students to color. One is a full body, as a small blue hand, which is the hair of Thing 3 will fit on.
Since older students have bigger hands, I also made a partial body template.
Children can take turns tracing each other’s hands on a blue sheet of construction paper, or you can have a room helper trace them, as well as cut them out.
I recommend the 2nd alternative to expedite things with little ones, as well as insure that the hand looks like one, after they start snipping away.
Enlarge your students school photo, or take a head shot of them and print them off.
I pre-cut them into the shape of an oval, for the same reasons stated above.
Children glue their hand to the neck of Thing 3 and then glue their picture in the center of the hand., and then color their Thing 3.
This is the cover of their “Something” booklet.
Run off copies of the writing page. Students fill in their answers to the 6 writing prompt questions.
You can collect all of the pages and collate them into a class book, or mount their writing on Seuss-colored construction paper (red, blue, yellow, green) and then staple the pages next to their “craftivity” on a black-background bulletin board.
There are lots of Seuss borders available that will add the finishing touch around the b. board.
Click on the link to view/download the Thing Three Something Booklet.
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“Why fit in, when you were born to stand out!” –Dr. Seuss