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1-2-3 Come Do Another Scarecrow Writing Prompt Craft With Me

I love doing some scarecrow activities in the fall. Displays of my students’ work can go up in September & stay up through November, which is a huge time saver.

scarecrow crafts, craft ideas for fall, fall bulletin boards, scarecrow activities, writing prompts for fallWith that in mind I designed this quick, easy & super-fun “Scarecrows Have / Are…” writing prompt craftivity.

This is what I call a “bite size” bit of writing. The topic is specific enough so that students aren’t overwhelmed, while providing nice practice using descriptive adjectives.

Whenever I toss a bit of craftiness in with our writing, my students get extremely excited and WANT to get down to the business of writing and making their own scarecrow.

scarecrow crafts, craft ideas for fall, fall bulletin boards, scarecrow activities, writing prompts for fallThere are 4 scarecrows to choose from, as well as two writing prompts.

Students can choose the “Scarecrows ARE” writing prompt worksheet, or the "Scarecrows HAVE” one.

For more writing practice, have students do both.

One can be done in class, and the other as homework, or take two days to complete the project.

scarecrow crafts, craft ideas for fall, fall bulletin boards, scarecrow activities, writing prompts for fallIf you do both writing prompts, have students glue one to the back of their scarecrow. 

scarecrow crafts, craft ideas for fall, fall bulletin boards, scarecrow activities, writing prompts for fallPunch a hole in the top, tie on a yarn loop and suspend from the ceiling. 

The assembly is easy-peasy.

Students choose a scarecrow, then color and cut out the top & bottom halves. 

scarecrow crafts, craft ideas for fall, fall bulletin boards, scarecrow activities, writing prompts for fallAfter editing their final draft, they write it on the worksheet, which is the rectangular mid-section of their scarecrow's body.

Cutting around the "hair" and "fingers" of the scarecrows can be a bit tricky, so I've also included patterns with an "easy trim" edging. 

scarecrow crafts, craft ideas for fall, fall bulletin boards, scarecrow activities, writing prompts for fallStudents simply cut on the dashed line. 

For more creativity, the scarecrow head patterns also come with and without a face.

To help get your students creative juices flowing, I’ve also included 28 photographs of “real” scarecrows.

photographs of real scarecrowsThere are 7 photo-posters, with 4 pictures on each page.

You can laminate them, then pass them around to give your students some ideas of what to write. 

You could also cut each photograph out, and have students choose one to describe. 

If you decide to make an autumn bulletin board with your students completed scarecrows, add these photographs for some extra pizzazz & interest.

Venn diagram activitiesFor more writing practice, extend the lesson by doing the Venn diagram activity that’s also included in the packet.

Venn diagrams are an interesting & simple way to practice comparison and contrast writing.

This activity can be done as a whole group, or children can choose a partner with a different scarecrow than theirs, then create a Venn diagram together.

These make a nice addition to your display.

scarecrow activities, scarecrow crafts, Venn diagram activities, fall crafts, fall bulletin boards, fall writing prompt ideasI've also included two, Scarecrow "Are-Have" posters as well.

how to make a pumpkin pie writing prompt craftToday's featured FREEBIE is another fun, fall writing prompt.

This one is "How to Make a Pumpkin Pie"

How to do something, is a writing standard for many schools.

These completed projects also make a "sweet" display.

That's it.  Thanks for stopping by. 

scarecrow activities, scarecrow crafts, fall bulletin board ideas, writing prompts for fallThe wicked wind has snatched the rest of our autumn leaves from the oak and maple tree branches, so there's  quite a thick "blanket" of autumn colors festooning our lawn. 

Guess what's on our "To Do" list for this afternoon? 

Wishing you a wonderful week.

"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." -Margaret Mead

 

 

 

 

 

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