Here's a quick, easy and fun writing prompt for back to school. Completed projects look awesome dangling from the ceiling, swirling and twirling as they wave so long to summer, and hello to a brand new school year.
Give students a variety of construction paper color choices to trace their hand and arm on. They trim and cut out. Run off the writing prompt rectangles. (I've included templates for preschool through 8th grade.) Younger students could do this with the help of their parents at Open House or Meet the Teacher Night.
Students color and complete the prompt, using words and phrases about things pertaining to summer, as well as the new grade that they're in. They glue these to the front and back of their hand. (This makes an interesting Daily 5 activity too.)
For a bit more pizzazz, students can draw on polished fingernails and jewelry. (I used a flat-backed rhinestone to make a ring.) After students share, punch a hole in a finger tip, add a yarn tie and suspend from the ceiling. Your caption could be "High Fives For Wonderful Writing."