This Mother's Day card is sure to become a cherished keepsake. Students draw a self-portrait on the poem circle and "hinge" the clock to the front of their picture. Older students can complete the writing prompt and glue it to the back.
1-2-3 Come Fill A Pail Of Fun With Me
Double-Duty! Writing Prompts and Bulletin Boards
I love this time of year. Standards have been taught, assessments are pretty much done, and I'm looking for some fun pre-summer things to plug in.
Students are anxiously waiting for summer vacation so why not cash in on that enthusiasm and use it as a writing prompt?
I like to incorporate writing with a bit of art to turn these lessons into "craftivities".
Students seem to enjoy them more, creating awesome results and I have an instant bulletin board or hallway decoration when things are starting to look a little sparce.
Make A Bucket List!
I'm happy to report I've achieved just about everything I've wanted to accomplish in a college notebook "bucket list" and that's a wonderful feeling. I now have mini-bucket "to-do" lists on a daily basis which triggered this idea.
These colorful sand pail buckets make an adorable bulletin board or hallway display, or can simply be sent home with your students. If you're homeschooling they are perfect for a summer scrapbook page.
Run off my masters on a variety of brightly colored construction paper and give students a choice of colors. Make sure children choose a DIFFERENT color for their pail and shovel as it makes a nicer contrast and more colorful bulletin board.
Students CUT out their pails and write their name on the back of them. Children also cut out their shovel and write their name on that as well. If you want to make this even more of a keepsake, add their school picture to the shovel as well. Cut two, 2-inch strips of complimentary-colored construction paper, and glue them together. Mine are 22 inches long.
Glue the ends to the back of the pail on either side, for a 3-D handle. I looped mine down so that it crossed over the written paper, and then I folded the right end down.
Have children brush on Elmer's school glue to the oval section of their pail and then sprinkle on play sand. Set the pails aside to dry. You could also simply cut oval shapes using sandpaper.
While the pails are drying, students write their "bucket list" of all the things they want to do during the summer and then glue the list to the bottom of their sand pail.
Mount the pails on the bulletin board or wall with the shovels leaning against them. Use light brown paper as a background so that it looks like a beach or big sandbox.
Two or three paper seagulls suspended from fish line, flying overhead, complete the picture. The caption: Our Summer Bucket List! You could expand this idea and have a "not fun" bucket list for another day of writing.
This would be a list of things students have to get done over the summer that they don't really want to do, like clean their rooms, do yard work, etc. For these buckets and shovels they would pick colors they don't like.
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"People don't notice when it's winter or summer when they are happy." -Anton Checkov
For more writing prompts, click on the link. I've made a booklet that contains some for each month on a variety of topics!
It’s Better Hearing and Speech Month. Out of all of your 5 senses, which is your favorite and why? OR… if you were in an accident and lost one of your senses, which would you give up and why? OR…what sense could you NOT live without and why?
It is Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Here’s the scenario: you’ve just seen the doctor, and he’s given you the horrific news that you have an inoperable brain tumor. You only have one year to live! What will you do and how will you change the way you live the last year of your life knowing this? Are you glad you found out ahead of time or would you rather not have known?
It’s Carrots and Cauliflower Month. Do you like these vegetables? If you could only eat 2 vegetables for a month, what would they be and why? How would you eat them so that things wouldn’t get boring?
It’s National Clean Air Month; here’s the scenario: What can people do to help keep the air clean? What specifically can young people do? Do you think these things will really help? Do a little online research. Where is the cleanest air found?
It’s Family Wellness Month: What kinds of things are you doing to stay well? Is your family/are you healthy? What can you do to get better and be healthier? Do you want to try and do that? Why or why not?
It’s Freedom Shrine Month. Some people say: Freedom isn’t free! What do you think they mean by that? What does freedom mean to you?
Get Caught Reading is celebrated this month. What are you reading right now? Sell it to me so that I want to read that book too. OR…What is the best book you ever read and why? OR… What book have you read that you wish they would make into a moving and why and who would you cast as the main characters?
It’s Gifts From The Garden Month! Let’s say you have a truly fantasy garden and it could grow all kinds of supernatural gifts, not just food and flowers or plants. What kinds of gifts would you garden grow, what would your garden look like and what would you do with the gifts your garden grew?
Motorcycle Safety Month is celebrated in May: You can buy any motorcycle you want! What kind, color etc. will you buy? Where will you go for your first ride?
It’s National Foster Care Month: Your parents have decided to take in a Foster child. How do you feel about that? Would you like a foster brother or sister? Why do you think this program is important? OR…
You have just adopted a grama or grampa to visit at a home each week and help take care of. What will you do with them to help out? Do you think it’s important to visit the elderly?
National Good Car Keeping Month is celebrated in May: Let’s pretend you are 18 and just got a brand new car for your birthday! What kind is your dream car? What color? Details-details? Where will you go for your first spin? Who will you call to go for a drive with you? How do you plan to take good care of your car?
It’s National Hamburger Month: Do you like hamburgers or hot dogs better? What’s your favorite kind of hamburger? What does it have on it? Well, now take all those various types of hamburgers and all the fixin’s and throw a Happy Hamburger Month of May party! Who will you invite? What will the decorations look like? What else will you have to eat? What will the entertainment be? Remember your theme is hamburgers!
Happy National Meditation Month! Do you meditate to find peace of mind? How do you de-stress in your life and relax and get into a peaceful tranquil state? If you could plan the perfect day so that you could really kick back and chill what would it be like, what would you do, where would you go and who would you do these things with?
It’s National Mental Health Month. What things drive you crazy and what do you do to keep sane?
Happy National Military Appreciation Month. Why not write a letter to someone in the military and tell them how much you appreciate what they are doing for your country! OR…Would you ever want to serve in the military? Why or why not? OR…if there was another 911 and you were 18 and we went to war, would you join? Could you kill another person? Why or why not?
National Moving Month is also celebrated in May: Have you ever moved? Write about that experience. Were you glad you moved? Was it scary? Do you miss the place you moved from? Do you like this new place better? OR... If you could move any where in the world where would you like to go and why?
It’s National Preservation Month: Here’s the scenario: You’re out sailing with your parents; there’s a storm and you get marooned on an Island. Whether it’s inhabited or not is up to you, but you’re shipwrecked with supplies for one week. Tell me how you preserve the food and supplies and survive! OR … Why is it important to preserve our natural resources? Do you think young people can make a difference? OR… which endangered species is your favorite? How can you help preserve them?
It’s National Salad Month. Design a super salad for the salad eating contest and win a $500 prize. You’re the winner! What’s the name of your salad, what does it taste like; what are the ingredients, and what do you do with the money?
Happy National Smile Month! Make a list of the top 10 favorite things that make you smile and explain why. OR… Tell me who you think has the prettiest smile in your school or TV/Movie Star etc.
It’s Personal History Month, sooooo write your mini biography starting with your birth and ending with today!
Teen CEO Month is in May. If you could be a CEO of a company, what kind of company would that be? What would you be making/marketing etc. What would the name of your company be? Include your mission statement and philosophy etc. OR…do some online research and find some real teen CEO’s what did they do and which one is your favorite and why?
It’s Self-Esteem Month: What kinds of things can you do to boost your self-esteem? Do you think you have good self-esteem? How can you make it better?
National Family Month is in May. What are the things you like the most about your family? What are the things you think your family can improve on?
What would you like to change about your family?
The 1st –7th is Be Kind to Animals Week. What’s your favorite animal and why is it your favorite? OR…If you could have any pet in the world, what kind would you have and why? What would you name your pet? What would they look like? What would you do with them? How would you take care of them? Details please.
This week is also Flexible Work Arrangement Week: You can have any job you want with any hours and days of the week that you want to work. Sooooo, what kind of job do you have and what is your “flexible work arrangement?”
This week is also Kids Win Week! Have you ever won anything? Write about it. OR… If you could win any contest or thing what would you like to win and why and then what would you do when you won it?
National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week is also this week. (Busy week hey?) What kinds of things cause you anxiety? How can you help overcome those anxious feelings? What kinds of things make you sad? What can you do when you are sad? OR…What’s the most anxious or sad you have ever been and what did you do?
It’s National Family and Pet Week this week so go do something special with them and write about it. Make sure you hug everyone too as it’s also National Hug Holiday Week!
May 2-8th is Astronomy Week: Make it a point to lie on the grass and check out the stars. Write about how that feels; what do they look like; what did you see? Make sure you use lots of descriptive words. (adjectives!) OR…Go online and do some research on the planets. Which is your favorite why? OR...Do you think there is life on another planet? Why or why not? OR…You have just been abducted by aliens! Tell me about the experience.
It’s also National Wildflower Week: What’s your favorite wildflower? You can design your own wildflower. What does it look like, smell like, feel like? What have you named it?
It’s also Teacher Appreciation Week: Write a note to your teacher telling her why you like her/him and are thankful for the things they have done for you.
Happy Work At Home Mom’s Week too! Is that your mom? Let her know you appreciate her by writing her a note too.
The 6th-12 is National Nurses Week: Would you ever want to be a nurse? Why or why not?
National Tourism Week starts the 7th and runs through the 15th. You get to go on any tour in the world. Where are you going? When and who are you going with and why?
National Hospital Week is also that week. Have you ever been in the hospital? Write about that experience.
Reading is Fun Week is the 8th-14th. Do you think reading is fun? I do! What kinds of reading do you like to do? Where do you like to read? What are your favorite books, magazines etc.? OR… What could your teacher do to make reading more fun for you?
The 8th – 14th is Salute to Mom’s Week. Write about why you love your mom. What things does she do for you that you really like.
The 15th-21st is New and Old Friends Week. Who is your best friend? Why OR…
Who are your newest and oldest friends?
National Backyard Games Week is the 23rd-30th. What is your favorite backyard game and why is it your favorite?
Happy Mother Goose Day May 1st: What’s your favorite Nursery Rhyme? Write it down and tell why you like it.
National Dance Day is also May 1st. Do you like to dance? Why or why not? What’s your favorite kind of dance to do?
Happy Cinco de Mayo Day May 5th: If you don’t know what that day is, look it up. Would you like to live in Mexico? Why or why not? Would you like to go to visit Mexico? Why or why not?
The 5th is also a National Day of Prayer. If you feel so inclined say a prayer and write about how that makes you feel when you can talk to God.
Remind your teacher that May 6th is “No Homework Day!” How do you feel about homework? Do you feel it’s really necessary? Where do you do your homework? Do you get good grades on your homework? Do your parents help you with your homework? Does listening to music help you while you study or do you need quiet when you do your homework?
May 7th is Kentucky Derby Day: Watch it on TV. Choose a horse. Did yours win? Write about it. OR…Have you ever ridden a horse? Write about that? OR….would you like to own a horse? Write about that?
Mother’s Day is May 8th: Tell your mom you love her. Write about why.
May 18th is International Museum Day. Have you ever visited a museum? Write about that experience. OR… Have you seen the movie Night in the Museum? I cast you as the main character. What would you have done? OR…What was your favorite part/character in the movie?
May 18th is Visit your Relatives Day: What relatives would you like to visit and why?
This is also Turn Beauty Inside Out Day! What do you suppose that means? Write about.
“I Need A Patch For That Day” is the 21st. What do you feel you need a patch for? Why? Design the patch. What does it look like? Where will you wear it?
Neighbor Day is the 22nd. Do you know your neighbors? write about them. OR…If you could have anyone in the world be your neighbors, who would you want them to be and why?
It’s Brother’s Day the 24th. Do you have a brother? Write a paragraph about him. If you don’t, would you like one? What would he be like? What would you name him? Would he be younger or older?
The 27th is National Wig Out Day, so wig out! What will you do to do that, who do you want to wig out with, and how long do you want to wig out for?
It’s the Indianapolis 500 the 29th and you’re in the race! What are you driving, wearing, and who are you driving for? Do you win? Tell me the details?
Happy Memorial Day on the 30th. What does this day mean to you? What are your plans? OR …if you could do ANYTHING on this day what would you do, where would you go, who would you go with?
I hope you have a magnificent May filled with wonderful writing!