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Anticipation is a versatile writing prompt packet, as I’ve included a variety of writing prompts suitable for the beginning and end of the year, as well as a summer prompt entitled “The Perfect Picnic” which can be a short story, or simply a list of things that a child would want to have, take, eat, and do on a picnic.
There are also blank patterns for you to program with something else, as well as a completed sample so you can quickly and easily make an example to share.
Whenever I add a bit of craftiness to my students’ writing activities it not only grabs their attention, but they are excited and can’t wait to get down to business.
An added bonus is that completed projects make an awesome and interesting bulletin board or border along a hallway wall. I’ve included 3 posters for your display.
There are ant patterns to make a large or medium-sized ant.
Children cut out their ant head, add details with crayons and then glue it to the other 2 body segments. I purposely made this ant with 3 parts because I wanted to reinforce science information about insects.
Because of limited time, it’s often difficult to plug in some science, so I try to incorporate it with our reading and writing.
I’ve included “Parts of an ant” posters (realistic & cutesy) plus worksheets, as well as a writing prompt and posters for “Ants can: have: are” if you want to do that too.
Share the poster, write the vocabulary on the board, then have students label these parts on their ant with a white crayon.
Adding pipe cleaner legs and antennae will also give you the opportunity to explain more science vocabulary, at the same time giving the craftivity a 3D look.
For added pizzazz, I gave my students wiggle eyes (stuck on with glue dots) and a red heart sticker.
Because my kiddos are just learning to write, we do the worksheet instead of the writing prompts.
I also read the informational, non-fiction book, Ants Ants And More Ants, which we discuss afterwards.
This book is a level G, 1st grade reader, if you want your students to read it themselves & get in that non-fiction genre requirement.
To test their comprehension, I write some of the facts on the board, as they share them, then they fill out their “Ants Can: Have: Are:" worksheet.
As with the writing prompt options, my kiddos mount their worksheet on their choice of scrapbook or construction paper.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your kiddos enjoy these activities as much as mine do.