Treat your students to a piece of candy on the first day! Encourage them to use their five senses, and do their best descriptive writing as they savor the candy while they write about it.
Save this writing sample until the end of the school year, then give them a piece of the same kind of candy and ask them to repeat the task. Place this writing next to the first day writing and prepare to be amazed by their progress! (I like to paste them side by side on 12" x 18" construction paper).
Included here are lined writing pages for student use. Choose from jelly bean, gum drop, gummy bear or wrapped candy templates with two different-sized line options.
This activity is great for student portfolios!