Three FUN, high interest Common Core based writing activities just in time for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!
This bundle is a combination of these two products:
Common Core Halloween and Fall Fun
Common Core Christmas and Thanksgiving Holiday Activities
All writing activities include explanation, student "writing plan", self checklist, specialized vocabulary/transition words, and final presentation paper.
HALLOWEEN / AUTUMN ACTIVITIES:
Activity 1 (Step-by-Step Writing) - Very high interest! This activity involves students in planning their Trick-or-Treat routes. (This activity also includes map skills.) After planning the route, students write a step-by-step plan. Chronological transition words are included.
Activity 2 (Persuasive Writing) - This activity allows students to practice voice AND their persuasive writing skills. Students write from the perspective of an organism "planning" for fall, such as a bird flying south or a tree losing its leaves. "Convincing" transition words included.
Activity 3 (Descriptive Writing) - This writing activity is just plain FUN! Students write a descriptive HELP WANTED ad - looking to hire the BEST Halloween character such as a witch, zombie, vampire, etc. Fun Halloween adjectives included!
#1 - Learning to Use Quotation Marks
In this fun activity, students practice using the rules through writing a conversation between two Thanksgiving-themed or Holiday-themed characters. They can be as creative as they wish. (Characters include: live turkey, cooked turkey, football player, guy watching football, pilgrims, Native American, fall animals, stuck Santa, girl with cookies, cat in a holiday sweater, mouse stuck in a gift, etc.)
Quotation Mark Rules are included for the students
#2 - Holiday Book Parade
Part 1- Students use the Internet to research the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which kick's off the holiday season on Thanksgiving Day. They gather prior knowledge that they will use when designing their book-based floats.
Part 2 -"These Books Should 'Float' to the Top of Your Reading List" - Students design a float for a parade based upon one of their favorite books. Students include character, setting, and plot in their float designs. Students add text boxes to their drawings to further explain plot points, text connections, and genre. The float drawing page and text boxes can be used as is or as a starting point for a larger poster project as seen in student example. Cute Hallway Display sign included too!
HOLIDAY WRITING ACTIVITIES:
#1 - Persuasive Writing
This activity allows students to practice their persuasive writing skills through writing a four paragraph essay about their favorite aspect of the holiday season. Students are encouraged to use "convincing" transition words in their writing.
#2 - Gratitude Journal
Being grateful is an important attitude to foster in our children.
This is a 10 page journal where students can reflect on what they are most thankful for just in time for Thanksgiving!
#3 Expository Writing
Holiday Keepsake Booklet
This booklet can be used a few different ways. Students will write informational text about the holiday they celebrate and create a keepsake booklet. If your class celebrates a variety of holidays, consider having students use these books to teach each other about the various celebrations prevalent this time of year. Another option is to use this booklet as a research tool and assign the children holidays with which they may be unfamiliar. (Examples of holidays celebrated this time of year: Diwali, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Chinese New Year.)
Teachers' Pages Included.
**Also includes FREE Thanksgiving-themed newsletter template. (This template is brand new and not included in other products. Thank you for your purchase.)