Are you looking for a short writing activity for the final days of school? Something different than anything you've done the rest of the year? This is a fun, yet short writing activity that encourages higher-level creative thinking!
Students are given a "survival" kit- a plastic bag with seven items (a sharpened pencil, M&M's, a birthday candle, some pieces of pasta, a fruit rollup, and a pipe cleaner). They are told that they will be creating a survival kit for NEXT YEAR'S ___ graders that you will have in your classroom.
After explaining how survival kits are made, the students are given a brainstorming page where they can make as many connections as possible between the objects and their experiences in school this year (or advice they can give next year's students about this grade level!).
After 10-15 minutes of brainstorming, students are given a paper where they write one sentence for each object.
This is the first year I will be doing this activity with my students, so I plan to let my current students eat the M&M's and fruit rollups. (I will put fresh ones in the Ziploc bags before the first day of school when my new group of students will actually be given these gifts.) After this first year, this is a project that will be cyclical. I think it will be fun for my students to get these survival kits at the beginning of the school year, and then MAKE the survival kits at the end of the school year!!
This product is 11 pages. It includes:
Teacher Preparation Page
Teacher Lesson Plan Explanation Page
Student Brainstorming Page
Student Planning Page
Student Publishing Paper
A Page that explains survival kits (part of original lesson plan)
A completed Student Brainstorming Page (for teacher example)
The final three pages are blank versions of the brainstorming page, planning page, and publishing paper in case you want to make changes to the objects you place in the Ziploc bags.
CHECK OUT THE PREVIEW! ALL OF THE PAGES OF THE PRODUCT ARE SHOWN.
As the end of the school year quickly approaches, you may want to consider these fun, project to keep your students engaged during those last few weeks of school! End of Year Writing Craftivity: Together We Soared Awards (students create awards for one another!)
End of Year Writing Craftivity: Up, Up, and Away!
I also have the following May products available:
Mother’s Day Reader’s Theater and Activity Packet (includes invitation and 8 bonus activities!)
Cinco de Mayo: Reader’s Theater with 5 bonus activities!
If you and your students enjoy this writing project, please come back and take a peek at some of the other writing projects that I have written for various times of the year.
My Family Album: A Writing Project
Kite Creative Writing Spring Craftivity Project: (17 page unit that includes an oral presentation rubric!)
My Mom (or Dad!) for President: A Persuasive Writing Project for President’s Day or Election Day
December Gingerbread House: Write for an Audience- Writing Unit and Craftivity Project
January Writing Unit: A Class Calendar Project and Craftivity Project
Valentine’s Day: Magic Box of Chocolates Writing Unit and Craftivity Project
**My BEST SELLING writing unit!**
Christmas Tree Ornaments: A Descriptive Writing and Craftivity Project using the 5 senses
Valentine’s Day: Personal Narrative Gift Project
How to Catch a Leprechaun: March Writing and Craftivity Project
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