This is a cute little package I thought up when I got my hands on some adorable ground hog clip art courtesy of Little Red's School House. Included:
A pie chart to both familiarize your students with writing purpose and develop a ground hog themed writing piece. It is accompanied by a cut and paste list of different ground hog related writing purposes that can double as writing prompts.
A theme sheet to help students familiarize themselves with the need for a theme in their writing. They can come up with their own theme, or circle one that is listed on this sheet.
A ground hog senses activity, where students brainstorm what their personal ground hog might see, know, wonder, or feel. It has room at the bottom for students to develop more writing topics.
A Characterization/Description list for students to develop the character of their ground hog. They are to circle at least 3 things that would describe their character out of an extensive list of descriptions.
A characterization development sheet. From the previous sheet, students brainstorm how their character would dress, talk, interact with others, eat, and keep their hole. There is a little bit of room for them to list other things (or they can list them on the back of the paper).
Somebody Wanted But So Then writing activity - - to help students develop plot to a story on a ground hog.
Digging out of the hole graphic organizer. This may be hard for students to write out too many details, but it helps them visualize the development of a well-written story. It has them think of a problem, and how to hook the reader into the story. It asks them to list rising action that shows the story moving along toward solving the problem. It asks them to list a turning point that would occur in the story to let the reader know something big has happened toward solving the problem. It has a "light at the end of the tunnel" where they list an event that clues the reader into the end of the story. Finally, it asks them to provide a solid conclusion to their story, where the reader knows the story is finished.
Dig up good words, bury the old ones - - Students can write old words down that you have told them to work on livening up OR they can choose words from the list provided in the package and cut and paste. They list the old, tired words at the bottom. They list the newer words toward the top. The idea is to bury the old, worn out words. This comes with extensive lists of adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs that start out boring and end up being more clear and precise.
6 More Weeks of Winter/ Here Comes Spring - - Use these sheets to attach to the top of their developing writing. The "6 more weeks" sheet is to indicate to them that they need to develop their writing more before it can be published. The "Here Comes Spring" sheet is used to celebrate a final draft and to list what you like about their writing, or how they've grown in their writing skills! Download these two sheets as FREE PRINTABLES!
Say What Voice Development - - students imagine the voice their ground hogs would convey in a story through 4 sheet choices: a ground hog popping up out of the hole, a ground hog seeing its shadow, a ground hog with 6 more weeks of winter, or a ground hog that knows spring is coming! They can list their own ideas OR develop some voice from a list of ideas provided.
What to do characterization - - Students imagine what their ground hog would do while he is held up in the hole for so long. There is a list of things they can choose from to help develop their character.
Packing up for another year/characterization - - Students imagine what the ground hog does once he's out of the hole. They can circle ideas from a number of things that I've listed for them if they can't come up with something on their own.
Dont' Bulldoze/ Break it down - - this is an exercise in teaching students to break down long words into smaller chunks in order to remember how to spell them. It comes with an answer key.
Since most writing is subjective, there is only an answer key in the "break it down" activity.
Ground hog writing holder - - Once students are done with their writing, they can show case and celebrate all their hard work by putting their piece in the paws of their personal Punxsutawney Phil. This little guy is a cut and color activity.