Have some fun with this pumpkin writing activity! Third grade and fourth grade students explain how to make a jack-o-lantern. The step-by-step nature of a familiar topic makes writing a how-to paragraph a snap! This activity focuses on writing good beginnings and endings, word choice, sentence variety, clear sequencing and use of order words.
Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich
, this resource is classroom tested and kid approved. It guides students through the entire writing process. As they write how-to paragraphs, students build skills for Common Core State Standards W.3.2 and W.4.2.
• Teacher Directions
– Three pages of directions give suggestions for focusing on explanatory writing, planning, developing, using powerful word choice, hooking the audience, wrapping it up, revising, and editing.
• Student Planning Pages
– Four student planning pages will guide your students in planning, sequencing, introducing, and concluding.
• WOW Words Thesaurus
– This four-page student thesaurus was specially designed for this Halloween writing activity. When printed back-to-back and folded, it makes a handy guide to help your students with word choice, including specific nouns, lively adjectives, active verbs, and words that show order and direction.
• Themed Writing Paper
– A lined sheet of paper with a pumpkin at the top of the page is available to print for the students’ Halloween writing.
• Student Editing Checklist
– Written in student-friendly terms, this comprehensive writing checklist may be used for editing during a writing conference with the teacher, with peers, or independently.
– Also written specifically for this activity, the rubric directly corresponds to the student editing checklist.
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I'm committed to continual improvement. This resource was updated on October 21, 2017.