The heart map writing and journal lesson is a great community building and writing activity. Students brainstorm special memories, people, events, places and things in their lives and place them on a heart-shaped template. They can add pictures and color to make the maps more exciting. These maps can be displayed in the classroom or placed in student journals to help them generate ideas for writing as the year continues. Having students share their individual heart maps is a great way for classmates to learn more about each other and build community. My students always loved this activity, and I hope yours will, too!
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