No matter what grade I taught, if I added a bit of craftiness to a writing prompt, I’d grab my students’ attention.
Once they saw my example, they were excited to make one of their own and get right down to business.
With that “focused & happy engagement” in mind, I thought a super-fun writing prompt
, would be for students to pretend to be a school bus
; which is also a glimpse of “personification”, “point of view” and “text to self”.
If you’ve gone over bus safety with your kiddos, this is also an interesting way to reinforce those rules. As one of the posters states: “I’m a bus and I’ve got something to say; which includes some rules that you need to obey.”
For example, my bus says: “Thank you for not eating or drinking. I hate getting all sticky and dirty. It makes me smell bad too.” Younger students can write a simpler sentence.
Check the PREVIEW
to see lots of samples, as well as read “Bus Chatter”
, a little ditty I wrote as a way to introduce the lesson.
It ends with an “It’s your turn” challenge
The packet includes 5 large, (full page) black & white bus patterns
for students to choose from.
There are also 2 speech bubble
Students choose a bus, color & cut
it out, then fill in a speech bubble with their final draft
of “bus chatter”.
Add extra pizzazz to the “flashing lights”, with flat-backed rhinestones, or glitter. A school photo adds that “finishing touch”.
Completed projects make an interesting bulletin board
Besides the craftivity, you can also make a class book
. There’s a cover, last page and 5 page options.
As always, there are matching colorful templates
for teachers. I’ve also included my text-filled bubbles, if you’d like to use those, to expedite making an example to share.
Because students really enjoy this type of writing, you can certainly do both activities.
Since Bus Safety is celebrated in October, do one at the start of the year, then make the other later in the fall, which will hopefully show lots of improvement!
For some word work
, and vocabulary-building
, I’ve also included a bus safety word find, which is a fun pre-writing
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, wishing you a super-duper and safe school year.
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