Want a fun writing activity that pairs well with informational / non-fiction reading & writing? Here it is! I used this creative writing to reteach and review the writing process with my 2nd graders after they read numerous informational texts on the ocean and ocean animals. After learning about marine mammals and the threats they face (pollution, overfishing, etc.) my students LOVED having this creative outlet to show what they learned in a new format.
- This page provides students with ideas for possible characters, settings, problems, and solutions
- Students also have the option to write and select their own ideas
- This page includes a space for students to create a story map using pictures, text, or both to identify the beginning, middle, and end of their story.
Rough draft (editing and revising)
- This page includes directions on how to write a rough draft as well as an editing and revising checklist for students to use before moving on to their final copy
- This page includes helpful reminders for students as they begin their final copy as well as lined paper for students to write their final copy on, with room for an illustration
- Before beginning this activity, I recommend reading informational texts on orcas, manatees, or other marine mammals. Specifically, students should be made aware of the threats these animals face.
- While working on this activity, I recommend using these videos to help teach/review the steps of creative writing
- You can have students engage in informational writing before or after this activity, too! My students wrote letters to an oil company explaining why they need to clean up their oil spills quickly and how they can accomplish this task.
- I have a complimentary STEAM activity in my TPT store that allows students to solve a problem many marine mammals face: oil spills.