Rockin’ Rocks Mini-Bundle of 16 Writing Prompts
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This Writing Bundle includes Science writing; Idiom writing; Quote writing; and Stone Soup Parody
• Rockin’ Rocks Science Writing Prompts
There are three writing prompts currently in this set, with plans to add more. Included:
• Comparing books about the same topic by different authors (I always use Let’s Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gans as one of the books)
• Summary in my Hand (for fiction or modify for nonfiction)
• Rock Cycle Essay with differentiated levels
Each prompt includes graphic organizer, sentence level help, and a version without help.
• Rockin’ Rocks English Idiom Writing Prompts
Idioms can be so hard to understand, especially for language learners. Integrating them into a science unit makes them fun and often hilarious.
Each prompt includes a graphic organizer for the prewrite; organizer with prompt space; and a simple prompt version. Some versions include writing reminders about capitalization, indenting, and re-reading for sentence fluency. Most idioms include a sentence-level scaffolded prompt for differentiation.
• I’ve Lost My Marbles realistic fiction
• Hit Me Like a Ton of Bricks narrative
• Heart of Gold/Heart of Stone compare/contrast
• Kill Two Birds with One Stone narrative
• Nothing’s Carved in Stone persuasive
• Hit the Dirt realistic fiction
• Leave No Stone Unturned fantasy fiction
1. Choose an “idiom of the week” during your Rock Cycle Unit
2. Choose 3-4 kids at a time to stand up front and pantomime while you explain the meaning of the idiom and give an example scenario.
3. Give each pair or team 1 idiom to illustrate. Leave the finished posters up until the unit is done. (How about giving posters away as prizes?)
4. Later – assign an idiom per team and let them have 1 minute to act it out for the rest of the class to decipher which idiom they had, like charades.
5. Use many of the prewrites, but allow students to choose which idiom to turn into a story or essay.
• Rockin’ Rocks Inspirational Quotes Writing Prompts
Are you a multitasker? If so, you’ll understand why I use these science, character education, figurative language and writing lessons, all wrapped in one!
• It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
• In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It's their normal life. But in other part of the world, we are starving for education... it's like a precious gift. It's like a diamond.
• If it weren't for the rocks in its bed, the stream would have no song.
• A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
Henry Ward Beecher
• It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.
Each prompt includes:
1. Grayscale poster
2. Full Color Poster (new in this bundle)
3. Prewrite graphic organizer
4. Organizer with sentence level cues
5. Organizer with writing paper
6. Quote with writing space
1. Class Discussion - Place the full page poster on chart paper and conduct a class discussion prior to writing.
2. Post-it Ideas - Use 3 colors of post-it notes for students interacting with the three questions found in the graphic organizer.
3. Large Poster - Later, I usually choose 3-4 of the post-its in each category to make a whole-class poster, including the student’s name who suggested the idea. This makes a nice centerpiece on a bulletin board for their final writing.
4. Writing About Character Quotes - Three levels of difficulty are included – 1. With graphic organizer and sentence frame support. 2. With graphic organizer, but without supports. 3. No supports and room to illustrate a personal connection.
5. Mini Posters - Print the poster size multiple times on one page. The small posters are great for interactive notebooks. Students make a web of ideas coming from the mini-poster; use it for the rough draft; or have students make their own ways to interact with the quote.
• Rockin’ Rocks Stone Soup Parody
This traditional story about sharing has many darling versions, including the one featured in my store, set in China. For this activity, you’ll want Tumbleweed Stew by Janet Stevenson. Jack Rabbit makes new friends, Armadillo, Buzzard and others, as they work together in this Texas setting to make Tumbleweed Stew.
Students use cooperative structures (outlined in the teacher guide) to make a new setting, new characters, and clever conversation with excellent word choice.
Over the years my students have made parodies that include Ocean Submarine Sandwiches; Cave Dwelling Pizza; Rain forest Ice Cream Sundaes and many more. A 6-trait rubric is included.
Update: 12/5/15 to fix lines that fell off the page when saved to pdf.
This is part of the Rockin’ Rocks Language Arts BIG BUNDLE
– no need to buy the parts if you own the whole bundle. Please see the links below for the individual parts:
• Rockin’ Rocks ESSENTIAL Questions and JOURNAL
• Rockin’ Rocks NONFICTION ELA
• Rockin’ Rocks VOCABULARY Bundle
• Rockin’ Rocks WRITING Bundle
o Rockin’ Rocks SCIENCE Writing
o Rockin’ Rocks IDIOM Writing
o Rockin’ Rocks Inspirational QUOTE Writing
o Rockin’ Rocks Stone Soup Pardody 6-trait Writing
• Rockin’ Rocks ROLL READ GRAPH
• Rockin’ Rocks QUIZZES
These engaging activities support Let’s Go Rock Collecting
• Let’s Go Rock Collecting - Vocabulary Game and Matching Quiz
• Rock Cycle Dictionary Game
• Let’s Go Rock Collecting Vocabulary Posters and Word Wall
• Let’s Go Rock Collecting - Interactive Vocabulary PPT
• Let’s Go Rock Collecting – Roll Read and Graph
These language activities support Stone Soup
Stone Soup Vocabulary Posters and Word Wall
Stone Soup Integrated Vocabulary PPT
Stone Soup Matching Game and Quiz
Stone Soup Roll Read and Graph 2 Versions
Stone Soup Vocabulary Bundle
My thanks to the following creative talents: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Ashley-Hughes-38 (paper)
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Krista-Wallden (creative clips)
Thank you for your interest in Creative Core Integrations by Kim Shelley!
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