The Ultimate Morning Routine –
150 Days of Graphing and Creative Writing Journal Prompts FREEBIE
** This Freebie is a sample of the Ultimate Morning Routine - 150 Days of Graphing and Creative Writing Journal Prompts**
What started out as three consecutive graphing lessons, morphed into attendance, morning routine, graphing and writing block for the ENTIRE YEAR!
Students LOVE “Would You Rather…” questions, and these daily questions spark students’ imagination, logic, reasoning and rationalizing skills first thing in the morning!
Some sample questions are:
Would you rather an elephant’s trunk OR a giraffe’s neck?
Would you rather be a giant hamster OR a tiny rhino?
Would you rather be Godzilla in Tokyo OR King Kong in New York?
Would you rather fight a grizzly bear with ping pong paddles OR a swarm of killer bees with a butterfly net?
Included in the massive unit are:
1. 150 Days of Would You Rather Bar Graph Template 1:1 - Students shade in the number of segments per student.
2. 150 Days of WYR Pictograph 1:1 – Students design a symbol to represent 1 student
3. 150 Days of Corresponding WYR Writing Templates - INTERLINED (an additional page without a question is included)
4. 150 Days of Corresponding WYR Writing Templates – LINED (an additional page without a question is included)
5. WYR Master Copy - These are the 150 questions (These can be cut into strips and glued into student’s journals as an alternative to the writing templates)
6. Student Name templates for setting up your chart – Provided as both a Word and Publisher document.
This product is perfect for maximizing the first hour in the morning. While students are independently making their choice they communicate with each other using reason, logic and imagination. After, they use problem solving skills to graph, tally and compare the results to the “Would you rather…” question. Finally, students can begin their morning journal write based on the morning question. Students are usually keen to jump into their writing, as they have already done a pre-talk while making their choice.
The writing templates are set up so that students can write about either: the reasoning for their choice, write a connection they made to the question, a story based on the question, or something entirely different than the question.
The best part about this unit is that it is all prepped and ready to go! 150 days. It’s great for busy teachers who need a few “cruise control” routines for their jammed packed day. It’s great for substitute teachers who can use the graphing activity and writing templates for creative writing. It’s great for reluctant speakers and writers as the safety of the daily routine and the amusing questions encourages them participate.