If your students love to ☺chat☺ as much as mine when they return from an extended break (or any weekend), leverage that excitement for a meaningful and fun writing activity! With these NO-PREP welcome back from the weekend activities, students talk to their classmates about their Saturday and Sunday away from school to complete a "Find Someone Who" activity. Next, they discuss their weekend and complete a Venn diagram comparing the events of each partner's long weekend. Finally, students write a 2 paragraph comparison & contrast essay to explain how their activities were similar to and different from their partner's activities.
Give yourself the gift of a no-prep & stress-free
way to return after the weekend!
(Also makes a super easy, no prep ELA activity for a sub on Monday too!)
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with ELA activities for returning from Thanksgiving
, Winter Break
, Spring Break
, Summer Vacation
, and the Weekend
1. Copy the "Find Someone Who" and the Venn diagram printables back to back for each student (your choice of color or black and white). Have students move around the classroom and find classmates that did each of the fun things listed on the "Find Someone Who" activity. Challenge students to find a different person for each space. Students sign the boxes to show which things they did.
2. Students partner up to discuss their Saturday and Sunday one-on-one while they complete the Venn diagram to compare and contrast their time away from school.
3. Finally, students use the writing prompt page to write 2 paragraphs explaining how their break was similar and different from their partner’s break. Point out the key word example boxes and writing checklist for differentiation and writing support. You may also wish to differentiate by having partners collaborate and write their essays together.
4. Students share their writing at the end of your ELA time!
Includes 3 no prep activities for Monday in color & black/white
"Find Someone Who..."
Venn diagram for comparing the weekend
Comparison and contrast writing prompt page
☮, ♡, & happy teachering!
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