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Even if you don’t have an ocean theme going on in your classroom, students love whales and will really enjoy these activities that are perfect for the beginning or end of the year.
This packet uses the idioms “I had a whale of a great . . .” and “Spouting off about . . “ where students complete the writing prompt, with something appropriate for back-to-school or the end of the year. Such as ”I had a whale of a wonderful summer because . . .” or “I had a whale of an awesome year in ________ grade!”
This versatility gives you “more bang for your buck”. There’s plenty of whale “topper” options, as well as cute writing prompt “bottoms”. The simple prompts make these activities suitable for little ones, as well as older kiddos, whose writing will be longer and more descriptive.
Besides a “teachable moment” for idioms, you can also add to your kiddos' vocabulary with the word homonym or homophone, as the “Tiny ‘Tales’ of School/Summer” and the “Whale of a Tale” writing prompts featuring a whale’s tail, are used in the packet as well.
Choose a whale topper for your students or give them a choice. These activities make terrific independent literacy centers and plug in nicely with Daily 5 or your writing block as well.
Students really enjoy the “craftivity” portion of their writing, which makes them really want to get started and keeps them focused. Completed projects make beautiful bulletin board displays too.
The packet includes:
* 9 bookmarks: 5 are “writing prompt bookmarks” There are also 4 “from the teacher” bookmarks appropriate to welcome your new students, or say farewell to this year’s bunch.
* A “Whale of a ‘Tale’” whale’s tail topper, for an individual, small group, or whole-group activity.
* A “Tiny ‘Tales’ of School” as well as a “Tiny ‘Tales’ of Summer booklet, can also be an individual activity, or done as a class-made mini-flip booklet, where everyone contributes a page. The “tiny tale” could be the most exciting, embarrassing, fun, scary, or funny thing that happened to them during the school year, or over summer vacation.
* Another booklet option, is “Wally”. He’s the “standing tall” blue whale. Behind his “face” are oval pages.
* A silhouette whale. Run off on a variety of colors. Students trim and complete whatever writing prompt you choose for them. For that finishing touch, add a school picture.
* 4 “Spouting Off” activities: a writing prompt color-me worksheet, a writing prompt bookmark, a writing prompt craftivity. and a definition-anchor chart poster.
* 4 different whale toppers. I've also included large and small wave patterns.
* 7 different writing prompt worksheets to go under the whale topper. I’ve included black and white as well as color, so that you can easily make a sample to share. Don’t have time? I’ve included samples too.
* 5 cover options for a full-page class-made booklet, with 6 inside page options for students to choose from, plus a completed sample.
* A simple, “color-me” writing prompt worksheet.
* I’ve also included several pages of my top picks for kid-friendly websites, which have interesting information, games and facts about whales, plus links to video and audio clips of real ones.
* Directions, samples and photographs of my completed projects, to help explain things and make life a bit easier.
I’m Diane Henderson from Teach With Me, sincerely hoping that you and your kiddos really enjoy these activities. Whether you’re purchasing this for back-to-school, or at the end of the year, I’m wishing you a “whale of a wonderful time!”