This purchase is perfect for a teacher who needs a low-prep, quick, and engaging writing activities that is accessible for ALL writers! This activity is accessible to writers of most levels (particularly effective in grades 3-6) and can be as challenging as YOU demand it to be!
This bundle includes 48 Make a List! task cards and 2 sets of answer recording sheets. Each task card includes several colorful graphics to provide inspiration to those students who need an extra BRAIN BOOST! The lists start literal, and begin to increase in difficulty, asking students to think inferentially and categorize items in unique ways.
♥LA Station♥ Students use the included answer sheets to record their lists. Once they record as many as they can on the given list, they meet with a partner and compare lists. Students CIRCLE items that are alike, STAR their favorite idea of the other, and add to their lists with new ideas.
♥Morning Meeting♥ As students come in for the morning, have them begin their list making. Students can share their favorite ideas during morning meeting or a greeting opportunity.
♥Friendly Competition♥ Present the list topic and time limit. Start the timer... and GO! (I typically give students 2-3 minutes.) At the end, we share how many we came up with. This game works in classes that can handle and enjoy friendly competition.
Sample of Make a List! task cards included:
♥Foods you eat for breakfast.
♥Things that are cold.
♥Things you do during summer.
♥Your family members.
♥Things that can move.
♥Things that you wear.
♥Things you see in your classroom.
♥Things you can see in the sky.
♥Animals you find at the zoo.
♥Animals that are loud.
♥Things that make you happy.
♥Things that are gross!
♥Things you would say to a cranky cat.
CREATIVE WRITING PROMPTS:
This bundle includes 40 creative writing prompts in task card format. The included prompts ask students to imagine, describe, infer, pretend, problem solve, invent, empathize, and more!
♥LA Station♥ Can use these creative writing prompts as journal opportunities. As they are in task card format, they are easy to moderate! Either post a number for the day, indicating the prompt to which you want students to respond. If you are letting students self-regulate they can respond to the prompts in order (as they also increase in difficulty). If students are self-regulating, they can write the prompt number at the top of the page in their journal.
♥Morning Work♥ As students come in for the morning, have them begin their journaling. Students can share their favorite ideas during morning meeting or a greeting opportunity.
♥Small Group Writing & Conversation♥ I keep these laminated and on a ring behind my kidney table. If my small reading group finishes early, we use these as conversation starters and then begin responding through writing.
SAMPLE of creative writing task cards included:
♥Describe your bedroom. (Where do you put your clothes? What color is your bed? Do you have a window?)
♥Imagine you are an astronaut. What is your job like? (What do you see and do at work? Where do you travel?)
♥Imagine you are lost in a haunted castle. (How do you escape? Who do you encounter? Describe what the castle looks like.)
♥You are stuck inside of a video game. (What do you see and hear? Who do you meet? How do you escape?)
♥Describe the day in the life of a very busy cat.
♥How would it feel to be a leaf.
♥Invent a machine that could help you do the chore you hate the most.
♥Imagine you are a bee. Describe what you do at work.
♥Imagine you wore a blindfold for the day.