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February 23, 2010

Writing Prompts

My weekly e-mail with teaching ideas from the website Mailbox Magazine arrived today and it had a writing prompt section.

It reminded me when I had my first classroom. We would write in journals daily for about fifteen minutes. I even kept my own journal. When the timer went off, I would randomly take five journals. (These journals were always so helpful in planning writing lessons.) Then, I asked a few kids to volunteer share their writing. I always enjoyed this part of my day, so I thought I'd share.

Mailbox's
journal prompts for a week's worth of writing:

* Write a want ad for the perfect pet. (My personal favorite)
* List five things that could cause someone to laugh.
* Write three ways that a shoe and a hammer are alike. Then write three ways they are different.
* Write a riddle that gives clues about your favorite pastime.
* What does it mean to be brave? Write about a time when you or someone you know acted brave.

Here are a few of my favorite prompts I used in my classroom:

* If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
* What is your favorite color? Explain why you love that color so much.
* Write a Thank You note to someone who is not expecting it.
* If you could be a character in a book, who would you be? What would you do in the story that is different than the book.
* What will you be doing in ten years from now?

Happy Writing!

February 22, 2010

Bears! Bears! Bears!

I blogged about this author once before (here). Since then I have been searching for more of Karma Wilson's books. Here is my recent purchase and how I plan to use it in the classroom!

Bear Wants More (2003)

Bear wakes up in spring hungry as can be, so he searches for food while meeting friends on the way. This story has a cute twist and a funny ending!

Teaching Ideas:

1. There is rhyming text which lends itself to a lesson about how words can rhyme without being spelled with the same patterns.

2. Reader's Theater

3. Themes of friendship, helping one another, bears, springtime, sharing.

4. There are wonderful illustrations to use for making inferences. Cover up the words and discuss what could possibly be happening in those pictures. Make a class chart or have kids write their own inferences before reading the book. Then read the story and discuss if the inferences
were correct.

5. There are great descriptive verbs in this book: waddles, nibbles, scampers, tromp, shuffles,romps, gobbles, snuggles. Go on a verb hunt and then talk about how these words help you visualize the story.

If these ideas are not enough, you can always take a peak at these links:

Activity Kit

Primary Social Studies Connection

Happy reading!

February 11, 2010

Silent Reading Idea

I have not had any reading ideas the past few days. Plus I have been spending all my time reading the last book in the Twilight series. LOL.

This little gem comes from an e-mail I received from
Mailbox Magazine and I liked it so much I wanted to share. Hope you enjoy it!

Turn silent reading into everyone’s favorite weekly activity:


• Monday—Cuddle Up and Read: Have each student bring a stuffed animal to class.
• Tuesday—Jazz Up Your Day With a Good Book: Encourage each student to wear her craziest socks.
• Wednesday—Reading Is a Bright Idea: Have each student bring his sunglasses.
• Thursday—Hats Off to Great Books: Let each student wear her favorite hat.
• Friday—We’ve Got an Appetite for Reading: Encourage each student to bring a snack to enjoy during silent reading.


After a week’s worth of silent reading fun, have students come up with themes to encourage weekend reading too.

Happy Reading!

February 4, 2010

A Fun Website

I was surfing the web and found myself on this website which is a lot of fun for those teachers who teach parts of speech! It is geared towards 3rd graders, but I an see my 4th and 5th graders using it, too!

Kids can make up stories by adding their own words. It is similar to Mad Libs.

Wacky Web Tales

I tried a few and it was pretty fun! One way to take this a step further is have students print up the story and then write another version adding more details! Enjoy!

Happy Writing!