Elementary Writing Activities
- I Like Myself:
- Put students in pairs.
- Direct students to take turns telling something they like about the other.
- Students are to write or draw pictures of things they like about themselves. on a sheet titled, “I Like Myself” with the words, “ I like my………”.
- Use chant for closure : I Like Myself! Chant
- After an introductory pair/share have the students create a Venn diagram showing the ways they are alike and different.
- Create a T Chart either as a whole group or individually comparing main character at the beginning of the story and then at the end of the story.
- Writing with Goal Setting : Simplified Goal Setting Worksheet - Blank Form Examples:
- Encourage Me:
- Have students draw a picture and write about a time when he/she praised or encouraged someone.
- Pair or group students and give them time to share their work and discuss others work.
- As a whole group, share new or additional ways that we can encourage others.
- Discuss - Draw - Display:
- Have learners draw a picture of someone using good manners.
- Have them explain their drawing to a partner.
- Display pictures and use in building vocabulary and comprehension of good manners.
- Display enriched vocabulary on Word Wall.
- Read aloud or assign a story for students to read.
- Encourage students to write their version of the story and include details that they remembered.
- Using their version of the story, have students illustrate one or two pictures that showcase the details they included from their story.
- Display the pictures and use them as prompts as the whole group discusses the original story.
- Talent Showcase Journal
- Create a journal (paper and/or digital) or collection of a student’s talents, as they recognize them. Encourage the student to name the talent, describe the purpose of the talent, and write and illustrate the talent in action.
- Share journals when appropriate to help students to recognize additional talents they may share with others. Showcase talents at Parent meetings, at the end of the day, or in a monthly recognition at Rise and Shine.
- Lessons and Strategies for Self-reflection Elem. Middle S. High S.
- PK-2 Word Wall Strategies
- Elementary Word Wall Activities and Resources
Middle School/High School Writing Activities
- Think of a person who has influenced your life through the use of good manners or courtesy. Write a 25-50 word note of appreciation to that person. Be sure to include specific details about your experience. Ask for volunteers to share their notes.
- Write a short dedication at the top of the page of your assignment. A dedication is written to honor or remember someone who has make an impact on your life. Write a ”Thank You” to someone who has given you encouragement or for a kind act they did for you.
- Choose a quote and write about a situation in which the quote would be helpful.
- List a Life Principle and write a short story that reflects the importance of your selected Life Principle.
- Choose a line from the School or Class Creed and write your plan for using the suggested action or idea to improve your world.
- Book of Wisdom - A journaling strategy that supports character development
- ‘We're ALL Stars’ Activity - for grades 3-12) Activity to recognize and affirm individual strengths
- Star Activity Pattern - Star pattern to be used with lower elementary
- How to make a 5 pointed star - How-to-fold a 5 point origami star
- 5 Point Star Directions
- How to Make a 5 point star video - 1:17 min.
8. Lessons and Strategies for Self-reflection Elem. Middle S. High S.
9. MIddle School/HIgh School Word Wall Activities and Resources
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