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PreK—K, 1—2, 3—5, 6—8, 9—12 From From mad libs to story maps, everything you need to make writing fun. Online Mad Libs Nothing teaches parts of speech with as much laugh-out-loud joy as a good game of Mad Libs. With the Wacky Tales link at funbrain.
Their stories are guaranteed to be hilarious, and the activity is ideal for those students who are shy about sharing. Write Your Own Folktales Since at least the dawn of cafeteria food, kids have enjoyed hearing myths. Find out when you and your students go beyond the classroom and visit this websitea comprehensive list of online publications looking for student submissions in all genres and media, for all ages.
Share the list with your students and invite them to come up with their own solutions to the writing blues. My Hero Contests are a great way to remind students that competition should bring out the best in an individual for the greater good of the whole.
For one online contest that keeps this higher purpose in mind, look no further than myhero. This international contest asks individuals, classes, even entire schools to submit essays and multimedia art including video to honor their heroes, and teaches kids that the best motivation for writing is through the heart.
Story Maps and Graphic Organizers Graphic organizers are key for young writers, and for those writers who are primarily visual learners, story mapping takes it one step further. This site describes story mapping in detail and includes lesson plans and a rubric that will motivate students to make deeper connections between character and actions and get those marker-happy kids even happier.
Need something in Urdu? The site contains bilingual quizzes in over 50 languages. Get Published One of the many advantages of the Internet is the way it has opened up the possibility for writers of all levels to get published.
The site is separated into links and resources for three distinct groups-students, teachers, and parents-so students may want to explore on their own and you may want to add it to your list of recommended sites for families. What a great way to celebrate writing outside of the classroom walls.
The Daily Buzzword There are many online dictionaries, but none we found were as versatile or fun for students as wordcentral.
Lesson plans included for both poetry and fiction writing are suitable for all ages, backgrounds, and interests. This site is comprehensive. The Rubrics for Primary Grades are varied and specific to each grade level, and the links under Creating Your Own Rubrics are helpful not only for teachers but for older students ready to put the assessment tools in their own hands.
Persuasive Writing for K-5 Think persuasive writing is just for middle schoolers? This site includes valuable resources-printouts, lesson plans for different levels, links, and a student interactive-for teaching the art of persuasion to kids in kindergarten through fifth grade.
The lessons on Fact vs. Opinion, Peer Review, and Speechwriting are particularly excellent. Preventing Plagiarism With the accessibility of online information, plagiarism is more insidious than ever. For the most kid-friendly expla-nation, and tips to prevent plagiarism, print out the article in kidshealth.
Just remember to cite the source from which you got it! Get on the Raft One of the most proven ways to get students to consider the importance of objective and audience is through the RAFT technique.
RAFT an acronym for Role of the Writer, Audience, Format, Topic is to writing what method acting is to drama, and this websitecomplete with lesson plans and a rubric, is a great starting kit. Prompts What if cows gave root beer instead of milk?
What if it really did rain cats and dogs? These are just two examples from over of the writing prompts listed on this site. Questions range from silly to introspective and guarantee more smiles and less groans during freewriting and journal time.
Vocabulary Challenge "I finished typing my final draft two days ago. The Play is the Medium For many of your students, performance can be a strong motivation to write. This website from Edutopia contains links to three outstanding online resources for teaching playwriting, a list of theater outreach groups in your area, and some helpful tips to get the words to jump off the page in more ways than one.
Look for the downloadable lesson plans on creating characters and conflict. For the ultimate four-dimensional storytelling experience, try the "Gingerbread Man" retelling using the scent of actual gingerbread.
The site includes over 50 activities that take from five minutes to one hour. Free Typing Class One of the most basic technical aspects of writing in the 21st century is knowing how to type, but the irony of growing up with smart-phones is how few can do it using more than two fingers. The titles alone e.
Word for Beginners We assume that the digital generation is computer savvy, but many kids are only proficient in IMing and Facebook.examined elementary school students’ writing processes and found that young children, like high school students, used a variety of writing processes during their writing.
A survey of books about writing provides many models of the writing process. 25 Ways to Get Kids Writing. By Ephraim Stempler. Grades. PreK–K, benjaminpohle.com contains wonderful examples of published articles from groups of students throughout the country.
The site is separated into links and resources for three distinct groups-students, teachers, and parents-so students may want to explore on their own and . The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution sets out the purposes or functions of American government as envisioned by the framers. Using the Preamble as a guide, students will identify the purposes of their own classroom and create a class “constitution.”.
Elementary Writing Ideas for Students— Elementary writing skills are essential to building a solid educational foundation in children. To help reinforce the habit of regular writing, it is essential to show kids that writing in school can be fun. (for elementary school) Discussion Questions, Writing Assignments, and Student Activities for Character Education and Life Skills.
Elementary school marks a life-changing experience for children. Regardless of their preschool experience, on the first day of kindergarten, each child walks into a new worlda world that excites growing minds, a world that can intimidate, and a world that fundamentally shapes a child's impression of learning and education.