By Kristen PurcellJudy Buchanan and Linda Friedrich A survey of 2, Advanced Placement AP and National Writing Project NWP teachers finds that digital technologies are shaping student writing in myriad ways and have also become helpful tools for teaching writing to middle and high school students. Reflecting how critical these teachers view these skills:
I am doing the happy dance because I have compiled the top writing activities that kids go crazy over! I have tried and tested every single one of these activities, and each one receives a thumbs up from my children. Why make writing fun? Research consistently shows that children learn more when they are actively engaged in the learning process and having fun.
I am super excited to share activities that I have used for 20 years as a classroom teacher and while homeschooling my own children.
Seriously, who wouldn't love learning how to write a paragraph while eating a hamburger and how to write step-by-step directions while making a banana split or how about using a virtual slot machine to choose story starters? This post contains affiliate links.
Who are these activities designed for?
These activities were created for preschoolers up to fifth graders, but there are several activities that can be modified for students in middle and high school. Parents can use these for homeschooling or to help their children with homework. Educators can use these activities in their classrooms.
Can I use these activities with my current curriculum? These activities can be used with any classroom or homeschool curriculum and will easily complement any teaching method. But let's not forget that these activities are just plain fun!
Have your child create a hamburger from construction paper to learn how to write a paragraph.
Label the following parts: Afterwards, eat a hamburger to celebrate learning how to write a paragraph. Download this sandwich chart to use for future lessons. This is the same chart I used in the classroom to teach paragraph writing 20 years ago.
The kids love it! Flower Power Create a colorful story flower to use while writing a paragraph or for use as a graphic organizer for creative story writing.
All Aboard the Paragraph Train! Have your child create a train to learn how to write a paragraph with a beginning enginedetails train carsand an ending caboose. Print off a visual aid here. Story Maps Use story maps as graphic organizers to help your child organize his thoughts. This site has several graphic organizers to choose from.Learn how to implement a research-based text structure strategy that infuses text structures at every step of reading comprehension instruction, beginning with the introduction of the lesson, previewing of text, selecting important ideas, writing a main idea, generating inferences, and monitoring comprehension.
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