We have been very busy writing this year! (I have often slacked off in this department, but not this year!) Before starting our first descriptive writing unit, we did this little monster activity.
I drew a “monster” – no judging! – on the Promethean board. I then started to write the details with the students’ help. The students were told to be descriptive enough that a classmate could draw their copy, but I didn’t get into a big lecture on it.
Here they are – busy at work!
The next day we switched papers. Their partner had to draw their monster using only the directions given and without looking at it!
It was interesting to see some of the pairs!
(I absolutely <3 these little dudes!)
We then discussed whether or not details are important. The project worked out perfectly because the students were able to articulate what they could have done better! It was an awesome springboard into the true descriptive writing assignment we started on the next day. 🙂
Another activity we did for the first time was task cards! This particular set is one I created a few years ago for my 3rd graders. Now I’ve successfully used it with 3rd, 5th, and 6th graders!
The kiddos loved playing Scoot! They said it was “easy” and “fun” because they only had to think about one problem at a time.
Here’s an example card. (Sorry it’s a bit blurry – I couldn’t get a good shot of it…)
Did I mention multiple meaning words align with Common Core Language standard 4? That’s right! Multiple meaning words align with grades 2-8! (Obviously the reading level of your students will determine whether or not these cards are a good fit for your classroom.)
You can purchase your own copy by clicking HERE or clicking on the picture below. You will get 50 cards for a reasonable price. Check it out!
What have you been up to so far this school year? (Can you believe it’s already October!?!)
Ohhhhhhhhh! I love the monster idea! I think I should try it and see if it helps my fifth graders truly write out the details in their writing!!! Thank you for sharing.. 🙂
Michelle Rist says
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