Need writing ideas for 2nd-3rd

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  1. hac711

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    It's the end of the year, and I am at a loss at what to do for writing...
    We have covered so far:
    Poetry(limericks, sidewalk ends, haikus) and made booklets and stuff
    short fictional stories
    mysteries
    Who done it?

    And we just finished a huge research assignment writing biographies of famous people...

    I am trying to find fun, short assignments that can take us through to the end of the year and I am out of steam...:yawn:
     
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    what about descriptive writing? You could review similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, etc. They could write descriptive paragraphs.
     
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    Earlier in the year I drew a squiggle on a piece of paper and they had to turn the squiggle into something and then write about it. My grade 3s really enjoyed this.

    I've opened up our writing time to free choice now. I've taught them how to write, now they need a chance to explore and play. I still do mini-lessons on the 6 traits of writing, and scaffold, but they are on their own. It's scary for me (and them a little, too!) but they need the chance to be independent.
     
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    Have your students create a brochure (fold the paper into thirds) to have ready for your incoming students for the 2010-2011 school year. My students do this. Have them write about activities, class trips, what is covered in the subject areas, etc. They can draw pictures or cut from magazines.
     
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    Just a quick idea or two: persuasive writing, non-fiction, how-to, or writing including dialogue.
     
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    Thanks for your suggestions! Some of the ones mentioned we have done (just forgot until they were mentioned again!) I like the squiggly line idea and the persuasive...those can be very fun. I just added public speaking to our writing hour so the kids have a chance to share too...
     
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    We just did a week of writing based on "mentor texts." I read aloud a story each day and then we discussed what the author did to make the story interesting. After that, the kids tried their hands at using the writing skills the authors used! Many books would be great for this, but here's a list of the books we used:

    1) "Duck on a Bike"- As a class, we came up with a new title- "Hillbilly Dog on a Plane." Each student used story paper to write a page for the class book using a different animal and we compiled the pages.

    2) "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." Students created booklets about themselves and a terrible horrible, no good, very bad picture day...this one was difficult for the kids and I probably won't use it again unless I can spend longer on it.

    3) "What Am I?" This is a series of books about different animals. I had the students create 2 story pages (front and back). The front page has a picture of just a part of the child's chosen animal. For example, it might be a picture of just the mouth of an alligator and the picture would read, "Here is my mouth." The words below the picture would give clues about the animal and end with "What Am I?" Then, on the back, the students would draw the entire animal and write below it, "I am an alligator!" This was easy for the children and I put all the pages together in a booklet. I showed them the front page of each one and they guessed as a class what each animal was. Cute, cute, cute!

    4) "Quick as a Cricket" After reading the book to the class, we discussed similes and each student created 4 similes like the ones in the book- I used story paper and they did front and back of two pages. One student, for example, drew herself with a squirrel and wrote, "I'm as nutty as a squirrel!" on one page. I put the pages together and titled our book "Mrs. Q's Book of Similes." This was my favorite! =)

    5) "I Wanna Iguana"- In the book, a little boy and his mother write letters back and forth- and he tries to convince her that he should have an iguana. We reviewed friendly letter format and persuasive writing techniques and students wrote friendly letters to their parents requesting a pet- the sillier, the better!

    I, too, am looking for some Reading/Writing assignments to use the last two weeks of school since we will be finishing up our basals this week...looking forward to seeing more ideas here!
     
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    all about me?

    or what there favorite thing in second grade was, what they will miss about second grade, what they learned in second grade, and what they didn't like in second grade.
     
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    Thanks!!! Your suggestions will def take me til the end of the year! Appreciate all the suggestions!
     
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    How tos (instructional narratives)

    All about books
     
  13. BioAngel

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    Write about something they've done in their other classes--- like science!!! :)
     
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    As I was preparing my plans for the next few weeks I remembered that I always have my kids write an autobiography. It's a nice keepsake and is good to pass along to their 4th grade teacher so that she may see their writing and learn about them as well.
     

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