Alphabetics! I LOVE this Book!

If you are looking for a great picture book to use in order to teach alliteration, this may be the book for you!  The artwork is fun and the word choice is off the charts!

Alphabetics: An Aesthetically Awesome Alliterated Alphabet Anthology by Patrick Concepcion

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Oo

Orson the omnipotent octopus

of the open ocean

overpowers an offensive oil tanker

 

We are planning on creating our own alliteration alphabet book with the best words we can find!  The kids will then create their own pictures to go with their words!

Looking for the book?  Click here to find it on Amazon!

Mammoth Question Posters

My kids LOVE to do question posters, especially when we first start on a new topic of study!  Here is the link the the FREE Question Poster pack!

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You just need to generate some questions about the topic (we use post-it notes on a sheet of poster board) and then the students choose a question, do some research, and then create and share the poster!  This is a great way to get the kids to research and present on a topic!

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Here are some close-ups of the posters!  These are our first ones of the year.  We also discuss non-fiction test features as we are creating them!

Mammoth Informational Reports

Get ready to write some poster reports!

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I am always trying to find creative ways to encourage my kids to write.  We focused on informational writing during the first quarter of the school year.  These reports were done using a poster format.  The students had to research mammoths using two book sources and one Internet source.  They had to include specific sections in the  report, but they were able to decide on their own layout design.  They also added a clay tooth model to the report.  I have an actual fossilized mammoth tooth in the classroom (I got it on ebay) and they used it to create the clay model.

They are always excited to write when it is a new final copy format!  These turned out great!  Do you have any creative ways to display written report information?  Please share them in the comments section!

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We included eye-catching headers for each section of the report!

Playdough Monster Writing

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Get ready to write about some monsters!  Play dough monsters, to be exact!  This writing lesson was a huge HIT in my classroom this year!  We started the project with the students making their own play dough monsters.  I gave each student one of the small containers of play dough (like for birthday favors) and then I laid out google eyes, feathers, pom pon balls, pipe cleaners, and beads on each table.  The students could create any type of monster using these supplies and they really came up with some creative ideas!

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Once the monsters were created, students had to fill out an information chart with some details about their monster.  This included a physical description, habitat, diet, and more!  Students used these charts as their pre-writing sheet and they used the information to write detailed monster informational reports.  These reports are 2-4 pages long, they were really into it!

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There are additional writing sheets included in the pack as well.  These include monster adjectives, monster descriptions, monster poetry, a letter to the monster, and a monster warning note.  The warning notes were so funny!  If you are interested in this packet, please click here for the link to my TPT store!

Happy Writing!

Zombie Pets Persuasive Writing

This writing project is always one of my kids’ favorites!  My students wrote persuasive essays about the best type of zombie pet.  They had to complete several pre-writing sheets in order to learn about different types of arguments, persuasive language, and the pros and cons of owning a particular type of zombie pet.  Once students completed the rough draft, they revised and edited them and then worked on their final copy.  They turned out great!  We also made our zombie pets out of Crayola model magic, with all of those fun zombie elements: oozing brains, stitches, rotting flesh, bulging eyes, etc.

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In addition to the reports, each student also got to “zombify” themselves thanks to a free printable I found on-line.  Click here for the link to the free zombie face download!  This may have been one of their favorite things so far this year!

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If you are looking for a great way to engage your students in writing, you may want to try this prompt!  Click here for the product link!

Making Books for our Writing Projects

My students LOVE to make these books for their writing projects.  We try to make at least one a month for their final copies!  This is our first one of the school year.  We wrote persuasive essays about which type of zoo animal we should adopt this year, and we chose the okapi.  The students then wrote informational reports on the okapi in order to learn more about it!

Materials Needed (per book):

- 2 sheets of 9 x 12 cardboard (we order them in bulk from PaperMart)

- one piece of bulletin board or butcher paper

- duct tape

- scotch tape

The first step is to lay the cardboard pieces onto the bulletin paper with a small space between them.

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Next place a strip of duct tape down the center, pressing it into the space between the cardboard sheets.

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Fold up the paper on the bottom and top of the cardboard sheets and tape it into place with scotch tape.

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Then fold the sides up, just like when you wrap a present and tape them to the cardboard sheets.

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Next, add we added the table of contents sheet to the left side and the author information page to the right side.

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Tape the outside edges of each sheet, half on the sheet and wrap the other half of the tape around to the outside edges of the book.  Use duct tape for this step.

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Next place the actual report pages (we staple them 3-4 times down the left side) into the center of the book and tape down each side (front and back) with a strip of duct tape.

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Now you can tear a strip of duct tape in half and place half at the top of the side page and half at the bottom of the side page, on both inside cover pages.

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The book is now done!  Students just need to add a decorative cover and write their report!  Here are some finished pages!

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The kids are always so excited to complete these projects!