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Week 7. Today’s schedule. Turn in comparison and contrast poems and pick up last week’s homework. Don’t turn in portfolio yet. Portfolio activity Collect portfolios Writing activities for students . Writing activities for students. What writing activities have we already done in class?.

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Today s schedule
Today’s schedule

  • Turn in comparison and contrast poems and pick up last week’s homework. Don’t turn in portfolio yet.

  • Portfolio activity

  • Collect portfolios

  • Writing activities for students

What writing activities have we already done in class
What writing activities have we already done in class?

  • Name poem (Acrostic poem)

  • Mixed bag (writing a sentence/paragraph with 2 random words)

  • Sentence folding writing activity

Body letters
Body letters

  • Students use their bodies to make letters

  • They can work individually or in groups, depending on the letter.

Alphabet tic tac toe
Alphabet tic-tac-toe

  • Assign students various letters and have them play tic-tac-toe with them instead of X and O

  • Variation: One student could be uppercase, the other lowercase

  • Another idea: Alphabet Bingo

Let s go on a hunt
Let’s go on a hunt

  • Students search for a letter in a newspaper or magazine. First person to find x amount wins!

  • Modification: find letters in the classroom or in nature

Create a rhyme
Create a Rhyme

  • The teacher could say the sentence and students fill in the word, or this could be done in a circle, in pairs, etc.

  • Once there was a silly cat, and he was wearing a funny ______. Once there was a silly goat, and he was wearing a silly ______.

  • I like cats. I also like _____.

Stand sit turn around
Stand, Sit, Turn Around

  • Students whose names start with a certain letter do an action.

    • “If your name starts with “J” like Jennifer, clap your hands!

  • You could put random letters on students’ desks so they have to listen for other letters

Where is it
Where is it?

  • Give students a chart that looks like this:

  • Say a letter and word and students have to figure out where that letter is located.

  • P – pack, mop, happy, pocket, hope, open, pudding, trap, pencil, keep

Living word human sentence
Living word/ human sentence

  • Divide students into groups and give each student one card.

  • Students have to rearranged themselves to make a word or a sentence

  • Variation: one group stands in front of the class and the other classmates direct them

Word ladders
Word ladders

  • Draw a ladder on the whiteboard

  • Write one word at the top (or bottom)

  • Ask students to change one letter to change the word. Continue until the ladder is finished.

  • Variation: students don’t need to make real words. Even if it’s not a real word still pronounce it.

Make a match
Make a match

  • Make a list of words and divide them up by their syllables. Put one syllable on each card.

  • Make syllable flashcards for each student

  • Students need to stand up and find their pair (make sure there aren’t multiple right answers!)

Running dictation
Running dictation

  • Put parts of a poem/song/paragraph on papers around the room.

  • Student A runs to one, memorizes it, and tells it to student B. Student B then becomes the runner.

  • This can be done in pairs or small groups.

  • Option: Students can sort the sentences out later to correctly make the text

Van gogh s bedroom
Van Gogh’s Bedroom

  • Elicit colors, numbers

  • Identify furniture, etc. in the picture

  • Fill out the chart

The longest sentence
The longest sentence

  • Take one word or one phrase and write it on the whiteboard.

  • Have each student add one word or phrase to it to make it longer.

  • Make the sentence as long as possible. Review conjunctions, etc. as needed.

Picture dominoes
Picture dominoes

  • Divide the dominoes equally between two or more students. Place the last domino in the middle of the table.

  • Each student takes a turn placing more dominoes down. If a student cannot play one, then move to the next student.

Lexical lineup
Lexical lineup

  • Make 3x3 squares with various words from categories such as days of the week, occupations, etc.

  • Students draw a line – I / to connect the similar words

Family circles
Family circles

  • Give students the names of various family members (grandmother, cousin, uncle, etc.)

  • Give students a Venn diagram worksheet to sort them.

Concrete poetry
Concrete poetry

  • Students write about a topic and then try to revise the poem so it forms a shape.

  • Variation: If students are lower level, have them write about a topic, draw a picture and write the words around the picture in an artisticway.


  • For teaching: nouns, adjetives, participles, synonyms

  • Line 1: Noun Dogs

  • Line 2: 2 Adjectives Furry, Cuddly

  • Line 3: 3 present participles running, playing, barking

  • Line 4: four-word phrase always loyal and loving

  • Line 5: synonym for noun Friends

Beginnings and endings poem
Beginnings and Endings Poem

  • For teaching exclamatory statements, opposites, contrast

  • Farewell to _______ Farewell to overcoats

  • Hello to ______ Hello to tennis lessons

  • Farewell to ______ Farewell to rainy days

  • Hello to _______ Hello to sunshine

  • Statement It’s spring, spring, spring!

  • You can use Yes/No, Hello/Goodbye, etc.

  • Option: Tell students to not say the last line and have the class guess what the subjects are