Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas Writing Prompts: Christmas Story Starters By Robin Sellers

I love Christmas writing prompts, don't you? It's the most wonderful time of the year to add a bit of creative writing to the curriculum at Christmas. It's this time of the year when students can write about Santa, reindeer, presents, Christmas trees, elves, and gingerbread men. In fact, they get encouraged to be creative and come up with creative stories with Christmas story starters.

Christmas story starters

Christmas writing prompts

A story starter is a great tool to get students writing using creative ideas. A story starter provides a prompt that creates a scenario that, well, starts the story. Then students have a free license to finish the story any way they wish.

Christmas writing prompts

I got a bit crafty with my story starters this year and decided that they would also make perfect pencil toppers or candy cane toppers or even ornaments if you have a tree in your classroom.

I took my story starters, added great graphics, put them on pencils, and added them to a canister that I got from the dollar store. Then I added a string of white lights. It's like my own Christmas light display for students. They can choose their own story starter and even use their new Christmas pencil and write away through the holiday season.

You can purchase my Christmas Story Starters {HERE}.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Writing Prompts

How will you celebrate Thanksgiving in the classroom this year? How about using some fun Thanksgiving writing prompts instead of those old boring ones that we've been using forever.

For the older children, I've created this fun Thanksgiving writing prompt set. It can also be used as a classroom decoration too and they even make great cupcake toppers. These Thanksgiving story starters are not your typical Thanksgiving writing prompts. They are fun and original. Here's one of my favorite Thanksgiving writing prompts for kids:

                      You just saw a turkey wearing a pilgrim hat running from the police.

Thanksgiving writing prompts
I promise, your kids will have a lot more fun with this prompt than the typical "what will you do for Thanksgiving" prompt. These prompts will help you meet Common Core writing standards for writing imaginative narratives.  W.2.3, W.3.3, W.4.3, W.5.3

Thanksgiving story starters
The set includes 24 Thanksgiving and Harvest Day themed story starters in color, six themed images for classroom decoration, three pages of graphic organizers, and eleven themed writing pages. Add in the two pages of instructional material and writing tips for teachers, and you're ready to go. You can start using these the first day of November and use a prompt each day or use them during the week of Thanksgiving. They will work well during the Thanksgiving short week of school. These are perfect for classrooms and for homeschool writing.

These materials are just right for 2nd through 5th grade students and are perfect for narrative paragraphs, event paragraphs, narrative essays, and event essays. Plus, you'll get your students excited to use their creative writing skills.

Thanksgiving writing prompts
We've already had a great time with my Halloween Story Starters {Here}.

Thanks for taking a peek. You can find it at my teaching resource store {Here}

Thanksgiving pumpkin craft

You may also be interested in creating this life cycle of a pumpkin craft and using it as a Thanksgiving table decoration. {Click HERE}
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