Students will be coming back from holiday break and you want to be ready for them! This blog post will give you writing ideas to teach throughout the month of January. I hope you find something that works for your kiddos!

 

PENGUIN WRITING CRAFT (INFORMATIVE WRITING)

This cute little fella makes an adorable wall display! On top of that, students will comprehend more about penguins when they write about it!!!!

SUPPLIES AND PREP:

  • Take already lined paper and cut out circles for writing.  (5 per student)
  • Cut the same size circle on plain white paper. (1 per student)
  • Cut out larger circles from black construction paper. (2 per student)
  • Have other colored paper available for students to create the hat, arms, eyes, nose, bow tie, and feet.

informative informational writing

Student Directions:

  1.  Read a nonfiction penguin book and/or research penguins on the Internet.
  2. Take notes on the information.
  3. In your own words, write a final copy onto the smaller circles (try to fill up 3 circles). Use complete sentences and proper capitalization and punctuation.
  4. Illustrate a picture on the plain white paper and write a caption.
  5. On a lined circle, list four new words that you learned from your reading. Write their definition next to them.
  6. On another lined circle, document the sources used in research.

After students write the informative essay on the circles and create the penguin, then staple the writing onto the belly of the penguin. Cute cute cute!

If you would rather have everything prepped and ready for you, click on the image below.

The resource includes: 

  • Student directions for homework or center.
  • Templates for all parts of the penguin.
  • Graphic organizer to use when taking notes.
  • 4 different writing templates with places for title, heading, picture, captions, vocabulary
  • Bibliography page
  • Rubric for grading

THE DAY I WAS A SNOWFLAKE (NARRATIVE WRITING)

This is a fun activity to get those creative brains ticking after break! They pretend to be a snowflake and tell about their experiences that day. Make sure to have students share their final copies!

SUPPLIES AND PREP:

  • One white sheet of paper per student to cut out a snowflake.
  • One lined sheet of paper or a notebook to write a rough draft.
  • One lined sheet of paper to write the final copy.

Student Directions:

  1. Write a rough draft.
  2. Start with falling from the sky. Tell about where you landed and events of your day.
  3. Provide a beginning, middle and end.
  4. Use complete sentences and descriptive words.
  5. Edit and revise writing.
  6. Write the final copy.

To Make the Snowflake:

  1. Fold paper in half diagonally.
  2. Fold it again diagonally. You should now have a triangle.
  3. Fold it one more time!
  4. Hold the point in your hand. Cut along the outside. Some like to curve it like a a pizza slice.
  5. Keep holding the point and cut out different shapes on the folds.
  6. Open up to see your beautiful snowflake!

If you would rather have everything prepped and ready for you, click on the image below.

The resource includes:

  • Student directions for centers, homework, or independent writing.
  • Directions on how to make a snowflake.
  • Final copy writing printable.
  • Rubric for grading.

HOW TO BUILD A SNOWMAN WRITING (HOW-TO WRITING)

How to writing is an important skill for students in the elementary grades. It helps them understand sequencing, steps, and writing nonfiction! The snowman is as cute as can be and it makes an adorable hall display.

SUPPLIES AND PREP:

  • Cut out three different size circles on white construction paper. (If students need lined paper, glue or staple it to the two large circles.
  • Provide colored paper for hat, scarf, nose and arms.
  • Optional:  Provide tinsel for the hat.

how to build a snowman

Students:

  1. Write a step-by-step rough draft of how to build a real snowman.
  2. Number each step.
  3. Be very specific!
  4. Use complete sentences.
  5. Edit and revise.
  6. Copy final steps onto the two larger circles after the snowman is created.

Putting the snowman together:

  1. Glue the three circles together from smallest to largest.
  2. Draw and color eyes, mouth, and buttons.
  3. Create arms, nose, hat, and scarf out of colored paper.
  4. Glue all the part onto the snowman.
  5. Write final copy on the snowman.

If you would rather have everything prepped and ready for you, click on the image below.

The resource includes:

  • Student directions to set in a center, for homework, or independent work.
  • Snowman templates for writing and all other parts of the snowman.
  • Rubric for grading.

JANUARY DIAMANTE POEM- FREE! (POETRY WRITING)

SUPPLIES AND PREP:

Paper for final copy.

INSTRUCTION:

  • Show the directions and samples for writing a diamante.
  • Brainstorm January antonyms together!!!  This will help your students start thinking about their own writing!

Students:
Using the example on the printable, create your own diamante related to January!!!

If you would rather have everything prepped and ready for you, click on the image below.

The resource includes:

  • Teaching anchor chart
  • Writing template

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. NEWSPAPER WRITING (INFORMATIVE WRITING)

Nonfiction is important for not only reading, but writing!  Students can apply the nonfiction elements and create their own newspaper.

SUPPLIES AND PREP:

  • Find informational text or a book on Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Download and print off a copy of my free Newspaper Article Template.

Students:

  1. Read about Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. Create a newspaper page about events in his life.
  3. Create a title for the newspaper.  Ex.  Montgomery Times
  4. Create a date towards the end of his life.
  5. Create a headline for a specific event and illustrate it with a caption.
  6. Write an article including details about the heading.
  7. Repeat c and d for a new event.
  8. Create a timeline of Martin Luther King Jr.  (Label the dates and what happened.)

newspaper writing

If you would rather have everything prepped and ready for you, click on the image below.

The resource includes:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. informational text.
  • Student directions for centers, homework, or independent work.
  • Newspaper template for final copy.
  • Rubric for easy grading.

POWER OF A DREAM LYRIC ANALYSIS AND WRITING ACTIVITY (WRITING ANALYSIS)

If you can find a way to squeeze music in at any time,  your students will be so excited!  I love the song, Power of a Dream, by Celine Dion. It ties well into Martin Luther King Jr. activities!

SUPPLIES AND PREP:

  • Download the lyrics-  I use the site AZ Lyrics-  POWER OF A DREAM
  • Develop questions about the lyrics.  You are welcome to copy the following for classroom use only!
    a.  Explain the meaning behind the title of the song.
    b.  What is the rhyme scheme in stanza 2?
    c.  Choose a line to illustrate.
    d.  What do the following words mean in the song?   fate, embrace
    e.  Make a meaningful text-to-world connection.
    f.  What lesson does the song convey?
  • Make a cloud pattern for student writing.

Students:

  1. Read and listen to the lyrics.
  2. Analyze the lyrics by answering the questions above.
  3. Reread the line:  “Teaching lessons we must learn.”  What lesson do you think we need to learn and why?    Or what is your dream?
  4. Write your final copy on a cloud pattern.

If you would rather have everything prepped and ready for you, click on the image below.

The resource includes:

  • A copy of the lyrics
  • An analysis printable
  • A writing template
  • Answer Key

Make a bulletin board with the Newspaper Writing and Power of Dream Writing!

SUPER BOWL WRITING (PERSUASIVE WRITING)

SUPPLIES AND PREP:

Students:

  1. Choose between the following persuasive prompts:
    a.  Convince the NFL to advertise a commercial about a new phone that you invented.
    b.  Persuade the NFL to sell your favorite homemade snacks at the game.
    c.  Convince the NFL to allow you and your friends to perform a song or dance at half time.
    d.  Persuade the fans for the opposing team to root for your team to win!
  2. Write a rough draft.
  3. Edit and revise.
  4. Write a final copy.
  5. Draw football-themed illustrations.
  6. Staple the final copy on construction paper.
  7. Glue illustrations around the paper.

If you would rather have everything prepped and ready for you, click on the image below.

The resource includes:

  • Directions for students- great for homework project or centers.
  • Slides to place on smart board for persuasion choices
  • Friendly letter slides to teach parts of a friendly letter.
  • Three different choices to write final copy.  (Worksheet-style, football head with letter all on one worksheet, craft- football head with letter and feet separate to glue together.)


You are welcome to use all of these writing ideas as a DIY in your classroom. All of these NO PREP activities can also be purchased at a bundled price.


Added to the bundle is a JANUARY WORD LIST perfect for writing assignments!

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