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Popular resources for grades P-5th: Worksheets Games Lesson plans Create your own. Grades Preschool Kindergarten 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th. Here's how students can access Education. Choose which type of app you would like to use. To use our web app, go to kids. Or download our app "Guided Lessons by Education. Click to find similar content by grade or subject.

Thank you for your input. Tom, the boy zombie, is just a misunderstood monster. Help him tell his story from his point of view with this fun and creative writing prompt. Teacher Laura Torres created a lesson plan that uses images to jumpstart vivid writing: Three Descriptive Writing Picture Prompts. Students use their five senses and a graphic organizer to brainstorm ideas for writing a report on a recent school event and to help them think about interesting words to include in their report.

See the lesson plan. This video is published with permission from the Balanced Literacy Diet. See related how-to videos with lesson plans in the Writing Processes and Strategies section.

Writer's Workshop connects great children's literature with children's own writing experiences. Use the Visual Thinking Strategies method developed by Abigail Housen and Philip Yenawine to build students' inquiry skills and their ability to make inferences orally and in writing.

See related how-to videos with lesson plans in the Text Structures and Genres and Writing Processes and Strategies sections.

This resource from Greenville County Schools in South Carolina provides several ideas for writing in math class. Writing and mathematics are similar in that they both require gathering, organizing, and clarifying thoughts.

Writing can assist math instruction by helping children make sense of mathematics and by helping teachers understand what children are learning. Writing in science gives students an opportunity to describe observations and scientific phenomena, and can help them comprehend new material by having to explain it in their own words.

Fazio and Gallagher propose two instructional strategies to assist teachers and student when writing in science: In social studies, descriptive writing can help students describe an important historical figure or event more clearly.

Writing rich in detail will create vivid depictions of people and places and help make history come alive. The Writing Fix offers guidance for building a RAFT writing prompt that challenges students to think deeply about history. Science the 'write' way. Science and Children , 43 3 , A method to encourage science writing in upper elementary grades. Science and Children , 42 3, Writing to learn across the curriculum and the English teacher.

English Journal , 85, Creating independence through student-owned strategies: In this spin-off off from the traditional tale, the indomitable bread-making Little Red Hen makes pizza.

Describe why her friends wouldn't help her and in the order they refused her request. Make the pizza, its maker, and the ingredients irresistible in your description. Compare it to a time-honored version. A prolific and popular poet, Prelutsky provides poem starters for slightly older children. Young poets can either finish the "poemstarts" suggested here or create their own original poem. Cinderella stories are found around the world; here, they have been fused into one tale with special characteristics in text and illustrations that reflect the different origins.

Expand parts of the story to echo the traditions of the culture and its history from which it comes. It may be possible to develop a map of tales e. Counting is fun especially in this sophisticated but accessible and handsomely illustrated book. Various situations are introduced in straightforward sentences followed by questions that are answered by counting. Describe each situation in the order presented. Arresting photographs of water in various states not only introduces water but also weather, solids and liquids, and more.

The sophisticated text further encourages experimentation and observation, although is not necessary to use the entire book with younger children. Sequencing, sets, counting, and money coins are introduced in crisp photographs in this wordless concept book. Upper and lower case letters from A to Z with attendant objects are half of the book; turn it over and numbers, counting, and more are presented.

Children are encouraged to observe as experiment as they learn about wind and air as well as practice science writing by describing their findings. A boy has five pennies and spends them one at a time as he meets people during a walk.

Told in rhyme, this cumulative story is appealing and well supported by illustration. The traditional tale of a boy who planted magic beans is reimagined as a city story of a spell broken. Illustrations are photographs that have been manipulated for good effect. A mother and her child get the ingredients for soup on a snowy day and then add everything to the pot.

The pair plays snug and warm while the soup simmers until Dad comes home when they enjoy soup together. Crisp collage and a simple text make for a cozy read. Ted Williams never flinched at hard work or a challenge. In his last season with the Boston Red Sox, Williams had to decide if he wanted to take the chance and lose his rare. Williams' decision creates a riveting read in this handsome and thoughtful look at one man's ethics and the times in which he lived.

Two machines captivated young Philo Farnsworth: Both had cranks and both connected people with others one in real time, the other through music. Encourage the students to use words that describe the object as thoroughly as possible. Color, size, texture, smell, and sound are some things that can be used to describe the object.

Everyone will get a chance to read their descriptive sentences to the class, and other students will raise their hand to make a guess as to the identity of the mystery object.

The "Describe It" game can be played using different categories of words on the index cards. In the game above, students are describing random objects, but you could make a set of index cards for feelings, months of the year, items in nature, animals, or places. For example, if you are playing the game using places, one card could say "at the beach. Show some examples of descriptive words on the board: A Language Arts Game This is a fun and easy language arts game that is sure to get student brains thinking about building descriptive sentences.


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Sentence writing can be a drudgery, but it doesn't have to be. Writing descriptive sentences can be fun if a game is involved! If you'd like to try a new way of teaching how to write descriptive sentences, check out this language arts game you can use with your class.

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A fun game to introduce descriptive writing. Students to work in pairs to describe the character to the other and the partner to draw the description/5(8).

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Show Dont Tell is a fun descriptive writing game that teaches players to improve writing by using descriptive adjectives, verbs, adverbs, similes, metaphors and more. Learning Specialist and Teacher Materials - Good Sensory Learning: Show Don’t Tell: A Descriptive Writing Game Challenge: writing a chapter using each of these words. "Said is Dead".Encourage descriptive writing with these alternatives to "said". Find this Pin and more on English by Gary Lin. A Literate Life - Anchor Charts what works in the classroom anchor chart Great .

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Show Don't Tell is a multisensory writing game by Dr. Erica Warren. This game teaches players how to become masters of descriptive writing. They will quickly learn how to “show” instead of "tell" in their writing with the use of descriptive adjectives, verbs, adverbs, similes, metaphors and personification.5/5(7). Descriptive writing is about giving your readers the details they need to visualize and be a part of your writing. It’s about using words that describe everything the reader needs to know to truly create a picture in his or her mind, simply by reading your words. Here are a few things that will help you add vivid descriptions to your writing.