Mrs. Twohey

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I can think of and write words that start with S, P, R, I, N, G and draw pictures to go with them as well.  I can write sentences about my favorite words I chose.

 

I can think positively and practice writing messages of thanks.

 

 

 

K

Look around your room, home, yard, or neighborhood.  See if you can find 3 or more words that start with each letter in the word “SPRING.” List the word down the side of a piece of paper.  Then add your word lists.  Draw pictures to go with your words.  You may even select a few of your favorite words and use them in a sentence.

 

S-

P-

R-

I-

N-

G-

 

Note:  This would also be wonderfully fun to do on the sidewalk using sidewalk chalk.  You can be creative and think of other words to play “Letter Detective” (LOVE, HOPE, FAMILY, KINDNESS, BASEBALL, DANCE, etc.)

 

*Make a Gratitude Tree

 

*Find your own special tree branch preferably with some limbs.

*Make and decorate your own paper leaves.  Be sure they are large enough for you to write on also.  You could make your leaves out of colored paper or any paper you have at home.

*Write words or sentences of things you are grateful for. 

*Tape or attach with string or ribbon your leaves to your branch.

*Place your Gratitude Tree in a vase or jar.  Share your work with your family and discuss your messages.  This creation can make a wonderful centerpiece and spark family conversation. 

I can recognize rhyming words and compose a poem following the couplet form and structure.

1

A couplet poem consists of two lines that rhyme. They can be any length and they are usually funny. 

Example:

My cat loves to chase a mouse.

Especially ones that are in the house.

Make a second line for this couplet:

The apple pie was so yummy.

____________________

 

Use the link to look at some more couplet examples.  Use your creative thinking to create 5 funny couplet poems to share!

Couplet Examples

Hint:  Before you start writing couplets, make a big list of rhyming words.  Use those words to help you create your couplets!

Ex.

Red/Bed

Cloud/Loud

 

Share your couplets with your GATE facilitator if you can!

 

Have Fun!

I can organize and write a friendly letter and use the proper format to address an envelope.

2

Write a friendly letter to a friend or relative.  You may include details about your life, a story you want to share, and questions about them that have you curious.  You may add illustrations also.  Your letter should have the following:

 

Greeting: Dear _____ ,

Body: Complete sentences or paragraphs telling about yourself and asking about them

Closing: Love, or Your friend, or Sincerely,

 

Signature: your name

 

 

How to write a friendly letter Video

Send your letter by putting it in an envelope and addressing it. 

 

In the upper left corner of the envelope you will write:

 

*Your first and last name

*Under that, you will write your home address including the zip code

 

In the center of the front of the envelope you will write:

 

*Your friend or relative’s first and last name

*Under that, you will write their home address including the state, city and zip code

 

Attach a stamp to the upper right corner of the envelope, and your letter is ready to be mailed. 

I can brainstorm a list of creative ideas and evaluate that list to select an idea for a persuasive writing piece.

3

Persuasive writing is Opinion writing. When you write a persuasive piece, you are trying to convince someone to believe or agree with your opinion. Watch the attached video to learn how to brainstorm ideas for a persuasive writing topic. Once you have a list of ideas (Ten or more ideas is good goal), evaluate your list and select a topic to write about. Create a letter to the appropriate audience to persuade them to agree with your idea.

Example if you were writing about school uniforms your audience could be the school board or principal. Whereas if you were wanting a dog your audience may be your parents.

Share your letter with the intended audience.

Persuasive Writing Video

Often we make up excuses as to why we did not finish a task. It could be why we didn’t finish an assignment or why we didn’t complete a chore.

 

*Brainstorm a list of creative excuses as to why you did not complete a task. Select your most creative excuse and elaborate to create a speech you would give to the person questioning why the task is not complete.

 

Example: Your list of excuses could be why your homework isn’t complete. Your speech would then be to your teacher elaborating on that excuse. BE CREATIVE!

I can practice creative and critical thinking.  I can work with synonyms and rhyming words to create original riddles.

4

A Hink Pink is a fun rhyming riddle.  The answer to the riddle is a pair of words that rhyme with each other.

Ex.  What do you call a crying father?  A sad dad

What do chickens write with? A hen pen

Use the links provided to  see more hink pink examples and get tips on writing them!

*Create two Hink Pink Riddles to share.  Make an illustration to go with them.

Hink Pink Prezi

Lesson on writing Hink Pinks

*Email your GATE facilitator your original Hink Pinks. 

 

I can add detail to a story starter to create an original adventure story.

5

Imagine that you have been teleported into your favorite video game, action adventure book or movie.

Create an original story about your adventures as this new character.

Use the attached video as a starting point for brainstorming your character and setting.

As you are writing consider character development.  Be sure to include the essential parts of a story such as a beginning, middle, and end.  Decide also if your character will resolve a problem along the way.  Be creative!

Imaginative Narrative Writing/Brainstorming Video

Email your GATE teacher your original adventure story.

I can improve my dialogue writing skills and develop characters by writing a comic strip.

 

6

 *Fold a piece of paper in half horizontally.  Then fold it again in thirds, so that you have six squares/boxes.

*Create 2 or more story characters for a comic strip story sequence.

*You may use speech bubbles to depict dialogue for each character.  Have fun with this.

*Share your comic strip with a friend, relative or your GATE teacher by taking a picture of it (if you have access on a phone) and send it to brighten their day.

 

Note:

Dialogue Grammar Rules:

 

-Put quotation marks around the words that are spoken (would come out of the character’s mouth).

-Punctuation goes inside the quotation marks.

-Capitalize the first word of what the person says.

 

Examples:

“I would like to go to the party with you.”

“Watch out!”

“Are you coming with us?”

 

How to draw cartoon characters video

 

How to make a comic strip video

Optional Writing:

 

Essay Writing:

 

*In essay form describe how going through disappointments can have a positive side.

*Make a “T” Chart of the disappointments you have experienced over the past several weeks.  List the disappointments on one side of your chart.  Then brainstorm all the positives you can think of on the other side of your chart.  Be mindful and attempt to list even more positives than negatives.

*Write an essay elaborating on your experiences.

 

Share the essay with a family member or your GATE facilitator.