Weekly Focus Indicators
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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.
think positively and practice writing messages of thanks.
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.
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
your own special tree branch preferably with some limbs.
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.
words or sentences of things you are grateful for.
attach with string or ribbon your leaves to your branch.
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.
A couplet poem consists of two lines that rhyme. They can
be any length and they are usually funny.
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!
Hint: Before you
start writing couplets, make a big list of rhyming words. Use those words to help you create your
Share your couplets with your GATE facilitator if you can!
I can organize and write a friendly letter and use the
proper format to address an envelope.
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
to write a friendly letter Video
Send your letter by putting it in an envelope and
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.
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
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.
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
on writing Hink Pinks
*Email your GATE facilitator your original Hink
I can add detail to a story starter to create an original
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
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!
Email your GATE teacher your original adventure story.
improve my dialogue writing skills and develop characters by writing a comic
*Fold a piece of paper in half
horizontally. Then fold it again in
thirds, so that you have six squares/boxes.
or more story characters for a comic strip story sequence.
use speech bubbles to depict dialogue for each character. Have fun with this.
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
quotation marks around the words that are spoken (would come out of the
goes inside the quotation marks.
the first word of what the person says.
like to go to the party with you.”
coming with us?”
How to draw cartoon characters
How to make a comic strip
form describe how going through disappointments can have a positive side.
“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.
essay elaborating on your experiences.
essay with a family member or your GATE facilitator.