I'm popping in to share an always-popular Thanksgiving writing activity! This activity was inspired by my wonderful colleagues at Write Now Right Now, and the kids always ADORE it. You can do it before or after Thanksgiving!
To start, I draw a picture of a table and I tell the kids to close their eyes and imagine their Thanksgiving table. There are a lot of smiles and sounds of "yumm!!" And then I tell them to imagine their Thanksgiving table...AFTER all the food has been eaten! We talk about all the different foods that are on their table and how the "after" picture isn't nearly as pretty! I get pretty dramatic about this, drawing turkey bones laying next to the platter of turkey, cranberry sauce is spilling out of the bowl, mashed potato remnants are on the table, etc. It's not a pretty picture!
Then, I ask them to tell me something to describe the picture. We write a REALLY HORRIBLY BORING sentence to describe what we are picturing.
Then, we start brainstorming adjectives and verbs to spice up our writing! We brainstorm different ways to begin our sentences, and it's just a fabulous way to work on sentence fluency and word choice.
Here is what the paper looked like when we did it together in class... I'm warning you, it's a totally non-Pinterest worthy chart! I almost misspelled Thanksgiving, I'm not sure if it's spelled 'boney' or 'bony,' and my drawings are that of a three-year-old, but my students love it nonetheless! I should have taken a picture of their version of the drawing because it was FAR superior!
Here is a copy of the "final" version that we end up hanging in the classroom. I take a bit more time to make this one look nice and presentable!
Finally, they add a topic sentence, transition words, and a conclusion sentence to complete the assignment. It is SO much fun, and I highly recommend it!
If you are looking for a fun math activity to go along with this, check out my popular math project, Thanksgiving Dinner Digits! Kids love planning and executing their Thanksgiving dinner.