People often ask me where on earth I come up with some of my ideas and I have to tell you I ask myself the same thing sometimes, but any "original" (and I use that term loosely because, let's be real, are there really any original ideas in teaching??) idea I come up with is almost always inspired by my students. My students are progressing on a daily basis with their mechanical writing skill and they are staying on topic (as much as these babies can anyway!), so I knew we were ready to start making our writing sound better by using better word choices....but how, oh how to do it is the question. I have used the Fancy Nancy series for this endeavor before, but my current class is not a Fancy Nancy class at all and I am a firm believer in letting the children take the lead.
So on DAY 1 of discussing word choice, I simply talked up the boring topic and made it sound super fun to just use better words...you know you can convince them. But, as I was explaining it to them and giving examples and non-examples, one of my students said,
"Those words are poppin'!" and so that is how we were going to describe all BETTER word choices for the rest of the year.
Before I post ideas that I think are my own "original" ideas, I always do a google search and up popped a writing descriptive writing activity on Pop Rocks from one of my faves, Babbling Abby. She has students use the candy and describe it and, of course, provides many other ideas and printables to help you easily implement this activity in your classroom. This would be a great way to introduce Poppin' Words in your classroom and then generalize it afterwards with my anchor chart idea. If you are on the fence whether this will work or not, please let me share a piece of writing from an average writer in my classroom after our discussions of poppin' writing vs. boring writing:
"Cotton candy is so tasty. It tastes like nothing I have ever tasted before. It feels so good when it is popping in your mouth."
Click here if you are interested in having poppin' writing in your classroom and want to use my anchor chart to assist you. It is provided in google docs FREE!
Click below to get a closer look at my center plans for this week and know that the centers that are shown are for my mid range students and they are modified and adapted (differentiated if you will) according to my students' levels.
I linked up to Mrs. Willis' Peek at my Week Linky Party! Check out what others are doing this week and you are likely to be inspired!
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