Thanksgiving can be a short, yet chaotic month! The days are FULL of things to do, but you may be working against ansty kiddos ready for tons of food and a break from schoolwork! So how do we keep students engaged, learning, and practicing skills during this time in the classroom? We use a magic tool… that is a pencil! Check out just a few of my favorite EASY and creative writing prompts that students will absolutely LOVE! These ideas are great to bust out when you need a relaxing, yet fun and educational way to keep the peace before the holiday. Let’s get into them!
Get Turkey With it
That means get funky with it! These are my favorite silly prompts that are sure to engage your students. Not only are they SO fun, it allows them to really express their creativity, while practicing crucial writing process skills. Students love the silly twist and it keeps them so engaged! These writing prompts aren’t just adorable, of course they’re packed with skill practice, and even EASIER to prep. Here are some that are included in this creative writing bundle:
Don’t Eat The Turkey!
This prompt allows students to practice letter writing with a persuasive theme. Kids can get creative on thinking about why someone should NOT eat the turkey this holiday season. Figuring out reasons to skip the ‘star of the meal’ is a gobble-worthy adventure in itself for your students! Who knew convincing someone to skip the turkey could be this much fun?
Spread a Little Extra Kindness
These crafts are the perfect gift or keepsake for students. They can write about what and who they are grateful for. There are differentiated writing pages included to meet the need of each student. Add them to the bulletin board and they are the perfect display for the month of November!
How to Catch a Turkey
With the ‘How To Catch a Turkey’ prompt, students will practice sequencing, using transition words in their writing, and explaining to readers steps on how to catch a turkey for their dinner. This craft is constructed into a fun interactive flip book that students LOVE to read when they’re all finished. A 10/10 recommend!!
How the Turkey Escaped Dinner
Students need practice with some narrative writing? I’ve got you covered! This cute prompt gets students storytelling about how a turkey escaped ending on being on the dinner table. So, let the tales unfold and the creativity soar with this writing journey where turkeys take the lead!
Since we’re on the topic of silly prompts, have you ever created a turkey disguise? We did it last year and I’ll tell you it is a MUST! You can print disguises for your students to complete in the classroom or create a family bonding project by sending it home! Whichever way you do it, the students will LOVE this writing activity because they’ll have such a blast! Take a look at some of the adorable options included below. Display them all when they come back and I guarantee your bulletin board will be the talk of the school! Check it out HERE!
We know all our little learners have different needs, all of these fun writing prompts are differentiated to meet their needs. Whether it be sentence starters or smaller lines, your kiddos will be covered. Differentiation for the win! Grab this adorable and fun writing prompt FREE by subscribing below!
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November is a time of perfect pairings – pumpkin spice lattes and cozy clothes, thanksgiving meals and much needed rest. Why not keep up the trend with some awesome read alouds this month?!
I LOVE pairing a mentor text with a writing activity because why not extend the learning if you can?! Here are some of my favorite books to pair with these fun and engaging activities!
One Step Ahead
As a teacher, we all know that the time before a break is usually when we have to deal with an elevated level of behaviors that don’t meet our expectations. This is a reminder that it is normal. Some students are so used to the structure of their school routine that knowing they’ll be off can cause them anxiety. Others may not be looking forward to holidays in the same way either and that can stir up some emotions. All of these feelings will present itself differently in every kid so stay one step ahead and do what you can to support them. If you can catch your classroom energy off before things get out of hand, everyone will be better off. Check out some of my favorite classroom management tips, especially for school breaks, HERE.
Want all the fun with none of the stress? You’ll love the jam packed Thanksgiving writing bundle found HERE! It’s a must have bundle full of TONS of engaging and creative writing prompts for this month. The best part is that is it LOW PREP and ALL fun. Be sure to grab yours now below!
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