It’s HOT, HOT, HOT outside, so that must mean it’s a Watermelon Day! So what better way to engage your students in learning than with watermelon activities! Here’s some fun Watermelon Writing Prompts, Paper and other goodies to help guide your learners to sweet success in their writing!
Dakota and I worked together to come up with these fun watermelon themed writing prompts. We even took time to write and draw about some of them … like when Farmer Brown found out the inside of his watermelons were blue! Oh my! Dakota was very creative in coming up with a solution for Farmer Brown’s problem. Not logical, but creative. 🙂 And that’s a great activity to nudge your students to think outside the box. Research shows that so many children are now plugged into all kinds of electronics at an early age and it’s stunting their ability to be creative due to lack of use. So all creative efforts at solving Farmer Brown’s problem should be celebrated.
We came up with 24 watermelon themed writing prompts. Some of them are:
The Grumpy Watermelon Farmer
Farmer Brown’s watermelons are blue inside. What will he do?
Would you drink watermelon juice? Why or why not?
Jack and His Magic Watermelon Vine
Do you like watermelon? Why or why not?
I can add more prompts as I think of them.
Writing With Prompts
Even though most kindergardeners, and maybe even some first graders, might not be able to read the writing prompts, they should be able to respond to them either by drawing, writing or both. And typically, if using prompts as a lesson, we’d brainstorm possible scenarios and prewrite a story on the whiteboard or Promethean board. Then it would be erased. And even if some students used the same ideas, I had no problem with that because they were still writing. Once they felt more comfortable with writing, they would branch out using their own ideas.
The prompts would be great for a Writing Center or Station, but you can also use them for small groups or even whole group. Use the prompts in whole group by pairing up your students and having them work on writing a story together or each write their own story about the same prompt. Students often learn a lot working together: how to work with others, offer each other assistance, increased communication, etc.
Of course if you’re going to write about watermelons you must have watermelon writing paper. Because my focus is on students K-2, I created paper without lines, with wide and narrow lines and with and without drawing space. That should cover most students in those grade levels.
Using Visual Reminders to Increase Writing Success
When working with students on writing, I found it very helpful to have visual reminders to use with my students. Of course, I posted these on the wall in the classroom where they would best be utilized, but I also posted them at the computers. (You can post them in picture frames or something similar.) Best Writing Reminders were created in two versions: K/1 and 1st/2nd. This is the K/1 version.
I had students that used the computer as a primary form of written communication. The computer was used daily for writing and then the assignment was printed. Although they might not be able to actually read the Best Writing Reminders, we went over it every day as part of the writing instruction. After several times of going over the reminders, they could tell me what the reminders were instead of me reading it to them.
Because students tend not to utilize what’s not right in front of them, I also created a 1/4 page sized, colored, student version of the Best Writing Reminders. These personal sized versions they can use while they were writing, or editing afterwards. And because they’re colored and you want to be frugal with that colored ink, these are laminated. Once they’re laminated, students can use a washable marker to check off as they edit.
I also created a blackline version of the student sized Best Writing Reminder that they can use to edit/checkoff and once they’re finished, it is stapled to their paper. If I agreed that they spaced, used their best handwriting, etc., I would color in each matching star … which would basically be me touching each star with a yellow highlighter. If there was an area that needed more work, that area wouldn’t get a colored star and the paper would be returned to the student for more work.
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And since we have many more HOT, HOT days left of the summer, I have at least one more watermelon theme project on the board. This one is a math project. So stay tuned!
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