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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Pumpkin Writing Bulletin Board

For the second year in a row, my students LOVED making these silly pumpkins. I got the idea last year from Doodle Bugs Teaching.


This year, I decided to add a writing component. First grade was working on adjectives for two weeks, and it was very easy to describe these silly pumpkins! 

The lesson was very specific. The first sentence introduced the pumpkin by giving him/her a name. The second sentence described the color and size or shape of the pumpkin. The third sentence was all about the number of teeth the pumpkin has. The fourth sentence described the pumpkin using one word only. And the last sentence told how the pumpkin made you feel.




We are working very hard on writing complete sentences, so we only wrote one sentence at a time, making sure to start with a capital letter and end with punctuation. Each sentence had to make sense too, and only include one thought. This is really tough on young writers! 

These kinds of directed writing lessons really help the children write proper sentences and not just one, long, run on! In between writing each sentence, we brainstormed words we can use in our sentences.

This is the writing template we used. 
Feel free to grab it for yourself by clicking the image below.


I do these kinds of directed writing lessons often because they really help the children learn how to write an organized paragraph. I find that the children begin to write this way on their own after a few modeled lessons.

If you are looking for ways to do these types of modeled writing lessons in your classroom, you should check out my Writing through the Fall pack. 

After a few of these, your students will be able to write an organized paragraph. Even on their own!

18 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! My kiddos will die. Thanks so much for sharing! Can't wait to do this :) It's a perfect Friday activity!!

    Chelsey

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    1. So glad you like it! I chuckle every time I walk by my bulletin board! Such a fun activity!

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  2. Thank you for the great idea! The pumpkins will look so great and the directed writing is fantastic! I already popped over to TPT and put the Fall Writing into my shopping cart. Woohoo!
    Jodi

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  3. Thanks for the cute pumpkin writing idea and paper.

    Shelly
    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

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  4. Yes! This is perfect for my first graders! Thank you!

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    1. Megan! So nice to see you here! So glad you like it!

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  6. I think this is really great! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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  7. Thanks so much for the idea! This writing activity will be perfect for my firsties this week!
    Courtney
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

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  8. It seems everyone loves pumpkins because they make us smile when we do fun activities like yours. I found some other ideas for writing and math with pumpkins at http://monthbymonth.scholastic.com/teach.html
    I think some of the math is too high for 1st without direct teacher involvement.

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  9. Students will love this creating and writing activity! Thanks for sharing!
    ~Shelly
    Promoting Success Blog

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