Tuesday, April 11, 2017

How to Catch the Easter Bunny: A FREE Writing Craftivity

Hi all.
I know some of you are enjoying a well-deserved spring break.  Sadly my spring break was about a month ago.  On the bright side, during this week leading up to Easter, my class gets to enjoy all sorts of Easter themed learning.
This time of year, there are so many sweet books that are great jumping off points for fun classroom activities.  One new addition to my classroom library is How to Catch the Easter Bunny, by Adam Wallace.

Before I even had this book in my hand, the title had already planted a seed for a writing project.  I often use books to provide my young writers with background knowledge, examples, or inspiration for their own writing.  But, with How to Catch the Easter Bunny, I decided to approach the lesson in a little different manner.

I usually read the selected text before students write.  But, I was afraid that my writers might have a difficult time coming up with their own original ideas of "how to catch the Easter Bunny," if they heard the story before their pieces were complete.
So, to start out, we brainstormed all the info we knew about the Easter Bunny.  This information helped students as they completed their rough drafts in their journals.
After the initial writing time, we made our bunnies.  The next day we took our rough drafts and copied them on to the How to Catch the Easter Bunny writing sheet.
Pictured below are a few of the completed writing craftivities.

My students loved creating these bunnies.  They were simple to make and they made an adorable hallway display.  For a free copy of this project (which also includes two other writing prompts), click here.

If you are looking for some additional classroom resources for Easter and the remainder of the month, my April math and literacy centers are newly updated and available at my store.

Hop To It {10 Math Centers for April} includes work with place value, time to the half hour, fractions, money, basic addition/subtraction, fact families, missing addends, double digit addition, and more.  For more details, you can click here.

Hop To It {10 Literacy Centers for April} provides practice with syllables, contractions, facts/opinions, abc order, parts of speech, compound words, antonyms, and more.  For additional info, you can click here.

Keeping your little bunnies busy this time of year is so important.  I hope some of these ideas are helpful.
Happy Easter!


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