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Monday, October 22, 2012

Great minds think alike!

Be prepared! This is a LONG one...
A giveaway awaits for those who can make it all the way to the end! =)

A few weeks ago I did a quick post on my Halloween Craftivity.
Well, my class as still not gotten around to this activity
and Halloween keeps creeping closer and closer!

I kept pondering what kind of writing activity we could do with this. 
I wanted this writing to be structured and geared toward one of our standards.
Finally... it hit me! 
Students can describe who is hiding under the ghost costume.
This covers our descriptive writing standard.

We started today by making an anchor chart on descriptive writing.


Then, my students had to describe ME! (Some of their answers were hilarious!)
We made a web of descriptive words about myself, 
and then we removed my name from the middle of the web. 
I ran into the hall and grabbed another teacher.
We asked her to read our descriptive words and to try to guess who it was. 
She was able to correctly guess who we were describing and the kids were in awe!

Next, I gave each student a web and told them to use descriptive words to describe themselves.
We talked about how even though the word "boy" might describe you,
it is not very specific and doesn't help us understand who is being described.
After students had a few minutes to write their describing words down,
I collected the webs.  
I then read the descriptions of each student without reading the name.
The class had to guess which student I was describing.

The students loved this activity and enjoyed describing themselves 
and guessing their classmates descriptions.
All of these activities enforced the importance of using visual describing words.

Throughout the rest of the week we will continue the rest of our writing stages.
Once we publish, we will make the craft to go with our writing.
Our finished writing will go with our Ghost crafts.
We don't know who is under each ghost, so parents, teachers, etc.
will have to read our descriptive paragraph to see who is hiding under each ghost costume!

Halloween Craft at TPT:
This download has been updated with a web for your students to brainstorm ways to describe themselves. Then, they can use the included paper to write their published descriptive paragraph.

So where did the title come from?
Well, I got a fabulous email from Kristin at Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten.
She teaches Kindergarten (obviously, hah!) so my download is too in depth for her kiddos.
She adapted my craft to meet her own students' needs & she decided to use descriptive writing as well!
I thought it was hilarious that I started a descriptive writing lesson with my students today and she did something very similar with her kindergarten kiddos.
Great minds think alike! =)
I would love for you to go check out how she incorporated the idea of this Halloween ghost craftivity and descriptive writing in her classroom!

Have a fabulous Tuesday!

Did you make it to the end of this post?
If so, leave me a comment! 
I will give this craft to one random person who leaves me a comment! 
(Leave your email and winner will be decided Wednesday!)

9 comments:

  1. I like the process you took them through. Lots of modeling and sharing the process is so important. The fact that you used yourself as the guinea pig was brilliant too. Nicely done.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  2. This is such a cute project. I liked how you tied it into descriptive writing. I'm glad I stumbled upon you blog. Leeann

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  3. This is absolutely adorable! I love using descriptive words in writing!
    Andrea
    Reading Toward the Stars
    readerstars@gmail.com

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  5. What a great idea!
    You could also get them to draw the picture and label with the descriptive words.

    Sorry about the deleted comment - computer is not liking me this morning.

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  7. Comes standard with a pretty egotistic tone; implying that your brain is somehow awesomified because an idea you had was just beat into existence a couple 'seconds earlier. Also implies that the one who says it is slightly slower with their thoughts or self-confidence than the one who it was said to.
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