Get it Write!
Exercise your first grader's writing muscles! These activities put a fun spin on writing and grammar practice.
Table of Contents
Write Pen Pal Postcards Start a Personal Post Office Dictionary Treasure Hunt Write a Story From an Ant's Perspective Sight Word Jenga Write a Mixed Up Story! Make a Nonsense Book! Pin the Tail on the Silent E Word! Play Contraction Concentration! Play Action Word Charades Make a "My Favorite Nouns" Book Make a Story with Magnetic Words
Write Pen Pal Postcards
In first grade, children need to read, read, read. And one of the ways they move forward is to write, write, write at the same time! Here is a way to cover both, build those skills in a fun, practical way, and keep in touch with a faraway friend or relative while you're at it.
What You Need:
Several pieces of “first grade” paper—the kind with two lines top and bottom, and a dotted “median” line Paper in a pastel color, cut into strips the same width as the “first grade” paper Markers and pencils Glue stick Set of envelopes with stick-on labels, or a computer with a scanner Friend or relative who doesn't live near you
What You Do:
1. Find a pen pal. This activity works with any child or adult that your kid really loves. This could be a cousin far away, a dear summer friend, or even an aunt or grandparent. All it requires is someone willing to be a correspondent. Your child's pen pal services can even make for a marvelous, lowbudget holiday gift as well! 2. Take the strips of colored paper and divide them into two stacks of roughly ten strips each. On each one, write a different “sentence starter.” All you need is a few words, such as “I like/I went/My favorite book is…” Give one set to your pen pal, and keep one at home. 3. Start the chain: Lay out the strips on a table, and have your child read them and select one. Have her glue it to the top of the page, complete the sentence, and then follow up with one more sentence all of her own. 4. Your child may want to...