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Teach Your Child How to Write a Haiku « Imagination Soup Fun Learning and Play Activities for Kids

Teach Your Child How to Write a Haiku

We have spent a good majority of the year sharing wishes and dreams. For our storyline expo, we are creating silhouettes of students sharing what they love about our school.

Poetry through subtraction. Great activity to use newspapers/magazines for recycling.

Creating Remarkable Poetry Through Subtraction

Great video for describing adverbs and their function for describing verbs (how, when and where). Includes opportunities for student thinking and identification of adverbs.

er est. Morgan Freeman teaching superlative adjectives. Before shawshank.

onomatopoeia to Batman theme. Bet the music would make this memorable for some kids.

So basic. So important! Could print this out (comes up about 1/4 page) and put in a writer's notebook.

Before you (or your students) publish anything, run rough drafts through this Hemingway app. It will highlight weak adverbs, find passive voice, and identify reading levels. Best of all - it's free. Get monthly tips like this one at

This is one of the most beautiful things I've read in a long while.

Photo (Falling for you.)

THE ELECTRIC COMPANY: Prankster Cam: Annie Apostrophe S

Adventures in Second Grade

fan boys

FANBOYS — English Exercises & Practice | Grammar Quizzes

Grammar Ninja is VERY addicting with its video-game style. What a fantastic way to practice the parts of speech! Scroll down for the game.

Teaching with TLC: Fun Ways to Teach the Parts of Speech

Notable Sentences...for Imitation and Creation

Notable Sentences...for Imitation and Creation

Here are some common grammar errors you should avoid!

15 Grammatical Errors that Make You Look Silly

This blog post includes helpful teaching tips and free task cards to help students vary their sentences.

Literacy & Math Ideas: Vary Sentence Structure

Expository Writing: Gretchen Bernabei Style

Expository Writing: Gretchen Bernabei Style

Run-On Repair. Kids exercise their proofreading skills to correct a run-on sentence story.

Intermediate Test Prep ELA 8  (Grades7-8) Literary Devices

Intermediate Test Prep ELA 8 (Grades7-8) Literary Devices

GRAMMAR GAMES~ Great selection of online grammar activities.

Reading Fun: Grammar Games

Check out this site for funny ways to teach grammar and punctuation.

How to use a semicolon - The Oatmeal

A cat has claws at the end of its paws, and a complex sentence has a pause at the end of its clause. :)

English for Children - Helen Doron

Onomatopoeia art

artisan des arts: Onomatopoeia art

Jack Prelutsky's site. Fun! with activities for writing poetry

Jack Prelutsky | Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face

I think rubrics are a developmental thing and not all kids are ready to use them effectively in 3rd grade. I feel that having 4 samples to compare their work to will make them much more accountable. It’s visual. I will be able to say, “which sample does your writing most look like and why?” and ALL students can verbally respond to that. I don’t feel the same is true for a text-only rubric.

Clutter-Free Classroom: Visual Writing Rubric {INSPIRED}

Piano hinge book tutorial