First, we brainstormed a time that we have been sick. My students made a little bubble map in their journals to start their process. I love how this cutie made her bubble map into a sick person. The next day, we put all of our ideas together on the chart shown above!
Leaf story....kids turn leaves into other objects and then write stories about it. So creative! I especially like this for multi-age/multi-level grouping (e.g., homeschooling!) because we can all do the same project, just at different levels!
After having 2 days off, we came back and did a huge writing project and wrote about our own snow day. Use the story elements of Who? Where? When? What? and How? into the story. We also did a story map together and made a class story to model the writing process of having a beginning, middle, and end to their story.