Here is where you will find all the writing activities we have posted. These activities can be done by all ages. If your child has trouble writing, have them draw a picture or you can have them tell you what to write and you can help them write the poem or activity. These activities are meant to be fun while also keeping your child engaged and learning. Please feel free to share your poems or written activities with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, March 23rd – Letter Writing
This activity focuses on how to write a letter. This is a great activity to help keep your child stay in contact with family and friends they might not be able to see in person right now. A great way to keep this idea moving is to become pen pals with someone. If you child can’t write a full letter, trying having them write a sentence and drawing pictures instead!
Tuesday, March 24th – Riddle Poetry
Let’s have some fun today learning about different fruits and vegetables! Riddle Poetry is fun and easy. Research a fruit and vegetable, write down a few clues about that chosen fruit or vegetable and try to have others guess what it is! This is a fun way to challenge your kids and can even be a fun competition!
Wednesday, March 25th – Comics with a Purpose
We all have our own stories to tell right now. Comics are a great way to tell those stories. You can have your child explore how they are feeling right now, what life looks like at home under quarantine or what they plan on doing when life returns to normal. Be sure to help them share it with friends and family, either through email or sending pictures with your phone.
Thursday, March 26th – Wish Poetry
Ask you child if they have ever made a wish? Do they wish on stars or on the birthday candles? Do they have a wish to see a family member, play with a friend or get back on the soccer field? Have them write a wish poem about what they wish right now. This is a great way to help them think through what is going on and work through some of the wishes they have right now.
Friday, March 27th – Newspaper Article
Newspaper articles are a great way to work through what is going on right now. Have your child interview family member and call friends. Have them think through what they want to write about and help them design the page to look like a newspaper!
Monday, March 30th – Describing our Community
This week’s writing lesson will focus on community. Right now we all need to come together and help one another. These lessons will help your child think through their community and who is in their community that are helping them. This first activity is all about describing the wonderful elements of our communities.
Tuesday, March 31st – Building a Community
Today’s activity is working together to build a community! Work with your child and follow the steps to create your own community. This is a great project to work on together. You can draw it with crayons or use items you have around the house. Be as creative as you like!
Wednesday, April 1st – Thank You Cards for Community Heroes
There are a number of community heroes that are helping us through this situation. Work with your child to create a thank you card for these heroes, whether they are doctors, nurse or truck drivers and grocery store workers. Help your child share a picture of their card with us and we can help get it out to those who should see it. When it is safe and healthy again to go out we can work on getting the physical cards delivered.
Thursday, April 2nd – Recipe Poems
Our community heroes have a lot of characteristics that make them amazing. Use this activity to help your child think through all these amazing aspects of these people. You can focus on their kindness, courage or how big their hearts must be.
Friday, April 3rd – Acrostic Poem
Acrostic Poems are simple and fun. This is a great beginning activity and is great for any age! Choose a name of a friend, community member or they can choose their favorite word. Have fun with it!
Monday, April 6th – Social Entrepreneurship
For this week we are going to focus on entrepreneurship. This should be familiar for our Middle School students, from the One Hen programming they take part in. For our younger students this is new information that will get them excited and prepared for the Middle School programming. This first lesson is to introduce the concept of social entrepreneurship and make sure everyone understands what that term means.
Tuesday, April 7th – Entrepreneur Mindset
Entrepreneur have a certain mindset that helps them succeed. Look at the different mindsets and help your child understand what they each mean. Help them figure out which ones they have and which ones they want to learn. A great idea is to help your child spend this time learning those mindsets.
Wednesday, April 8th – Product Ideas
Coming up with a unique product idea is one of the most important parts of being an entrepreneur. Start by selecting a object or snack in your home and building on that idea to come up with an product that someone would like to buy. Be as creative as you can!
Thursday, April 9th – Pitching a Product
Have you ever seen a commercial and it convinced you to buy something? Today’s activity is about making a commercial about a product idea you have. Work with your child to write about where their product comes from, who makes it and how it can help someone. You can have them make a poster or even record a video. We would love for you to share the commercial with us!
Friday, April 10th – Cost/Revenue/Profit
This last activity in our entrepreneurship series goes over the idea of cost, revenue and profit. The activity asks your child to build a tower using as few supports as possible. You are then able to work with them to calculate how much it cost to build their tower and what their profit was at the end.
Tuesday, April 14th – Conversation Poetry
Conversation Poetry is an activity that allows you to get creative with your child. Have them think of two ideas, peoples or things that can talk to one another. Work with them to come up with a conversation that the ideas or people can have. Help them write the poem in alternating lines, like a script.
Thursday, April 16th – Haiku
Haiku’s are short poems, usually about nature, that are written in a very specific format. They are 3 lines following the pattern, 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. This might be a more challenging type of poem for the students. This would be a great lesson to work together with them on. If your child struggles with it have them write a poem about nature, remember we want them to have fun and be creative!
Tuesday, April 21st – Rhyming
When we think of poems we think of rhyming. This is one of the easier versions of poems to write. Help your kids think of rhyming words and then put them together for a poem.
Thursday, April 22nd – Persona Poetry
A fun form of poetry is giving an animal or object human characteristics. Help your child pick an object or animal to write about. This is a great time to let your child’s imagination run!
Tuesday, April 28th – I Remember Poetry
Our memories can help us write some amazing and heartfelt poems. Work with your child to think through some of the happiest or most fun memories. Have them make a list of the details in those memories. Work with your child to write a poem about that memory and what it means to them.
Thursday, April 30th – Alphabet Poetry
This writing activity is where you start each new line with the next letter in the alphabet, such as A, then B, then C, etc. The idea is to write full sentences but if your child struggles with that, have them write one words that start with each letter. Try to keep it in some theme, such as Spring or soccer.
Tuesday, May 5th – Shape Poetry
This writing lesson gives your child a chance to exercises their artistic and writing muscles. The easiest way to complete this poem is have them choose and object, draw that object as large as they can and then write their poem inside that object. If they are unable to draw the object large enough to fit the poem they can write it on the side or under the object. Encourage them to decorate the poem when they are finished.
Thursday, May 7th – Descriptive Language
This activity is a fun one where your child gets a chance to create their own magical world. Encourage them to think as creatively as they can. This is a made up world which can have anything they want. Make sure they are using as much detail as possible when talking about this new world.
Tuesday, May 12th – Adjectives
Our lesson today is about adjectives. The following four lessons will be about different types of figurative language and parts of speech. What your child writes during these lessons can be used to create a larger poem later. Ensure your child keeps this paper somewhere they can find it later as they will keep adding to it over the next few lessons.
Thursday, May 14th – Verbs
During this lesson we focus on verbs or action words. Watch Coach Ramona and Coach Matthew’s videos about Defenders and Goalkeepers and have them make notes about the verbs that are used. Have them think about the actions they take on the soccer field from kicking, to throwing, to stopping the ball. Be sure to have them keep these with adjectives to ensure that they can add to the list next week.
Tuesday, May 19th – Onomatopoeia
This writing lesson is fun though a little difficult. Work with your child to think through the sounds they hear on the soccer field. Ask them what it sounds like when the ball hits their foot or goes through the net. Keep the list close because you will add one more type of speech to this list before writing a soccer poem.
Thursday, May 22nd – Similes
Similes are a simple way to compare two things. The biggest hint if a comparison is a simile is the use of the words like or as in the comparison. Help your child think of how to compare themselves to other things. What do they run like? How hard do they kick? How happy are they when they score a goal?
Friday, May 22nd – Reading the Game – a poem by Ramona Paul
Coach Ramona took the last four writing and soccer lessons and wrote a soccer poem. Listen to her poem and then work with your child to write their own poem using verbs, adjectives, similes and onomatopeias.