Let’s play! Games and activities are a great way to get students excited about writing. We have materials for every stage of writing — many of them free! See below for games and activities to encourage creativity, use sensory detail, improve vocabulary, and to just have fun!
In this writing exercise, the goal is to get your students to see the importance of sensory details in writing. Encourage their creativity as they write about the theft (of an object of their choosing), the suspect, and their eyewitness testimony.
In this game students are given a phrase containing a vocabulary word — say, “tenacious inventor” — and asked to brainstorm a list of smaller words that use ONLY the letters in the phrase. In doing this, they are using their skills of spelling, creativity, and critical thinking – all while building vocabulary!
This contains four different-sized word and letter searches. Write spelling words or any words in the word searches for students to find — or have them create the searches themselves! For younger students, have them count the number of each letter they find in the letter searches.
Can your student use the words elephant, persnickety, blames, and airplane in one sentence? How about lumberjack, caterwauls, wombat, and salty? The combinations are endless in the game, and all you need to play are dice, paper, pencil, and imagination! Great for practicing spelling. vocabulary, creativity, writing… and just having fun!