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!

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To Catch a Thief… Using Sensory Details!

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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.

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My Store

$1.25

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The purpose of this activity is to let students have fun with writing and design through the creation of their own store, along with its own logo, advertisement, inventory, history, and pricing.

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Sight Word Bingo

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This is a quick, easy, and customizable way to practice sight words with your students. It includes two grids (3×3 and 4×4). Just laminate, write the words, and start playing!

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Intrepid Explorer

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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!

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This fun game works especially well with reluctant writers. Simply choose one word, and for a set amount of time students brainstorm — or put into the trash can! — all the associated words or phrases that come to mind.

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Mixed-Up Definitions

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By breaking a compound word into two smaller words and recombining two of the smaller ones, you can create a whole new word — as well as a creative definition!

wordsearchcoverWord & Letter Search Templates

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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.

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Lists, lists, lists!

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Writing lists are an important part of the brainstorming process. With these blank list templates, your student can write and brainstorm about anything!

runon1A Run-On Thank-You Note

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Practice fixing simple run-on sentences with this run-on thank-you note.

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Four In One

$2.00

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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!

thinkquickThink Quick!

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Wake up those brains! Students must write one word of phrase that comes to mind for each given word. This is a great ice-breaker or warm-up writing activity.