As a former 30-year language arts teacher, I know that it is very difficult to ask students to write an essay or paper over the summer holiday, but here are 27 fun lessons that can be purchased individually. They include the prewriting, paragraphing, and grading rubrics so students can do the lessons all by themselves, including grading their own papers. Best of all they are all fun! Click here, or below on DAZZLE, go to my store, and pick out the topics that you and your students would like and then LET THEM WRITE!
Yes, Dazzle knows just what is needed to keep sharp students over the summer and not spend hours doing it.
If you want your students and children to retain all of the language arts skills they learned over the school year so they will be ready to start back to school on level, then check out the DAILY DAZZLE books for grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8. All they need to do is spend ten to fifteen minutes a day working on their Daily Dazzle lesson, which they will have fun doing, and they will retain what they learned over the previous school year.
Go online and download the FREE LESSONS to see where your child should be, then order the appropriate level book . Don’t forget to buy the DAILY DAZZLE TOOL BOX (a one-time purchase that goes with ALL of the Daily Dazzles) and contains all of the rules and is coordinated by page number to all of the Daily Dazzle books 3 & A – E. (A thru E are grades 4 thru 8) so students can look up the rules and learn or review them on their own.
Students learn and review over 17 ELA skills such as the examples here for Daily Dazzle C – 6th grade:
Singular and plural rules
Prefixes, suffixes, and root words
Fact and opinion
Commonly misused words
Subject and predicate
Antonyms and synonyms
Simple or compound sentences
Use of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions,
Comparative and superlative
Try out my FREE DAILY DAZZLE comprehensive language arts bell ringer LESSONS for grades 3 – 8. EACH LESSON is a week long and covers, language arts conventions, writing, editing, grammar, and so much more.
Each grade level bell ringer is coordinated by page number to the DAILY DAZZLE TOOL BOX, an ONE TIME PURCHASE of $8.00, that contains the rules of grammar, punctuation, capitalization and more, so students can look up the rules and learn them on their own.
Please check out my store where you will find ALL my student-directed language arts and writing lessons that are student graded before they are turned in for their instructor’s assessment.
Has the long winter brought on the blues? Now that spring is officially here, Dazzle has a surefire way to chase the blues away and bring some good old fun back to your classroom. It’s called Speed Writing and students love it. Dazzle is offering it FREE to anyone that wants to get their students creative juices flowing and increase fluency at the same time.
Dazzle was brought to me by RZ Alexander the clip art master. See ALL of RZ’s wonderful clip art here.
Teachers, here is another writing lesson from Dazzle. It is an observational lesson through the senses that can be used anywhere and often. This lesson is for a nighttime observation that you could do for one night, a week, or a month of nights. You can incorporate as many or as few extras into it as you like such as write a poem, a song, or draw a picture or a map. Students love having options and will surprise you with the extra things they came up with themselves and they love to share out loud what they write. You will be surprised and happy with the outcome. If you don’t want to assign the lesson now, save it for a warmer time or when something special is occurring like fazes of the moon, an eclipse, or a holiday. Here is Dazzle’s lesson for you to share with your students.
Dazzle has a funtastic nighttime writing lesson that can be done anytime of the year, but since it’s winter lets give it a try now. Imagine stepping outside your house on a winter night and opening up your senses to everything that is going on around you. This assignment is ALL about your senses here’s what you do.
- Put on your coat, grab paper and pencil, and head outside. If you live in the city are close to a park then ask your parents if they mind if you go there or if they will go with you to the park, otherwise just go outside wherever you live.
- Find a place to stand or sit that is kind of off by yourself, take out paper and pencil, and start describing everything that is going on around you. Note the:
- Sounds your hear – Example: an owl hooting, a big truck going by, someone laughing, the sound of the wind, a dog barking, the crunch of someone walking in the snow etc
- Things you see – The clouds partially covering the moon, how dark it is outside, the shadow of the trees, the blur of a car passing by, etc.
- What you feel – The sting of snow as the wind blows it into your face, the sweat rolling down your back because you have on a very warm coat, cold hands, nervous because you hear a wolf howl, etc.
- What you smell – Dinner cooking, exhaust, clean air, the neighbors barbecue cooking on the grill, etc.
- What you taste – the cold snow as it hits your tongue, the taste of the chocolate cake you had for dinner, the lollipop you are sucking on while you make your observations, etc.
Once you have finished your observations go inside, look at your notes, and start writing your story in your composition book. Now here is where it should be fun! instead of just writing the facts, elaborate and make it interesting and try NOT to say the words I saw, I felt, I smelled, I tasted, I heard, but find more descriptive words to describe the scene and the senses. Example: As I looked up into the dark cold sky, a veil of wispy clouds shrouded the silvery moon. That sounds much better than saying I saw the moon and clouds.
As you write you can add illustrations to go with what your are describing. You could also add a poem or song if you felt inspired to do so. Have fun with your writing!
Dazzle was brought to me by RZ Alexander. Check out all RZ’s wonderful clip art here.
Check out this totally student-directed interactive writing notebook that includes lessons on narrative, compare/contrast, cause/effect, and argumentative essays as well as a poetry unit with guidelines and rubrics for each step each lesson. Students use provided rubrics to grade each assignment and essay before turning them all in for instructor evaluation.
If you are interested in more student directed and assessed language arts and writing curriculum click here.
Meet Dazzle, the amazing language arts wonder dog! Dazzle was brought to me by RZ Alexander. Drop by RZ’s TpT store and see the amazing clip art offered there.
Dazzle is chalk full 😉 of helpful teaching ideas, hints, thoughts, and lessons that will make teaching and learning language arts and writing so much more fun and less stressful. In fact, here’s one now.
Writing notes is something all students want to do so why not let them. With a few quick rules, you will be on your way to a fun time filler activity that keeps students writing and quiet for those times when you run out of things to do and still have some time left before class ends. Use this activity sparingly, usually a few times a month, and your students will be begged to do it.
Students should NOT make any noise as they write their notes and tiptoe around the room delivering them. SO PLAY SOFT MUSIC IN THE BACKGROUND, SIT BACK, AND ENJOY THE QUIET TIME. THE STUDENTS WILL LOVE IT AND SO WILL YOU.
PS: If a student writes a note that is not nice, reiterate what the word NICE means to the class, then refrain from letting the class write notes for a few weeks. They will get the message and be good when you let them resume note writing.
And speaking of writing…here is another fun writing lesson from my TpT store that can be used on Monday morning to get your writing students’ juices flowing and loosen up their writing fingers. It increases fluency and is fun. What could be better?
I love to write curriculum and seem to never run out of ideas, but when it comes to blogging I am often at a loss. Today I have decided to just let if flow.
Anyone familiar with me, or uses my curriculum, knows that I believe in student directed interactive language arts materials because I found that students that are involved in all aspects of their learning are much more successful. I discovered this the first time I passed out my newly developed scoring guide for my students to use to evaluate their weekly creative writing assignment. They were very receptive and even excited at the idea of grading their own writing. As I was collecting the finished assignment, my students were commenting on how much more they enjoyed the lesson when they got to grade their own papers.
One student stopped in after class and said, “Mrs. Darling, I never really understood how teachers graded my papers until today, plus I knew exactly what you expected me to do. I get it now and feel like I wrote a much better paper!”
That was all it took to convince me that I was on the right track, and I have not looked back since.
Today’s blog is just me rambling and sipping my coffee. I hope you all have a great day!
Our granddaughter Lucy’s class had a little problem with lice, so her mother had to do a comb for the little buggers. When Lucy woke up this morning she discovered that Jewel’s had gone through the process too.
Our daughter stated, “One can’t be too careful when it comes to guarding against lice!”
Lucy said, “Jewels is smart and funny!”