The Writing Adventures Journal is
a quick and easy way to get kids writing regularly. The more often kids write
the better they will become.
Most kids write 4 or 5 days a week
in their journal. They have daily activities and one weekly activity. As well,
we use some of their journaling ideas to practice paragraph outlining and writing.
- lined paper notebook
Daily Activity 1:
Write a list of 5-10 things you want to do or need to do today.
Example: Clean room
Go to tutoring
Swimming at the YMCA
Play new play station game
Sleep over at Tim’s
Daily Activity 2:
Pick from the “List Ideas” and write 5-10 items.
Example: List Idea “Favorite video/computer games”
Spyro: Year of the Dragon
Spyro: Repto’s Rage
Daily Activity 3:
Write a personal thought for the day. This could be something you thought was
interesting or different about your day. It can be any thought you have.
Example: For the last three days I’ve been swimming at the Saugus YMCA
in their outdoor pool. It’s wicked big and fun to play in.
Chose from the list of Weekly Activities.
Example: Go into your backyard and write a list of 10 things
you see. Then write about a special memory that took place in your backyard.
Last year, on the fourth of July,
we had a BBQ with a bunch of neighbors on our street. The kids played in the
pool while adults talked and supervised us. My dad cooked chicken, steak, hamburgers,
and hot dogs on the grill. Each neighbor brought something to eat like potato
salad, beans, salad, bread, and cookies. The best was strawberry soup. My neighbor
Marianne made it with strawberries she grew in her yard and it was sooo good.
After we had dinner we walked down to the lake with all of our neighbors and
watched the fire works. It was the best Fourth of July ever.
Another suggestion is to take Daily
Activity 2 and turn it into a paragraph. You can use the graphic organizers
from Writing Adventures: Book 2.
I have a lot of Play Station games, but these are my favorites. First, I like
Spiderman, because it is difficult and has a lot of levels. Second, I like Spyro:
Year of the Dragon, because you can do different things like breath fire, jump,
and glide. Third, I like Crock, because you are a crocodile and you can jump,
swim, and dive. You can also creep against a wall to cross a plank and get over
the lava. Last, I like Spyro: Repto’s Rage, because when he jumps and
you press the triangle button he does a flip in the air. The reason I like these
games is that there are so many tricks you can do.
We always need new ideas for lists
and weekly activities so e-mail any great ideas you have and we will share them
on our web site.
Week One: Go into your backyard and
write a list of 10 things you see. Then write a paragraph about a special memory
that took place in your backyard.
Week Two: Go on a nature walk and
collect 5 things from nature. Write down each item you collected and generate
3-5 adjectives to describe each item. Write how you felt about the nature walk.
Week Three: Go into your bedroom
and select 5 things that are special to you. Write what each item is and why
it is special.
Week Four: Read an article from a
magazine or newspaper. Write what the article is about and write a personal
response to what you read.
Week Five: Think about what occupation
you would like to have when you are older. Write down 5 things you would do
in that occupation. Write a list of things you need to do in order to have that
occupation (ie; finish high school, go to college, etc.). Turn your ideas into
a paragraph or two.
Week Six: Interview, or ask, an adult
member of your family about their childhood. Write down the 3 memories you found
the most interesting and why.
Week Seven: Think about your summer
so far and write down 5 activities or places you have participated in or visited
(theme park, beach, friend’s house, etc.). Pick 1 activity or place and
write a paragraph describing that time.
Week Eight: Pick 5 famous people
who you would like to meet and state why you would like to meet them. Generate
a list of 10 questions you could ask these people.
Week Nine: Look around your house
and list 10 inventions that make your life easier. Write a paragraph stating
how 3 of these inventions make your life easier.
Week Ten: You are stranded on a deserted
jungle island. List 10 things found on the island that you could use to survive.
Write a paragraph describing “a day” on the island.
The List of
*The idea of writing lists came from
a seminar I took with William Van Cleave from the Kildonan School in Amenia,
New York. Many of the ideas on the list were generated at the Kildonan School.
Historical people you would like
Olympic sporting events you would like to attend
Sports you would like to see added to the Olympics
Sports you would like to see removed from the Olympics
Uses for an old newspaper
Things that fly
Things that swim
Things to take to the beach
Things to take on a camping trip
Things to do in New York City
Foreign countries you would like to visit
Things you can do in less than a minute
Inventions that changed history
Places to go on a school field trip
Thing to put on a pizza
Things you would do if you won the lottery
Ideal places to go on vacation
Uses for a pencil
Places to have a birthday party
Things at the mall
Things you can lose
Things to do during the summer (winter, fall or spring)
Favorite musical groups
Worst things about summer (winter fall or spring)