Do your kids love and adore cutting snowflakes from paper? Every year, my kids can't get enough, so I finally channeled that energy into something academic (mwah ha ha!) and made this writing activity:
The premise is very simple: Students will write how-to pieces instructing others on how to cut a snowflake. This activity allows us to work on transition/linking words, steps in a process, and clarity in their writing.
I have two publishing pages: one is a bit more holiday-themed, but since we're finishing these up after the break, we will be using the little penguin choice instead :)
Kids l.o.v.e.d. the planning work we did for this and trying to make their snowflake as unique as possible:
For fun, after they publish, I have them switch their pieces with their writing partner. As they read each other's how-to, they will be following along with scissors and paper, trying to cut out an identical snowflake. At the end, they will compare snowflakes and see how well they did :)
There are rubrics for students and teacher included, so it will be a perfect way to get back into the swing of things and get a grade down for some ELA Standards :) Can't beat that!
If you're interested in this packet, it's in my TpT Store.