March is a great month for writing because students get to celebrate Read Across America, St. Patrick’s Day, and the first day of spring! Today I want to share some of my favorite writing ideas for spring.
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To start the month, we celebrate with Read Across America. Students are allowed to choose books from any section of our classroom library during reading, but I find that the Dr. Seuss books are always very popular this time of year.
Since we work on responding to reading all year long, I like to let my students choose any book they want and do a fun book review. Sometimes we hang these around the classroom and sometimes we make a class book so students can look for book recommendations from their peers.
Then we spend time choosing our events and writing our stories. When the stories are finished, it’s fun to put them inside a pot of gold craft to create a booklet. You can find these booklets here.
March also brings the beginning of spring, which is my favorite time of year for working on poetry. The changes outdoors provide a lot of inspiration. One of the easiest poems to start with is a rainbow poem. After that we work on a variety of other poetry forms, too.
Spring is also a great time to stop and review different writing genres, too. I keep writing prompts on a ring so students can easily access them and take them back to their seats during writing.
Can you imagine living in a world where no one loves you and you feel all alone? That’s how Love Monster feels! This story written by Rachel Bright takes us on Love Monster’s journey as he finds love when he least expects it.