Looking back on my years teaching, I notice it didn't always matter what we were writing about, but what we were writing on. Even as an adult, if someone were to hand me poster board and a pack of markers, I would instantly want to start writing or drawing (partially attributed to the distinct obsession teachers have with office supplies). Below, I've listed a few of the activities I recall with unconventional mediums. These activities seemed to especially engage students and kickstart creativity!
I used a class set of these dry erase sentence strips for four years, until I moved to a new school. These boards were in the top three most used tools in my classroom.
Students are exposed to so many more words when they copy from a fully written word, rather than have an adult parrot each letter, one by one, to help them spell. Similarly, students learn SO much more about forming letters when copying a word, than connecting dots to trace letters on worksheets! The dry erase strips were perfect for helping students physically write the words they dictated and, if you can't tell already, I highly recommend buying a set:)
My name is Laken Slate. I was an elementary school teacher for six years, before becoming a mom. I am set to graduate with a master's in Curriculum and Instruction in July 2021! Someday, I would love to be a picture book author. I am represented by the world's greatest literary agent, Joyce Sweeney :)