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Write a City Poem
Write a City Poem
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Write a City Poem
Help your child harness her feelings about a favorite city, by using her city knowledge to produce a poetic composition.
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Write Nutsy News Stories
Write Nutsy News Stories
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Write Nutsy News Stories
Kids practice their writing composition skills as they cut and paste nutsy headlines from old newspapers and write silly articles to go with them.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Paint a Cornucopia Still Life!
Paint a Cornucopia Still Life!
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Paint a Cornucopia Still Life!
Cornucopia still life painting is a great activity for your young artist to look at light and shadow, textures and composition in creating art at Thanksgiving!
Kindergarten
Math
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Make an African Mask
Make an African Mask
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Make an African Mask
Help your child to make a beautiful Africa mask to help her reinforce important spatial and compositional skills.
5th grade
Social studies
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Plan Stories with The Five-Finger Technique
Plan Stories with The Five-Finger Technique
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Plan Stories with The Five-Finger Technique
Got the pre-writing blues? Try this simple five-finger technique to help your second grader develop a sequenced plan for her early compositions.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Writing a Biography
Writing a Biography
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Writing a Biography
Boost creativity with this simple activity where kids make up biographies of people they find in old magazines.
2nd grade
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Explore Abstract Nature & Complementary Colors
Explore Abstract Nature & Complementary Colors
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Explore Abstract Nature & Complementary Colors
A mixture of botany, exploration, Abstract Art and Pop Art color theoryâthis activity never gets dull! Start by exploring outdoors and finish with indoor art.
Science
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Focusing on the Good Each Day
Focusing on the Good Each Day
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Focusing on the Good Each Day
In this activity, your child will design their own Best Self Journal to reflect on ways they have been their best each day.
4th grade
Social emotional
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Marshmallow Sculpture
Marshmallow Sculpture
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Marshmallow Sculpture
Let your child explore the concept of sculpture with marshmallows and pretzels to form an edible sculpture!
Kindergarten
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Make Your Own Ant Farm
Make Your Own Ant Farm
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Make Your Own Ant Farm
For your budding first grade scientist, all you need is some simple, natural materials to create an amazing ant farm. Here's how to get started.
1st grade
Science
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Mood Collage
Mood Collage
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Mood Collage
Channel the artistic spirit of Romare Bearden by making a mixed media collage to express different moods.
3rd grade
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Tanka Poem
Tanka Poem
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Tanka Poem
Most of us are familiar with haiku, but the tanka is an even older form of Japanese poetry. Learn to write a tanka poem with this activity.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Andrew Goldsworthy Art
Andrew Goldsworthy Art
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Andrew Goldsworthy Art
Your child can use leaves and grass to create his own outdoor art in celebration of Earth Day...all he needs are is the great outdoors and some creativity!
3rd grade
Science
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Create a Lichtenstein Comic
Create a Lichtenstein Comic
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Create a Lichtenstein Comic
Draw some inspiration from pop artist Roy Lichtenstein and create a bright, bold comic-style image.
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Found Poetry
Found Poetry
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Found Poetry
Encourage your reluctant writer to build creativity with a found poem, which is written by rearranging bits and pieces of other peopleâs writing.
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Corn Pastel Picture
Corn Pastel Picture
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Corn Pastel Picture
Celebrate autumn by making a beautiful pastel art piece with corn as its theme.
5th grade
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Who Are Your Ancestors?
Who Are Your Ancestors?
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Who Are Your Ancestors?
Looking for a way to engage your child with an interest in family history, or boost his writing? This is a great writing and storytelling activity.
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Create a Lipogram
Create a Lipogram
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Create a Lipogram
Challenge your child to create a lipogram, or a piece of writing that omits one specific letter. This activity strengthens writing and language skills.
4th grade
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Pet ID
Pet ID
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Pet ID
People have identification cards, why not pets? Make an ID card for your family pet, a fun activity that also gives your child some writing practice.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Letter to Your Teacher
Letter to Your Teacher
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Letter to Your Teacher
Start the school year off on the right foot by treating your child's new teacher to a special heart-felt surprise!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Skeltonic Verse
Skeltonic Verse
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Skeltonic Verse
Beginning poets can be overwhelmed keeping track of rhyme and rhythm. Have your little writer try a skeltonic poem, which focuses on end rhyme.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Family Photo Essay
Family Photo Essay
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Family Photo Essay
Help your child honor her grandpa this Father's Day by creating an original photo essay just for him.
5th grade
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What's a Zipper? A Writing Game
What's a Zipper? A Writing Game
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What's a Zipper? A Writing Game
This reading comprehension activity teaches children reading in reverse: how would you teach an alien to use a zipper?
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Write an Echo Verse
Write an Echo Verse
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Write an Echo Verse
Teach your kids about the ancient art of the Echo Verse. They'll give writing skills and creativity a boost as they write an Echo Verse of their own!
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Fauvist Painting
Fauvist Painting
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Fauvist Painting
Your child can be a Fauvist painter using bright colors and his imagination to create wild artwork!
3rd grade
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Composition activities get your child to write better stories! These engaging composition activities include storytelling activities, adjective builders, poetry exercises, and group writing games. Each of these composition activities engages your child's imagination as he gets practice writing short stories, personal narratives, and even instruction manuals. These composition activities are great for aspiring writers, and they make great keepsakes for parents and children who will enjoy looking back at the written stories. Have fun with writing with these composition activities.