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March 17, 2015

Free Spring Break Writing Activity for Kinder, First, and Second Grade

Oh, spring break- the time of the year that most teachers say, “Oh my gosh! Where has the year gone? We have so much to accomplish still!” I can totally relate. 100%. That is when I would start to freak out a little! But don’t fret, friend. I have just the thing to help your kiddos get back into the groove of a routine as you return from spring break. This FREE spring break writing activity is perfect for you!

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One thing I loved to do with my little friends when we returned from spring break was have them write about their time away from school. Not only was it a great time to join together as a class to share and engage in some oral language activities, but I always saw growth in their writing. Besides the Christmas break growth, this is the next big leap I always saw in writing!

Share Time

Start your time together by gatherin gin your meeting place. We loved our classroom rug for this. Share about your spring break and be detailed. I

f you relaxed on the beach, share! If you relaxed at home in your pajamas until noon each day, share how great that was for you!

  • What did you eat?
  • Who did you see?
  • Did you watch a new movie?
  • Did you see any friends?

Help them get their wheels turning about the details you want them to share!

Next, have them turn and talk to a partner or share what they did at their table groups. Then, it’s time to write! You may be able to get them writing right away, or you may need to save the writing for later. Either is fine! Do what works best for you!

I’ll share a few different ways you can use this writing paper with your students.

Morning Work Time

The first way you can use this spring break writing activity is as a morning work activity. The day students return to school, have the writing prompts out on their desks to work on once they unpack if you feel they are able. If you think they need more direction, pass it out, but save it to be done after your Morning Meeting, as I mentioned above.

This can be a great way to transition from a week off of school to coming back to the classroom. You can have students share their writing during your morning meeting or with a partner at their table.

Writing Station

If you donโ€™t have a writing station set up as one of your literacy centers, I highly recommend it! Itโ€™s one of the easiest to set up and keep kids engaged. My number one tip for this station is to keep the routine the same, but change out the writing paper or writing utensil.

You can put the spring break writing activity in your writing station with a new fun set of coloring utensils and be set! I talk here about writerโ€™s workshop, and many of those tips are also great for a writing station!

Response to Reading

Finally, students can complete this spring break writing activity as a response to reading. Choose an interactive read aloud about spring break, spring, or vacations, and have students write afterward.

If your students say they didn’t do anything and have nothing to write about, they can write about the perfect spring break they wish they could experience, too.

Here are a few read alouds you might check out to see if they’re a good fit for your students:

Free Spring Break Writing Activity

Go ahead and download your free spring break writing activity today and make your copies. Your future self will thank you when you return back to school with an activity ready to go!

If you’re looking for more writing activities, check out the Spring Chick Writing Craftivity. As students self-assess their writing conventions, they’ll earn pieces of their chick to create an adorable writing craft. This writing activity is always a hit!

Happy Teaching,

Amanda

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Hi, I'm Amanda

I’m a K-1 teacher who is passionate about making lessons your studentsย loveย and that areย easy to implementย for teachers.ย ย Helping teachers like you navigate their way through their literacy block brings me great joy. I am a lifelong learner who loves staying on top of current literacy learning and practices. Here, youโ€™ll find the tools you need to move your K-2 students forward!

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