Workshop Wednesday: Wintry Figurative Language - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Workshop Wednesday: Wintry Figurative Language

Wahoo! Workshop Wednesday Weturns!!! (Ha! Couldn't help it. I felt a little like Wodney Wat, too!)

Today, we are sharing about the fun seasonal writing ideas we are using in our Writer's Workshop!

Yesterday, I shared about how I got my kids started with writing sentences using wintry figurative language. Well, I found this adorable figurative language snow globe craftivity from Runde's Room during the last big TPT sale, and thought it would be PERFECT to go with our snow globe writing piece we do! I tweaked her directions a bit and had my students write a sentence with each type of figurative language next to where it said the name (her directions say to define those and write the sentence on the snow inside the snow globe) and then draw the picture literally instead of figuratively. They turned out SUPER cute! Here are just a few examples:


The students will leave them on their desk so they can use these great sentences in their writing piece! I will be doing the same activity I did last year at this time- students will write about being in a snow globe! You can check out the details in this post from last year - and we will be making snow globes again this year!

Here were last year's:
I took each student's picture. They cut themselves out and decorated their wintry scene on construction paper. Then, we put big glitter flakes on their paper and I hot-glued a clear plastic salad plate on top. Here's one up close:
She was banging on the glass trying to get out. :o)

To get my kids ready, I not only played the Pixar short (see the post from last year in the link above), but we also read the book, The Snow Globe Family.
This is another great book for figurative language and sensory details, as well as an adorably sweet story! The family inside the globe is wishing that the family outside of the globe would shake them to give them a blizzard and a hill so they can go sledding! This was a great book to talk about possibilities of how you'd feel if you were in a snow globe. Maybe you WANT to be in there, but maybe you don't! Maybe you really hate it when people shake up your house, unlike the family in the book!

Here is a fun freebie from my BBB Diane to help you with these crafts, too!
Of course, I'll share our finished products when they're done! :o) So what kinds of fun things are you doing in your room during writing?

11 comments

  1. I love the snow globes. Totally adorable!
    :) Erin

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  2. I love the one trying to get out of the snow globe. Too cute! I tried to do the If I lived in a Snow Globe with my kids and they yelled at me and said we already did it last year....oops. I'm digging the figurative language idea. Maybe I could trick them into doing that!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  3. Looks like we had the same idea!! We do have the same brain and all! ;O)
    xoxo
    Amanda

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  4. I needed some fun winter activities. Thank you! I love both of them.

    Mary
    Fit to be Fourth

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  5. I love those figurative language snow globes, and your display turned out adorable!!

    Kelli
    Tales of a Teacher

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  6. Love your snowglobes (both sets!!!). That girl is too cute trying to get out of her globe! Thanks for the figurative language idea - kinda wished I would have picked up that pack at the sale - seems like it was a big hit : )

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  7. I LOVE this whole post!!! I am going to make time for at least one of the snow globe crafts with a writing piece. It snows here well into April, so I think I can make time for it! Lol!!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  8. Your snow globes are so cute! So creative with those pictures inside! I love figurative language and this activity-definitely need to wish list this for next year! Thanks for hosting!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  9. I love both activities! They look so fun and seasonal! I am sure your students had a great time!

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  10. I love the snow globe ideas! I am wondering how you got the pictures small enough to fit inside the globe. Any input on how would be greatly appreciated!
    I did place an order for the snow books as well as the MLK book. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. FANTASTIC idea from beginning to end. I can't wait to see how creative student writings turn out! Thanks for sharing =)

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