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Bright Ideas: Writing Seed Ideas

Here it comes... those B-T-S words... I won't say them, but you know what they are.

And when that S word starts back, one of the things I always like to do in writing is collect seed ideas. One of the lessons I like to do will be my Bright Idea in this month's link up:
One thing most kids know all about is the street they live on. I like to have my kiddos draw a map of their street and label what they can. Then, I give them sticky notes to tell about something that happened in a specific location on their map.
Back to school bright idea with Ideas by Jivey.
And if for some reason they have a hard time remembering things on their street, they can always improvise...
Back to school bright idea with Ideas by Jivey.
The point of the activity is to give them ideas they can turn into stories later, so whether they are real or fictional seeds, they will have something they can use for a story!

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  1. What a great idea, Jivey! I'm already planning for Writers' Notebooks, so this idea will be (happily!) added to my list. Thanks for sharing!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  2. YES!! I love this idea!! I usually read the book Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street and this is the PERFECT tie in activity!! I am so excited to do this with my kiddos this year!!

    Curls and a Smile

    1. That is a great one!!! The Secret Shortcut is also a fun one to do with this type of activity! :)

    2. I have to check that one out! The kiddos are going to love it!

  3. This is such a great idea that could be used in any grade level! Just imagine how helpful this would be in reinforcing mapping and social studies skills if you develop it through the year!

  4. Love it! I always spent the first week gathering ideas for our writing notebook. I've done the house floor plan, but not the neighborhood!

    Krazy Town

  5. How fun! We start school on Monday and I think this would be perfect for the first week of school. Thanks!

    Upper Grades Are Awesome

  6. Love, love, love this idea! I might need to make some seeds for my own writing. Thanks for sharing! xo
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  7. This is so great! I will have to try this out. My kiddos always know a ton about themselves and where they live. I like how they can reference back to it later in the year.

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

  8. Is there a resource to help generate some ideas of mentor text to tie in with thoughts to get students thinking about a "seed" to add to their writing folder for future use? I really like this but cant seem to get a list started. Thanks!

  9. That's a spooky haunted house! I love the ghost and bat creative!


  10. I love this! My kids always love using sticky notes, too. Thank you for sharing!!
    Happy Teaching,
    Adventures in Teaching (A First Grade Blog)

  11. I love this idea! We always collect seed ideas, but I never thought of having my students draw map of their street! Thanks for sharing!

    True Life I’m a Teacher

  12. This is fantastic! I've used the heart map but never a street map.

    My Bright Blue House

  13. On another note, I notice that the bright ideas blog hop was a lot smaller than usual. How do you sign up for it? I've just started my blog but would love to participate!


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