Message in a Bottle

message in a bottle
Does anyone else buy things because they want to use the packaging it comes in for a lesson? I bought this bottle of cordial (our family doesn't even drink cordial!) because I wanted to use it for a writing prompt. You can also buy similar bottles in discount stores. I just like the idea of reusing items. I usually start the lesson off by telling a story of how I was walking along the beach after a big storm. I describe how there was lots of debris and seaweed washed up on shore. Something caught my eye in one particular pile of seaweed. When I went over to investigate I was surprised to reveal this bottle. I was even more surprised to see that there was a note inside! You can also make the note inside look older by staining it with tea & crumpling it up. After telling my

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The Sequel – A Writing Prompt

After you finish reading a book to the class (novel, short story or picture book) brainstorm with the class what they think happens to the characters next. - Do they live "happily ever after"? - Do they stay in the same place or move? - Who might they meet next? - Have they learnt from previous mistakes or events or will they repeat the same mistakes? - What adventure could they go on next? Discuss with the class how some sequels pick up right where the story ended, others skip years ahead & some are prequels, which tell the events that happened before the original story. They will need to decide where they want their story to start up from. Give students some time to talk to a partner or small group about their ideas. They could even sketch setting, characters & scenario ideas. Have them report back to the

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Mixed Up Fairy Tale Writing Prompt

fairytale prompt
I was inspired to create this FREE Mixed Up Fairy Tale Writing Prompt after reading 'The Great Fairy Tale Disaster' by David Conway. * In this book the Big Bad Wolf is fed up with blowing down houses. So off he goes in search of a new fairy tale to be in. Wearing the ball gown in Cinderella does not work and is embarrassing. Climbing up the beanstalk and seeing the giant scared the wolf, and getting kissed by the prince in Sleeping Beauty is not for the wolf at all. As the wolf runs from page to page the whole book of fairy tales becomes a great mixed up mess. It also goes perfectly with Mixed Up Fairy Tales by Hilary Robinson. * With this writing prompt, students roll a die four times. The first roll will decide their main character, the second the other characters, the third decides the

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