March is a great month for writing because students get to celebrate Dr. Seuss, St. Patrick's Day, and the first day of spring! Today I want to share some of my favorite writing ideas for spring.
To start the month, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Students are allowed to choose books from any section of our classroom library during reading, but I find that the Dr. Seuss books are always the most popular this time of year.
Since we work on responding to reading all year long, I like to let my students choose any book they want and do a fun book review. Sometimes we hang these around the classroom and sometimes we make a class book so students can look for book recommendations from their peers.
Then it's time to start prepping for St. Patrick's Day! I know my students are going to be excited, so I might as well channel that energy into writing. Before starting our procedural writing, I like to read How-To Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace and Lucky O'Leprechaun by Jana Dillon. We use the ideas from these stories to draw our own leprechaun traps and explain the steps for making them.
You can find these how-to freebies here.
I also like to have my students write a story about a lucky day. I pair two texts together for this: Lucky Tucker by Leslie McGuirk and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. After reading, we brainstorm as a class items that bring luck as well as lucky & unlucky events.
Then we spend time choosing our events and writing our stories. When the stories are finished, it's fun to put them inside a pot of gold craft to create a booklet. You can find these booklets here.
March also brings the beginning of spring, which is my favorite time of year for working on poetry. The changes outdoors provide a lot of inspiration. One of the easiest poems to start with is a rainbow poem. After that we work on a variety of other poetry forms, too.
Spring is also a great time to stop and review different writing genres, too. I keep writing prompts on a ring so students can easily access them and take them back to their seats during writing.
You can find these spring writing prompts here.
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