Innovations are great ways to jump-start
student writing because students take familiar books and rewrite them
with their own twist. I have several books that I use for innovations each year, and I’m always on the hunt for more.
I usually start the year with innovations while building writing workshop stamina and setting our classroom procedures, but I thought of this post today because we’re working on adjectives in our room. One of my favorite ways to teach adjectives is through an innovation using Judi Barrett’s Things That Are Most in the World. I read the book aloud and then have students create their own page in our very own book.
The twist in this lesson is that we use PowerPoint to make a digital book. I upload class pictures and let students write the caption. You could also have scan students’ hand-drawn pictures or use clip art. They are so, so cute! I put the template in my TpT store in case you don’t want to start from scratch.
I’ll share some of my other free innovation ideas soon!