Writing isn’t my favorite subject to teach so I am always looking for ways to make writing more fun for my little learners and myself. I want to engage my learners and make them enjoy writing. One way I will be teaching writing this year is my using Roll’n Write Activities. I love how they integrate nouns, verbs, and adjectives to create real or silly sentences but with a hands on approach.
How to Start Roll’n Write Activities
We begin by using Differentiated Instructional Cubes, like these. I love multicolored pocket chart dice but these Instructional Cubes are color coded per dice, one yellow, one blue, and one green which can help with parts of speech. Now, I know what you are thinking parts of speech with kinders? This is a fun way to introduce parts of speech before our little learners are actually ready and providing differentiation for those who are ready.
Next, insert the parts of speech into each color coded die. Nouns are yellow. Verbs are blue. Adjectives are green. You can choose which words to use with your learners and which you don’t. The fun part of this process is the introduction of vocabulary words. You can see the words “shiver” and “harsh” above. (And yes there are black and white copies of these cards as well.)
Working to Generate Sentences
Students roll the dice and use the words that land on top to generate sentences.
Here is an example using the word SKATE, BUILD, and WARM.
Students could create sentences like “It was too cold to skate so I built a warm fire.”Sentences can be silly or real. You can also start with one die, two dice, or go to three. Start to use just the rolling dice and making sentences orally before students may be ready to write sentences.
More than Rolling Dice
Roll’n Write Printables
Use the color coded parts of speech cut apart to create real and silly sentences. There are prompts for one sentence, two sentences, and three sentences. This can allow for each differentiation for your students, all while completing similar activities.