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Grades 1–5
Sparks
Summer Writing Bingo

by 826 National

Fantasy/SciFi
Informational
Narrative
Poetry

A BINGO board full of fun, engaging writing prompts to keep skills sharp over the summer break!

Grades 4–8
Lessons
Metaphoraging

by Bryan Wilson, Educator Leader, The Bureau of Fearless Ideas

Poetry

What do you get when you mix foraging with metaphors? Metaphoraging, of course! In this interactive lesson, students will forage their learning space for metaphors.

Grades 3–12
Educator
Journal Writing: Implementing an Intentional Practice

by 826 National

This Educator Tool shares a variety of prompts to help you springboard into journal writing with your students.

Grades 3–5
Lessons
Field Journals

by Kendra Lappin, 826 Valencia

Informational
STEM

Students will become naturalists for the day by performing field observations and recording their thoughts in a field journal.

Grades 4–8
Videos
Inspiration in the Everyday with Charlotte Yeung

by Charlotte Yeung

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative
Persuasive
Poetry

Midwest Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador, Charlotte Yeung, shares one of her favorite brainstorming strategies for creating a new piece.

Grades 3–5
Videos
Curiosity Counts with Anne Richardson

by 826 National

Informational
STEM

In this lesson, you will create a simple scrapbook that showcases the facts, definitions, and details you’ve learned about a few of the items you found in a scavenger hunt.

Grades 1–5
Sparks
Nature Writing

by 826 National

Poetry

Students will write a poem about nature using sensory details to capture the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feeling of the subject.

Grades 5–6
Lessons
Your Intergalactic National Park

by Jayne Kennedy, 826LA

Fantasy/SciFi
Informational
Narrative

Gather students around the metaphorical campfire to craft a brochure for a Nature Preserve on another planet, complete with crazy critters, plant life, unique geological formations, and park history

Grades 5–6
Lessons
Fantasy Sports: Designing Games That You (or Elves or Dragons) Want to Play

by AT Bianchi & Kati Shanks, 826michigan

Fantasy/SciFi
Narrative
STEM

In this lesson, students imagine a fictional sport for fantastic beings, create a statistic for that sport, and write a newspaper article about the championship game.

Grades 7–8
Lessons
A Poem Mix Tape for Road Trips

by Catherine Calabro, with inspiration from Rachel Feder, 826michigan

Poetry

Your students will use free writes, writing games, cheesy pop lyrics, and revision strategies to learn how to make connections between all of the points on their journey of writing a poem.

Grades 7–12
Sparks
The Beast with Ada Limón

by Ada Limón

Poetry

This poetry prompt from Ada Limón invites students to consider a personal connection to an animal.

Grades 1–6
Sparks
Creative Recipes

by Jillian Wasick, 826 Valencia

Narrative
Poetry

What are students made of? This activity prompts students to reimagine recipes and write about their life experiences.