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    •  Write a description of something you ate this week without mentioning the actual food. After writing it, give the description to someone to guess the food. Remember to use sensory details and descriptive adjectives. 
    • Write descriptive clues for a treasure hunt game with your friends. Be sure they are in logical order.
    •  Conduct an interview and publish it. You can videotape it, create a PowerPoint with photos, or type it on Microsoft Word.
    • Write a family tree. Ask your family members to help you research relatives. You could create a Microsoft Word document by inserting shapes and pictures. 
    • Write to a pen pal. This could be a friend from class, out of school, or a family member who doesn’t live with you!
    • Write a movie review. Remember to write a short/simple summary that includes important facts about the movie. Then, provide your opinion of the movie. You could create a PowerPoint that includes a hyperlink to the movie trailer and also insert Google images!
    • Send a note to a special person. This could be a teacher, principal, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, cousin, etc. Remember to write details about your summer and ask some questions for them to respond to when they write back.
    •  “Write” a picture by describing it in written language. Think about a written “visualization” – use sensory details, descriptive adjectives, similes, onomatopoeia, and alliteration. Show. Don’t tell!
    • Write a “To-do” list for your parents. Ask them what they need done and create a list on the computer using bullet points and inserting clip art that relates to the list.
    • Make a Vacation Photo Essay Scrapbook or PowerPoint.

    1.      Take pictures from vacation.

    2.      Write a short essay under each picture describing the picture.

    3.      Make a scrapbook with the pictures and essays.

    4.      Share with your new teacher and friends!


    • Take pictures of a special event over the summer, such as a baseball game, party, or concert. Sequence the pictures using numbers. Then write a short story with a good beginning, middle, and end. You could glue the pictures in a journal or create a PowerPoint.
    • Write a “How-to” for something you enjoyed over your summer. For example, how to build a sandcastle, ride a wave, cook a meal, or engage in a sports activity.  After you write about it, you could have a friend video tape you actually doing the activity! Create a PowerPoint that includes your writing and video. 
    • Write a friendly letter to a family member who lives out of state. Ask for maps, tourism guides, etc. to learn about the state/country.
    • Write to a friend each week. Ask him/her lots of questions and tell about your summer. You can write a letter or type it up on Microsoft Word with clipart picture or a photograph of you.
    • Write yourself a letter. Date your letter, and ask someone to send it to you in a year!
    • Write yourself a letter outlining goals that you would like to set for yourself in the coming school year. Ask someone (parent, teacher) to give you the letter at the end of the year.
    • Write a persuasive letter to your mom or dad, persuading him/her to give you something you really want. Remember persuasive sentence starters…
      •  I strongly believe…
      •  In my opinion…
      •  I strongly feel that…
      •  I urge you to…
    • Send yourself or family and friends a postcard from places you visit over the summer. Describe everything using adjectives, verbs, and proper nouns. Collect them and put them in a memory book about your summer. Share with your new class!
    • Create a brochure about a special place you visited over the summer urging people to visit to that place. You can use Microsoft Publisher to create a folded brochure on the computer.   
    • Think of a place that you visited or a special event that happened to you. Write an advertisement that would make people want to visit your place or have an event like you did. Use illustrations along with your writing. Remember persuasive sentence starters (above) to make the reader want to visit!
    • Keep a daily or weekly summer journal of all the places, friends, or relatives you visited. Include pictures in your entries of special places or events.
    • Keep a writer’s notebook/journal over the summer. Be sure to keep special items you collect over the summer, such as postcards, tickets, brochures.
    • Write 10 questions you want to ask your teacher on the first day of school.
    • Write a book recommendation or create a PowerPoint. Write about the characters, setting, events, and include a reader’s thought about the book. Also give it a star rating.
    • Research a fun nonfiction topic that interests you (animal, place, person, etc.). Create a PowerPoint about the subject or write a summary about what you learned. Be sure to include photos and maybe even a hyperlink to a video!
    • Visit websites, such as StoryBird or www.readwritethink.com, that allow students to publish stories.
    • Write a family journal. Each family member writes an entry and passes it to another family member.
    • Jazz up a grocery list. Add juicy color words and awesome adjectives. You can type up the list on Microsoft Word and even include some pictures to go along with the food. For example…

      • Fire engine red, juicy plum tomatoes
      • Tender, mouthwatering steaks
    • Create a new idea for this list.

    1.      Add it to the list.

    2.      Attach your sample.

    3.      Give it to your teacher in the fall.