So as well as using videos to inspire writing I have also began to look at using different websites and APPS for writing. This list will be added to with pictures etc when I come across them.
Use this video below first to get discussion going about what might be out there.
What do they think the animals could be? Stop the video on each animal to discuss the possibilities.
Following this - get the children to work in groups or if you are lucky enough by themselves on the class laptops or I-pads. Go to www.switcheroozoo.com and get the children to create their own animals to write about.
The children can use the website to write a story involving the made-up animal.
They can use the animal that they create to write a short description piece using the show-don't tell method for descriptions.
They could also write a newspaper report about the animal, e.g. where it was discovered, eye witness accounts etc.
Another possibility is to write a non-chronological report about their animal.
The website is so much fun that the hard thing will be to get the children to only choose one animal to write about.
An alternative to this would be to give the children an already completed animal that you have printed yourself to do the writing tasks with. If you use this in your classroom please let me know.
Some examples of the first few paragraphs from today are shown here....
I'm a deputy head in Scarborough, England and love using media and tech to develop writing. I'm also a keen advocate of Learning Without Limits and believe in a games based approach to developing mathematicians.