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The Colored Animal Game for Kids

creating a simple plot about an animal that is different


How did this zebra turn green? Do the other zebras like him still?


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Write a story about a...

                                                                         

How did it change color? What do the other animals think?
Does your animal change back?

 


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What Mentor Texts could Strengthen this Lesson?
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Hey teachers! What mentor text would you use to teach younger writers to plan a simple plot for an original story? Click here to tell us the name of the mentor text, to share a brief description of the text, and to explain how you'd use the book to inspire better stories with recognizeable plots from your students. If we feature your idea at this page, you'll earn a resource for your classroom!

Share a Mentor Text and Plot Activity: Your students' colored animal stories might be further inspired by Dav Pilkey's Dog Breath, which is about an animal with a different kind of problem. Help students see the simple elements of plot in Pilkey's story: introduction of character and setting; development of a problem; development of a solution. The same simple sequence could be applied to a student's colored animal story. Before your students begin writing, have them talk about what simple plots they could create around their oddly colored animals. Learning to deal with other animals making fun of a character is a very simple plot, isn't it? What else could your students come up with? Let a story like Hally Tosis's begin that conversation.

--Corbett Harrison, Reno, Nevada


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What Lessons Strengthen Plot Development?
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Hey teachers: What mini-lessons/pre-writing activities do you present to teach younger writers to plan a simple plot before writing? Click here to briefly share a technique you use to strengthen your students' pre-writing skills when developing a simple story.
No pre-writing activity ideas posted yet for this writing prompt on colored wheel stories...not yet! Be the first to share an idea, and we will send you a copy of one of the NNWP Print Guides as our way of saying THANKS! See some example ideas posted on other topics at our Adjective Game for Kids Prompt.

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