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How To Use Simple Animal Webs To Get Kids Writing

Do you want an easy, fun writing activity to get kids writing about animals? Use a simple web graphic organizer to get students to write what they know about an animal of their choice. Students can use information from their animal web to support them with their writing.

Writing Teacher's Roadmap Get Started Guide

If you are following the Writing Teacher's Roadmap Get Started Guide, the Animal Web writing activity is perfect for Step One - Get Kids Writing. The goal of Step One is to have all your students begin writing as easily as possible. Ten minute writing activities are one way to achieve this goal. They are fun, engaging writing ideas that can be used to support EAL students, reluctant writers, beginning writers, writers who need a challenge, and more!

What Are Ten Minute Writing Activities?

Ten minute writing activities are quick, easy-to-implement writing activities you can complete with your students whenever you have ten to fifteen spare minutes in class. They can also be used as a warm up to begin your writing classes. Each activity includes a writing idea that can be completed in a short period of time. 

Find out more about ten minute writing activities by reading How To Use Fun Writing Activities For Kids.

Why Use Ten Minute Writing Activities?

Use ten minute writing activities to get kids writing. These activities provide students with an opportunity to practice different writing skills.

The quick, fun nature of these writing activities is especially useful in motivating students who:

  • struggle with coming up with ideas,
  • have trouble getting their ideas down on the page, or
  • who have trouble staying focused.

Steps To Use Animal Web Activity

  1. Brainstorm a list of animals with the students. Record the list on a sheet of chart paper or on the white board.
  2. Give each student a piece of plain white paper or a web template.
  3. Students choose an animal from the list.
  4. If students are using plain white paper, they draw a circle in the middle of the page and print the name of the animal in the circle. If students are using a template they print the name of the animal in the circle on the template.
  5. If using plain paper, students draw lines from the circle to make a web around the circle.
  6. Students then print words related to the animal on the lines coming from the middle of the web.
  7. After students have finished writing the words on the lines, they turn over their paper and write two or three sentences using the words.

DIY or Ready-Made?

You can easily create the animal web activity. Use this activity to begin a collection of ten minute writing activities. Keep these activities in an easy-to-access spot so you'll always have them at your fingertips and ready-to-use. Be sure to add the Sticky Note Travel Story FREEBIE to your collection.

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No time to create activities?

If you want to save time and have instant access to the Animal Web writing activity and many other ten minute writing activities, check out the Ten Minute Writing Activities Growing Bundle.

Each ten minute writing activity provides:

  • a teacher notes sheet to explain the activity and outline the different steps and extension option ideas for the activity in detail,
  • graphic organizers to complete the activity, and
  • draft and final copy templates for your students to use if you decide to extend the ten minute writing activity and work through the writing process.

The ten minute writing activities can be used with all the students in your class to get them writing. 

Materials shown in this blogpost are from the Ten Minute Writing Activities Growing Bundle on TeachersPayTeachers and as part of the Writing Teacher's Roadmap Club.

Happy writing!

Until next time,

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