Writing the Substitute Won't Hate

I had a blast this week working in a second grade classroom.  I taught second grade for eight years before moving to third and fourth.  It was my first love.  One of the fun things we did was this awesome writing activity from Lauren and Jeanine's Creative Corner.

On Tuesday, I read Miss Nelson is Missing to the class.  We discussed beginning, middle, and end.  I also told them we were going to write a story, but not to worry because we wouldn't be writing it today.    Big signs of relief.  Each student made a bubble map of ideas to plan their story.  Here's mine:

After they finished their plans, I called the kids back together on the carpet with their plans, and I told them that I had tricked them all.  They had actually done all the hard work of writing.  The hardest part of writing was coming up with ideas to write about, and they had come up with plenty of ideas.  Tomorrow, they would write their stories and all the ideas were there waiting for them.  Insert happy faces.

On Wednesday, the class wrote their stories.  No tears, just writing.  It was a beautiful thing!


  1. Your papers are gorgeous (also left FB on TPT), and thanks for the tip about the Miss Nelson packet...the way this year is going, I may need it shortly!

  2. Thanks for the tip on the freebie - printing that and adding it to my sub tub. Your papers look great - no suprise there!

  3. Thanks for the freebies! They are super cute!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  4. Thanks for the reminder that fall is right around the corner! I used the green chevron for a school banner and it looks perfect. Thanks!

  5. Love the fall freebie. Thanks so much :) And...I need some bloggy help :) I want to use the papers you made for my blog to make numbers for when I do the Five for Friday or any other numbered post. How can I do that?