Creative Coin Stories
Main Subject Area: Language Arts
Duration of Lesson: 45 minutes
Additional Subject Area Standard(s):
Students will practice using effective transitions to connect ideas.
Students will apply rules for grammatical and mechanical conventions to their writing.
1 paper lunch bag full of coins
Coins Used in Lesson:
Grade Level(s): 3-5 6-8
1. Each computer should be open to a word processor with the same story starter on each computer. An example would be “It all started when I was walking home from school….”
2. When you tell them to start, students will begin adding to the story.
3. When the timer goes off (2-3 minutes) the students SAVE what they have started and move over one computer.
4. The first student in the row will pull out a coin from the bag in the front of the room. They will describe the coin to the class including words or phrases on the coin, numbers, people and building or other symbols.
5. In the next 3 minutes, each student will incorporate one element from that coin into the story started on the computer they now sit in front of.
6. This pattern can continue for several moves. Be sure to tell the students when it will be the last time so they can end the story.
This is a great fast paced activity and the moving from story to story adds excitement and creativity. The computers help to motivate and organize the lesson. Besides adding some entertainment to the stories, using coins help students also learn about the different symbols and sayings on coins.
Assessment / Evaluation:
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