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Join the Two Writing Teachers blog for March Slice of Life Challenge.

Join the Two Writing Teachers blog for March Slice of Life Challenge.

 

Julianne gave me an idea.  She told me about an idea she heard from Cornelius Minor about making a box of items to prompt writing.  She posted about her treasure box yesterday.  Click here.

 

I started with a box from Tiny Prints (Our Christmas cards came in this box.)

I started with a box from Tiny Prints (Our Christmas cards came in this box.)

I gathered Mod Podge, scissors, a sponge brush, and some papers that I had already gel printed.  You could use any kind of decorated paper.  I’ve been wanting to find some way to use my gel printed paper.

 

Step one: Cover the box with decorated paper. I like the way Modge Podge paints on so you have fewer wrinkles.

Step one: Cover the box with decorated paper. I like the way Mod Podge paints on so you have fewer wrinkles.

I continued to layer until the design pleased me.  I found a postcard from Irene Latham that said “Live your Poem” and put that on the top.  I labeled the box “Writing Treasures.”

 

Completed box. I thread a colorful ribbon through a hole to make a decorative pull.

Completed box. I thread a colorful ribbon through a hole to make a decorative pull.

Treasure box 3

Here is a collection of items I found around my house.

Inside the box, I placed found items.  These items could be anything that fits. A rock, a peacock feather, a poem, a wooden whistle, a ceramic turtle, a message in a bottle, pretty cards, magnifying glass, a shell, etc.

My students were able to dig around and find an item to prompt their writing.  I told them it could lead you to a memory, a poem, or a wonder.

I am really working hard this year to keep our writing momentum going.  Last week it was the badges. This week a treasure box.  Do you have any more ideas to inspire writing?

 

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