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Using Mad Libs in the Classroom: Write Your Own (Gr. 1-3)

Write Your Own Mad Libs® (Gr. 1-3)

Use the Mad Libs® books to supplement your lower elementary teachings about writing with these activities for use with Mad Libs®. Use the Mad Libs® books in your classroom, or allow your students to enjoy Mad Libs® online!

Write Your Own Mad Libs® Printable
Use this printable to have students create their own Mad Libs® stories. Students supply key words (nouns, adjectives, and verbs) to a base paragraph to create an amusing story.

Make Your Own Mad Libs®
Invite children to write a story. Have them replace at least five nouns with a blank line and indicate the missing word is a noun. Then have partners exchange and complete each other's stories using words from a Mad Libs® word list. Encourage partners to read their completed stories to each other. Children can vary the game by replacing verbs or adjectives instead of nouns.

Mail Call
Use a Mad Libs® story to review parts of a friendly letter: heading, greeting, body, closing, and signature. Then have each child write a letter to a classmate. Children can select a name from a bag to determine whom they will write to. Have children place their letters in a designated box for distribution at "mail call."
Mystery Directions
Have children find and discuss examples of Mad Libs® stories that tell how to do something. Then challenge them to write their own simple "how to" stories. Encourage them to tell the topic, list materials, and describe the steps, but not to give the story a title. Have children exchange stories with a partner, read the partner's story, and title it.
Can You Picture That?
Invite children to write a short descriptive paragraph. Encourage them to use words from Mad Libs® word lists to describe how the subject looks, feels, sounds, tastes, or smells. Then pair children and have partners read aloud their paragraphs to each other. Challenge each child to draw a picture of the object based on his or her partner's description.

More Mad Libs® Teacher Guide's

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Highlights

Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!


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