Cereal Box Activities is a free download available on Teachers Pay Teachers. The packet contains several pages of ideas to get kids interested in reading the information on a cereal box. Built on the premise that any reading is good reading, the activity has kids – presumably younger readers – scour a cereal box for specific information and then respond to questions and creative writing prompts about what they find.
Within the activity, students will answer questions about what they see, make lists of words beginning with each letter of the alphabet, sort vocabulary into parts of speech, and write paragraphs using various creative writing techniques such as persuasion, description, and fantasy. The assignment engages a wide range of skills, all of which would be necessary in language arts learning. Kids who are less confident at reading might find it more appealing, or at least less intimidating, to read the familiar cereal box, something that is a part of everyday life for many children.
This is a neat little activity that would remind anyone who was a voracious reader as a child of all those moments spent reading every iota on the cereal box, the shampoo bottle, toothpaste tube, or anything else within reach. The range of activities goes from very basic (find one word on the cereal box beginning with each letter of the alphabet) to more advanced (write an advertisement to help sell this cereal) so the activity could be fun for children with a range of abilities in the class. It seems to be appropriate for the first through fourth grade range labeled on the page description.
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