Review: Cereal Box Activities on Teachers Pay Teachers
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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