Review: Christmas Brain Busters and Activities on Teachers
Christmas Brain Busters and Activities is a fun packet of
premium content available on Teachers Pay Teachers. The packet contains a wide
assortment of creative writing activities and other word-focused worksheets
especially well suited for students with pre-break ants in their pants. There
are writing prompts, crosswords, word searches, and even a funny social media
exercise called “Elfbook" that has students set up a social networking page for
a couple of elves, including “wall updates" and a “current status."
One of the standout pages in this packet is a writing prompt
that doesn’t just ask the student to write a story, it sets up a situation that
will require some thinking skills and creativity to write out. Santa in a bind
needing to transport a few characters somewhere; there are limitations on how
many he can take at a time and restrictions about which characters can be left
unsupervised. Students have to come up with a plan of action. The prompt
engages creativity and problem-solving – a great thing for young writers.
All in all, this packet is adorable. There’s a huge range of
activities for students, and quite a few of the pages are black/white line
drawings, which would make good coloring pages, maybe as a reward for students
who finish their work first. Not all of the exercises in the packet are
language-related. Some are strictly drawing and others involve math.
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Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on Google+ and Facebook.