Friday, June 27, 2014

Message in a Bottle Craft and Free Writing Plans

Back when Google was the way for Bloggers to keep track of followers, I reached 100 followers and created this thank you gift.  Now I have no idea how many people consider themselves followers.  I'm happy to have regular readers who are willing to use my lessons in their classrooms.

Message in a Bottle is a forever free product in my Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook Stores.  I wasn't happy with the pattern for the craft that I included in the writing prompt, so this year I redid that part.  Here are the directions:

First, I took two 4 1/4 X 8 1/2 pieces of green construction paper for the front and back covers.  I folded one and drew a half bottle shape.  (See below.)

I kept this piece folded after I cut it out and used it as a pattern for the notebook paper and the second cover.  I folded three pieces of notebook paper in half and matched the top of the bottle with the top of the paper.  After tracing and cutting the notebook paper, I did the same thing with the second piece of green paper.

Finally I cut a piece of 3 X 8 1/2 inch white/cream paper for the label.  The edges could be rounded slightly and students could write their title and illustration.

I used notebook paper for my upper elementary students.  Plain white paper or paper with lines and a space for a picture at the top could be substituted for other classes.

The writing lesson itself could be completed in partners where students write the message and then hand off to another student to write the story.  For the complete free lesson plans, visit my stores below:

To download Message in a Bottle from my TPT store, click here.
To download Message in a Bottle from my TN store, click here.

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