I don’t know about you, but one problem for writers is a blank page.
What do I write about?
This question pops up all too often, and it can keep students from achieving their personal writing goals. Students have loved writing bingo in the past, so I created a Google Form for them to submit their own ideas for bingo cards.
I was not disappointed. To be completely honest, I was awestruck by the amount of ideas they generated!
After gathering all their ideas, I created lists of them in Google Docs. The lists make it easier to input the ideas onto the bingo card at Print Bingo.
Each set I input creates 10 cards — all different. My amazing 7th grade students gave me enough ideas for five sets, which equal 50 different cards!
Here are a couple from each set for you to see what their creative minds came up with!
Bingo is by no means a requirement. Students can complete a bingo at any time in their writer’s notebook for a reward, or they can simply use he cards for inspiration. (I have a collection of pens and pencils for them to choose from for rewards.)
The question is, can I expect them to write if I don’t? Can I expect them to complete a bingo if I don’t even try?
My answer is — that depends on the example I, as a teacher, want to set.
I choose to set a positive and encouraging example to the young writers I encounter every school day.
Without further ado, here is my Bingo, and I hope it encourages my students to publish theirs on our class blog when they’re done, too!
My Bingo card is from set 3:
“Write how you feel about winter” — I chose to use a list for this one.
Write a brainstorm in different colored pens” — I doubled up with this one by combining it with “create a character map about a frog.”
“Write about your favorite teacher” — I love poetry, so I chose that format to write about my most memorable teacher.
“Create a character map about a superhero you make up” — This was difficult for me, so I asked Twitter and Facebook for help!
“Write a poem about writing a poem” — Again, poetry is my favorite!
Reflecting on our process is an important part of our class. To emphasize that, I’ll reflect on this process.
I loved that students were excited to share all their writing ideas with me and each other. I can’t wait for them to start sharing their creativity with the world more by using their blog.
I loved creating a new superhero even though it was super difficult — thank you to those who gave me ideas! (Please note, the “stick man” idea is from Corbett Harrison who has a ton of amazing ideas for the classroom!)
In the future, I plan to incorporate a few of these ideas into stories. I also plan to try out some more bingo ideas (maybe even another bingo card)!
Please feel free to share with me your thoughts or questions in the section below. Also, if you use any of the ideas from the above Bingo cards, let us know!