If you are looking for new ideas to make your students enjoy writing activities, here is an excellent tool and a very clever idea: TelescopicText. Click on the greyed words and you see that it will unfold new words and sentences. In the end, you realize that a simple sentence becomes a reading text with full of descriptive words.
If you like it and would like to give it a try, click here. Think of a very short sentence such as “I did” or “I studied.” Then click on the words that you would like to insert every time before or after the words that you have chosen. Click “Fold” often to see how your text is going to be seen. You can read a very detailed description on how to use this tool here.
Here are some ideas to use this tool in the lesson:
Group your students and give each group the same sentence and ask them to come up with the longest sentence.
Ask students to make a sentence longer by adding only adjectives or adverbs.
Create a telescopictext and ask children to answer questions as they expand and read it.
Give each group a sentence and ask them to modify the text with a noun, or with an adjective or using only an adverb.
Give them a sentence such as “He lives” then ask questons to give some ideas to children to expand their texts such as “Where does he live?” “What kind of a place is it?” “What is his name?” “Who is he?” .
Hope you enjoy this tool as much as I do!! Any more ideas, please share below.
p.s This tool won’t work with Internet explorer, get Chrome or Firefox.