Compiled from an AWITS Writers brainstorm
1. Activity: Human Camera
(big trusting exercise, set a lot of guidelines for respectful participation)
- Give students a list of things - like a scavenger hunt (e.g. something green, something soft)
- Kids partner up - position kid in front of sometime outside, kids has eyes closed
- Tap kid, kid opens eyes, takes in their view, then closes eyes. Kids take turns being the camera.
- Kids write from what they observed. Good material for Haiku writing!
- Send students outside with a paper bag and a list that engages their senses as well as gives them opportunities for discernment (e.g. find something prickly, find something surprising...).
- If items won't fit in the bag, ask them to notice and remember for sharing later.
- Students bring the bag back inside and share what they found with a partner using both their "naked eye" and their "imaginative eye"--figurative devices
- They then write a line of poetry about each item--or pick one item to write a poem.
3. Activity: Paper towel roll - watching a part of the forest
Pair up - one observer observes and dictates, other is a reporter and writes
Use material for further writing, poem writing.