Roll It and Write! Journal Activity for Kids

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If you find yourself homeschooling a child that is a reluctant writer, worry not-- we are in the same boat! Many times we do our school lessons orally, but being that writing IS important I try to sneak in some fun ways to practice writing skills when possible.  

This week's 2nd Grade Blogging Team theme was Journals and so I came up with a journal activity that got my son writing with no complaining! Yay!  Our Roll It! and Write! Journal Activity is sure to be a hit with your reluctant writer(s), too!
Roll It! and Write! is a fun and simple journal activity for your reluctant writer(s) no matter what age!
To set up Roll It and Write! you'll need to print off a blank dice template.

Next, in each square write some kind of writing task.  Our tasks were:
  • Draw It
  • Explain It
  • Write 3 Sentences
  • Acrostic Poem
  • Make a List
  • Write words that Rhyme
Use the same journal tasks or come up with your own!  Make it adaptable to your student(s)!
With a journal and pencil handy, brainstorm with your child a focus word-- maybe a specific animal, place, activity, person, etc.  Next roll the die and write!

The first writing challenge we used the word "boy."  My son rolled, "Draw it!" and drew a picture.
Another Draw It! Challenge for the word "Ninja Turtle"....
 "Make a List" Challenge for the word "Zoo"....
My son thought of this more as a game, so he did this activity a few times and wanted me to join in as well.  I picked the word, "Griffin" and ended up rolling "Acrostic Poem."  Here's what I came up with.... 

We had so much fun!  Going to give our Roll It and Write! Journal Activity a try?  If so, come back and tell us how it worked for you!

You might also like our Thankful Journal Prompt for November! 

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