Monday, February 27, 2012


Last year we did a fun little writing activity to go with the main story Lost! in our reading series.  The kids absolutely loved it and it sounds like a few of you did too because you’ve come across it on our class blogs and  we’ve gotten tons of emails lately about posting all of the materials we used.  


We began by making a Lost and Found box that was filled with items a first grader might really lose.  We thought about just using items out of our school Lost and Found . . . but really, who needs 24 stories about lost mittens.  So instead, we dug around at home through our kids treasures, and came up with some fun little items to put in our box. 

Examples include:  silly bands, toy cars, headbands, action figures, earrings, necklaces, etc. . . 

Then we let the kids come up to the Lost and Found box that we made and pick one item out.  As you can imagine it was a very tough choice.  Their job was to use their item and fill out the graphic organizer by guessing who they thought lost the item they choose, where it was found and who found it.  They also got to create a scenario of how it was lost.  We of course practiced doing this as a group several times on the Promethean board using items from the box and working together as a class.

The kids were SO ready to write once they got their item.


Here’s an example . . .DSCN4476

After students finished filling out their graphic organizer they used it to write a story.  You would not believe how this little pre-writing activity got their writing juices flowing because they turned out GREAT!!!  So good that we asked our principal if we could bring them down and hang them up around the Lost and Found nook at our school.

To download a copy of the graphic organizer and writing paper click {here}.

We are planning to do this activity again later in the week . . . can’t wait!!!



  1. Oh. My. Goodness!! We are reading this story this week! Perfect timing! Thank you so much for sharing! :o)

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  2. We are also reading this story this week. What a fun way to introduce the story. My kiddos will really enjoy this. Thanks so much for sharing! You ladies are AMAZING! Too cute.

    A Year of Many Firsts

  3. Very cute activity!! I down loaded a copy! Thank You!

  4. Awesome! Thank you! Love your creativity and willingness to share!

    First Grade Brain Sprinkles

  5. Waaa! I'm ahead of you - we are already on Theme 8, Week 2. I want to go back in time and do this!!!!!! SO CUTE!!! Thank you for sharing -- I know what I'm doing next year!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  6. Yea! I can't wait to do this. (It's also great to know that we're not way behind the rest of the world!)