It is almost time for Mardi Gras! If you aren't from New Orleans, Mardi Gras means days and days of awesome parades, marching bands, dance troops, and catching all the sparkly and shiny gear you can! Imagine the best block party or tailgate you've ever been to and then multiply that by 100 and you are getting close to the level of fun.
Teachers are excited. Students are excited. Instead of trying to stick to your scope and sequence channel some of that excitement into your academic activities. Students will be engaged in the Mardi Gras theme and eager to produce some great writing!
These resources are great for students who celebrate Mardi Gras and students who are just learning about the holiday for the first time!
I created the Mardi Gras Writing Packet! There are 6 different writing prompts included. Some prompts ask for students to pick their favorite element and explain why. Others ask for a more creative thinking: designing floats, masks, etc.
These prompts are Common Core aligned and give students great practice at opinion and narrative writing!
I wanted this resource to be accessible to many grades so I created 3 versions of each prompt.
3. Full page for writing
Many schools have the whole week of Mardi Gras off. I think this resource could be sent home and completed over Mardi Gras break or completed once students come back to school to reflect on their experience.
New to Mardi Gras? No problem! Learn with your students about Mardi Gras traditions before diving into the writing prompts. Here are some videos about Mardi Gras: PBS, National Geographic, Mardi Gras Music Playlist. Here is a great list of Mardi Gras read alouds.
Check out my other Mardi Gras resources! Click on the picture to go to the resource!
And as we say....
Miriam taught kindergarten and first grade for 5+ years in New Orleans.