The Great Outdoor Writing Activity:
Mission: Capture the Bench!
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Capture the Bench MOTIVATES and ENGAGES kids in the writing process.
Capture the Bench is a team activity for 2 or more kids (on up to 10 or 12 kids). It’s perfect for 3rd graders through 6th graders, though older and younger kids may also enjoy it. The kids can vary in age, since each will be writing at their own level, so involving siblings of different ages is fine.
Over the course of 5 days your child will be accomplishing the following writing activities:
- character description
- expository writing
- creative writing
- letter writing
- persuasive writing
This writing activity is a Game-Changer!This was my favorite summer activity during all the years I held my summer writing camp, and it was the kids’ favorite as well. Every summer I felt I had to create a new outdoor activity for the kids who were coming back again, but each summer I’d hear, “Oh, can’t we do Mission: Capture the Bench?”
It’s a great activity, and it serves its purpose well. The summer I created it I was yet again keenly aware of how poorly most students were doing in writing, and how much they really disliked it. Motivation was the key that was needed. I was trying to figure out how I could motivate them; how I could make them see how important writing was as a tool for communication.
A life/death situation kid-style was what was needed – a situation where writing was absolutely essential for survival. In kid-terms, that meant something equivalent to a game like Capture the Flag, but where in order to win, you had to write. And that’s how Mission: Capture the Bench, was born.
Make this the Season Your Child Turns Around in Writing!