In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about writing a paragraph. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Writing a Paragraph topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching About Writing a Paragraph
Split the class into groups of four. Together as a class, choose a topic to write about. You may want to pick a subject students are familiar with from the science or social studies curriculum, such as oceans, migration, brushing teeth, Abraham Lincoln, etc. Come up with the main idea and the first sentence. Then have the first student in each group add a supporting detail. The student can pass the paragraph to the next student who will add another supporting detail, and so on. The fourth student can write the closing sentence.
Have small groups or pairs choose a paragraph from an informational nonfiction book. Have them point out the topic sentence and identify the main idea. Then have students find the supporting details and explain how they back up the thesis of the paragraph. Finally, have students point out the closing sentence. If possible, have students underline or circle all the different parts.
Take time each day for students to write. You can provide writing prompts for them or have them make up their own. Students can submit writing prompts to you and you can post one on the board each day for students to follow. Invite students to share their writing with the class and offer words of encouragement. At the end of the year students can bind their writing into a book. This will provide them an opportunity to see how their writing has improved from the beginning of the year.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching About Writing a Paragraph
Have your child write encyclopedia entries for things around the home. For example, your child can write a paragraph about their favorite toy, the history of a family antique, a new piece of furniture or clothing. Your child should write a paragraph with a clear main idea, supporting details, and closing sentence. Your child can also decorate his or her work.
Have your child write newsletter articles about important family events or write updates and profiles on different family members. For example, your child can write a paragraph about the birth of a sibling or cousin, or write about an aunt’s famous recipe or dish. Remind your child to have a clear main idea, plenty of supporting details, and a closing sentence. Your child can distribute the newsletter to family members