Summer Vacation Suitcase Templates: How many times have students had to write an essay about their summer vacations during Grades 1 - 5?
If you choose to use a tradition lesson plan idea for this writing activity, your students will likely be very bored in your class. This is not something that you want your students to feel during the first week that they are in your classroom!
Instead, provide your students with an engaging and fun way for them to write about what they did during their summer vacations with these unique summer vacation suitcase templates.
Instead of being bored, your students will go home during the first week of school anxious to tell their parents about a fun project activity that they completed in your class.
This is an ideal Back To School creative writing activity that will not take much time, is easy to assemble, and will provide you with student work samples that you can post on your bulletin board immediately.
You will be able to quickly design an eye catching bulletin board display featuring your students' work using the bulletin board banner and additional suitcase accent pieces that are included with this set of Back to School teaching resources.
Since I am also a teacher, I understand that teachers often need to change or adapt a resource that we find to meet our own needs.
I have provided 2 different versions of these suitcase templates in this set of lesson plans in order to help you select the version that would best suit your own needs.
The first set of summer vacation suitcase templates contains two templates: a handle and a suitcase.
Below is an example of the first draft worksheet for the first set of suitcase templates. The line spaces on this worksheet match the line spaces on the final draft suitcase templates.
This creative writing assignment will not take your students very long to complete. The suitcase templates are on 2 worksheets, have thick borders, and they are easy to cut out and assemble together.
These summer vacation suitcase templates measure 7 inches in width and 13 inches in height after they have been assembled together.
This Back To School teaching resources set will provide you with student work samples that you can post on your bulletin board during the first week of school.
You can use the matching bulletin board banner and additional suitcase accent pieces that are included in this set to help you quickly assemble a colorful and eye catching bulletin board display in your classroom during the first week of school.
Below are the first set of suitcase templates that match the first draft worksheet shown above. There is an area for students to draw a picture on the suitcase template.
Above and Below:
There are 7 different colors of suitcase templates provided in this set of teaching resources:
blue, brown, orange, green, red, pink, and purple.
The second set of suitcase templates are designed for teachers who want to have a longer creative writing assignment.
This version contains 3 templates. The two suitcase templates are stapled together at the top to make a flip book. The handle is glued behind this booklet.
Below is an example of the first draft worksheets for this second set of suitcase teaching resources. This set of worksheets has space for students to write longer stories. The line spaces on the first draft worksheets match the line spaces on the final draft suitcase templates.
Below: The second set of worksheets contains 3 templates: handle, front of suitcase, and the back of the suitcase.
After your students have cut out these 3 templates, they should staple the two suitcase templates together along the top to form a flip book. The handle is glued on the back of the suitcase.
Below: There are 7 different colors of suitcase templates in this set:
brown, blue, orange, green, red, pink, and purple.
Below: To help you quickly decorate your bulletin board, I have included
7 suitcase accent pieces in this Back to School teaching resources set.
How I Spent My Summer Vacation, written and illustrated by Mark Teague, is a great book to read to your students at the beginning of the year to inspire them to write about their own summer holidays and to use their imaginations.
This story is about Wallace Bleff and his oral report on the classic topic: "How I Spent My Summer Vacation." This would be a great book to read to your students before they begin the suitcase projects that are found on this page.
During his summer vacation, Wallace's parents send him out west to visit his Aunt Fern.
Wallace's parents tell him, "Your imagination is getting too wild. It will do you some good to relax for a while."
It won't take long for your students to realize that Wallace still has a wild imagination as he tells his class all about his adventures when he is captured by cowboys. This exaggerated summer tale is told through rhyming sentences and the art work is done in warm acrylics.
On my How I Spent My Summer Vacation Lesson Plans page you will find a unique project that I have created specifically to go along with this delightful back to school picture book.
Click on the link below to read more information about this picture book and to view the lesson plans that I have created for this Back to School read aloud book.
Thank you for visiting my Summer Vacation Suitcase Templates creative writing page.
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