Squiggle Stories!

When I did my student teaching in 1st grade, my mentor teacher (who was fabulous!) had this as a fun little writing project. I have used it every year in 5th grade and my students love it.

The 1st thing the students do is turn their squiggle into a picture. Then, they write a story about their picture. Simple!

Rachelle and I thought it would be fun to try this out on both our 1st and 5th graders and see how they turned out!

1st grade example from Mrs. Smith's class:
She called this a Pegasus!  How creative!
A cute Kangaroo
The snake in the backyard! Sounds like a book title

Here's some examples from my 5th grade class:

This snake is looks almost exactly like Rachelle's example.
 This one is all about bunnies.
Look at the detail in this submarine picture!
This is about 2 penguins.

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This pack includes 4 different squiggle designs plus 1 blank template. I have provided both a younger grades version with writing lines and an upper grades version with plain lines. (10 pages total.) Use the squiggle lines provided, or draw your own squiggle on the template before you makes copies, or let students draw their own squiggles. Either way, they will have a fun time doing this writing activity.

This is great to have on hand for substitutes (perfect for emergency sub plans!), to use as fast finishers, or add it as an option for your writer's workshop. 


Morgan said...

We have our first graders do that for morning work on the first day of school - just the squiggle picture though, no story. It's a great creative thinking activity and keeps the kids engaged while I meet parents and stick post-its on bags of school supplies.


Anonymous said...

I love this idea! I am having a hard time downloading it :( When I click on "this download" it brings me to another page that says not found...

Natalie Kay said...

So sorry!! Should be fixed now!! :)

Sue said...

I love this idea...I am going to try it with my kindergarten sweeties. :) Sue

Jenny said...

This is a great idea. It will be interesting to see what my daughter makes with it.

April Brown said...

What a great idea! I am going to use it on Tuesday during Writer's Workshop to introduce a topic sentence. Thank you for sharing.

Sharlee said...

I love the idea and I think I want to try it. I also love the idea of keeping it on hand for a sub!

Jenn Bates said...

I have heard of these but never tried it. You have inspired me to give it a go, thanks!

JessieC said...

Oh, my fourth graders love these too!! I call mine Doodles though ; )

Beth- the mama bee said...

I have used this too and we called it doodles too. I also have given them stickers and had them choose a few and then write a story about them.

AbbyS. said...

LOVE THESE!! I just printed them out to add to my writing center for Daily 5. THANKS!!!!
Also- you might want to stop by my blog. I am hosting a GIVEAWAY for a FREE DOWNLOAD of one of Babbling Abby's items from TPT!! :)
Happy Friday!

Emily said...

What a great idea!! The possibilities are endless. I love the submarine example, how creative! This reminds me of sticker stories :)

Thanks so much for sharing :)

Ladybug said...

Love it! Great idea! :)

juli said...


Kim said...

We love this too! Our first graders do a squiggle writing every Friday. I save the first one and then give them the same one at the end of year. It is fun to see how far they progress!


Christine said...

I love this! Guess what my kids will be doing next time I have a sub! I love your cute downloads - your style definitely fits in well with handouts that I create myself.

Ms. Wiley. New York, NY said...

I love doing this easy and fun writing activity with my firsties...and better yet they LOVE it. Whenever they see the squiggle paper they get all excited!!


Ashley Wiele said...

This is such a creative idea! I love it. I am also giving you the Stylish Blogger Award..I love following you and what you do in your classroom. To post this award follow the directions from the link below:

Ashley said...

We did these when I taught first grade! It is such a great way to add creativity and orignality to student's writing.

Jenn Bates said...

I gave one to my 1st graders this week and they did an awesome job! Any chance you will be sharing more? :-)

Anonymous said...

I have been using squiggles for about 4 years and the students love them. I am always so amazed at what they come up with.

Kimber said...

I love this activity! I teach 6th grade and this will be a great activity for them to get their creative juices flowing! I will probably use it for "Work on Writing" during Daily 5. Thanks!

Unknown said...

I LOVE this idea. I'm adding it to my sub tub on Monday!

Anonymous said...

I teach second grade and we do squiggle writing also. I am making my students stories into books. I also. Have an empty picture frame on the wall outside my door, with a Suiggle Author of the Week sign above it. I have the principal and other admin pick the best story of the week. I then have a trophy that the student who wins gets to keep on their desk for the week. I take a picture of the winner with the trophy and hang it in the frame and hang their story underneath it. The students really try to write a good story because they want to win.

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