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!
In this download, I have included a younger grades and an upper grades version, 2 pre-made squiggles, and a blank one for you (or your students) to create your own squiggle.
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.
P.S. This is a fabulous and easy activity to have on hand for a substitute!