Here is a story for you to read. The story does not have an ending. Would you like to write the ending to this story?
Barnaby and the Mailbox
Barnaby was a boy who liked to go fast on his bike. He spent his days zooming through the neighborhood. He flew up and down the sidewalks. He sped around corners. The neighbors yelled, “Barnaby, slow down!” every time he zipped by.
But Barnaby shouted back, “I’m okay, I’m having fun,” and he never slowed down. One day Barnaby had a race with Sam, the fastest bike rider in the neighborhood. The race started at Barnaby’s house. The boys took off, and Barnaby was in the lead. Barnaby turned around to holler at Sam.
He shouted, “Hey Sam, I’m faster than –“. But Barnaby never finished his sentence. His bike swerved, and then Barnaby crashed — right into a mailbox.
“Crunch!” Barnaby’s head hit the mailbox. The box broke off its post and fell to the ground. Down went Barnaby, tumbling to the sidewalk. His bike rattled to the street.
Poor Barnaby! Sam stopped the race. He picked up Barnaby and lifted the bike out of the street. Barnaby’s head hurt badly, and he wanted to go home, but he knew he had to do something first: He had to take care of that mailbox. Barnaby picked up the beat-up box.
He carried it to the home of the owner, and he rang the doorbell…
That’s all Mrs. Peacock wrote. Can you write the rest of the story? Who will answer the door? What will that person say to Barnaby? Send me your ending to the story. I’d love to read it!
Do you have a writing journal? All you need is a notebook or a stack of papers that you staple together. In your journal, you can write about anything you like. You can draw pictures to go with your stories. It’s a lot of fun to have a writing journal. Here is a list of things you might want to write about in your journal.
- Things I like to do on a rainy day
- All about my pet
- A time when I was really surprised
- If I had a pet elephant, here are the things we would do together
- My favorite food and how to make it
- Let me tell you what I like about school
- A funny story about a very windy day
- Why I love my birthday
- This is what my bedroom looks like
- What would happen if a frog jumped into the kitchen
- All about my trip to ______________
- Here’s what’s new at my house
- The things I would do if I were ten feet tall
- A funny story about a lion who won’t get out of bed
- All about the people in my family
- How to have a great time at recess
- Ten things you might not know about me
- How to have a great time at recess
- Let me tell you about a very special day I had
- My favorite game and how to play it
Young Wolf was a boy who lived a long time ago. He was a member of the Miami Indian tribe. This story tells about the way he lived:
Young Wolf lived in a small round house with his parents and his sister. The house was made out of plants called reeds. When the weather got cold, his mother made a fire to keep the family warm. She sewed blankets made of animal hides.
Young Wolf’s mother had long hair that she wore in a braid. She was a hard worker. She planted corn, beans and squash for the family to eat. Young Wolf loved the delicious soup and cornbread his mother made. He helped his mother gather wood to make the fire for cooking.
Young Wolf’s father was a great hunter. He knew how to use a bow and arrow. He used a spear to kill wild animals. In the winter, Young Wolf’s father went away to hunt buffalo. Young wolf helped his mother while his father was gone. Young Wolf knew that when he got older he would go hunting with his father. Young Wolf’s father taught him how to catch fish in the river. He took the fish home. His mother cooked the fish.
Young Wolf had a little sister named Shining Sun. His mother carried Shining Sun on her back while she worked. Young Wolf made dolls out of cornhusks. He gave them to his sister. He took care of his sister while his mother cooked.
Young Wolf had lots of friends. They swam in the river. They raced and climbed trees. they went to the forest to collect fruit and nuts. The boys made boats called canoes. They chopped down a big tree and dug out the inside. They took the boats out on the river and had a great time. On special days, all the families in the village had a party. They painted their faces and sang and danced and told stories. All the Miami Indian people wore leather headbands with beads on them. This showed they were members of the same tribe, and they were proud.
Now do this: Draw a picture of Young Wolf with his family.
I have just received a letter from Mrs. Santa Claus. She needs a favor this year. Here’s the message:
Dear Children of the World,Will you help me, please? My husband is getting fatter and fatter every day. He gets bigger and bigger all the time. This is a huge problem, because all of his pants are now too small. Santa has been eating too much. I do not want him to have a lot of candy or cookies when he comes to your house. Please just give him one cookie and two pieces of candy at the most. I know that children like to leave a snack out for Santa, and it’s very nice of you, but I love Santa very much and I don’t want him to get sick on all of that sweet food.If you want, you could give Santa an apple or an orange, a small bag of nuts, or a few pretzels in a dish. A glass of milk would be fine, but please do not give him too much pop to drink. Pop makes him burp. Thank you for helping me keep my husband healthy. I know he will bring all of you lots and lots of great toys and gifts.Merry Christmas!Your friend,
Mrs. Claus has given us something to think about. What would you like to leave out for Santa? Draw a picture of a plate of food you think Santa might like. And remember… keep it healthy!