Bummed you can’t travel outside your house due COVID-19 restrictions? Take a trip with your imagination!

Mind Trip

Lesson Type(s) Grade(s) Description
Language Arts, Social Emotional 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Create a story where you visit someplace outside of your house.
Activity Prep Materials GGC Heart Badges
None.

Writing utensil, Blank paper, Story Template worksheet, Coloring tools, Internet access

Arts, Health, General

INTRODUCTION

  • EXPLAIN: COVID-19 means that we cannot go out the way we were used to. Maybe your family had planned a trip for spring break that got cancelled. Or maybe you just miss going to different places in your neighborhood or your city.
  • ASK: Are there some places that you miss visiting?
  • EXPLAIN: It’s okay to feel frustrated or sad that you don’t get to go out. Today, we’re going to think about trips you can take without ever leaving your house.

EXPLORE

  • EXPLAIN: Your imagination is a wonderful way to travel without leaving the house. You can also read books that transport you to outer space, fairy realms, and olden times.
  • WATCH OR READ: Where the Wild Things Are https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALmNPxNehYE
  • ASK:
    • Where did Max visit?
    • Was the trip in his head or for real?
  • EXPLAIN: Now you are going to get a chance to write a story where you visit a place from real life or your imagination.
  • INSTRUCT:
    • Use the planning template to plan your story.
    • Write out your story.
    • Create some pictures.
    • (OPTIONAL) If you’re going to a real place, read up on it using guidebooks or the internet.
    • Create a cover, title page, and back cover.
    • Bind your story together using a stapler or hole punch and string.

CONNECT

  • DISCUSS: In what ways – other than writing – can you use your imagination to travel when you can’t leave your house?
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