What I Saw in the Teachers' Lounge Writing Activity

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When I was in elementary school, I vividly remember seeing the door to the Teachers' Lounge and being curious about what was on the other side. I mean, what did the teachers really do in there? Were they taking a nap? Eating lunch? Reading the newspaper? Who knows! But now that I have spent my fair share of rushed lunches inside a Staff Lounge, I have a new appreciation for the curiosity of young minds. That's why I absolutely love the book What I Saw in the Teachers' Lounge by Jerry Pallotta and Howard McWilliam. This entertaining book captures the innocence and vivid imagination of a curious child who dares to peek behind the door. I want to share a writing activity you can pair with this book.

What I Saw in the Teachers' Lounge is an entertaining book that captures the innocence and vivid imagination of a curious child who dares to peek behind the door. Here is a free writing activity you can pair with this book.


To get started, you will need the book What I Saw in the Teachers' Lounge. I found a copy of this book on Amazon, but you might be able to borrow a copy from your school or local library.


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What I Saw in the Teacher's Lounge Writing Activity

Do your students know what really happens in the Teachers' Lounge? Have you ever stopped to wonder what wild and crazy thoughts run through their minds? It's time to find out! What I Saw in the Teachers' Lounge is an entertaining book that captures the innocence and vivid imagination of a curious child who dares to peek behind the door. Here is a free writing activity you can pair with this book.


After reading the story, go back through and point out the verbs (or actions) used by the author. Then brainstorm additional verbs with your students. Make sure the actions they choose are ones that people can do, but they don't have to be limited to things a teacher would really do at school. Let students pick a favorite (or two).

After reading What I Saw in the Teachers' Lounge, discuss the verbs and actions used in the story. As a class, brainstorm more verbs or actions that were not included. Students will use these verbs to create their own page.


Now it's time for the fun part. Let students write and illustrate what they saw in the Teachers' Lounge. Once finished, you can put all of the pages together into a very entertaining class book. 

After reading What I Saw in the Teachers' Lounge, ask your students what else they might see if they peeked inside the room. Students can write and draw what they imagine. These would make a great class book.


You can find all of the pages you need to get started with this writing activity here.



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Enjoy!

What I Saw in the Teachers' Lounge is an entertaining book that captures the innocence and vivid imagination of a curious child who dares to peek behind the door. Here is a free writing activity you can pair with this book.


by Storie

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