Have you heard of this book? The John Hancock Club by Louise Borden is about a third grade student and his class that is learning their cursive. Their teacher tells them all about John Hancock and how he is famous for signing his name REALLY big on The Declaration of Independence. When the students in their class learn their cursive they get to sign a scroll, joining the John Hancock Club. Then, when everyone is inducted they have a celebration.
In our class we are only learning our names in cursive and then they get to sign the scroll.
I made this scroll out of brown butcher paper. I just rolled the ends and taped them.
Go to this website http://www.handwritingworksheets.com/ where you can make your own handwriting worksheets. I made a packet with 20 pages for each of my students with their first and last name in cursive. Like this:
When they have successfully finished all 20 pages they will get to sign the scroll and officially be inducted into the John Hancock Club! We will have a little celebration when everyone is inducted!
To make things even more fun each student got to pick a feather and we taped it to their pencil for a fancy cursive writing tool! They can only use these when they practice their cursive writing! They absolutely love them.
When my students complete a page they have to check their own writing using my handwriting rubric stamp from Zaner-Bloser.
They have to look at the shape, size, spacing and slant of their writing. They are checking the last line where they write their name on their own. They love using the stamp and it is a great way to get them to pay attention to their writing!