In-School Suspension Activities & Assignments

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

When students receive in-school suspension, it can be difficult to keep them busy. This resource will help keep those students occupied while practicing skills that are useful in the classroom.

In-School Suspension Activities

If students complete assignments provided by classroom teachers quickly, it can be challenging to keep them busy while they serve an in-school suspension. Instead of just assigning busy work without an objective, these activities are designed to keep those students occupied while working on vocabulary, writing, and dictionary skills.

The materials you will need for these activities are:

  1. one dictionary per student
  2. one thesaurus per student
  3. notebook paper
  4. pencils
  5. one printout of the activities for each student, or a white board/chalk board to write them out

It is recommended that actual dictionaries and thesauruses be used for these activities so that students can practice using them, rather than just looking up words online. However, if you don't have access to dictionaries or thesauruses, online versions can be substituted for the physical copies.

You may also choose to substitute current vocabulary words being introduced and studied across the curriculum for the vocabulary words provided.

Activity One

Using a paperback dictionary, look up the following vocabulary words. Write down the word, its definition, and use it in an original sentence. You may NOT use an on-line dictionary.

  • magnanimous
  • deluge
  • hysterics
  • numerous
  • domicile
  • sluggard
  • yearling
  • forage
  • clamor
  • terrain
  • botany
  • ornate
  • conical
  • viscous
  • moil
  • delude
  • zeal
  • agape
  • simultaneous
  • photogenic
  • nuisance
  • decelerate
  • habitable
  • iridescent
  • conifer

Activity Two

Put the vocabulary words in activity one in alphabetical order.

Activity Three

Using the five paragraph essay format, explain what you did that resulted in an in-school suspension, and the better choices you will make from now on so you don't get suspended again. You should have an introductory paragraph, three supporting paragraphs, and a closing paragraph. Paragraphs should have a topic sentence, supporting details, be at least five sentences long, and have a transition sentence so they flow into the next paragraph. Correct grammar and spelling must be used.

Activity Four

Using the friendly letter format, write an apology letter to your parent(s), or guardians, for getting in-school suspension. It should include a date, greeting, at least three paragraphs, a closing, and your signature. Correct grammar and spelling must be used.

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