Monster Writing, A Freebie and A Preview!

We are feeling all things Halloween in first grade this week!  Tonight is our community parade and the first graders could not be more excited! With so many of them walking IN the parade I don't know who is going to be watching! :-)

We decided not to fight the excitement and work with it today.  We made torn paper monsters and wrote about them.  They turned out So Cute! We used to give the students patterns for everything, but have decided that things turn out even better with their personal touch so we give them a little guidance and let them go for it. The only thing we showed them for these monsters was how to tear the paper without ending up with a really teeny monster.  We think they did a great job! The writing is still in progress, but we wanted to share the monsters with you and show you some pics of the kiddos working on their monster stories.  We use Step Up to Writing and  just love it.  You can pick up your copy of the writing packet by clicking the picture.  

Click here to grab your copy!

We are also joining the Manic Monday linky tonight at classroom freebies.   This is just a very simple roll and color pack (4 pages), but it is great to give those early finishers and our first graders love anything that involves dice!  Enjoy!

Grab your freebie here!

AND NOW... we are so excited to show you a preview of our latest packet!  We spend the month of November learning about the Native Americans.  Our kiddos LOVE it!  They are so interested and so involved in anything Native American.  They get so excited with every new region and tribe they learn about!  Well, we have just posted the study guide that they will be using this year.  We are excited because this is going to make our teaching so organized and easy for our students to follow AND we were able to use our own clipart!  So fun!  If you grab it, let us know what you think!  
Check it out here!
Hope you all have a great week and a Happy Halloween!

Spider Fact or Opinion

Wow!  It was a crazy day today in first grade and I am ready to call it a night so this will be short an sweet!  I don't know if it was full moon after shock or many busy weekends, but we were full of energy in my room today!  I hardly got  a chance to sit down and unfortunately didn't get a chance to take a pic of the scarecrow craftivity and writing I wanted to share with you.  I will try to get that done and posted tomorrow. Please take some time to come back and check out that freebie!  They turned out really cute.
In the meantime, I whipped up a quick spider fact and opinion activity to link with Manic Mondays.  I hope you can use it!  Don't forget to click the Manic Monday link and check out the many great blogs and their freebies.  Oh, and please take the time to follow our blog.  We would love to know who has been visiting! :)

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Have a great week!

Adjective Pumpkins and A Freebie

 Hi Friends!

This week we have been working on adjectives.  Every year I fool myself into thinking that because my kids have done so well with nouns and verbs, adjectives will be a breeze and... every year...they aren't! So many of them will give me a noun rather than a word to describe it.  

Well this year, it was little easier with the adjective practice that Erin put together.  I would like to take credit for any part of this packet, but I can't.  Erin was right on top of this.  She is very good at breaking a skill down to its parts.  You can find the packet here. 

I am also planning on using the culmination activity that she did with her kiddos on Friday. They turned out so stinkin' cute!  She said that I could share them with you.  You can click the student writing page to get yours free!

We hope you enjoy!  Don't forget to check out Manic Mondays for more great freebies!

Urban Suburban Rural, This Week and a Freebie!

Wow do my kids love a project!  This week we made and labeled urban, suburban and rural areas.  They loved it!  Such a simple idea.  We took 9x13 construction paper and folded it into three.  They then turned the top into a city, the middle into a town and created a farm on the bottom. After they were complete, they labeled the areas as urban, suburban and rural.  My class has never been so quiet!  They were ALL into their work and they turned out Soo Cute!  Take a look at these hard workers!

This week we will continue talking about our communities and will talk about how small our community is when we look at the world.  We'll  introduce new vocabulary Earth, continent, country, state, etc.  We be using our My Place in The World packet.  You can find it here.

This week is also the week we talk about fire safety. We have linked up with Classroom Freebies again and have shared our Fire Safety Packet.  We will be using it to make a class book, do a safety sort, illustrate stop, drop and roll and share safety tips with others.  You can find that freebie here.  We hope you enjoy it!

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