Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Ugly Pumpkin & More Word Work Activities :)


Since we only have a 3-day week this week {which is about 12 kinds of *awesome,* by the way!}, we’re reviewing, playing catch-up, and getting through our report card assessments.  My conferences start next Monday, so I have about a gobzillion and two things to accomplish in the next five days, including report cards, 3 grad school papers and prepping our home for another remodel. 

Abby = Crazy

Anyway, we’re reviewing the long a spelling pattern a_e this week, so we completed this little highlight-a-word activity.  Let me just tell you, when you’re in first grade, a highlighter is the equivalent of a magic wand.  Seriously, they *love* them! 


If you’re interested in long a (a_e), long i (i_e), or long o (o_e) word work activities, be sure to check out my 2 buck printables by clicking on the pics below.  {Please note, only the spelling pattern changes – the 6 activities are the same.}


We also read The Ugly Pumpkin, which is the cutest little book about a pitiful “pumpkin” who realizes he’s a squash after he doesn’t get picked from the patch on time for Halloween.  After reading the book, we made a text-to-self connection about a time that we felt “squashed.”  You can get a copy of this prompt by clicking on it below…


{PS.  You can find more Ugly Pumpkin activities, including the ones pictured above and below,  in my Oh So Thankful activity pack found HERE.}

After this writing activity, we completed a whole group chart about adjectives that described our squashy friend during the story and at the end of the story…


Because the story ended on a positive note and because we wanted the Ugly Pumpkin to be proud of who he was, the kiddos completed a similar graphic organizer using only positive adjectives.  We followed that up with a little craftivity that turned out suuuuuper cute!


Since I always embrace my students’ artistic abilities, I just couldn’t help but love the feminine version of the Ugly Pumpkin.  Not necessarily the character from the story, but oh well :)  And the one sitting pretzel-leg?  LOVE.


And, in totally unrelated news, my school scored a classroom set of iPads which I am seriously gaga over.  I mean, LOVE THEM.  I’m progress monitoring my students on Teach Me: First Grade and Teach Me: Kindergarten (for my sugars that need a little more support).  They are all kinds of engaged for the hour that we have them each week.  Also, I now want one for Christmas :)


Happy, happy midweek, bloggy friends!!!!!  T-minus 9 teaching days until Thanksgiving Break!!!  But who’s counting?!?!


PattyJ said...

You are showing a link under your heading "Be Inspired" on the left, "School Girl Style". You need to check the link it is inappropriate.

Abby said...

@ PattyJ - fixed it! thanks :)

Kristin said...

I am really jealous of the class set of iPads!!!
Your squashed pumpkins are too cute and I'm checking out your word work activities now. :)
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Laura said...

I want to buy TeachMe: First Grade! Can you share on a different post about how you use it exactly? Thanks!

Lindsey (The Teacher Wife) said...

girl i am so jealous about those ipads!!! ahh!

Grade ONEderful said...

Love your blog. Thanks for sharing all your cool ideas!

Mrs. Moran said...

Fabulous, as always. Will be buying your unit today. We got iPads too, so I'm going to check out the app you recommended. Thanks!

1st in Maine

bloomingintofirst said...

Just bought your November unit last week and ordered the Ugly Pumpkin through Scholastic! I can't wait to do this with my kiddos next week they will love it!
:) Thank you so much for sharing! You are so creative!

Sha'Wakanee said...

My kids are totally enjoying your Oh So Thankful Unit! You are one awesome chicka!

Sheila O. said...

Love the word work activities and am hoping there will be units for long "e" and "u". But you sound so-o-o busy I feel guilty for writing that. thanks for sharing all of your great ideas.

Cindy said...

Love the ugly pumpkin!! Must replicate it! In addition,we adore Teach Me, such a great teaching tool.

Anita said...

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maypop said...

Purchased your Oh-So-Thankful unit a couple of days ago. Can't wait to make the turkey glyph cookies. I did notice one teeny tiny mistake, though. On page 16 (I think) one sentence says I am a ___ years old." instead of "I am ____ years old."

Teacher said...

A class set of iPads??!! Jealous! My class and I did one of your pumpkin projects. I gave you credit on my blog. Thanks for all your ideas!!

Sara Beth

Tina said...

Oh I love how you finished off your pumpkin work on such a positive note and your kiddie's pumpkins are just the cutest! What a wonderful score on the class set of iPads!! I would love one for Christmas too :D Happy week ahead to you, Abby.

Good Morning Mrs Rubie

Ally said...

I'm also super jealous of the ipads! How fun! And, I love, love, love all your creative activities ~ you've inspired {hehe} me to have my kiddos be more creative!


Teacher online said... school? in Italy will be a loooong dream sic!

Brittany said...

You are such a good artist! I love looking at your anchor charts and getting ideas, but I'm nowhere near as good as you are when it comes to creating these great charts. Thanks for sharing!
A Day in First Grade

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