Long A Word Work Activities!

Shoooooeeeeee, what a week!  I don’t remember if I told y’all or not – I very well could have – but I was observed on Halloween!  Halloween!!!!  What’s even more surprising?  It was by choice.  I just figured, What the heck?  Might as well get it over with.  Also, it was towards the end of the time frame I was given to schedule my observation 🙂   Read: procrastinator.  Since our reading series was working on predictions this week and I’d already introduced this skill with The Candy Corn Bandit, I decided to press on with predicting for my observation (in addition to some Long A Word Work activities)…


We read the story Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg, which is a *super* book for using picture and text clues for making predictions, since the book is told from the POV of the ants.  I made this super unimpressive chart to record our clues and predictions…


When we got to the fountain part of the book, I read about it but did not show the students the pictures.  They had to use the text clues to illustrate what they predicted the “fountain” was.  Aaaaand, no pictures.  Boo.  I used it as a formative assessment.  Above all, the kids’ behavior was ah-mazing.  Seriously, it was totally extra recess worthy.  For it being Halloween, I couldn’t have asked for a better day! After my observation, but continuing with the whole predicting theme I broke out the old Mystery Box!


After the students recorded the clue cards and made their predictions, we met as a whole group to discuss…


Of course, inside the Mystery Box was…


This week, we also started learning about that sneaky silent E.  That quiet guy gave my pumpkins a little trouble as we learned the a_e spelling pattern.  So, needless to say, we’re going to be doing a lot of review during Word Work this week.  I made up a week’s worth of independent word work activities that I feel confident my kiddos can complete by themselves during Daily 5 to reinforce this spelling pattern.  If you’re interested in this supplemental activity pack, you can purchase it at my TpT store for $2.


Lastly, we worked on our Veteran’s Day writing pieces.  The whole first grade had to write about how Veterans show bravery, and then we chose to make a little finger painted American flag to go with it.  This was actually a very impromptu art project {one of those times where you’re like,  Hmmmmm, I think we should totally do this idea I have RIGHT NOW.}  This might not be the first time an art project like this has been done, but I just love the way they turned out!!!!

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Well, that’s all I got.  I’m off for the next 3 days (until Wednesday! gah!), and will be consumed by grad school garbage.  However, you can’t beat a 4-day break regardless what you spend doing during it!  Have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

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Abby is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher who channels her passion for education into creating engaging activities and resources for the kindergarten and first grade classroom. When not dreaming up or working on her next project, you’ll find her enjoying her family – most likely in her minivan on the way to a soccer field.


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