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!  Highlight 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?!?!

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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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