**Monster Mash Up** - Queen of the First Grade Jungle

**Monster Mash Up**

For some reason lately I have been ALL about monsters. Maybe it is Halloween or maybe it is just the adorable monster clipart, crafts, and products available.

Last week we celebrated Red Ribbon Week at my school, and I needed a fun way to have my students write about saying "no." My friend Jen posted a cute picture of her class "scaring away drugs" so I decided to follow suit.  We have been working very hard on writing How To pieces, so we wrote instructions on how to say no to someone.

We used Hadar's adorable monster craft and then wrote the How To's on the inside. These monsters provided some great motivation for my kiddos that don't typically like to write. 

The students gave great instructions on putting your hand up, saying no, walking away, and most importantly - telling an adult!

I will be placing this sign out with our monsters in the morning.

The border is from Talented Tessa and the monster clipart and stars are from Amazing Ashley!

We have also been using monsters in math...

We are using these fact family cards this week to help us review skills that we struggled with on our test last week. 

And last but not least, here is an original book that I came up with to help my students with subtracting by zero or the whole.  This book was the beginning of the monster obsession!

You want to know a secret? I would love to be able to write children's books full time. I know, I know. Wouldn't we all? :)

Let me know what you think of Fred and Tom! They may just become the next Annie and Moby  in my classroom!

You have a few more hours in the Trick or Treat Sale!

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  1. love the frankenstein fact families. we are starting fact families this week!




  2. I think that's my monster that you snapped a picture of ;-) Fortunately we clarified the meaning of "drugs" or that one might have said to say yes! LOL

  3. The Frankenstein fact families are adorable! Makes me even more sad to be missing 2 if not more days this week! I'll have to do them after Halloween, or just save for next year! Thanks!!!!
    Rulin' The Roost

  4. The fact families are great---and I LOVE your creative story!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    First Grade and Fabulous

  5. Open your mouth and say no?!? Could that be any cuter??!?

  6. Ok... your story is SERIOUSLY adorable!!!!! You should "fo realz" do that full time :)

    Heart ya friend!

    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

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