Getting your students excited about writing, and WANTING to write, can be a bit difficult. I've found that if children have an interesting writing prompt to jump start their brains, they WILL be enthusiastic and get right down to business! Give them a choice of any of these six, fun-scarecrow writing prompts, perfect for Daily 5 or your writing block.
I hope you find this list of 40 of my All-Time Favorite Monster Books helpful. If you have some more suggestions, of monster-themed books that you and your students like, I'd enjoy hearing from you. email@example.com.
Review shapes as well as numbers with this adorable easy-reader, with a monster theme. This item will be FREE for an entire year, after which time it will be up-dated and put in Diane's Dollar Deals in my TpT shop.
Play a variety of games that reinforce shapes, with this cute haunted house, filled with spooky shaped windows.
After reading Eric Carle's The Very Busy Spider, have each student fill out the student page. Collect and collate into a class book. To add extra pizzazz, print off 2 copies of your class's school photo, and cut your students' heads into ovals. Glue a set to the webs on the cover (You can leave them as kids or turn them into spiders with a black marker) and include a photo of yourself in the top web. Have students glue their photo to the spider on their page.
Make these sparkling webs after you read The Very Busy Spider. I mixed Elmer's glue with white paint. A black construction paper circle is placed in a metal cake pan. A dollop of the paint-glue is put in the middle and a marble is placed on top. Students manuever the pan to "spin" a web. When they are happy with the results, they sprinkle opalescent or silver glitter on their creation. I've included a colored web with the poem on it.