Roll a Monster and Flashlight Fun!

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I have a fun (late) activity to share with you:)  (sorry, I just can't seem to get my act together this  This is another fun activity we learned about at a writing training.  A few posts ago I talked about our descriptive writing.  Well, this is another activity and I put my own little spin on it.
We started with this.  I put it up on my ELMO and gave everybody dice.  I covered each column so they didn't get ahead of me or themselves.  They rolled and drew, then I uncovered the next column and so on until they were done with their monster.  I don't have a copy of this on my computer but if you want to do it, you could maybe do a screen shot and save it?????  It may already be out there in Pinterest land......
The monsters turned out super cute....they looked like friendly monsters:)

This time instead of writing a little card with the monster description on it, I turned it into a writing prompt and had them write about the monster under their bed:)  The stories turned out really cute and they need practice with narratives so we killed a few birds with one stone:)

This one cracks me up.....Delilah!!!!  What a monster name:)  Love the creativity of some of my kiddos:)
The other thing I wanted to share was the FAB idea I got from Head Over Heels for Teaching.  Joanne blogged a few weeks ago (link here) about Flashlight Friday and it got my attention.  Well, I'm glad it did.  I ran right out and got a class set of little flashlights for my kids from the Dollar Tree.

So last Friday was our first Flashlight Friday......I put a sign on the door that morning that said "Are you ready for Flashlight Friday?"  That got their attention.....then during our Read to Self time I handed out the little flashlights......laid down the know, no shining in eyes, no horsing around.....they all grabbed a reading spot and I shut off the lights and they turned on the flashlights.

Is that cool or what?  Little lights everywhere and it was AS QUIET AS A MOUSE.....NO LIE!!!!  They didn't make a peep!  It was the neatest:)  Can't wait to do it again this Friday!  Thanks Joanne for sharing this wonderful idea:))


  1. You always find the nicest ways to get your kids engaged Tara! I love it all and I bet your kids loved it the most! Happy almost Thursday :) :)

  2. Flashlight Friday! How fun! I'll have to try it!

    Miss Woodward's Class

  3. Fun! My class loves having the lights off for silent reading, but lately it's been too dark... going to need to go out and get some flashlights. :)

  4. Hi Tara! This link goes to a page very very similar. It's a free download that I just found thanks to you..
    Thanks for sharing!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  5. Love the monsters! I had to run out and buy flashlights too. So fun!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  6. How fun are the monsters and I LOVE the idea of flashlight friday!!! Hopefully things will slow down so we can play catch up.

  7. Love the "roll and record" monsters! I can't wait to use them next year!!

    Mrs.Spriggs Kindergarten Pond

  8. I did the roll a monster and they LOVED it. The pictures and stories came out great!
    Not sure I can do the flashlights with all my little boyfriend/girlfriend combinations this year. Yes, in fourth grade. Ugh! I might try though....

  9. The monsters were a hit... that site has a lot of fun roll and draw activities that I will definitely do as the year goes on... so much fun!! Thank you for sharing!


  10. I'm so glad your kids loved it! Thanks so much for the shout out Tara! I'm sorry it's taken me so long to read this post-I can't catch up this year either! My students are so quiet too, and ask me if they can use the flashlights M-Th, but that's what makes them so special because they have to wait all week to use them! :O) Your roll a monster writing activity is adorable! Have a great week!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  11. I am new to teaching fourth grade - although not new to teaching- I more recently spent 6 years in Kindergarten - and I have been looking for ideas to spark up teaching. Your blog is just right!! I am not always sure where you are coming from but I get a lot of new ideas. We tried the flashlight this last week - they LOVED it. Building sustainability!

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