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 year..lol)  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 law.....you 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:))
 
 
 


14 comments

  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 :) :)

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

    Ellie
    Miss Woodward's Class

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  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. :)

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  4. Hi Tara! This link goes to a page very very similar. It's a free download that I just found thanks to you..
    http://www.expressivemonkey.com/Monsters/Monster_Dice_Sheet_2.pdf
    Thanks for sharing!
    -Lisa
    Grade 4 Buzz

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

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  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.

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

    Mrs.Spriggs Kindergarten Pond

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  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....

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  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!

    Susan
    LopezLandLearners

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  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!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  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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