The first graders are heading into a weather unit soon, but I like transition into the season/weather units with a little mini-monster unit. They love it too!
I have a variety of pop-up books at my disposal. One that I recently discovered in my materials cabinet (seriously, I am very blessed with the materials I have at my school) is "Glad Monster/Sad Monster."
It's a great book for description and categorization (a little more on the abstract side, but great practice).
The book even opens up and has MASKS for the kids to try on. They get to try on happy monster, sad monster, surprised monster, etc. faces.
That can, of course, turn into a following directions activity!
I also could see this used with some of my primary social group friends. I will update this post if we get creative next week, for sure!
I love these because a lot of my kids work well with hands-on learning.
It can also just be used for simple reinforcement because the kids flipping love these magnetic books.
Is that professional? To say "flipping?"
I think so.
I like it so much that when I couldn't find it in my book collection, I contemplated buying another copy on Amazon then and there. Luckily, I decided to give one last search and I found it!
"I Met A Monster" is a tale of a boy who brings home a different monster everyday. Each day, the monster has some rude personality trait that gets him kicked out of the house. One was greedy, one broke a lot of things, one was loud... You get the idea. The kids LOVE it. It's great for sequencing, retell, predicting, "wh" questions, etc. etc. It's not a super long book, but if we have the time. I like to let the kids draw what monster they would take home. I also try to work on days of the week if I can because I am shocked by how many of my kids do not know the days of the week or months of the year. I am sharing my language at home activity for this book for your monster unit. If you choose to ghoul ahead and download it, please leave a comment sharing what October activities you love to do!