Printable November Writing

Since I was so late to get my act together with the October writing, I figured it would be a good idea to get ahead of the game for my November writing.

Here it is! Just like previous months, this pack includes printable journal (2 line sizes), make a list, and card writing.

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Printable October Writing

Phew- Finally posted my October writing pack. Better late than never I guess :-)

Printable October Writing. Journal, list prompts, and card writing!

I have used these writing packs in a number of ways. Sometimes, I print the journal(double sided, which it is formatted for) with some blank themed pages at the end and use it as my monthly journal. Sometimes I print the prompts separately and use them for a writing assignment or at a writing center.

I have included one version with lined pages to be printed double sided for more writing space.

Printable October Writing. Journal, list prompts, and card writing! Printable October Writing. Journal, list prompts, and card writing!

The second version has a three lined paper and drawing space and is one page per prompt. Many of the prompts are also worded more simply in this version.

Printable October Writing. Journal, list prompts, and card writing!

I have included 15 different prompts- which is a few more than usual because while Halloween is super fun, I understand that some schools do not encourage talking about Halloween. For this reason, I have also included two different journal covers.

Printable October Writing. Journal, list prompts, and card writing! Printable October Writing. Journal, list prompts, and card writing!


As for the list and card templates, I use them in my writing centers to offer a little seasonal touch.

Printable October Writing. Journal, list prompts, and card writing!


Other topics covered in the prompts are:

October/ Fall favorites and changes

Columbus Day

Fire Prevention

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Step By Step- Student Work Chart

Check out my new freebie! It’s a step by step student work chart.

This chart has been SUPER helpful for my class as a whole, and has helped some of my students really build independence.

Here’s how I use it!

Step-By-Step student work chart Freebie!


1. Break down each task into three basic steps. I explain the steps in depth when I model the lesson.

2.Chant the three steps as a group. Post the larger step by step cards.

3.Students who benefit from a little extra visual have their own work cards (included).  I printed and laminated the cards, and then applied velcro to the chart and the backs of each of the work cards.  In the beginning I placed the three steps on the student cards, but now they go back to their seats and say the steps, and place the cards they need in order on their work charts.

This tool has been super useful with my students so I just had to share it as a freebie!


Mystery Math- A fun differentiation strategy

Hello there! On this wonderful Columbus day weekend, I am finally taking the time to sit down and collect some of my thoughts about the first several weeks of school.

This year, our professional focus (SLO and all) in first grade is on math. This is kind of a strange feeling, since I feel like most of the emphasis on what I do each day involves, reading… but we’re going to go with it anyway!

In addition, we don’t really have a district math program, so we’re always creating and finding our own things to use to meet the math standards.

I have a few students in my class who struggle to complete a large work load. One of the modifications I’ve often done is to have them complete less problems, or at least include less problems on a page. They notice.

The fact that their page has been cut in half, or looks different becomes the topic of their interest rather than the math.

And still, these struggling students were not very focused  or motivated (this may also have to do with the fact that we have math at the very end of the day).

On a whim last week, I decided to try this approach.

I know kids LOVE sticky notes, so I decided to try Mystery Math.


Before we got started, I covered each problem with a small sticky note. My instruction was for them to pick a mystery math problem and then solve it! These students were super serious and super focused. In fact, the two students I tried this approach with both finished the entire activity.

I speculate it worked so well because:

1.The page was not visually overwhelming with problems.

2.They had the CHOICE of which problem to complete.

3. Kids love sticky notes.

Anyway, I have formatted several of the pages in my
Addition and Subtraction packs to be compatible with this type of approach.

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Fire Safety & Fire Prevention Printables

Happy October! I’ve added a cute new pack where I’ve put together some fire safety and fire prevention activities.



I have included resources to use when researching about firefighters. You can use these graphic organizers and writing pages with any book or video you already have in your room!

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I have also included some resources for students to write about ways they can prevent fires or stay safe in case of a fire.

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I’ve also include fire safety/fire fighter words and fire safety tips posters and cards like these!

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In my classroom, instead of using the premade word wall items, I always like to have the students make a word wall. This is our first time this year making our own word wall.

First, we do some research (we read a scholastic news article and read the Fly Guy presents Firefighter book).
Then, students brainstorm different “important words” that will help them to write about firefighters.
They each illustrate their word and we sort them as a group into categories.

This time, I used the Can,Have,Are organizers, so that is how we sorted the words.

All week, they were able to refer to these words for their writing!IMG_9947 IMG_9948