My favvv book is The Ugly Pumpkin. I actually found it last year after Abby over at The Inspired Apple blogged about it. It's about an ugly pumpkin that no one buys during October, so he goes out on his own searching for a place to fit in, and eventually learns that he's a squash and fits in much better at the Thanksgiving table. Heartwarming, cute, thought-provoking, just can't get enough of it and I can't wait to read it again this year!
In other news, in honor of National Fire Prevention week click HERE for a freebie!
This is a template titled "My Fire Story" and includes the sentence starters First, Then, Next, After that, Then, and Last. I have an old, old picturing (sequencing) activity that I probably grabbed from a Mailbox Teacher's Helper catalog that I use in conjunction with this writing template. The pictures depict a firefighter responding to a fire alarm, getting dressed, leaving the station, putting out a fire, etc. We cut them out, sequence them correctly, and then write one sentence to match each picture. In the end we have our first FULL 1st grade story. Great way to introduce transition words and get 'em using 'em early on! I'd post the Mailbox handout, but I think that might violate copyright eek! Anyways, you can use the story template to write just about any fire story you'd like. It's simple, sweet, and straight forward. Hope you enjoy!