Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Circle Story FUN {and freebies}

This week the main story in our reading series is If You Give A Pig A Pancake by Laura Numeroff.


We have been patiently waiting to get to this story for quite a while because last year we went ALL out and created an entire weeks worth of center activities and writing activities that went along with this story, as well as all of Laura Numeroff’s other circle stories.  We combined them into one big unit and it is available to purchase in our TpT store.


We are planning to do the same thing again this year.  Instead of moving on to a new theme the week before Spring Break, we are going to take the week off and have some circle story FUN with our kiddos!!!

Here’s a {sneak} peek at all of the math and literacy centers we will be doing.

circle story centers sneak peek

We will also be doing these writing activities . . .

circle story sneak peek 2

Our final project of the week will be to have our kiddos create a circle story of their own. They will use a graphic organizer to plan their story and then write it by modeling it after the format of the ones we had read throughout the week.  We are always amazed by their creativity!!!


This year we also made a set of circle story themed Word of the Day worksheets and posters that we can use and display throughout the week.


to download a copy of them click {here}

We’ve also got a complimentary copy of one of the creative writing activities from our unit to share with you.  It was originally created to use with our first graders, but we’ve added some additional pages to the end of it in case you teach a different grade.  You can just have your students fill in the space with the appropriate grade level.


click {here} to download a copy

We’ve received several requests about some other activities that were featured on our class blogs during our circle story week last year.  Unfortunately we don’t have the rights to share all of them with you.  One of them was created by another teacher on our team and the rest are all worksheets that we have acquired over the years from resources like Teacher’s Helper.



  1. Thanks for the great freebies! I love all of the If You Give a...books. I love your new blog look to! Very Springy!

    First Grade @ Klinger Cafe

  2. Thank you for sharing! These look fantastic. :)


  3. Ahh perfect timing!! We just did T7W3 last week and I used the story for my observation (it went really well!). I will totally use this book with my kiddos this week! Love it do much, thank you!!

  4. Sounds like fun! I love your new blog look!


  5. Love the circle story writing idea.
    I hope I never sound like the grammar police, but there's a mistake in the book. It says something like "When he/she get's the" and you don't need an apostrophe in GETS. Sorry.
    Thanks for sharing with us. Great ideas.

  6. Sarah

    Awesome new blog design, awesome freebies, awesome unit (yep, I purchased it), all from two awesome ladies. Thanks-I don't know how you do it all!!

  7. Thanks for the freebie! I think my class will love it! :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  8. WOW, terrific freebie!!! Cute new blog design!
    Finally in First

  9. Thanks ladies . . . make sure you go back and download the book again. We got the little grammar mistake corrected. Thanks Sarah!!!

  10. About to put If you give a first grader a book in my writing workstation!!

    -Ms. Thomas

    The First Grade Jungle

  11. I'm getting ready to do my Numeroff unit! Perfect addition to it! Thank you! :)

    ♥ Jen
    The Teacher's Cauldron

  12. Love the books! I can't wait to find out what grade I'll be teaching next year to start getting some great stuff from your store!!! I am finishing student teaching right now :) Thanks for all the freebies and inspiration!!!

  13. Thank you so much. When we return from spring break I will use them! We teach cause and effect and I have all of the books ready to go!

  14. I love that you are using Houghtin Mifflin as well! I'm student teaching right now, and you just helped me plan for this week and my observation for next week! This blog is AWESOME!

  15. I'm doing all the circle stories this week too! It's so much fun to be on the same HM themes as you! Thanks for all your resources!

  16. My favorite flavor of gum is watermelon....can't stand the actual fruit, but LOVE it's artificial flavor!:) So excited to stumble across your blog today...This is my first year teaching and I teach just a few miles NE of you! I thought for sure I'd find a blog sooner or later from inspiring, wonderful teachers in my neck of the woods!! Thanks for the great ideas!

  17. I love all your ideas! You inspire me! I really like strawberry flavored gum! Sugarless, of course... haha I sure would LOVE to win your Gumball Math Unit! Thanks for the opportunity.

  18. How fun! I do something similiar to this in 3rd Grade. My kids absolutely love this unit! Thanks for some more wonderful ideas!

  19. How awesome! Are your Circle Story Fun activities available for purchase/download? thanks

  20. Thanks for the great graphics and book. I am using it with my 1st grade enrichment classes. Thanks for sharing.

  21. This looks great. Especially the blank one to use with other grades. Thanks

  22. Awesome book! Can't wait to use it with my students.

  23. That book is adorable! We've been reading several of the If You Give a.... books this week learning about cause and effect. This book will be another great activity to add! Thanks for the great freebie!

    I love the word of the day pack too! :)