Friday, April 26, 2013

Pigeon Fever-Mo Willems Part 1

Warning... This post may cause Pigeon Fever.  Don't worry.  If you feel it coming on, run (or maybe take a bus?!), don't walk to your nearest library or book store and get a few Pigeon books.  You might want to stop for a quick bite (maybe a hot dog??  or a cookie??) but don't take too long because you don't want to stay up too late.  Oh, and make sure to read through this post and watch out for puppies!  They have BIG teeth, ya know!  ;)  {And of course if you get it REALLY bad, you might want to check out my newest packet on TPT or TN!  hehe}

As you recall, we had a great time studying Robert Munsch.  We then read some Froggy (and did research).  What is the next logical theme?!  Mo Willems, of course!  We spent our first week with Knuffle Bunny.  We did a lot of comprehension things (that I did not create, but just copied from what I have---it's not included in the fantastic packet I will be telling you about in just a few short sentences!)

Then we moved on to Pigeon.  Oh, my.  It was love at first laugh for my littles.  Of course, most of them have read the books before.  But, now that they are bigger and better readers---they understand more and boy, do they ever have a fantastic reading voice!

Enter, my gigantic Pigeon Packet!

In short---this is what we accomplished in just 1 short week:
*Somebody, Wanted, But, So for each book.  It was great because poor Pigeon...  He doesn't really get his problems solved so much---so this graphic organizer what a great tool to use for these!  {Click HERE to grab yourself a freebie for it to try it out in your room!}
*We wrote letters to Pigeon, Duckling and the Bus Driver (depending on the story)
*We discussed pets.
*We learned more about contractions.
*We learned/reviewed pronouns.
*We learned/reviewed the 4 types of sentences first graders are supposed to know (according to the CCSS)
*We created some shape composite Pigeons in math!  

*We had a Pigeon PJ Party to end the week!  We read in the dark (well, lights off anyway) and created one of the best bulletin boards I have ever seen, in my opinion anyway!  ha!  :)  The kids came up with their own excuses to stay up late.  I took their pictures of them "begging" and put them all together!  Is this not total cuteness?!?!  (wish I didn't have to blur them out.....)

{Excuse the lack of title.  In the speech bubble will go "Don't Let the KIDS Stay Up Late!"}

*We had a little brain break of "Duck, Duck, PIGEON!" 

This is going to be a multi-post session for Mo.  We've carried it over into this week.  I'll be back soon to share more!

Leave me a comment and I'll be choosing a few winners to get this fantastic packet for FREE!  Don't forget to leave your email addys, and remember I changed my settings so you HAVE to be a follower to comment----I want to reward my fab followers!  =)   Congrats to Heather, KLyn and Jessica!  Heather, contact me so I can get you your packet to you!  KLyn and Jessica, I will be getting the packet ready to be sent to you tomorrow, if that's okay?!  I think it's too big to email, so I'll be setting something up for you to download.


  1. I LOVE MO!!! I introduced my class to them and now they are obsessed with him. Being from NYC they want to go and him and Knuffle Bunny at the Laundromat. Pigeon is a character we also meet. These activities are great. I love the kiddos and their speech bubbles.

    I would love to win... so happy to follow you.
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

  2. I am a big fan of Mo Willems!! Your packet looks fantastic!! Fingers crossed. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. My kiddos have Pigeon Fever! I have a few of Mo Willems and the kids like to hoard them for themselves (Fly Guy books too). I have to police these books! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Oh my gosh, this is the cutest thing ever! I love all things pigeon and this looks fantastic! I just love your bulletin board and the skills you included! I would love to win it!

  5. Don't tell the others, but this is the CUTEST thing I've seen all day. I want it!!!! I love anything Mo Willems. My classes favorite book right now is Cat the Cat Time to Sleep. I think it is because Horse the Horse is on the boys think that is hilarious!
    Owl Things First

  6. How cute!! We haven't done our author study on Mo Willems yet this year, so this would be a GREAT addition!! Great work!!


  7. My kids won't stop talking about Pigeon and Mo! I would love to win this and use this unit :)
    maribel dot sheehan at gmail dot com

  8. This is GREAT!! I am looking for something to end out the year-and be aligned to the CCSS! This will be so much fun for my firsties :)

  9. My kids love Mo Williams books! Your Pigeon pack looks amazing! I love the bulletin board with the kids pics and quotes! They are too cute! Thanks for the chance to win!


  10. Apparently I have been living under a rock, as I was one of the last to discover these books! I love the format and your bulletin board is so cute!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  11. Don't Let Mrs. Roost Forget Me in the Contest! You created a great packet for Mo W.'s books. My students look the Pigeon books we read them quite often. I have done a couple of writing assignments based off a the books but your packet is much cuter than what I did! Your bulletin board is fabulous!

  12. Pleas excuse the above typos, my ipad is pitching a fit!

  13. Way too adorable! I'll be adding this pack to my TPT cart. (Perfect since I will run out of reading series stories before the school year is actually over.) And, HEART the bulletin display.

  14. This is great! I love the bulletin board with the pictures of the kids. We are going to start our Mo Willems unit in a couple of weeks. I am so excited!

    BTW, I am your newest follower!

    Hanging Out in First!

  15. Adorable! I love the pigeon and your activities are amazing! I've done the speech bubble idea before and turned it into a book. The kids love it!

  16. We have been reading his Elephant and Piggie books this week. I would love to win your set so we can do the Pigeon books next.

  17. My kiddos love Mo as much as I do! I'd love to have some fantastic new ideas to do with them.

  18. I love Mo Williams! We will be starting an author study in 2nd grade the 2nd week in May. I convinced my team to go with Mo! I used the pigeon series last year for persuasive writing, but we approached that module differently this year, as it was new with the Common Core standards.

    I would really love to win your packet. It has so many great activities.


  19. This looks like so much fun! I LOVE Mo. Your packet looks absolutely great. I'd love to win this.

    The 2nd Grade Surprise

  20. My kids LOVE the pigeon!! :o)


  21. Oh my goodness, I LOVE the Pigeon! I have loved him ever since my little sister introduced me to him when she was in Kindergarten (8 years ago now!) I also love Elephant and Piggie! I am so hooked on Mo Willems!

    Blooming In First

    butler . erica @ gmail . com

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  23. I *love* what you've done here! I just discovered the Pigeon books this year, and as soon as I did I had to buy some as gifts! They're adorable. Now my students love them as well. I would love to win this packet. I'm definitely putting it on my Teachers Pay Teachers wish list!

  24. This is right up my alley! Hope I win!

  25. What a FABULOUS unit! You have inspired me - I am off to hop on a bus to my library to check out these books :)
    Thanks for sharing,

    Joy in the Journey

  26. I love your work! I would love to use this in my classroom!


    Cindy S.

  27. I love Mo Willems and his books! This packet looks fabulous!

    Lindsey -

  28. Looks like fun! Mo Willems is a favorite every year!

  29. Very cute! Thanks for sharing.



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