Sunday, April 28, 2013

The BEST Book, and Class Book Freebies to Go with It!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

First graders truly think that they are the BEST. (Well, if you ask most first grade teachers about it, they'd agree, in my opinion! Also, they're the CUTEST, with kindergarteners coming in as a very close second.)  Of course, most of them also think that they are the fastest, the smartest, the bravest, the coolest...   Hmmm, time for a book about superlatives!

Judi Barrett, the author of  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, has the BEST book about superlatives. Ha! Just foolin' around a bit with language there for a minute, but Things That are Most in the World actually is a good book, and a great way to introduce a writing activity with superlatives. Here's a sample, quite likely to be the favorite page for many of your little guys: "The smelliest thing in the world is a skunk convention." The accompanying illustrations by Jon Nickle are perfect, this one being political skunks cheering their candidate, all of them wearing clothespins on their noses. There are 13 equally imaginative superlatives here, all likely to bring giggles and "oh, yeahs!!!" from your students.

You'll love the last page, where there's a reproducible that would be a great beginning for a class book or writing display.

Here's a cover you might like to use for your class book.

The download also includes this chart, in case your writers need a bit of extra inspiration. You can click on the cover image to get them both.

Interested in more activities with superlatives? Guide your first, second, and third grade writers along the road to more powerful writing with this set of 153 comparative and superlative word cards and 36 picture mats.  Click here to see it!

Happy Teaching!


  1. Great idea for a shared writing book!!!

  2. Hi Linda,

    This is such a cute ideas. Goes along with our upcoming phonics lessons, too. Thanks for the freebie.

    First Grade Schoolhouse

    1. You're welcome, Mona! How nice that the timing worked out well for your teaching, too!


  3. What a timely freebie - we're doing superlatives this week! :)

    Joy in the Journey

  4. Yay! It must be that time of year, Jessica... see Mona's comment just above!

    Thanks for leaving a comment!


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