Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts

Thursday, October 24, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like.... HALLOWEEN!

It's about that time for... HALLOWEEN!!!  We've been busy trying to incorporate Halloween cuteness with our learning because our school's Fall Festival was tonight.  My classroom is on the main hallway, so I felt is was necessary to jazz up the walls!
We made these bats to solve and sort double digit addition and subtraction without regrouping.  You can get these bat templates for FREE on Cara's blog.  

We used the pumpkins from my Halloween Fun Unit to do a little proper noun writing since that has been our focus this week.  My kids actually did pretty well when it came time for them to incorporate proper nouns into their writing.

For a little free-handed fun, I decided we needed to make Frankensteins for our door.  I do have a Frankenstein craft in my Halloween unit, but I hadn't prepped any of the copies to make them.  However, I really like how these turned out!  I just gave my kiddos scraps of green, orange, black, white, and red construction paper and they came up with these cuties!
We are celebrating Red Ribbon Week next week so I decided to put a drug-free saying with it :)  Halloween Decor- CHECK, Red-Ribbon Door Decor-CHECK!

And, I'll leave you with a picture of me from our Character Dress-Up day at school.  I was Brigid from Purple, Green, and Yellow by Robert Munsch.  Our grade level rotated classes throughout the day so we could read to each 2nd grade class.  It was busy, but a lot of fun!  And, boy, did it make the day go by fast!!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Freebies and a SALE!

Happy Friday, sweet friends!  I am popping in to share a couple of Halloween Freebies with you!  Some years I try to ignore that Halloween is happening because things can just get ALL kinds of crazy, but I think I'll just embrace it on Wednesday :)

Here's a little "I Spy" mixed review... Just put the 12 problems up around your room, have your students visit each problem, and write the answers on their recording sheet!  It'll get the kids up and moving, and they are sure to stay engaged!  Click {HERE} to grab that up for free!


I'm hoping to make this fun Frankie Food also :)  I found it through Pinterest {HERE}.  

As we are making it, my kiddos will write the steps and fill out a little response sheet afterwards!  You can grab those freebies {HERE}!

Graphics:  From the Pond
KPM Doodles
  And, before I forget, my little TpT shop is on sale through Sunday night!  You can grab all of my units for 20% off!
Thanks to Abby for the cute graphic :)

 And, don't forget that I have a Halloween Unit that would be perfect for this coming week!
And, COMING SOON {hopefully on Sunday}, I'll have my Thanksgiving pack finished!  So far, I'm loving this because it'll be super easy to plug into my November plans!  So, be sure to check back :)
Now, go enjoy your weekend!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bats, Bats, and More Bats!

We've been cranking out some pretty cute bats in our classroom this week!  My kids are almost at the point of "We are making ANOTHER bat?!" but, each day they fall a little more in love with these creepy guys!  And, each bat craft serves a different purpose, so I'll go through them one at a time below!
We started our bat week with a KWL bat.  

 I was inspired by Cara's bat for a math activity.  My team leader wanted to do some mixed practice with a halloween type craft, so I modified Cara's bat to meet our needs!  You can get her template for free {HERE}!!!  The students solved some addition and subtraction without regrouping problems, then sorted on the wings!  I love how they decorated their bats... so cute!

 Speaking of Cara, she inspired our next bat!  My original plan was to use these little guys with Stellaluna like she did, BUT then my friend, Erica, sent me a great youtube video about bats that we just HAD to watch!  So, instead of using Stellaluna, we did 3 bat facts on each section!
Let me just warn you that this video may make you feel bad for bats.  I almost teared up at the end when the bat keeper talked about letting her bats go back in the wild.  Then, I remembered how much they freaked me out and I snapped back real quick!

For now, we are done making bats, but here are a few more activities that we've done...

I don't always have time to make a cutesy chart.  A lot of times I just use my whiteboard and throw our chart up there!  We did this Venn Diagram together, and I was writing their ideas on the board, they were writing them in their ELA spiral!
My kids were over the moon in love with this next activity!  I displayed Erica's Bat Diagram on the projector, and my students drew, colored, and labeled the bat in their ELA spiral.  They were seriously silent during this WHOLE time, which was incredible!  
I must say that some of them did an awesome job!
Well, I'm all kinds of batted out!  2 more days until the weekend... YAY!!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Some Frankie Fun :)

This post is going to be short and sweet, AND I'm going to start with the end product :)

We have been working on double digit subtraction without regrouping this week.  Last year, I posted some freebie activities that you can find {HERE}.  Today, I took the Frankenstein craft from my "Halloween Fun" unit and made it into a math activity!  Here's how they turned out...
 And, here's how we started the activity.  I gave each pair of students 2 dice.  I *think* these dice came with our math adoption.  The red dice has the numbers 0-5 and the blue dice has the numbers 6-10.  First, they rolled the blue dice with the larger digits twice to get their top number (I told them to roll again if they happened to land on ten because we aren't quite ready to deal with that yet!).  Then, they rolled the red dice with the smaller digits twice to make the bottom number of their subtraction problem.  After they had both numbers, they subtracted!  Once all of their problems were finished, they were able to make their Frankensteins!  And, let me just tell you... they worked hard to get to finished in time to make their green guys!  It's called motivation {or bribery...whichever you prefer ;)}!!! And, at this point, I do whatever it takes, ha!
Super simple and fun... that's what I'm ALL about!!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wild Things and Pumpkins

Are 4 day weeks a whirlwind for y'all also?  We had off on Monday for Fair Day (gotta love the State Fair of Texas!), and it feels like I have been playing catch-up all week!  Last week, I shared some of the activities that we would be doing, so I wanted to pop in and let y'all know how those went!  And, I hope to make this short and sweet.... I have LOADS of adoption paperwork to read and fill out which is HIGH priority right now, but I'm sure y'all understand :)

Here's our Where the Wild Things Are writing activity... don't judge the writing, ha!  I can honestly say I haven't had a chance to read them all yet!
We also made these little guys from Deanna Jump's unit.  I just modified them to work for 2nd grade!

 In Math, we have been working on 2-digit addition without regrouping, so I wanted to spice things up a little bit.  We made these little pumpkins from my Halloween Unit, and stapled some math problems to the back of them!  This is one example of how I turn a craftivity into an assignment!

 That's all I have for you!  Hope you are having a FABULOUS week so far!  Tomorrow's Friday, and that, my friends, is worth celebrating!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fallin' into Fall Fun :)

We've been celebrating fall in my neck of the woods lately!  Our temperatures have been bearable for the first time in about 5 months, now that's something to talk about!  I actually had a student tell me they were "cold" at recess.  It's pretty sad when 84 degrees is cold to you, ha!  

I am using Anna Brantley's Narrative Writing Unit, and I am in love, y'all!  It may say that it's for 1st grade, but my 2nd graders are benefiting from it in a BIG way!  Today, I paired one of her writing prompts with my little leaf craft that's in my Fall centers pack.  They definitely helped spruce up our hallway :)
 What I loved about this little craft is that it took very little time.  There are only 4 pieces to cut out, so within about 10-15 minutes, we were done putting them together :)
 I think I've told y'all before how I'm not the biggest fan of centers.  Well, I am jumping on the center bandwagon now because my kids are rockin' and rollin' during this time of the day now!  I will say that the more prepared I am with having materials made, the more successful our center time is!!!  I have officially moved our 30 minute center time to 3 different parts of the day.  I tried first thing in the morning, but let's face it... I'm a grump in the early hours.  Then, I tried at the very end of the day, and we all know that kids can turn into monsters at that point in the day.  So, now I have them right before recess, and that has helped tremendously!  I think I'll stick with it ;)

Seeing them engaged in the activities makes my heart happy :)
 All of the centers (plus lots more) and that little leaf guy came from this unit on TpT:

Now, for a freebie!  If you follow me on facebook, you know that I'm working on getting all kinds of ahead in my plans.  In about 2 weeks, my class will dig deep into studying spiders.  Last year, I had my kids make spiders out of our handprints with paint.  Well, I don't really feel like whippin' out the paint this year, so I made a little spider craftivity to display with our Spider Poems!
 I checked with Cara and she gave me the okay to make this into a freebie since I got the original idea from her blog {HERE}!  Thanks, Cara!  She also has some great spider activities {HERE}!!!  Check 'em out :)


Other than that, I am now *happily* up to my ears in adoption paperwork!  We are getting so close to bringing our little girl home!  Can't wait for that day :)