Sunday, October 27, 2013

Rice Crispy Pumpkin Treats

For the past 3 years I have been making these super easy cute  pumpkin treats for my niece's and nephew's classes at school and this year I finally got to make them for my little boy's kindergarten class.  These are really fun to make and a great activity for the little ones to get involved.
   My little boy put the pumpkins and the sprinkles on.         Try these out this Halloween. These turn out so cute and not to mention delicious!!!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

We're Off to Find The Witch's House

Halloween is next week and I know that every teacher is getting out that stack of seasonal books that they read every year. You probably have this book in your stack, but just in case you don't, you've got to get it. This is one of my FAV!!

  We're Off to Find the Witch's House  by Mr.Kreib has become a
a staple in my room every year. If you are looking to get the little ones in the Halloween mood, but don’t want to scare them to pieces, this is a cute story with great illustrations by R.W. Alley.
This book contains lots of repetition, alliteration, word rhyming and just enough light-hearted spookiness to get the little ones in the spirit without scaring the heck out of them. ;)  


 Of course I had to find a craft with this book. Already bought my lunch sacks for this one. They are going to have so much fun. And what a mess it will be. The kids always go heavy on the glue. Think I might try puff paint or something, Do they even make that anymore???
If you don't want to go glue crazy, then here is a
haunted house printable for you to do.

I love how the book has rhyming words all throughout. As we listen to the story, I have the students listen for the rhyming words has we go through the book. We talk it out in class and discuss it together. I also let them try to come up with other words that rhyme with words in the book. I like to show this video- Rhyme Time before reading the book. Great intro for the lesson if you want to create the hook or a great closure. We love to clap and sing with this video.

My firsties are all about rhyming words.
They can come up with some crazy and wonderful words. I use this sheet to go along with this book and activity.
   Get it here 

What books do you like to read during this Halloween season?
What are your class favorites? We would love suggestions!!!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I've Been BOOOED!!!

Halloween Boo Linky!

Maybe you've seen or heard of this fun "game" in neighborhoods or even at your school... but let's try a blog version!  Here is how it works:
If you've been booed, copy and paste the above pic and these "rules" into your post.
1.  Give a shout out to the blogger who booed you and link back to their site!
2. Share 3-5 October activities, books, products (yours or someone else),
or freebie(s) that you love!
3.  Share the Boo love with 5 other bloggers- make sure you check this link to make sure you don't boo someone again:
I've been Booed!
4. The Teacher's Treasure Chest
5. Oceans of First Grade Fun
**And don't forget to tell them that they have been BOOED!

Our Halloween Activities:

1. I would love to share this cute activity that I did a few weeks ago in my room. I love this book: 
It is too cute. If you have not read it yet, put it on your list
to do. We are also talking about question words in my room so I made up this little freebie to go along with the book.
 I also made up this cute Owl hundreds Chart hidden picture to go along with the book.
 You can find it in our TPT Store

2.   Halloween is just around the corner. We made up these Hidden Pictures Hundreds Charts to go along with the season they are such a hit with my firsties!!!

                                                            Check out our TPT store


A cute idea for any grade. I made this tissue bulletin board out of tissue paper. Quick and easy. Very simple to make. If you like this board, check out our other tissue boards on our Pinterest page. Instruction on how to make this board click here

4. Another FREEBIE:
        I love this idea.  I did this with my firsties a few weeks ago, I couldn't wait for October to start and get to do this activity.
Pirate Noun Scavenger Hunt 

ARRRRRR you ready to find nouns????

The most fun the students had was doing the nouns scavenger hunt. We pretended we were pirates looking for nouns. I played this music as we went around the room.

This fit well with Halloween just around the corner. We have watched this several times since. The class went around the room with their pirate noun worksheet, a FREEBIE for you. Click on the worksheet to download.

                                      Click for Freebie

 I hope you find these helpful for the Halloween Season. Go find someone to 
I've Been Boooed!

ZooBoo Fun!!

We had the best time this weekend. We went to ZooBoo at the Memphis zoo. We had such a great time.

                           They had a hayride, not-so scary haunted trail, trick or treat stations to get candy, camel rides, creatures of the night exhibit, and so much more. We had a blast!!! I think the grownups had more fun than the kids did.

                          My son loved the fortune teller, you know she was so spot on after I filled out that questionnaire. She did such a great job. The kids fell for it hook, line, and sinker. My daughter kept asking me all night how did she know all that stuff about me.
One of the coolest things in the zoo were these buckets they had all around the park decorated by local school kids. They did a really good job. The theme was all about recycling and this year they recycled plastic buckets. They did such a neat job.

How cool are those!!!!! Hope you're having a good week. Last week was fall break and it is going to be so hard this week getting back into it. FALL BREAK COME BACCCCCCCK!!
I have noticed that the more days you are off, the harder it is to jump back in. Hope everyone is getting ready for Halloween. You only have one more weekend to find that costume. Check out our TPT store to find a great Halloween lesson.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Parent Teacher Conference Freebie

This is my favorite time of the year. The season starts to change. Not too hot and not too cold. Halloween is just around the corner. My son loves Halloween. I think it's because his birthday is October 27. He will be 11 years old this year. I love this age with him. He's getting into that cool stage but yet he still wants to be around mom and the family. I better live it up now. I know that will change in a few years. I love decorating the house for the fall and seeing all the beautiful orange and greens around. The smell of pumpkin in the air, and our annual trip to the pumpkin patch. You just can't beat it!!  We just had our spirit week this week and wanted to show you our school spirit.


What this season also brings about is Parent Teaching Conference. Ours is next week and we are gearing up for it. I wanted to share a document that I use as a reminder of our PTC. Another good thing to do is schedule times to meet with parents. This is always helpful when talking to parents. I know which parent is coming and what time so I can get everything ready for that student. It also lets me  know who is not coming so they know that they will be hearing from me either by phone or another meeting.  I always try to talk to each child's parent because I know that it is important to keep the communication lines open at all times and let parents know the progress that their child is making. I also know that parents are busy people and sometimes it's hard to come see me when you have other kids to take care of and other teachers to go see. One night is not enough, so a simple phone call will do the trick in most cases.

 I put 3 on one sheet to save paper. We've got to save the trees some days. Hope you find this helpful. Hope you are having a wonderful week so far!!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Halloween Bulletin Board Ready Activity

 It's getting close to Halloween- and that means Bulletin Board Time!!!  WE LOVE IT!!!   This year we went with a mummy theme with fun from an activity we produced for our TPT-all this fun is from our  Bulletin Board Ready- Mum's the Word Activity. It turned out adorable!!!! Just in time for our Parent Teacher Conference this week.

We constructed a  class bar graph  and completed some odd and even math practice activities that are included in our mummy fun set on tpt. The kiddos had so much fun wrapping their mummies for the bulletin board- we love activities that incorporate fun and learning !!!!



Sunday, October 13, 2013

Question Words Owl Activity

We are getting ready for fall in the classroom. This is my favorite part of the year. I love to put a few fall decorations in the room to start the season off right. We also start working on fall activities throughout the season. I love getting out all my favorite fall reading books in the classroom. One of my favorite books is called ...
The kids just love this book and I have to admit, it is one of my favorites. One stormy night, a lost and lonely owl walks into a farmyard looking for a place to sleep.
After a restful night in the hen house, Owl wakes to discover that the hens want him to leave. They're looking for a rooster, not an owl! I also use this book with my question words unit. Here is s freebie for you to use with your question words lesson.
I also try to incorporate it into other lessons as well. I made this owl hidden picture hundreds chart to use for math. We have it in our TPT store. 
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