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!!!

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