10/13/14

Halloween Bash Blog Hop!


  Taking part on a fun Halloween Bash Blog Hop put together by the amazing girls at The Teaching 2 Step. I love this season sooooo why not share it AND throw in some great resources and an amazing giveaway!

I really enjoy everything about fall (well, lets be honest, everything but the fact that it welcomes in winter).  With fall comes leaves, pumpkin spice everything, plaid and Halloween. I have enjoyed dressing my kids up every year and have learned that some costumes are great (like the home made cat outfit that was ADORABLE) and others were not so great (the mummy costume that unravelled all night until Chey had no costume left).

Here are some of my Halloween favorites for you :o)

Lets start with my Monday Markdown item (top left corner shows it in action) and a limited time freebie. My favorite Halloween season activities were done back when I taught grade one.  I used my Pumpkin Themed Literacy and Word Work stations to reinforce  -it, -en, and long e word families. 

This includes:
•A themed poster for each word family that you can laminate and use an anchor chart or print off and place in each student’s spelling/ELA folder.
•A Fall Rainbow Words set which includes the words to print and place in a jar, a printable dice template, as well as the recording sheet with basic instructions.
•A word match cut and paste activity using the three word families.
•A word sorting station, the students are to place the right pumpkins in each word family pumpkin patch and a recording sheet
•A crossword puzzle using the three word families and an answer key
•A themed I have Who has game including 24 word family cards
•An easy reader that you can print out and read with your students or print in black and white and get them to color and read.

This resource is half price for this week only. 

 
 
 

The freebie is my Pumpkin Themed Math Booklet.  This 6 page workbook includes (show in action on the top right:
•Number recognition re: tally, money, subitizing, visual blocking
•Cut and paste for motor skill development
•Pattern recognition and generation
•Number recall/sequencing
I laminated the sheets and created centers for math stations. 

I LOVED the pumpkin craftivity pictured in the top center.  Each student got a mini pumpkin and we did sink or float predictions and tests. Inside the craftivity pumpkins we put together as a class we wrote descriptive paragraphs about our pumpkins.  It was one of our first looks as chocolate words. We also tasted pumpkin cookies, made pumpkin seeds after doing an estimating activity, and used similes to describe the inside of our large class pumpkin.
We topped this off by reading Pumpkin Town and doing a poster board sequencing activity.  It was a great Pumpkin Week in 1B :o).

Now for a great RECIPE...



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Monday Markdown and whats up!

The last two weeks has been CRAZY!!  Volleyball season started and I coach the Grade 8 team - Chey is my assistant coach and another parent also comes to help out.  We  have had a clinic and two practices a week.  We also already have our first tournament and first game under our belts.  We lost the tournament - we came in 3rd.  BUT we won the game. 

My girls are beginning to understand the rotations and PMS (power, middle, setter). 

On top of these activities I have Freedom travelling to Memphis this year on her spiritual emphasis retreat - they study freedom in the physical and spiritual sense.  Also Cheyenne is graduating this year.  So we had a Memphis meeting and a grad meeting on top of Friday and Sunday volunteering.  I love being busy but my blog pays the ultimate price (and so does our meal times LOL!). 

However, this weekend I caught up on marking (more or less), clean the kids rooms (I even washed the walls), watched the season premier of Walking Dead and Supernatural.  I bought all five kids and myself
jackets, boots, mitts, hats, scarves, and other necessities (that was a fast thousand dollars) and I am proud of myself - did not buy one book (although I wanted to very badly).  I even managed to cook a rather interesting Thanksgiving dinner with the help of my in-laws and their BBQ.
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Finished the weekend by playing a prank on my kids.  Me and my husband found this creepy butler animated ornament that wobbles and moans.  We snuck it into the kids rooms while they were sleeping and turned it on.  The reactions were all over the place.  The best was Freedom who is a zombie junky like myself - she cried, curled up in a ball, and told it to go away.  Obviously, I need a new zombie apocalypse partner....

Second off - here are my Monday Markdown items this week, as usual one for middle and one for early years.

My early years product is festive :o)  My Pumpkin Themed Literacy and Word Work Stations is half price.  Here is the deets: My Pumpkin themed literacy and word work station unit focused on teaching the –it, -en, and long e word families.

In this package you will find the following over 24 pages:
•A themed poster for each word family that you can laminate and use an anchor chart or print off and place in each student’s spelling/ELA folder.
•A Fall Rainbow Words set which includes the words to print and place in a jar, a printable dice template, as well as the recording sheet with basic instructions.
•A word match cut and paste activity using the three word families.
•A word sorting station, the students are to place the right pumpkins in each word family pumpkin patch and a recording sheet
•A crossword puzzle using the three word families and an answer key
•A themed I have Who has game including 24 word family cards
•An easy reader that you can print out and read with your students or print in black and white and get them to color and read.

I loved teaching this in grade one!

My Middle Years product is my chevron Ecosystem Vocabulary cards. They are hard to see but they are up there on the black board with my underwater ecosystem display.  This is a set of 39 Chevron themed Ecosystem vocabulary cards. Great as review material, game pieces, as part of a word wall, or classroom display.

There are also 3 blank vocabulary cards.

This resource is part of my Interactions Within Ecosystems unit which you can check out here --> http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Interactions-in-Ecosystem-Full-Unit-1403059

Vocabulary is a great way to not only introduce main themes but to make sure that the content is being understood - especially for the not so avid readers who do not always take context clues or have other strategies to help them decode and comprehend the text.

I also just wanted that there is a great Milestone Giveaway happening over at School House Treasures.   I was more than pleased to be able to donate a WINNERS CHOICE to the giveaway and help her celebrate her momentous event.  Check it out!