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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Halloween Gifts for Students & Trick-a-Treaters


Halloween season is upon us, and there is seriously so much fun and excitement in the air for the little ones..... and yes, adults too, me included! :)

Halloween brings up so many wonderful childhood memories for me!  And now that I am a mom and a teacher, I can't help it but try my best to make such memories for my own children and students!

If you are needing some fun ideas for Halloween gifts for your students and trick-a-treaters, you are at the right place!  This year, I have teamed up with Oriental Trading Company to bring to you some SPOOK-TACULAR Halloween gifts that will make your students and trick-a-treaters screech with joy and excitement!

Student Gifts
This year I'm making my students' Halloween even more FA-BOO-LOUS by filling  these spooky Character Treat Bags with some fun Halloween-themed toys from this Treasure Chest Toy Assortment! With 100 pieces of toys ,  I will not have to walk up and down the aisle anymore to find different toys to fill the bags! Plus, these bags are super adorable and take just minutes to fill!



Trick-a-Treaters

For the first part of Halloween, I'll be trick-a-treating with my kids, but then we will have to rush home and pass out candy as well!  With little time to waste, I've snagged up a bag of Hershey's® All Time Greats Chocolate Candy Mix to fill these sweet Cellophane Treat Bags.  I'm also throwing in a little glow stick for each of my trick-a-treater and student to help keep their night bright and them safe!




Candy Alternative

Some of my friends and I are also throwing a little Halloween party for our own kids this month! For these sweet party-goers, we will making these monster popcorn hands! Simple, easy, and oh so MONSTROUSLY FUN! Click to the images for more details!



Speaking of monstrously fun, here's a fun activity to do if your students are learning to read and write procedural text!

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FREEBIE!!!
While you're here, grab these pencil tags to encourage SPOOK-TACULAR writing in your classroom for free!

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If you need additional resources, check the following units below!

               






Disclaimer: Products from Oriental Trading were sent for review.  All opinions are of my own.


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Monday, October 2, 2017

October Fun & FREEBIES!

October is finally here, and I can't wait to share with you some of my favorite October activities that I have previously posted along with a few FREEBIES!

Trust me, I am no fan of creepy crawlers and animals of the night, but I have to admit, they sure are fun to learn about with my students!  Throw in some nonfictional and fictional literature with writing and arts and craft, even the squirmiest students will definitely be caught in the learning web! :)

A fun activity that we do is that we start out with some nonfiction text paired with fictional stories.  Afterwards, we create a t-chart and compare our findings.  This is always so fun as it is interactive and involves a whole-group discussion on what is fact and what is fiction.  As I am recording the students' findings, I am also highlighting correct capitalization, punctuation, and spacing along with sounding out the letters for additional spelling practice.




Afterwards, students are encouraged to pick a fact and fiction statement to record on their own writing template.  Once completed, students then cut and glue their writing onto a bat tracer ready for display!  Click to the image below for a free copy of the writing template!



Click on this link for the BAT TRACER.

As for spiders, we go through the same routine with pairing nonfiction and fiction texts and the t-chart.  However, I add in a KWL chart and make it even more engaging by incorporating graphic organizers to help my students think through their writing.  Play the video below to see the entire craftivity in action!









To download the KWL Spider chart FREEBIE, click on the image below!


If you are into pumpkins and Halloween as well, here are two UPDATED resources for K-2 math, science, and literacy activities!

      


If you need a fun, spooky way to motivate your lil' writers, click to this FREEBIE!  I will be giving these out to my students as I see them demonstrating good writing skills this month!


Hope you will have an AHHHH-some time with your littles!


     

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Classroom Reveal 2017-2018

I can't believe that AWESOME time of the year is here again- the anticipation, the excitement, and the FUN! Yes, it's back to school again, and I can't wait to reveal to you my newly decorated classroom!

This year, I teamed up with Oriental Trading to bring you some amazing decoration ideas for your classroom!  For additional information on any of the products or teaching resources, click to the images below! 

Let's get started and take a quick tour around my classroom!





Classroom Library: This is hands down my most favorite place in the classroom! I have always wanted to make my library feel cozy and homey for my students!  While the cubbies have been in this corner since last year, I struggled to find a background that could help me achieve the look that I had envisioned for my library.  Then TAH-DAH- the Fadeless Weathered Wooden Paper from OrientalTrading! Not only does it help the white cubbies stand out from the white walls, it is also perfect when paired with a black border and green and mint fans! I'm excited to hang my reading anchor charts here for my students to refer to throughout the year as they apply them while reading here in our classroom library!



Birthday Wall: Right next to our library are the tall, plain cabinets that had old tape and chipped paint on them.  Last year, I tried to cover them the best I could with posters.  But to achieve a cohesive look, I decided to use the Fadeless Weathered Wooden Paper again on the front doors and made it our Birthday Wall!  Paired with a bright, white border, the cabinets are now functional and pretty!


Student Work Display Board: I've always wanted to have a student work display board, so I decided that I would do so this year to help motivate my writers to do their very best!  Using wrapping paper from a local store along with a Oriental Trading's black border, green, mint, and pink fans, and streamers, this board is now functional and gives my classroom a much needed  splash of color!


Front Board: I needed a space to highlight the week's best work and to hang important notes and No Names!  This small board by my big whiteboard in front of the classroom was the best space for it!  I love how the Fishscale Rainbow Scallop border contrasts against the black background to help make this space possible for me!


Word Wall: This summer, I created my own jumbo letter signs for our Word Wall.  The signs are big enough to be seen even across the classroom, but small enough to all fit on our dry-erase board.  I can't wait to fill it up with sight words and have my students use them throughout the year!

Classroom Motto: Since our classroom is an interior room with no walls, I struggled to find a display that would fill up this HUGE space and is meaningful to our class.  I thought of making separate focus boards for each individual subject.  However, the drawers and floor cabinets underneath of this big board, makes it troublesome for me to hang any anchor charts or posters.  Therefore, this inspirational quote along with these easy-to-make flowers are perfect to brighten up our classroom!


Cubbies: One of the luxuries of our class is that we have our own cubbies! This space has been so important by helping my students keep up with their work. Lined with some bright colored cardstock and cubby tags, these cubbies make me so happy just looking at them! :)

   

Labels, Labels, and More Labels: A goal of mine this year was make labels for my classroom and help better organize supplies!  I am overjoyed that these labels are going to help my STEM design challenges, desk caddies, and book boxes so much more organized this year!!!!



Back to School Photo-Op & Student Gifts: To welcome my new students on Meet-the-Teacher Night, I set up an easy photo op in the back of my classroom!  I used my pocket chart holder to hang streamers and created these simple props.  I also made additional props for my son who is entering Kindergarten and my students' siblings who may be entering these grades as well. And of course, I sent each of my students home with a warm hug and a little present to let them know how excited I am to have as my students!

Thank you so much for touring our classroom!  I had a great time decorating our little space and making it organized and functional for my students!  The items below are products from Oriental Trading!  Click to the image for additional information.


Disclaimer: Products from Oriental Trading were sent for review.  All opinions are of my own.

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