Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween FREEBIES!!!

I can't believe Halloween is already here?!?! If your class is anything like mine, they have been reminding you about Halloween since the beginning of September!! The anticipation for our Friday celebration is HUGE and we are so close to getting a much deserved and SUPER FUN day!!!

There are so many incredibly wonderful and fun Halloween activities to do! Where do you even begin?!?

I wanted to share with you some activities that I like to do with my students and the best part is that they are ALL for FREE!!!!

If you have not had a chance to get some ideas and activities together, I hope this can help you out!

#1 Favorite Candy Corn
Students will get to taste different kinds of candy corn: regular, pumpkin, Indian, and caramel. They will choose which kind of candy corn was their favorite and make a large class graph.

Then they will record the data.

Next, students will get to make an adorable craft of their favorite kind of candy corn using paint and Q-tips.

After they make their craft, they can write about which kind of candy corn was their favorite.

#2 Roll and Color
Students will roll 1 or 2 dice (depending on what you decide), count the dots, and color/cover the matching number on the ghost. The first to color/cover all of the numbers on the ghost wins!

#3 Halloween Treat Labels
I just love making a little treat bag for my students! I also like to buy them plastic fangs and place a label through them that says, 'Have a FANGtastic Halloween!' 

#4 Halloween Bag Craft Number Match
This is a super easy prep activity! Take a large piece of construction paper (18"x9") and fold it in half. Make zig zag cuts on the top of one end. Add a handle. Open up the folded paper and have students cut out different groups of candy corn and match it to the correct number. Have them glue the matching candy corn and numbers. Have students add a face to the front of the paper! You can grab the candy corn pictures and numbers HERE.

If you did not see the link above for the candy corn pictures and numbers, you can grab them HERE!

#5 Popcorn Monster Hands
Every year I ask our cafeteria staff for some plastic gloves. Have students place a piece of candy corn in each finger. Then add popcorn to fill the fingers and hand. Use a zip tie to close the glove. Then it's time to eat!! I usually have students make two hands so that they can eat one during school and the other one at home.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween and lots of FUN during your Halloween celebrations at school this week! 

If you would like to grab these activities, you can grab them HERE at my TPT Store or click on the pictures below.

Happy Halloween!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Mystery Puzzles!!

I am so excited to share with you all one of my most favorite activities to do with my students... MYSTERY PUZZLES!!

Here is a Mystery Puzzle in ACTION! This puzzle focuses on beginning sounds.

After seeing how much fun we had doing them in our centers, I knew I had to make more. I wanted to make these mystery puzzles a little different in a way where everything is on one page, students can show their work on the same page, and there is absolutely NO PREP!! Just PRINT and GO!!

*KEEP READING- A FREEBIE is included!!

The excitement my students have when they get a new puzzle makes these even more fun! They have no idea what the picture is going to be and can't wait to get started on it! I swear they don't even realize they are learning or practicing different skills! They just want to do more and more! I sure don't mind though!! :)

How Do These Mystery Puzzles Work?
-Students work to build a puzzle while also working on a specific skill. 
-Students won’t know what the puzzle is until they place the puzzles pieces on the correct boxes.
-Student record the work they did to build the puzzle for accountability. 

When To Use These Mystery Puzzles?-These puzzles can be used for morning work, centers, homework, group work, and MORE! 

What Is Included?-Multiple different mystery puzzles for each skill
-Answer Key for each mystery puzzle
-Easy Step by Step Directions

What Skills Are Included?
There are so many different skills covered in these mystery puzzles. You can get the skills bundled together or individually. Here is the list of the different mystery puzzles I have created so far and there will be more to come!

- CVC Words 
- Scrambled Sight Words 
- Letter Matching 
- Rhyming 
- CVCC and CCVC Words 
- Beginning Blends 
- CVCe Words 

- Counting 1-20 
- Order Numbers 
- Missing Number 
- Addition 
- Subtraction 
- Mixed Addition and Subtraction 
- Making Ten
- Number Words 
- Time 

I have these mystery puzzles per individual skill and also in BUNDLES where you can SAVE BIG!! Over 30% SAVINGS!! You can get different bundles:
- The Ultimate Math Mystery Puzzles BUNDLE   (multiplication is not included)


Here is a look at each individual mystery puzzle skill. You can click on the picture to get an even closer look at the specific skill at my TPT Store.









Thank you so much for reading all about my new Mystery Puzzles! I hope you enjoy!
As a special thank you, here is a mystery puzzle for you to try for FREE!
Grab it for FREE HERE or click on the picture.

Enjoy! :)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Little Red Riding Hood

One of my favorite units during the year are my Fairy Tale Units. I just love reading the classic fairy tales that I remember my teacher reading to me when I was younger! I have a few fairy tale units that I have made, but knew I wanted to make more! Little Red Riding Hood was one of the next fairy tales that I knew I wanted to work with!
I am so excited to share with you that I have just finished the Little Red Riding Hood Unit! The activities included in this unit are hands-on, interactive, and lots of fun! There are literacy and math activities, anchor charts, crafts, games, and MORE! 17 different activities to be exact!
I wanted to create another fairy tale unit that would give students a deep understanding of the different story elements while also having a BLAST!

Here is what is all included:

• Little Red Riding Hood Story Elements Anchor Chart
• Little Red Riding Hood Student Story Elements Interactive Book
• 3D Basket Craftivity
• Board Game (different skill options to choose from)
• Create a Class Book- Would Would You Bring Grandmother?
• Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood Craft
• What Would You Do? Writing Activity
• Mystery Puzzles (5 different puzzles and skills)
• Would You Walk Through the Dark Woods/Forest Alone? Graph and Data
• Counting/Addition Mini Reader
• Spin and Graph
• Who Do You Believe? Graph, Data, and Writing
• Who Do You Believe Craft
• Comparing Lon Po Po and (Little) Red Riding Hood Anchor Chart and Activities
• Comparing Stories Anchor Chart
• Favorite Story Writing Activity

Here are descriptions for each of the activities included:

One of the most difficult things while making this unit was which version of 'Little Red Riding Hood' do I choose?!?! There are so many wonderful versions of the story so I did my best to make the unit where you can do the activities with any version of 'Little Red Riding Hood'. I used the story 'Red Riding Hood' by James Marshall, but you can choose any version you would like. Other stories that go along with this unit are 'Lon Po Po' by Ed Young and 'Honestly, Red Riding Hood is Rotten!' by Trisha Speed Shaskan'

I have some of the activities in this unit below to share with you all. (Not all of the activities in the unit are pictured).

Interactive Student Story Elements Book- This is a hands-on book that will really give students a deeper understanding of the different story elements and in a fun way!




3D Basket Craftivity! (2 different options) This option is retelling the story :)

Would You Walk Through the Woods? Class Graph (not pictured) and Data- I definitely would not!! I am scared of the dark!!!

A fun little writing activity where students write about what they would do if they saw the wolf in the woods.

Make a class book for everyone to enjoy! Students will write about what they would bring Granny/Grandmother (both options included). This is great to put into your classroom library for all your students to read! Of course I would bring Granny some pizza!

Make Little Red Riding Hood and/or the Wolf for fun or to go along with one of the activities included in this unit.

Choose from a counting or addition mini reader.

Spin and graph the characters! There are a few options included.

After reading Lon Po Po and completing the anchor charts to go with the story (picture not included), students will get to compare the stories with a flip book and/or Venn diagram.

Another adorable story, 'Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!' tells what happened in the Wolf's point of view. Now it is time to decide who do we believe?!?! A class graph (not pictured) and data to go along with who we chose to believe.

A writing activity to go along with who we believe.

And of course a craft!!

Now that we have read different versions of the story, it is time to choose and write about our favorite story!

I apologize for not having all of the activities pictured above, but there are even MORE activities included in this Little Red Riding Hood Unit! That makes it exciting! You can check it out at my TPT Store HERE or click on the picture below.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! :)
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