Sunday, October 20, 2013

Halloween Madness and Class Party Ideas!

I love this time of year when my firsties are all a-talk with ghosts, vampires, and other creepy creatures! Just check out a mask one of my girls made at recess one day! Creativity at its best!

My favorite day of the year is fast approaching! It's almost Halloween and I'm starting to wonder how other districts celebrate this day? In our district, Halloween is always used as a SIP (School Improvement Plan) Day. When students arrive, they are already in costume. We have a parade around the school, and a lot of parents show up to cheer the kids on and take in all of the wonderful costumes! Then, we spend time having a Halloween party. This year, the teachers planned the party and our most wonderful PTA provides the volunteers to run the party. Here's what's in store for my little ghouls:

1. Snack - Ghost Banana and Rice Krispie Treats (peanut and tree nut free!) We wanted to make the pumpkin oranges as well, but the deal with living in Chicago is that oranges are now OUT OF SEASON! Eek! Here's the pic of the cute snack:
The rest of the activities:
2. Halloween Charades 
3. Pumpkin Painting 
4. Pumpkin Bowling
5. Halloween BINGO (with Halloween tattoos for prizes, of course!)

How does your school/district celebrate Halloween? Drop me a line or email me! I love bringing new and awesome ideas to the table. I wouldn't want to get boring now, so please share some love!

Talk soon,

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fabulous Fall and Five for Friday! 10/11/13

Another week has come and gone! It's been full of a reading unit review, measurement in math, and community helpers in social studies. Next week is Columbus, Fire Safety and our firefighter visit. There is always so much going on, that I enjoy posting 5 things from my week to debrief and be proud of my kids and their accomplishments. I also love being inspired by what others post! I'm currently on the hunt for cool Halloween math project for Halloween week....With that said, here's my 5 linked up with Doodle Bugs Teaching!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has been a tradition for the past 6 years in my classroom. My students love the story and I love tying in the genre of legends during the Halloween season. This is the version I read, as it is not too scary and is not violent at all. It took just over a week, and we finished last Tuesday!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - the movie! I show the cartoon movie from my childhood. It was put out by Rabbit Ears Storybooks in the 1990s (available on DVD) and is narrated by Glenn Close. Can you just see how attentive my students are? Not one word uttered during the 30 minute film.....and cheers at the end! Great way to connect text to video and discuss differences!

"My Monster" writing and craftivity. This week we focused on descriptive writing. We began with the read aloud I Need My Monster. Then, made our own monsters. Don't they look adorable hanging up in the classroom?! This is the perfect book if you have children that are afraid of the dark as well. It's a boy who NEEDS his monster to fall asleep, but he's on vacation! Simply adorable.

Scarecrow "Fall is..." writing. Again, descriptive sentences using our senses. My favorite is below and says "Fall is leafy."

Community helpers writing - one of my students wrote about teachers and drew...ME! Here I am with my fabulous long ponytail (I have short red hair), Halloween dress (because I love Halloween so much), 6 fingers on each hand, and long, pink fingernails (I bite my nails and keep them as dark as possible)! *THIS IS WHY I LOVE FIRST GRADE!!!*

I hope everyone had an inspirational and productive week. Enjoy your Monday off in honor of Mr. Columbus! That's all for now!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

October Currently...

Just a small little post this morning to link up with Farley at Oh Boy, Fourth Grade to  bring you my October currently...then it's off to get ready for my best teaching friend's wedding! { I'm doing a reading! Eek! }