1-2-3 Come Make A Haunted House Craftivity With Me
Flick off the lights to set the mood, then all you have to do is quietly & slowly say the words, “Haunted House” , and you will have everyone's attention.
No matter what grade I taught, I loved going for that “Gotcha!” moment, to get people excited about writing.
I truly believe that students will be enthusiastic about “getting down to the business of writing”, if you simply give them something interesting and fun to write about.
It’s that simple. Find their “hot button”. If your students are like mine, then a haunted house, is that catalyst in motivating them to WANT to write. Woo Hoo!
With that in mind, I set to work to design two crafty packets involving a haunted house.
First up, 6 writing prompt craftivities for the “Haunted House” packet.
They are all different enough, so that you can easily do several; one in class, one as a fun homework assignment, one for extra credit, a sub tub, or for early finishers etc.
You could also give students a choice.
You may be surprised that they want to do them all.
Student can choose which they want to write about, or you can make this a two-part assignment.
Kiddos can write the ARE portion on one day, and finish up the HAVE prompt the next day.
You could also do one in class, and do the other as homework.
Completed projects turn out "terror-rific"!
I think it's very important to not overwhelm beginning writers.
For example, asking students to write a "spooky story" can be a bit daunting for even a seasoned writer.
To experience this, put yourself in the assignment. Would you want to write an entire story, or would you be more excited to develop a list of things that a haunted house has?
Because it's a smaller chunk of writing, and children can draw from experience, they know the "answers" and feel empowered; so they can get right down to writing; and often very excited to do so!
With that in mind, all of the activities in both packets are "bite size".
Because it's simple yet thought provoking, I think your students will also enjoy "If a haunted house could talk, what might it say?"
There are 5 diffferent "speech bubbles" to add variety to your display, as well as several posters you can use to introduce the lesson, then sprinkle on your bulletin board.
Besides the different posters to help you introduce the lesson, as well as several more to enhance your various displays, I've also included spiderwebbed letters that spell LOOK!
They are 4 1/2 inches & come in 3 styles. (Oh the possibilities...)
I substituted them for the O letters in LOOK.
To expand the lesson, and practice yet another standard, I’ve also included a whole-group graphing extension in both packets.
Next up is the "Trick or Treating at a Haunted House" packet.
To get more bang for my “time” buck, I like to cover a variety of standards with one activity.
“Trick or Treating at a Haunted House”is not only a super-fun writing prompt craftivity, but it also reinforces the 5 senses, and the importance of using them to enhance writing.
Students are trick or treating and they visit a haunted house.
What do they see, hear, feel, taste & smell?
After writing their rough draft, then editing, they fill out a rubric checklist, then write their final draft on the writing prompt worksheet. (I've included RUBRICS in both packets.)
There are 4 different haunted houses for students to choose from, with a TOP & BOTTOM pattern for each. as the 5 senses writing prompt is glued to the center.
There's also a “5 Senses” poster, plus one that defines “Adjectives”.
Use them to introduce your lesson, then add them to your display.
Toss some “cobwebs” in each corner, and you have a “WOW!” bulletin board, sure to get lots of compliments.
As you can see by my samples, "answers" can be a simple sentence for younger students, as well as a more in-depth use of descriptive word choice for older students.
I've also included a "side-by-side" photo of a sample that's very simple, then another that was worked on.
I always try to make time for students to share their work with their classmates, so we popcorn around the room and everyone shares one of their "5 senses sentences" before displaying them in the hallway.
A child's handprints become the "fire" at the top.
I've included a "We promise" pledge poster for children to sign, which helps make students accountable for not playing with fire.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for dropping in.
Autumn is in it's full splendor here in Michigan, so even though it's rather chilly today, I want to grab some fresh air.
Wishing you a fun-filled day.
“I don't know that there are real ghosts and goblins, but there are always more trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids!" -Robert Brault
1-2-3 Come Do Some Spine Tingling Writing With Me!
“Shudders Behind the Shutters!” does both.
Thus, I designed this writing prompt craftivity with a window.
There are two writing prompt “window” options.
Students can make a list of 13 things that make them shudder OR
I've discovered that narrowing down what students have to write about, rather than saying, "write a spooky story", is a lot less overwhelming for them.
This bite-size piece, is not only less daunting, but will have your students actually become excited about creating their list or a brief excerpt!
I’ve included samples of both, so that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.
Making an example, not only helps you explain what you want your students to do, it acts as a catalyst for getting them enthusiastic about getting down to the business of writing.
The writing prompt “window” becomes the base, for this 3-part craftivity.
Shutters flip open to reveal this picture window, which then opens to reveal my list of 13 things that make me shudder. You can use any number, but I chose superstitious 13.
Did you know that the “fear of the number 13” is called triskaidekaphobia! (triss-kye-dek-uh-FOH-bee-uh).
You may want to share this bit of interesting trivia with your students.
For some extra 3D pizzazz, I added some wiggle eyes, attaching them with glue dots.
You can use these to introduce the lesson.
Encourage students to use their senses, as well as plenty of description, to evoke a shudder or two.
These are not difficult concepts to understand.
Actually, I’ve found that even younger students grasp them quite well, and are excited to share examples they’ve come across.
Venn diagrams are a quick, easy and fun way to introduce comparison & contrast writing to your students.
Instead of using the usual circles, I drew an apple for one half, while the other side is a pumpkin. An oval "slice" down the center, provides a place for "similarities".
You can do this as an individual worksheet or whole-group activity, that provides an excellent review and culminating activity for your apple-pumpkin studies.
Completed worksheets make an excellent bulletin board or hallway display.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's nothing spooky over here that has me shuddering, just a bone-chilling wind that's rattling my window panes.
It's a small price to pay though, for the absolutely gorgeous fall colors that come with cooler weather.
Wishing you a simply splendid day!
"Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understoond." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
1-2-3 Come Do Another "Room On The Broom" Activity With Me
Do you read “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson?
It’s one of my students’ favorite Halloween stories.
With that in mind, I thought I’d design an activity to go along with this cute tale.
“There’s Room On My Broom” is a quick, easy & super-fun booklet craftivity.
As always, there are black & white patterns for students, as well as colorful templates so that teachers can quickly and easily make a sample to share.
Students can simply color the broom, or teachers can opt to make this a bit of a keepsake.
If you have some classroom help, then painting a child’s hand brown, and pressing it on the broom handle, turns out adorable. As a mom I love these types of craftivities that my children brought home.
Another option is to have students pick a partner, then take turns tracing each others hand, on a piece of tan construction paper. Cut it out then glue it on the end of the broom handle.
You decide what’s best for your students & the time you have available, then run off a class-set of the patterns. Easy "Print & Go!"
There are 20 animals for children to choose from.
Children color, cut & glue, whatever animals they want to ride on their broom.
Whenever I’m doing an activity, I always try to think of what else I might be able to include in the lesson, that will easily practice additional standards.
With a show of hands, teachers write the names on the graph of which animal from the story "Room on the Broom" they'd also like to have ride their broom.
There's also a graph with 5 animals (lion, gorilla, unicorn, skunk & elephant), which asks "Which animal would you definitely NOT want on your broom?" Have a fun discussion of why not.
For language arts, there’s also an ABC order worksheet.
The second part of our 2D shapes standard, involves “spatial directions”; so I designed a "Where's Your Animal?" activity.
Students then place their animal above, below, beside, on etc. You can quickly & easily see who's having difficulty as you whole group assess this standard.
I've also included a witch manipulative you can use to give a quick spatial direction review, before you begin the assessment. If your students are like mine, they will really enjoy this extension.
Another thing children can do before they glue their animals to their broom, is to sort & sequence them according to size (smallest to largest or the reverse), which allows you to practice this standard as well.
Students could also use ordinal numbers to label their animal riders, and as you can see by my sample, I also practice patterning by having my students choose 2 crayon/marker colors to write their name with, and then fill in the letters of the title, showing an AB-AB color pattern.
It's an easy-peasy "print & go" activity that you can use for a variety of center activities.
I’ve included a tip list of ideas including the “Kaboom” game.
Digital, as well as analog time to the hour and half hour are practiced.
I've also included two assessment templates, plus a blank set to program with other times, as well as a black & white set of cards, plus a cover, so that your kiddos can make an “Itty Bitty” Telling Time booklet.
Thanks for stopping by.
It's in the high 40s today, with a wicked wind; giving us a taste of winter that will be here all too soon.
Despite the chill, I will be going on my morning walk with my faithful pup Chloe.
There's a sprinkling of vibrant, fall colors splashed here and there, making a brisk nature hike especially interesting.
Wishing you a fun-filled fall. Hope you enjoy "making room" on your classroom brooms.
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” - Dr. Seuss
1-2-3 Come Do Some Activities For The "Room on the Broom" Story
Click on the book cover or this LINK to zip on over to YouTube to see a really cute animated version. (10-minutes).
The TV film was nominated for the Best Animated Short Film at the 2014 Academy Awards!
It’s one of my students’ all-time favorite Halloween stories and perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.
With that in mind, I designed this quick, easy and fun ”Room on the Broom” slider craftivity, which will help your students retell the story in the proper order.
There are 2 outside slider options to choose from. One is a square for easy-peasy straight cutting, which is perfect for little ones.
While the other choice is a "cut me out" larger witch, for more advanced cutters.
I made some "broomstick" ends for the "slider strip" for the larger witch, as well as included a "broom straw" pattern to glue on, which results in the slider looking like a broom that the witch is riding on.
I make the big one for myself, and run the square craftivity off for my little learners.
Students color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.
As they pull on the end of the “slider-strip” the various pictures go through the “window” on the witch’s cape, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their craftivity home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.
I introduce the lesson by reading this rhyming Halloween tale, then share my completed "slider craft” with my students.
So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, full-color patterns are included.
After we read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on my slider.
They guess which story element they think comes next, before I pull the picture through the “window”.
My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a “Room on the Broom” craftivity of their own.
Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.
I’ve included a “Let’s Sequence the Story” activity for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet. There’s a larger, full-color option so you can do this as a fun whole-group activity with younger students.
There’s also a “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, as another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions. You can use the colorful template to do this as a whole group activity with younger folks.
Woo hoo! There are two featured FREEBIES today. The first one is a set of Halloween safety tips.
The tips are loaded with Dolch sight words, providing great reading practice and review. Read the list together as a whole group, calling on different children to read a tip. Afterwards, they can color the picture, then take it home to read to their parents.
The second FREEBIE is a set of "Happy Halloween!" note cards, with 6 on a one-page template.
They come in color as well as black and white.
Attach one to a treat bag, or tuck in a folder, lunch box or backpack.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's dark, damp, dreary and raining outside, providing the perfect backdrop for creating some more Halloween "stuff".
Stay tuned for several more activities to go along with the "Room on the Broom" story. "Witching" you an easy-breezy day filled with lots of memorable moments.
"There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow in moonlight." - Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Sequencing and Retelling a Story Activities With Me
Do you read the story “Big Pumpkin” by Erica Silverman? It’s one of my all-time favorite Halloween stories. My students love it too.
With that in mind, I designed 3 different “Big Pumpkin” storytelling craftivities, which are a quick, easy & fun way for children to practice the “retelling & sequencing” a story standards.
The gist of the story is that a witch has grown a gigantic pumpkin, which she cannot get off the vine. Even her spooky friends ( a ghost, vampire, and mummy) can't budge the pumpkin. So how does a little bat think he can succeed where the other stronger characters could not?
Read the story, then pick your favorite crafty option from these 3:
1. A "Big Pumpkin" storytelling wheel, which is in the shape of a pumpkin. Run the pattern off on orange construction paper.
Students trim, then using a brass brad, attach their picture wheel, which they've colored to the back.
2. A "Big Pumpkin" storytelling "slider" which is also in the shape of a pumpkin.
Students color the graphics on the strip of paper, then insert it into the pumpkin to retell the tale, and finally ...
3. A 3 dimensional pumpkin "flip the flap" booklet.
This craft is not as easy as the wheel and slider crafts, so I recommend it for older students.
The pages of the pumpkin booklet fan out so the witch and her "Big Pumpkiin" are free standing, creating a nice wow factor, which makes a cute Halloween centerpiece.
All 3 options have full color patterns to use for an independent center, as well as a sample to share, plus black & white templates, so students can make their own.
When everyone is done, practice retelling the “Big Pumpkin” using the manipulative.
For the pumpkin "slider", children pull the various graphics through the "window".
For the wheel craft, everyone starts by turning their wheel so that the witch with her pumpkin, appears in the “pie-slice window”.
For the flip-the-flap booklet, children begin by flipping the first page to where the witch is seen with her big pumpkin.
Call on a child to begin the story by turning their wheel, pulling on their slider strip, or flipping a pumpkin page.
Continue turning, sliding or flipping, calling on different students to tell you that portion of the story, explaining the “picture prompt”.
After the sixth picture (a slice of pie) is revealed and explained:(The witch made pumpkin pie and everyone ate a piece. After her guests left, she went back into the garden and planted some more pumpkin seeds.) in unison have everyone yell “Happy Halloween!”
To further reinforce the retelling, have students pick a partner and take turns sharing their wheel or slider with each other.
Sometimes we do this with our older, reading buddies. This is a quick, easy & fun way to check comprehension too.
For writing practice, all three options include a “Here’s What Happened” writing prompt worksheet, which students complete and color.
There’s also a full color template so you can quickly & easily make an example to share, or do this activity as a whole group with little ones.
Since this story has a moral to it, I take time to define this language arts term.
I’ve included a poster in each packet for you to hang and use as a guide.
As you can see by the photographs, each packet's writing prompt worksheets and posters are different.
There’s also an additional writing prompt worksheet, where students explain the moral of the story.
Use the colorful pattern as a whole group activity, asking little ones what they learned from the bat, then write their answers down on the paper, which you’ve attached to your white board.
I've made examples to give you some ideas, such as CVC words, upper and lowercase letters, shapes, showing a number, counting to 30, color words, writing down examples of things that are those colors etc.
If you're also working on fractions, I've included pocket chart cards for a quick review that you'll find helpful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for popping in.
It's going to be a chilly, rainy and damp day... perfect for creating some more Halloween activities.
Wishing you a satisfying and snuggly kind of day.
"Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on." -River Phoenix
1-2-3 Come Do Some Halloween Storytelling Crafts With Me
Perfect for counting, introducing onomatopoeia, and practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.
Click on the book photo on the left, or this LINK, to see it being read by a librarian on YouTube.
Since my students are familiar with and really enjoy singing “The Wheels on the Bus”, having an alternate version for Halloween fun is particularly enjoyable.
With these things in mind, I designed a quick, easy and fun ”Spooky Wheels on the Bus” “slider” craftivity, which will help your students retell the story in the proper order.
For educational fun on Halloween party day, read the story, sing the song, and make the slider craft. Woo hoo for easy-peasy!!
Choose the simple square cut pattern for little ones, or the "cut me out" bus template for children with better scissor skills.
Students color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together. There are two options for these as well.
I use the numbered strip because my Y5s are learning number recognition, plus how to count and sequence.
You could also use the strip with just the graphics, and have students number their own to get in even more practice.
As children pull on the end of the “slider-strip” the various pictures go through the “window” of their bus, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their craft home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.
I introduce the lesson by reading the book ”The Spooky Wheels on the Bus”, then share my completed "slider craft” with my students.
So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, I’ve included a full-color slider pattern.
After I read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on my slider. I have children guess which story element they think comes next, before I pull the picture through the “window”.
My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a “Spooky Bus” storytelling slider of their own.
Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.
I’ve included a "Let's sequence the story” activity for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet.
There's also a colorful, bus answer key poster, which you can use in various ways, including as an independent puzzle center.
A “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, is another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions.
Since the story is about the WHEELS on a spooky bus, I also made a story wheel craft as well.
Like the slider craft, I've included a "Here's What Happened" writing prompt.
There's also another fun writing option, where students continue the story by thinking of an 11th thing that might be riding the spooky bus.
My example has 11 black bats, which go flap, flip, flap all through the town. Students will enjoy sharing what they've come up with, and completed projects make a cute bulletin board.
There are blackline patterns plus a cover, so that students can make their own "Itty Bitty" Telling Time Flip Booklet, along with two assessments I think you'll find useful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for dropping in.
I'm absolutely loving the Indian Summer weather we've been having here in Michigan, so it's time to go rake a few leaves out of my flower beds, before the rain that's brewing changes my plans.
Wishing you a fun-filled day.
"Autumn, the year's last loveliest smile." -William Cullen Bryant
1-2-3 Come Do Some Quick,Halloween Activities With Me
Halloween happens to be on a Monday this year, so some schools will be celebrating on Friday, others waiting 'til the real day.
Since our party day is Friday, I still wanted to have some quick, easy and educationally fun Halloween-themed activities for Monday, so I whipped together a pumpkin glyph, writing prompt and class book. They are featured on the blog, along with today's FREEBIE.
First up is the pumpkin glyph. No matter what grade I taught, my students absolutely LOVED making glyphs.
They are a quick, easy & interesting way to practice and assess listening and following directions. This pumpkin glyph will also review some 2D shapes as well.
Since this is one of my report card standards, glyphs also provide a "hard copy" to use as proof that a child does or doesn't listen & follow directions.
Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board, as each one will be different!
I've included 2 posters for the center of your glyph display.
Glyphs are also an interesting way to get to know your students. The packet also includes a few posters for explaining things so even PK students can make one.
The "Positive-Negative Writing Prompt Pumpkin" also makes an awesome bulletin board or hallway wall display.
The controversy of Halloween, makes a nice comparison-contrast writing activity, where students list the positive aspects of Halloween that they like, as well as the negative ones that they don't care for.
Whenever I include a bit of hands-on craftiness to a lesson, I instantly have my students' attention; and they can't wait to get down to the business of writing.
So as a topper for their completed October writing prompt, children use an art form fittingly called: "positive-negative" and create a Jack-O-Lantern with my easy-peasy pattern.
To add some variety to your display, I've included 5 writing prompt worksheet options with different Halloween-themed graphics and fonts for your students to choose from.
PK teachers can do this as a whole-group discussion activity, where students give their opinion and you jot down their answers on one of the writing prompt worksheets, then each child can make a positive-negative pumpkin, which can be scattered around the prompt.
Finally, if your kiddos are like mine, they are constantly talking about what costume they are going to wear for Halloween. I take advantage of their excitement and enthusiasm by having them make a costume class book.
They are super-excited to get down to the business of illustrating their own page, which is a great activity for the week of Halloween, or even on party day for something educationally fun to help channel all of that energy.
I’ve included 2, full color cover options to choose from, as well as 3 different page designs. (See PREVIEW).
There’s a black and white pattern for your students, as well as templates in color, so that you can easily make a sample to share to help explain things, then contribute your costume page to the book too.
On party day I snap everyone’s picture, then add their photograph to our book as well.
Class-made books are one of my students’ favorites in our classroom library; they are terrific to share during parent-teacher conferences too. Besides the book, I’ve also included 2 song posters.
I enjoy making up songs to familiar tunes. One is “Trick or Treat” to the tune of “Are You Sleeping Brother John?” the other is “What Costume Will You Wear” to the tune of “Farmer in the Dell”.
Today's featured FREEBIE is a collection of tried and true Halloween party games that my students really enjoy. I call the packet "Ready-Set-Ghost!"
Click on the link or photo to grab your copy and let the spooktacular fun begin!
Well that's it for today... Gotta dash, as there are treat bags yet to make for the neighborhood children. We don't have that many, so I like to make something extra special.
Wishing you a very Happy Howling Halloween!
"There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by moonlight!" -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Halloween Activities With Me
Halloween party day, tends to be a bit wild and crazy because of all the energy your kiddos have.
With that in mind, I designed some trick or treat-themed activities that practice a variety of standards, while still being a lot of fun for your kiddos.
With a theme like candy and trick or treating, you will definitely get your students’ attention, so that you can reinforce:
graphing, tally marks, skip counting, upper & lowercase letters, 2D/3D shapes, plus the -ick & -eat word families.
Pick & choose from worksheets, writing prompts, crafts, puzzles, songs, & games!
The packet includes:
A “Trick or Treat” writing prompt craftivity, with 2 options, plus completed samples to share, along with 4 other interesting & fun writing prompts.
A Trick or Treat bag craftivity that reinforces the -it & -eat word families. The “sliders” practice 15 -eat words, as well as 14 -ick family words.
There are 3 options, plus trace & write word cards in color as well as black and white.
A “How many words can you make using the letters in “Trick or Treat”? worksheet, which includes an alphabetized answer key, with 158 words & a poster to introduce the lesson.
Perfect for a fun, yet educational, Halloween party day game too.
Two songs: “T-R-I-C-K” to the tune of Bingo, & “Trick or Treating” to the tune of “Brother John”.
"T-R-I-C-K" is a wonderful way to practice letter recognition, spelling & subtraction! My kiddos LOVE singing & clapping too.
Lots of graphing worksheets to practice that skill, plus worksheets with tally marks, data collection & analysis, and a graphic organizer.
8 “Trick or Treating at a Haunted House” I spy game sheets, that are a quick, easy & fun way to whole group assess: listening & following directions. upper & lowercase letters, numbers 0-20 and shapes.
Includes a blank template so you can program with whatever.
There's an assortment of “Candy Bones” activities & worksheets, plus an awesome collection of . . .
2D & 3D candy shape posters. What a fun way to practice/review shapes!
Who doesn't remember excitedly spilling out their treat bag?
Have your kiddos sort & then graph the different shaped candy, using the recording sheet.
And finally, there's ...
A dozen, “Trick or Treat” number puzzles, to help practice sequencing numbers from 1-10, counting backwards from 10-1, as well as skip counting by 2s & 10s.
Puzzles come in color for an independent math center, as well as black and white, so students can make their own.
This is a Perfect activity for Halloween party day.
The packet is a whopping 133 pages of fun. Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to have a look see. Trick or Treat-Themed Activities.
Today's featured FREEBIE, "Midnight Magic" is also a quick, easy & fun craftivity for party day. As you can see by the photo, the results turn out quite spectacular & take only about 5 minutes!
Well that's it for today. Halloween brings back some of my most favorite childhood memories.
Here's wishing you a “fang-tastic” rest of October, filled with lots of special treats.
"Halloween is an opportunity to be really creative." - Judy Gold
1-2-3 Come Do Some Word Family Activities With Me
Oh my gosh, I had such a fun time designing this newest emergent reader packet: Trick or Treating With the -at Word Family, which packs a lot of standard punch!
Practice rhyming, and the -at word family, with the song: “Trick or Treating We Will Go” to the tune of “Farmer in the Dell”.
I’ve included a poster of the song, as well as pocket chart cards of the verses, plus picture cards. There’s a matching bookmark for your students.
For more word family reinforcement, there are 3 “slider” craftivities: a cat, bat & hat, which include 20 -at family words!
The emergent reader incorporates 26 Dolch sight words, plus 7 of the -at family words.
Children add end punctuation: period, question mark & exclamation point to the simple sentences.
I’ve included a black & white copy, with 6 or 8 mini-pages, on a one-page pattern, so that you can make Itty Bitty booklets.
There’s also a full-color teacher’s version.
Finally, 2 worksheets provide more reinforcement & practice the skill of alphabetizing.
Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to have a look see at this 27-page packet of fun: Trick or Treating With the -at Family.
Today's featured freebie is called "Spooky Spirals".
It's a quick, easy & fun writing prompt craftivity that's perfect for Halloween party day.
Younger kiddos can simply do the craft. Completed projects look simply "spooktacular" swirling & twirling from the ceiling.
That's it for today, thanks for stopping by.
Time to switch gears, and try to shut my computer brain off.
I have a lunch date with my daughter and the tots.
Wishing you a love-filled day, filled with giggles galore.
"In every conceivable manner, the family is the link to our past, and the bridge to our future." - Alex Haley
1-2-3 Come Do Some Halloween Craftivities With Me
When parents would ask "When does your Halloween party start?" I'd answer with a big smile, "When the children get here, and it lasts all day!" The day before, I'd let my students know that we'd be doing all of our math, reading, writing and center activities as usual, but they'd all have a Halloween theme, so we could "party" all day.
They were then pleased and happy about this, and I wasn't constantly being asked: "When does the party start?" which interrupted everyone's focus. They also remained calm, on-task and weren't all fidgety waiting.
In the 10 years I taught Y5's this day was never a crazy day, instead, it was one of my personal favorites, because I had lots of volunteers eager to help out. We proceeded as normal, with only part of our lights on, to add just the right amount of ambiance. (This also seemed to relax my students.)
They wrote with their "spooky pencil pal" which was quick and super -inexpensive to make. (Directions in the Halloween packet.)
In the afternoon, our snack time would be extra special (cider, fruit, veggies, with some sweets & treats, which parents provided) and to practice and review a variety of standards, we'd play educational games.
I think one of the Y5's favorite parts of the day, were the super-fun centers. Parents would come in to help, so I could plug in a few more craftivities. What took me a bit of time to design and set up, they usually completed in just a few minutes, but that was OK as we had much to accomplish. They were enjoying themselves and learning at the same time.
I share my party day ideas in a Halloween packet, but wanted to dream up a few new ones, as this was one of the first units I did, way before I had all of the cool software programs, fonts, and clip art that I use now, but perhaps you'll find a few things you and your kiddos will enjoy.
These cute dangling ghosts are a quick, easy and fun little something to do on Halloween party day, or as a nice activity to transition to after reading some Halloween-themed stories.
I was "pinspired" by a Family Magazine holiday craft photo. They did not provide a pattern, so I made up my own.
Cutting on a spiral provides wonderful scissor cutting practice, which helps strengthen little finger muscles.
There's an easy ghost pattern with no arms for younger students, and to help out your left handed kiddo's, I've included flipped patterns for them.
Older students can write on the spiral and complete one of these prompts: "Things that are creepy to me are . . ." or "Things that I'm a bit afraid of are . . ."
As you can see by the photo, these look awesome dangling from the ceiling, where they'll twirl and swirl.
Click on the link to view/download the Spooky Spirals Halloween ghost writing prompt craftivity.
Another Halloween craft that I found several versions of on Pinterest, was a photo of a child in a pumpkin.
These too, did not offer a pattern, so I provide one in my Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater craftivity packet.
There's a blank pumpkin, one that says: "Happy Halloween from your little pumpkin" as well as one with the nursery rhyme written on it that I revamped.
"Teacher, teacher pumpkin eater. Had a student couldn't reach her. Put _________ in a pumpkin shell and there she taught her very well." (Female and male options.) I've included a poster of the original Nursery Rhyme.
Midnight Magic, is also a quick, easy and fun little ghost craftivity, perfect for Halloween party day because it's super-simple and has that "Oh Wow!" factor.
This art is called crayon resist, as the wax in the crayons resist the watercolors. I've taken a picture of the 3 steps of how it looks.
Using a white crayon, (press hard) trace the simple ghost pattern onto squares of white paper. Children will not see the ghost 'til they "wash" their paper with the "magical colors of midnight". To their utter delight, a ghost will appear as they are painting.
Although an all-black wash is effective, I think the ones where children used purple, blue and black turned out better. I did a ghost, but any simple shape (pumpkins, candy corn, or bat) would do.
I've also done these with children's names. Click on the link to view/download the Midnight Magic Halloween watercolor craftivity.
In the Halloween Crayon Resist packet, I've included 5 coloring pages for kiddos to choose from, along with directions of how to set things up.
Finally, another quick painting craftivity, is Alphie Andy the candy corn alphabet cup. I used styrofoam cups, orange and yellow acrylic paint and a black ink pen to make these fun "I Spy a Letter!" game "twirlers".
Students can add a face to the top white section, or leave it plain. First graders can write their own letters on the top of the cups, but I'd do this for younger kiddos. (I did a class set while watching TV. Takes a minute or two per cup.)
It's not at all difficult, but little ones have a tendency to write large, so they won't be able to fit all of the letters around the rim. When you make yours, look at my photo. Letters need to be close, with a small space.
Remember the cup is upside down when you write the letters on the rim. Add a second cup so you have a sturdier surface to write on.
You can keep this simple and just make cups with the uppercase letters on them, or "double up" and add an additional cup with the lowercase letters. This way, you can review more than one standard. When you call out a letter, students twirl their uppercase letter cup til their arrow lines up with that letter; then they twirl the lowercase letter cup, so that letter matches up with the uppercase one.
Students literally take 2 minutes to paint a yellow and orange stripe on their cup. (Make sure they write their name on the bottom.) Set aside to dry. Add an arrow, insert cup(s) and play "I Spy!" It's a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess. Children hold up their cup when they've found the correct letter and have the arrow pointing to it. Click on the link to view/download Alphie Andy, the Candy Corn Alphabet Assessment Cup craft.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. Have to go check my apple-crisp bars. The cinnamon scent is wafting through the house and smells delicious. Wishing you a warm-fuzzy kind of day.
"Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done." -- Louis D. Brandeis