I think if you include a simple and quick craft for students to make and attach to their writing prompt, they'll get more excited. I've included 24 scarecrow-themed writing prompts for them to choose from. As you can see by the photo, there are 2 ways to display children's work. Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board, or look sweet hanging back-to-back from the ceiling.
Make Patrick, the paper chain scarecrow and hang from the ceiling to review patterning, counting, subtraction etc. Make enough links in an ABAB or ABC color pattern, for however many days are in October. Tear off a link as each day passes. Via discussion, have students count how many days are left 'til your Halloween party, field trip to the pumpkin patch or whatever. A raffia bow adds that finishing touch. If you have time, have students make their own scarecrow in a variety of colors. Suspend from the ceiling or along a hallway wall for a lovely autumn display.
Students will enjoy creating this cute scarecrow-themed welcome fall banner, as they practice their writing skills. Glue writing prompts on the back. (There are 3 options.) Suspend completed projects from the ceiling.
Review a variety of 2D shapes with this quick, easy and fun paper plate scarecrow craft. There's a poem to glue on the back that helps practice rhyming words, as well as incorporating another genre for your students to learn about.
If your school has to fulfill the Constitution Day educational requirement, you'll enjoy this vocabulary-building packet. There is a lot of vocabulary that goes along with explaining the Constitution. Many of these words are new to your students. There are 42 Constitution-related word cards in this packet, with matching definition cards.
This is a quick, easy and fun game that you can make for an independent alphabet center, which will help reinforce upper and lowercase letter identification. This packet will be FREE for an entire year, after which time it will be updated and put in Diane's Dollar Deals in my TpT shop. Click on the link to pop on over.
Often teachers are so busy teaching, that sometimes they can miss important things that are happening in their students' lives. Putting up a tweet board on a door, wall or bulletin board, helps you stay informed and builds community. A more caring classroom will be created. This is a special FREEBIE in my TpT shop. Click on the link to grab your copy today:Sweet Tweets.
Here's a fun way to help your students learn how to read number words and match them to the correct numbers. There are 5 ways to play the matching games. Print, laminate and trim the templates and use them as independent math centers. This is an interesting game for a Daily 5 activity as well, and can also be sent home with a struggling student for 1-on-1 practice with a parent.
Venn diagrams are a quick, easy and fun way to help students understand the concepts of comparison and contrast. These apple Venn diagrams are an interesting way to learn about your students, as well as an enjoyable way to practice name recognition and letters.
There are a variety of ways you can use this packet. For a back to school treat bag, run off the "Welcome" puzzle template. Personalize them with your students' names. Cut up each puzzle and put them in Ziplock Baggies. Choose one of 3 header cards and attach. You can also give them during your apple studies or as an inexpensive gift for birthdays, Valentine's Day etc. A large apple puzzle, to be used as an independent center activity, is also included, as well as a blank grid, to help younger students easily put their puzzles together.