Halloween Fun, Last One!

OK, one more Halloween activity… “My Secret Potion” cauldron writing. Have fun!


Halloween Words in Halloween Sentences

And here’s one of our Halloween activities for Friday: “Halloween Words in Halloween Sentences”

Students read the Halloween word in the box, write a sentence using the word, and draw a picture. It makes a fun read aloud at circle time on Halloween. There are 12 different Halloween words. The words match those found in my Halloween Word Search.

Hope you have a sweet Halloween!

Even or Odd?

Another Montessori inspired idea, this time for math: matching counters to a numeral and arranging them in two groups to see if the number is even or odd. My unique twist is using large brass house numbers (fun!) and a worksheet I made that the kids use to write the number and then “even” or “odd”. You can get the worksheet for free by clicking here.

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Coin Identification and Value

My newest free download on Teachers Pay Teachers is a work mat for coin identification and value. Children identify and match pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, show their value by stacking pennies, then show new ways to make ten and twenty-five cents. This makes a great math center! Reminds me of a song I once heard…

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Table Name Motivation

Our new table names are “amazing”, “excellent”, and “awesome”. This has been a feel-good confidence booster and a motivator for desirable behavior. I say things like, “I love how Eleanor is focusing on her own work. That must be because she sits at the amazing table!” and “If you’re excellent, go line up for recess!” It’s awesome.

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Tools of the Trade

Scissors, tape, glue, hole punches, and… sticks?

Yesterday after school my children and I were collecting sticks, redwood cones, and bark that had blown to the ground in the autumn wind (cue new idea!), and today my students spelled CVC words with sticks in class. They could only use uppercase letters that consist of straight lines, although toward the end they figured out how to make straight “curved” letters, digit style. I should have known they would be that clever!

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At another table they made red and orange paper chains to show all the addition facts for making ten. I wrote the addends on white stickers with corresponding red and orange pen, then stuck the finished chains to the window frame for a lovely window treatment.

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At the third table they used a hole punch to make multiplication facts for three. Even though I was so excited about using my “spelling sticks”, I gotta say this one was my favorite. I love “Thirty Thursday”!

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