Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pumpkin Exploration F-U-N + Freebie!!

Hi there friends!!,
 
Friday officially marks the beginning of the most exciting time of the year. I call it the "triple whammy"- Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! I absolutely LOVE this time of year. Not only is it exciting for me, but it is a time for my students to get excited, and I feel like I can get back to the roots of what teaching is about: the enthusiasm and meaningful learning.
Every year, we do a Pumpkin Circuit in my classroom. These are pumpkin exploration centers that integrate multiple subjects for meaningful learning! I usually set up 5 centers that we rotate every 10-15 minutes around. *Side note: This is a good day to ask for volunteers. :)
My students love this day! They are completely engaged and making connections. Their favorite is the pumpkin eruption!

 
We also spend some time reading one of my favorite non fiction pumpkin books, "Pumpkin Pumpkin," by Jeanne Titherington. It is about the pumpkin life cycle and is perfect for the primary age.
 
Following reading the book, we make a pumpkin life cycle craftivity:
 

 
All of this is included in my Pumpkin Circuit Pumpkin Day centers pack:
 
In this center, I have included 10 different pumpkin exploration centers:
*Making pumpkin butter
*Pumpkin Eruption
*Pumpkin Product Taste Testing
*Pumpkin Senses
*Pumpkin Be Gone (testing candy pumpkin in various liquids)
*Pumpkin Exploration Math & Science
*Pumpkin Life Cycle Craftivity
*Making Pumpkin Play Doh
*Pumpkin Oobleck
*Popping Pumpkins
 
 
Click on either picture to take a look!
 
I am also giving one away on my FB page. Come on over & say hi!
 
Here is a freebie as a way to say thanks for following along. This is my Pumpkin Sense page. Students will use their 5 senses to explore a pumpkin. Click on the picture below to download.
 
 
Until the next time friends!!,


Friday, October 10, 2014

Halloween Bash Blog Hop!!

Welcome to all of my old friends & new!!
 
I hope you are enjoying our Halloween Bash blog hop so far! I'm the next stop in your hop!!!

Get ready... I have some more goodies for you. :)
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays for so many reasons! Halloween represents the true beginning of fall to me (especially since I live in Florida where the leaves do not change colors). Having a sweet tooth, I L-O-V-E some good candy! Speaking of candy, my favorite Halloween recipe is Candy Corn Bark!!

Click HERE to download the recipe!!
 
Even though I loved Halloween as a kid (although my mom dressed me up in the same witch costume for 5 years in a row... :) ), I enjoy Halloween so much more as an adult. I get to watch my 2 beautiful daughters be excited about it, and we live in the most amazing neighborhood for Halloween!!! There are awesome Halloween decorations all over, haunted houses, and hundreds upon hundreds of kids trick or treat in our neighborhood. It is everything that I hoped my girls would be able to experience! It is truly a blast to partake in!
 
In celebration of our Halloween Bash, I'd like to share my Cut It, Sort It, Glue It Fall Math freebie! It has some addition and number sense activities for your students to review. Click on the picture below to download it!

 

Also don't forget to enter in the prize packs for some amazing fall/Halloween prizes for all grade levels!! It is too good to pass up!!
 
K - 2 Giveaway Pack a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
 
2-5 Giveaway Pack a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
Secondary Giveaway Pack a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you for joining The Teaching 2 Step Halloween Hop. I hope you enjoyed my post, did you know you can follow me on Facebook and Pinterest Hop through more Halloween Bash bloggers below:

 
An InLinkz Link-up 
 
 
 
 
 


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Johnny Appleseed Traveling Party + Freebie

 
Hello my sweet blogger friends,
 
Ahhh... fall is coming near. The weather is becoming milder (well, in Florida at this time of year, anything in the 80s is milder), Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is back.... It is definitely my favorite time of the year, which brings me to one of my many favorite days of the school year: My Johnny Appleseed Traveling Party!

 
On Apple Day, I don't like to do the traditional activities. Many years ago, I started doing the Johnny Appleseed Traveling Party with my students on Johnny Appleseed's birthday.
I usually set up 5 apple stations. With each station, I have a sign with a state that Johnny Appleseed either resided or lived in.
 
For this pack, I added 10 activities for differentiated purposes. Some of the activities include:
-Which Apple Do You Like the Best (taste testing different apples and graphing)
-Apple-licious Taste Testing (sample different apple products)
-Apple Oxidation (use different materials to determine whether the apple will turn brown or not)
 -Apple Exploration (use math and science skills to describe your apple)
-Apple Parts (label parts of an apple)
Additional activities included in the pack are:
 -Crockpot Apple Crisp (with a how-to writing to accompany it)
-Apple Eruption (use different ingredients to make an apple volcano)
-Apple Play Doh (students will make apple play doh and complete a sequencing sheet on how they made it)
-Apple Life Cycle Craftivity
-Johnny Appleseed Pot Hat (students will make a pot shaped hat to wear on their head like Johnny Appleseed)

It really helps to have parent volunteers help run the stations; however, I have had years where parental involvement is non-existent. You may choose to do these activities with your students throughout the week or pick some activities that are simple if you don't have any volunteers.

To begin this week, I send home a parent letter asking for donations of certain apple products and for each student to donate an apple of any color. I also ask for volunteers in advance. I have always been very fortunate with having most of my students bring in an apple!
On the day of, I slice the apples 20 minutes before we begin our stations. Our stations last anywhere from 10-15 mins a piece. It runs like a well-oiled machine!
 
Here are some pictures of our stations in action:

 
 



Here is a preview of everything that's included:

And to show my appreciation of my fans, here is a freebie from the pack. This is a "Parts of An Apple Labeling Sheet". I hope you enjoy using it with your students! Click on the picture to download!!
 
I hope this post has given you some ideas! Have a fun-filled apple week!! :)
 


Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday Made It + TPT sale time!!

Happy Monday Friends,
 
I'm getting ready to venture into my classroom tomorrow! EEEK!! This year I am moving to a new school, so my classroom is starting from scratch. It is such an exciting, yet nerve wracking time!
Today I'm linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It!!
 
First I made some decorative items for my classroom. I made this "READ" decoration that I am going to hang using Command hooks. I found the zebra plates at Hobby Lobby and the self adhesive letters at Walmart!!
Next up, I made a sign for my classroom door! I bought a canvas at Hobby Lobby. I found a zebra stencil at Hobby Lobby also and used a black paint pen to do the stenciling. Then, I made a name tag from pink cardstock and letter stickers, added some gems, and VOILA! 
 
I also made my helper chart for my rock star classroom!!! I couldn't find a helper chart that I loved. Then the idea popped into my head one day. Why not take individual pictures of my students and make them into "backstage passes". Then I will hang them under each job.


This is an example of a badge using my daughter Summer!
 
 
 
 This helper chart is EDITABLE & now in my TPT store!! Click on the cover page above to take you there!
 
I also created & ordered this banner from Vistaprint. Since our school is doing a rock star theme, I am going to hang this on the board for Meet the Teacher. Folks, I am IN LOVE with this sign!!!
 
 
Lastly, I have been feverishly working on my Rockin' Through My Alphabet pack! I am going to use this as a fun review for my firsties the first few weeks of school. This pack includes a poster for each letter of the alphabet, a QR code that links to a song for each letter, a list of songs with links if you do not choose to use QR codes, and a workbook to reinforce students' knowledge on their letters and sounds.
 
 

 
 
Also I'm sure you've heard about the BIG back to school TPT sale!!!
 
All my products in my TPT store are 20% off! With promo code BTS14 you get an extra 8% off. Click on the picture below to go to my store & snatch some of these goodies:
 
 

 See you next time friends!


Friday, August 1, 2014

Firstie Friends Back to School GIVEAWAY!!!

Hello friends! Are you ready for a HUGE giveaway? I have gathered together with some AMAZING teacher bloggers and we have put together a fantastic set of prizes for you. We have 42 bloggers participating, so we are giving away a prize pack of 14 products each to 3 winners! :) You can enter on the Firstie Friends Facebook Page, and you can earn a LOT of entries. Go to the tabs under the header picture and click the tab that says "Giveaway". The giveaway will end on Sunday, August 4th at 8pm CST. At the bottom of this post you will also find links to ALL of my Firstie Friends' stores! :)


 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you so much for reading! Good luck in the giveaway!