Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Fun - Super Cute Witch Alert

Most of us have seen the super cute Monster pudding and Oreo cups on Pinterest.  We made it one step easier and just used pudding cups and mixed in green food coloring.  The kids loved them!

 We also had fun making these super cute witches!

Click on the witches below for a FREEBIE download!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Microphone Freebie

Our school has really been focusing on presentation skills.  Even my kindergarteners are expected to have good presentation skills.  To make it more fun, we practice with a microphone.  The kids love it.

I attached the template to a paper towel roll (trimmed) that was wrapped in duct tape (to make it more microphone like).

Download the Freebie Template by clicking on the picture below.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Back to School

I know it's October, but I am organizing my stuff so I thought I would share my favorite back to school things!  Maybe you can store away some ideas for next year!

This unit is mostly for upper elementary.

These writing journal prompts are for upper elementary.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Spider Unit

Is there anything more perfect than a spider unit as Halloween approaches?
We started our spider unit by reading about Sammy the Spider who taught us some interesting facts about spiders!

Then we showed off what we learned!

We also learned about the Spider Life Cycle!

To download this unit, click on the picture below!



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Meet Funky, our pet Hamster!

Well, our room is lucky enough to have an addition to our class...our pet hamster!

Since the kiddos are now in charge of feeding, watering, and taking care of the little fella, I felt it was important that they learn a bit about hamsters and how to take care of them.

So we put together our Hamster Books!

We observed our pet hamster and drew pictures of him.

We designed super fun hamster cages!

We compared the size of our hamster to other animals.

And we completed our Hamster Art Scene!

To download this unit, click on the picture below!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

My Little Rosary for October

I love these cute little rosaries we made from pipe cleaners and beads.  Idea came from

We made our own little rosary boxes to keep them in as well.

Flashy Math

Well...I did Monster Words for Sight Word practice so I needed something different for addition flashcard practice.  Something fun that would catch the kiddo's attention.  But what?  I thought about it for a while and I came up with Flashy Math.  I bought these cute "popcorn" boxes and labeled them "Flashy Math".

We are filling in our Flashy Math Boxes with Color Your Own Flashcards!  Click on the pictures below to download.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Free Labels from VistaPrint

I LOVE VistaPrint because they often offer great specials where you can get their products for free as long as you pay shipping.
 I used this freebie to make labels with my teacher name, grade, school, etc.  (If you switch grades a lot, you may not want to put the grade on the label).  This is a great way to label books, activity sets, etc.  
Shipping starts at $3.69!  Enjoy!


I love Scarecrows almost as much as I love Autumn!  We started off our Scarecrow unit by making and reading our little Scarecrow Colors Book (reinforces our Colors Unit from a few weeks ago!)  They were super cute!

Check out these fun scarecrow crafts we made (with REAL STRAW!)

The students used their listening skills to finish drawing this scarecrow picture.

We labeled our scarecrows and learned the differences and similarities between scarecrows and people.

 Finally, we did a little "crow counting"!

 To download this unit, click on the picture below!


Cute Ghosts Alert!!!!

Check out this super cute and easy ghost activity from Family Fun magazine.  

Super Easy and my kiddos loved them!

  Here is the template I made...super easy!

 Here are some finished ghosts!  They help make our classroom BOO-TIFUL!!!!


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Stoplight Freebie - Classroom Management

Here is a fun FREEBIE I created to manage the talking in the classroom.  I actually sent this to my ESU to blow up and laminate!
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Easy Pointers

I created these pointers and my kids love them.  I have them back at our small group reading table and they use them as they read.  They could use a finger or a pencil end, but this makes reading just a bit more fun.

Super easy...colored pencil stick with a sticker on the end!

Christopher Columbus

Love this Freebie from KinderKay at

I also snagged this Freebie KWL chart from Tireless Teacher

Friday, October 5, 2012

Pumpkin and Harvest Unit

This week we kicked off our Harvest Unit focusing mostly on pumpkins.  
I was lucky enough to have a couple students donate pumpkins and gourds from their gardens...enough for two for each student.  So as we read our pumpkin books, we compared our pumpkins and gourds to each other and what the book was telling us.

 We described our class pumpkin through drawing and words.  We estimated the circumference of the big class pumpkin using yarn (the orange is each student's estimate and the green is the actual).

 We estimated the weight of our pumpkin and compared the weight of our own pumpkin to the weight of ourselves by allowing each student to pick up the pumpkin.

 We even put together a pumpkin number center.

Finally, it was time to carve into the pumpkin!

 Each child was encouraged to stick their hand in the pumpkin, feel it, smell it, grab some seeds (which we used below!).  They loved it!!!!!  Then we showed what the inside of the pumpkin looked like by using the seeds and yarn.

 We decorated our pumpkin pies!

And then we had fun talking about feelings with our Jack poem!

To download this unit, click here!