10.16.2014

Halloween Joke Book (Freebie)

Instead of candy, you can give your students this fun Halloween Joke Book! But let me warn you, once you give them these books, they will be telling you these jokes all week (start practicing your fake laugh)! Click on the image to download it, for free, in my TpT shop



Candy Corn Measuring is another fun October activity that your students will love. Click {here} to check out this fun Candy Corn Measuring packet in my TpT shop!


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10.09.2014

Silly {Little} Pumpkins

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October is my favorite month! I absolutely love pumpkins, fall, and all things Halloween. So, when I saw this fanged pumpkin tutorial from Martha Stewart, I had to try it right away! I made them with my family and they all turned out so cute. (Side Note: At the end of the night, we were all covered in eyeballs and we were talking to each other while wearing vampire fangs. HOLY DROOL! Have you ever tried to talk with vampire fangs in your mouth?)


I found everything I needed at the grocery store. If you want to order through Amazon, you can find the fangs {here} and the googly eyes {here}. I used sticky googly eyes that stuck right on. Some of the kids had a hard time making them stay, though! You may want to use hot glue and have a parent volunteer help you out.


If you want your whole class to make these fanged pumpkins, then cutting out the mouth ahead of time is a MUST! Ask a parent volunteer to come in the day before to help you out. 



Mmmmmm.... Pumpkin Guts.... ;)


 The finished product is so darn cute and so fun. I have an assortment of these fanged pumpkins decorating my hutch and they are the best Halloween decorations I have out!


Be prepared for your students to get out of control with the googly eyes. I let my nieces and nephews put on as many as they wanted, but you may want to set a limit! 

The little guy who decorated this pumpkin sure is proud of it. :)


For other fun and engaging Halloween activities, check out my Halloween packet on TpT. Click on the pictures to check it out!




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9.27.2014

Secret Code Freebie

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Even as an adult, I think secret codes are so much fun! My students have always loved secret codes, too. In the past, I have used secret codes in my classroom as a fun way to practice spelling and letter writing. Secret codes are a fun mystery that any student can solve! I've just posted a fun Secret Code Freebie in my TpT shop. Click {here} to check it out and don't forget to tell me what you think! :)


My sister's family recently moved across the country and I miss them like crazy! I am always sending them fun packages as a way to stay in touch. In the last package I sent them, I included these fun secret code wheels and a secret message. Each child got their own secret message and their own decipher wheel. By having their own decipher wheels, they can write their own secret messages to each other!


In this freebie, I have included two versions for you to choose from. The one with symbols is fun and ideal for younger children. The one with all letters is a little more challenging and is great for older children or adults. Print the secret code wheel of your choice onto colored card stock and secure together with a brad. You can make a decipher wheel for each of your students, put a few in a writing center, or put one on the overhead projector. 


The best part about this decipher wheel is that the secret code is always changing! Just turn the wheel and see!


Here is the package I sent off to my sister's family this week. Don't you love getting fun (surprise) packages like this in the mail? I sent off a special letter and decipher wheel for each child... I also include some Whoopee cushions, just for fun! I found them in the Target party section, but you can buy them on Amazon {here}.


In my classroom, whenever I introduced my students to secret codes, I always did it with this book: The Secret Code. It's a fun story about a student who is blind and how he teaches his friends about the braille alphabet. The braille alphabet is also a fun secret code! Click {here} to check out this fun book!


PBS Kids also has a fun webpage about Arthur and braille. Click {here} to check it out!  You can also get a copy of the braille alphabet {here}. Print it out and have your students use it as a secret code. You can also check out your local library to see if they have an books with actual braille in them. Your students will think they are so cool and they will love trying to read the raised braille alphabet with their hands.


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