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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What Will I See on Halloween Night? - Freebie

Happy Halloween!
It's a night of ghosts, goblins, witches, and monsters!
Get your kiddos ready by giving them a pair of monster feet. They add the rest of the monster's body, then write a narrative about meeting this monster on Halloween night.
Click on the pic above to download the doc.

Have fun today with your own little spooks! My second grade team is ready! I'll post pics tomorrow.

Go {HERE} to enter my giveaway for the Magic Moves Electronic Wand.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Creepy Compounds - Freebie

Here is a compound word activity for you to use on Halloween Day in one of your literacy stations.
Click on the pic above to get the file.

I teach with the most amazing group of teachers at our schools, but I am especially partial to my wonderful second and third grade looping team.
Here is one of my teammates being silly. She is a fun, innovative teacher with lots of creative ideas. She deserves a little shout-out!
I'll post pics of the whole team in our Halloween attire!
Hope your day tomorrow is fun!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Spooky Letters - Freebie


The mailman got scared while he was trying to deliver letters to the haunted house. All the letter parts are mixed up!
Students have to separate the greetings from the closings, write them correctly, then choose one of each and write a friendly letter.
Click on the pic above to get the activity.

Go {HERE} to enter for a chance to win a Magic Moves Electronic Wand!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Proper Pumpkins - Freebie

My thirty-one days of Halloween freebies is almost over!
This freebie focuses on a Common Core ELA standard.

Second graders must capitalize the names of holidays, geographic names, and product names. In this activity, they not only sort the nouns and write them using correct capitalization, but they have to design their own graphic organizer to record their sort.
Click on the pic above to get the activity.

If you haven't entered my giveaway for the Magic Moves Electronic Wand from Educational Insights, click {HERE} to get your chance.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Prefix Matchups - Freebie -- Winner and New Giveaway!

We need lots and lots of prefix practice! If your kiddos do, too, try this matching memory game. Turn the cards all face down. Turn them over two at a time. If the player makes a match, they must use the prefix in a sentence to win the pair. 
Click on the pic above to get the game.

Now for the giveaway news.....
The winner of the Watch It! elapsed time clock is....
Congratulations, Bren! You are going to LOVE this clock!

And the new giveaway is something your kids and you will love! Educational Insights has donated a Magic Moves Electronic Wand to one lucky blog follower!
My kids have loved the wand. I've used it for transitions, brain breaks, and attention getters.
The Magic Moves Electronic Wand plays ninety commands to keep your kiddos hopping, bopping, and grooving!
Just enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to get your own wand for your classroom.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Trick or Treat Sentences - Freebie

We've been working hard on expanding our sentences so that they paint a picture with words. Now it's time to start putting them together in a short paragraph.
Give students a picture of a child dressed in a Halloween costume. They write a descriptive sentence and illustrate it. Once they are happy with their sentence, tell them to add three or more sentences that give more details about the picture.
My kids liked reading their sentences to a student and seeing if they could guess which of the cards matched the description.
Next, we are going to see if their friends can draw their own interpretation of the sentence that is similar to the original drawing.

Click on the pic above to get the file of pictures.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Go Boo! Addition Freebie

I always loved playing Go Fish when I was a kid and use it a lot for reviewing skills in my classroom.
Here is a version called Go Boo for reviewing addition facts.
If your kids don't like playing Go Boo, they can turn the cards face down and play a memory matching game.
Just click on the pic above to download the file.
If you haven't entered my giveaway for the Watch It! elapsed time clock, go {HERE} to enter.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Spooky Swat Addition Game - Freebie!

My kids love, love, love Swat games. This addition game has a Halloween theme. You can let three or four students play in a station, or put the number cards on the board and use as a whole group game.
Just click on the pic above to download the game. 
If you haven't entered my giveaway for a Watch It! Elapsed Time Clock, click {HERE} to enter now!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Haunted Prefixes - Freebie!

I read that if we teach our students the meanings of common prefixes, then they have the ability to figure out most words. To help with that, here is a board game to reinforce decoding words using prefixes.
Just click on the pic above to download the board game.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween Word Problems - Freebie

We are working so hard on using unknowns in equations, drawing pictures to show solutions, and writing sentences to explain how we got the solution.
Here are some Halloween-related word problems you can give your students for extra practice. Glue them into math journals, work them in small groups, project them on your whiteboard...whatever it takes to help the kiddos!
Just click on the pumpkin above to download the doc.

If you haven't entered my giveaway for the Watch It" elapsed time clock, go {HERE} for details.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Halloween Reading - Freebie!

Pull out your Halloween and Fall books and pair students up. Give them this recording sheet to guide their discussion. One student writes a question in a box. The other partner writes the answer in a complete sentence. They swap roles for the next box. You can also require them to write the page numbers from the text where they find the answer. I usually add this step when my students are just learning to refer to the text for their answers. It adds a little accountability.

This helps address the following Common Core standards:
RL 2.1  Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

RL 3.1  Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


Just click on the pic above to get the recording sheet.

If you haven't entered my giveaway for the cool Watch It! elapsed time clock from Educational Insights, go {HERE} to enter now!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mental Math Freebie - Winner- AND - New Giveaway!

I've got a winner for you, a freebie for you, AND a new giveaway for you!
First, the winner of the No Yell Bell!
I'll be sending you an email, Barb, with the details. Congratulations and thanks for following my blog!

Next, the new giveaway!
You will L.O.V.E. this elapsed time clock!
The Watch It! Elapsed Time Clock was invented by a teacher and is a wonderful resource for teaching elapsed time. Set the beginning time on the first wristwatch and the ending time on the other watch. You can hide the answer so that students can quiz themselves.
I LOVE THIS CLOCK!!!
Enter below for your chance to win your own clock for your classroom. Educational Insights has very generously donated one for me to give away to one lucky blog follower. Look below to enter.

And now for the freebie!
Frankenstein helps your second graders practice using mental math to add and subtract 10 or 100.
Just click on the pic above to get the Google doc.
Have a relaxing, restful weekend!





Friday, October 19, 2012

Spooky Syllables - Freebie

Here's a new take on syllable practice.
Match up the syllables to make words. The kiddos have to be careful and be sure the new words make sense.
After making words, use them in expanded spooky sentences. 
Just click on the pic above to get the activity.
I'd like to thank Tricia with Teacher Certification degrees for interviewing me about my views on looping. If you would like to read the article, go {HERE}.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Spooky E - Freebie

October is the perfect time to give our friend Sneaky E a new nickname! Meet Spooky E!

Rev up long and short vowel practice with Spooky E. Just click on his pic above to get the activity and recording sheet.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a No Tell Bell. You don't have much time left.
Go {HERE} to enter.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Zombie Prefixes -- Freebie!

Are you starting to feel like a zombie...and we still have two weeks until Halloween?
I admit I felt a little like the walking dead after lunch today!
Maybe that's why I picked these cute little zombies to help review prefixes. It's the latest in my 31 Days of October series of freebies.
Just click on the pic above to get the board game.
And if you haven't entered my giveaway for a "No Yell Bell" from Educational Insights, click {HERE} to enter.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bump and Hunt! - Freebie

I love Bump games. My kiddos love Bump games. It's a win-win situation! 
I usually put these in plastic page protectors and keep them handy. If you ever need a quick activity, just grab them, give the kids a couple of dice, and let them go! It's quick, fun fluency practice for addition.
Click on the pic above to download the game.
Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a "No Yell Bell" from Educational Insights! I love mine!
Click  {HERE} to enter. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Spooky Ten Frames - Freebie!

All of my stations this week are reinforcing addition and subtraction skills to help my kiddos become fluent with their addition and subtraction facts.
To put a little twist on the practice, they choose one ten frame and write the four equations represented by the visual. Then, they have to give a written explanation of their answer.

Just click on the pic above to download the freebie!

If you haven't entered my giveaway for an Educational Insights "No Tell Bell" yet, go {HERE} to take a chance!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

I vant to see good vork! Freebie

Do you vant to see good vork from your students?
Give them this worksheet to write a spooky expanded sentence full of descriptions. They can describe the spooky bat or draw their own pic.
Just click on the pic above to download the doc.

Don't forget to enter for you chance to win a "No Tell Bell" from Educational Insights! I'm over 900 followers and I appreciate and every one of you!
click {HERE} to enter.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Enchanted Forest - Freebie

I was surprised when I checked my email today to see that I've been listed as one of the
Top Fifty Elementary Teacher blogs by
Teacher Certification Degrees! 
Click here to see the info!

Here's a fun freebie to review using the prefix "re" based on fairy tales. Students make new words beginning with the prefix "re" to complete sentences about fairy tale characters.

Just click on the pic above to download the doc. Don't forget to check back every day in October for a fun freebie!

If you haven't entered my giveaway for a "No Yell Bell" from Educational Insights, click {HERE} to enter.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Lots To Do! (and a Freebie!)

I've got lots to take care of in this post.
First of all....

Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!

Emily H. is the winner of the fifty dollar gift code from Educational Insights. Emily, I'll be sending you an email with details. Congrats!

If you didn't win the fifty dollar gift card, I've got another goodie from Educational Insights for you! 
I have been using their No Yell Bell in my room to signal the end of station rotations and to get my kiddos' attention. They love it and beg to be the one to use the bell.
  

And to help celebrate having over 900 followers (that makes me so happy!)......
Educational Insights has provided one for me to give away! You don't want to miss this! Enter below. (Don't forget to scroll to the bottom for today's October Freebie!)


Here's your freebie for today.
It combines distinguishing nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs with expanding sentences.
Just click on the pic above to get the freebie!



Thursday, October 11, 2012

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich - Freebie

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich is a hilarious collection of poems about all different kinds of monsters. Turn your students loose with the book and let them match up the titles of the poems with a short summary. As an alternate activity, you can only give them the titles and ask them to write their own summaries.
Just click on the pic above to download the file.

You have a few hours to enter my giveaway for a fifty dollar gift card to Educational Insights. Click {HERE} to enter.