Thursday, October 22, 2015

Whatcha Reading for Halloween?

Hi everyone! Can you believe that Halloween is next week? October flew by. 
I'm here to share some new reads that I found for Halloween. If I have time this weekend, I'll try to post some ideas to use with each of the books. Click on any of the book covers to view the book on Amazon.


How cute is this cover? The Fright Club's mission to really scare kids on Halloween so they meet to go over their plan. Things don't go quite by plan when some cute little critters try to join the Fright Club. Your students will love this book.


This is an adorable story with beautiful illustrations. The story shows how a pumpkin seed grows through the different seasons and how it changes. 


This story is about 3 monsters who think they are big, bad, and scary. They create a super big and bad monster and are surprised by how it all turns out. This would be a great book to reinforce good behavior.


A short, cute book to share on Halloween about a brave witch who goes to see scary humans on Halloween.


One of my students' all-time favorites for Halloween. My book is falling apart but they still love it. Plus they are learning body parts too.



I love this book that goes along with the song lyrics for its detailed illustrations. The kiddos love this one and the words on the cover are sparkly too.


These are my two favorite Halloween books. I love reading these books to my kiddos.


So what Halloween books are you reading?

(Amazon affiliate links included in this post.)



Thursday, October 15, 2015

Pumpkin Power (with Freebies)


It's pumpkin week or, actually, the end of my 2nd pumpkin week. We had Fall Break on Monday and Tuesday this week and a field trip to the pumpkin patch today. So it's been a super short teaching week. 

Yesterday, we read one of my new favorite pumpkin books.

http://amzn.to/1VVONzW

I love this book for teaching descriptive words in writing. Look at these words that my kiddos used in their writing.


We've read quite a few pumpkin books. Here are some of my favorites.



I decided to put a pack together of the pumpkin pages that I've used this year and some from last year to share with you. I hope I can start posting soon again. I'm going back to school for my ED.S. right now. Doing that program plus back-to-school was not leaving me any time to blog. I'm hoping that school is calming down a bit and I'm getting used to write 10 page papers each weekend.

You can grab this freebie pack by clicking on the image below.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pumpkin-freebie-no-prep-printables-2152361

If you download this pack, please leave me some feedback. I only got one comment on my apple freebie pack that I posted last week and it's kinda discouraging.

Have a great night!


Monday, October 12, 2015

Apple Antics (Freebies)

Hi everybody! Hope you are having a good week! It's Fall Break around here. We are only off for two day but it's better than nothing.

These past two weeks, I've been reading lots of books on apples and pumpkins.

We started off the week with a little apples pretest so I could see what the kiddos already knew about apples. 

We read lots of books about apples. Here are a few of my favorites. 


Our weekly skill was facts and details so we wrote down some facts about apples. 

 My apples turned out kinda big so I went ahead and made them smaller for next year. 


We also worked on author's purpose so we read the cute story, Bad Apple. I made this  chart to go with the story. 


Then the kids filled out this page about author's purpose.



We ended our apple week with a little snack. We had Applejacks, apple chips, sliced apples, apple cider, and applesauce. 


You can download all these freebies by clicking on the image below.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Apple-freebie-pack-2145105





Monday, October 5, 2015

Carson-Dellosa's Learning Targets and More


Happy October! So glad that it's finally October. Fall Break (or 2 days off as it is around here) is next Monday and Tuesday. I'm really looking forward to that.

I'm here today to share some great products that I received from Carson-Dellosa to review. I've been a huge fan of Carson-Dellosa since I started teaching so I was excited to be asked to review some their products as a Brand Ambassador.

Let's start with the Learning Targets and Essential Questions pack. These are strips of the common core statements in an "I Can" format. I really liked that these strips fit perfectly in a pocket chart.

http://www.carsondellosa.com/search-catalog?q=Learning%20Targets%20and%20Essential%20Questions%20Pocket%20Chart%20Cards&utm_source=TeachersTreasureChest&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=BrandAmbassadorhttp://www.carsondellosa.com/search-catalog?q=Learning%20Targets%20and%20Essential%20Questions%20Pocket%20Chart%20Cards&utm_source=TeachersTreasureChest&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=BrandAmbassador

This is what the box looks like when you open it. I love that you can organize the strips with the easy to see dividers. 

http://www.carsondellosa.com/search-catalog?q=Learning%20Targets%20and%20Essential%20Questions%20Pocket%20Chart%20Cards&utm_source=TeachersTreasureChest&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=BrandAmbassadorhttp://www.carsondellosa.com/search-catalog?q=Learning%20Targets%20and%20Essential%20Questions%20Pocket%20Chart%20Cards&utm_source=TeachersTreasureChest&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=BrandAmbassador

The "I Can" statement has the corresponding Essential Question on the back. I can see how this makes it easier to organize but I would also like to display both sometimes. These would probably be easy to copy so I could do that for those that I wanted both posted.

Check out this video to show why you should incorporate learning targets and essential questions in your classroom.


I have to admit that teaching writing is not my strong suit. I crave any writing resource that I can get my hands on because I need all the help I can get. This writing resource is great.

http://www.carsondellosa.com/brands/spectrum?utm_source=SwimmingIntoSecond&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=BrandAmbassador

One of my favorite things about this workbook is the that it is laid out in lessons that build on one another. There are multiple days for each concept. However, this isn't really laid out in the writing genres that we need to teach - informational, opinion, and narrative. This workbook is laid out more to teach students how to build sentences and there are some great things for proofreading. Click on the image above to get some free downloads from the Spectrum book series.

Check out more information in the  video below.


Up next, here are some great resources for review. I love these books for easy peasy homework or morning work. Best of all, you know you are hitting all the necessary skills you need for the Common Core standards.

http://www.carsondellosa.com/search-catalog?q=Common%20Core%204%20Today&utm_source=TeachersTreasureChest&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=BrandAmbassador

I really like how the skills are laid out in a Monday through Friday format with a couple of focused skills each day. (Click on the images above to head over to the site. While there, you can download a free preview to get a closer look at the layout.) These pages could get really time consuming if they weren't broken down by day and the kids won't feel overwhelmed with having to do too much. I plan on introducing these into my homework packs after Fall Break. 

Find more information in the video below.


Review Disclaimer: I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received these products for free to review.