Monday, October 27, 2014

Currently FREE Tricks and Treats for Red Ribbon Week and Halloween

Linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy Fourth Grade for the October Currently.


Listening: I've been listening to a local pop station whose Morning Show is hosted by Carson Daly from the voice and they have been playing the song "Dangerous" by David Guetta & Sam Martin. If you are looking for some upbeat and energetic music especially for working out to, David Guetta has a few dance music albums where he has collaborated with many different artists so there is tons of variety.  This song is quickly becoming a work out favorite, next to David Guetta's and Sia's song "Bulletproof" from his previous album. 

Loving: I so excited that the holiday season is here! I love to decorate, bake and cook for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! Can't wait for all the good eats.

Thinking: I love dressing up for Halloween and our school does a story book festival where students and staff may dress up as long as it is a character from a book.  Last year my team and I dressed up as characters from Alice in Wonderland, and the year before that I dressed as the Paper Bag Princess. This year I'd think I might be a character from Hunger Games. I'm deciding between Katniss Everdeen or Effie Trinket. It will depend on what items I can gather together in time. 

Wanting: I'm waiting for it to cool down a bit more so I can break out my boots with skinny jeans tucked in for fall without feeling too hot. Right now we've had mornings start in the high 50s which is pretty chilly for us in Southern California, the only thing is the afternoons are still warming up to the high 80's.

Needing: With the holiday season upon us and all the yummy food I definitely need to make more time to work out or I won't be fitting in to any skinny jeans, or pants for winter. Lol!

Trick or Treat? Does your school require healthy snacks and treats? My school emphasizes healthy eating and has an approved snack list for parents to use as a guideline especially when donating food items to share in the classroom and/or for individual student snacks. However some treats are still allowed to celebrate the holidays (in moderation and teacher choice) if they are tied to a specific lesson. As we strive towards making more healthier choices for our kids it got me to think outside the box. So last year I picked up these Clementines for a healthier Halloween treat option. 




The kids used a sharpie marker or you can use Wilton's Food Writers to decorate their "mini-pumpkins". I even had a kid come back the next day and say, "My sister didn't believe it was a pumpkin." I was like "Uh, remember I told you they were small oranges." Kids say the darndest things! I guess this guy got tricked instead of treated.






I also bought pumpkin seeds for a math estimation games last year. I've tried digging them out of a fresh pumpkin before but I don't like the mess so I just buy the pumpkin seeds already roasted. This year I plan to use them with Laura Candler's Pumpkin Seed Multiplication since we are in now in our multiplication unit. Just click the pict to go to her TpT store and pick up this awesome FREEBIE.

 Laura Candler's Pumpkin Seed Multiplication FREEBIE



More Treats! 
Here you will find my FREE banana template I used for my Red Ribbon Week door.  I just printed the bananas on yellow copy paper then I made a hand written sign that says "Don't monkey around with drugs. They'll make you go bananas." I also added the monkey graphic you can get in the free download. For the tree I scrunched up some brown butcher paper then rolled it for the trunk, cut out some green leaves after looking up a picture of a banana tree and drew a huge leaf that was my template for the others. I then clipped both ends with heavy duty magnets to hold it on my metal door. Packaging tape might also work well.  Click the pic to get the monkey graphic and banana template for student to write a brief anti-drug messages and their signature on.

Red Ribbon Week Drug Free Monkey Poster and Banana Templates



I've also uploaded this drug-free pledge (bookmark sized) to TpT that I use each year and copy on red card stock.  Click {here} to get the Drug-Free Pledge Bookmark. 




I've been wanting to share this picture of the crazy pumpkin house that I happened upon last fall down in Santa Monica! I was astounded by all the pumpkins in what could only be Pumpkin Hoarderville! This is just the right side of the house. There left side has way more!!



Finally, here's my lone light-up pumpkin that I will hang to surprise my students on Halloween. I will need to see if I can get my new TA  to help bring the kids in while I hide. Then I'll jump out near this lighted pumpkin saying"The Great Pumpkin is here!" and scare the kids like I've done the last few years.


I hope you have a wonderful Halloween! I'd love to hear in the comments below how you celebrate Halloween in your school or classroom.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Halloween Bash Blog Hop and Giveaway

I'm so excited to join up with The Teaching 2 Step collaborative blog that is hosting an awesome Halloween Bash Blog Hop and Giveaway with over forty bloggers and TpT authors! In celebration I'm offering one FREEBIE that includes a recipe for a tasty Fall or Halloween treat and one new product at 20% off during this blog hop! You can also enter to win your choice of one my TpT store products. 




First I want to share my FREEBIE and how I use Doreen Cronin's Diary of a Worm as a mentor text and for our Fall Reading celebration.  As part of our character unit I teach students about different character perspectives and with this book they can really see how point of view drives a character or story. We also use Diary of a Fly and Diary of a Spider so students can truly grasp different point of views. For an added challenge students can chose an animal or object and write from their point of view.


Serving dirt pudding with worms on top just seems like a logical end to our writing and reading unit on characters. This is also a great way to provide a treat for students who may not celebrate Halloween, and it just so happens that I have two students who don't this year. I love telling my students that they are going to eat dirt pudding with worms!! When they realize it's food they are greatly relieved and excited to dig in.


 Dirt Pudding Recipe + Book Connection {FREEBIE}



I have included a letter home requesting parents to donate or help with the Dirt Pudding supplies. The letter is in both English and Spanish and includes this easy recipe with pictures of the items needed to make this treat with your students. Click here or the picture to download.

Since our school has quite a few students who don't celebrate Halloween we also hold a Storybook Festival where students may only dress as characters from books. During the Storybook Festival parade they must carry the book their character is from. Here's a pic from last year's festival with my awesome third grade team and one second grade teacher. We decided to dress as characters from Alice and Wonderland!



Next up is an old favorite updated into a fancy new product.  Before my students would write a fact family on similar candy corns I made, then they would color them. I still have this option but I wanted to move away from my old and plain triangle flash cards. I'm very proud of these flashcards as I took what I learned from Nikki Cassava from Melonheadz' Illustrating this summer and finally applied it! She led the Rock Your Own Clipart workshop at the TpT conference in Las Vegas this past summer. After updating my hand-drawn candy corns with a unique design, I uploaded them digitally and colorized them using Sumopaint.com. Very easy to use and FREE!

The Candy Corn Multiplication and Division Fact Family Flashcards and Practice, contains over 150 flashcards that include facts 0-12. It's a new and colorfully themed take on triangle fact family flash cards! It's 20% off in my store through the 15th, or like my Facebook Page which you can do through the my single Rafflecopter after this pic. (Through the 16th)

 Candy Corn Multiplication andDivision Fact Family Flash Cards


These are a hit in my own classroom centers, and students can't wait to finish up their math work so they can use these! They are organized by facts so you only need give students the flashcards they have been introduced to already. Students quiz themselves or others by covering a digit with their thumb.

They can also make their own flash cards using the black and white masters provided and write in the middle the corresponding fact family sentences for additional practice. An added bonus is when students color them in they can be displayed in your classroom as both a decoration and evidence of Common Core math work.


Or maybe try your luck at winning this new product or anything else you might want from my store. All you have to do is like my Facebook page via this Rafflecopter.  

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Here's a sweet selfie with me and my favorite candy. 



Sorta fancy and not typically for Halloween but Lindt's truffles are so good and who needs a holiday to indulge? I love their new dark chocolate alongside my old fave the white chocolate truffle. These just melt into deliciousness when you pop them in your mouth, and they brighten up an exhausting or trying day at work. (Sometimes I can't wait until a break or 2:40 and my students see me get one and ask, hey what about us?) I keep one bag in my drawer and one at home with some of each.

I'm also giving away a product of your choice from my store in the the 2-5 Giveaway Pack below. I hope you continue to hop a long at the end of the post to all the other wonderful bloggers. And you can re-pin this image below for 5 entries in the raffle. 




 Halloween Blog Bash by Teaching the 2 Step
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