Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween

We usually have off for halloween because it is around parent/teacher conference time. So, this year we  actually have school! I'm super excited to get to hang out with my kiddos tomorrow and do some fun activities. I am going to bust out my halloween wig from my costume. Does anyone remember Jem and the Holograms? Just saying the name makes me break out in the Jem song! I have actually had that song in my head all weekend. We don't dress up at our school :( but I am going to bring the wig anyway. I thought I would surprise my students with it in the afternoon. I can't wait to see the look on their cute little faces!

One of the activities we have planned is to make creepy crawly spiders! The spider legs are tens frames. So students count the spiders on the legs and match them to the numbers on the spider's body. Click the picture below to download a free copy of the spider activity!





We are also going to read using glow sticks! I bought them in the dollar bin at Target!
To go along with our spider theme, we are reading "The Itsy Bitsy Spider". I love this poem because it highlights the tricky sight word "the". I made the poem and put blank lines in place of the word "the". This way students will write "the" in the blanks and then practice reading "The Itsy Bitsy Spider". Then, we make a picture with a house and a water spout made from a pipe cleaner. I poke a hole next to the bottom of the house and another at the top to make the spout. Then, take spider rings and move the spider along as you read. Check out the pic and click on "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" poem to download.








The last thing we are going to do is carve a pumpkin. During interactive writing, we have been writing about how to make a jack-o-lantern. We will follow our directions to carve our own jack-o-lantern. Do you carve pumpkins in your classroom? I would love to hear about activities you do in your room for halloween!

Have a spooky great day tomorrow:)
                                -Shelley



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