October in Review

Hello! Since I didn't have my blog up and running until a few days ago, I wanted to share a few things with you!

We were Owled a few days before Halloween! I found this adorable felt owl bag outside our classroom door filled with candy and a note telling us to pass it on- along the lines of getting "booed". I have one student who doesn't celebrate Halloween, and of course I love owls, so this idea just popped into my head.The kids loved it!

On Halloween Day, we spent part of the day doing language arts centers. I used some of Amanda's of One Extra Degree's Too Cute to Spook Halloween Centers and some of my own creations. (One of which is a common/proper and singular/plural freebie in my TPT store if you like!) The students practiced common/proper and singular/plural nouns, contractions, spelling and vocab review, and fact and opinion practice. Each group had a buckets or felt bags to sort their cards- they love and appreciate the little touches so much! The kiddos were having so much fun, I don't think they realized they were they actually working! 

Here is Learning Resources's Magic Hat and One Extra Degree's cards for vocab practice. The kiddos grab a card out of the magic hat and give the synonym, antonym, and  definition.  

We began an author study of Chris Van Allsburg. I remember seeing this idea on someone's blog, but I don't remember whose it was! If you know, please tell me so I can give them credit! If you don't know the book version of these posters, read here. I learned my lesson from last year and pulled out a few of the scarier posters (like the one you see here on the cover. Some of my kiddos had nightmares after this lesson!) Then I had them displayed around the room, divided the kiddos into groups, and gave them a clipboard and paper and asked them to infer what was going on in each poster. You could also turn down the lights and give them flashlights, but I didn't want to scare anyone. They were hooked!

I gave them a homework pass and class money for Halloween. These passes were a freebie in my TPT store. I accidentally deleted them and my We've Been Owled pack from my TPT store, but if anyone would like them for next year, I would be more than happy to email them to you!

I hope you found some useful ideas that you can Pin and use next year!

1 comment

  1. I wish I were a teacher so I could use all these fun ideas!!!!


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