Halloween Activities for K-6

Let's be real. October can be a crazy month for teaching. Between students being excited about dressing up in costumes and all the candy they eat during the month, kids can have a hard time focusing and working hard on school work. 

We have both created some resources that are fun, engaging, AND educational that you can use during the month October. It's a great way to keep them excited about learning. 



This Halloween Writing Pack has been in my store for years. It's actually one of the first things I posted in my TPT store back in 2012. This year I gave it a major makeover to update the design and add some new features. 



• This writing pack contains two parts – 4 Halloween Writing
Assignments and 5 October themed journal pages.

• Each of the 4 Halloween Writing Assignments have a
brainstorm page. These pages have directions for each story 
and will get your students thinking about what they write 
before they begin.

• I have included 3 different differentiated writing pages for
each of the Halloween Writing Assignments. This will help
you meet the needs of your students, and also allows these
writing pages to be used for all grade levels K-6.

• I have included two different grading rubrics. The first
rubric can be used for grading each of the 4 Halloween
Writing Assignments. The second one can be used as an
overall grading checklist for the entire Writing Pack. Full
sized and quarter sized rubrics are included. (I like to staple
the smaller sized rubrics to the top of each story after I have
graded them.)

This unit was originally created for grades 3-6, but I've had teachers of younger grade levels use this and love it too. With my update, I created differentiated writing pages so it can be used will all grade levels K-6.

3-6 example:


K-2 Example:
(My own sweet daughter, Allie, wrote this story. She's in kindergarten! I obviously helped her with spelling and punctuation, but she wrote the story all by herself!)


Rachelle also has a Halloween pack in her store made specifically for grades K-2. It's a fun unit that integrates Halloween into math, literacy, and art! 


This unit has over 100 pages and is full of fun activities your students will love! It's differentiated for Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grades (black and white options available to help save ink.)




Here's what's included:
Scoop and Sort Place Value
Patterning
Greater/Less
Problem Solving
Graphing
October Battleship
Place Value Game
Bat Writing
Spider Writing
Spelling Game
Q-Tip Skeleton
Paper Plate Spider with Writing
Paper Plate Scarecrow
Hand Print Spider with Poem
Spider Web Chart
Don't Munch the Mummy! (sight word game)
Reading Response Activity
Interactive read-a-loud
Original Poem
Green Witch, Green Witch book 
Student Mini-Book
Class Book
Word Search


October isn't quite so scary when you have your students working on fun, meaningful activities that keep them engaged. We hope these resources will help save you time as you plan and prep your lesson plans over the coming weeks and also offer educational Halloween activities your students will love! 


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STEM Stations with Blocks Rock!

On STEM Fridays in my classroom, I oftentimes have STEM Stations where students can choose a challenge and they can complete the game or challenge with a partner or group.
Last Friday, I had the chance to put in the game called Blocks Rock!  And oh boy, my students were obsessed!
*This blog post is in partnership with Blocks Rock. Opinions are completely my own. 



Here's how the students play Blocks Rock:
  • The students get equal amounts of blocks (the game is for two players, but I had my students play in pairs so there were 4 students playing).
  • Player 1 flips over a card and both players create the picture using the blocks (I love that they can build it flat or 3D like a tower). There are two types of cards (Level 1/2).
  • The blocks have to be touching.
  • The first player to build their structure will ring the bell and they win the round (you can also have students touch their head when they are finished if you don't want to hear the bell).  If the structure isn't correct, the round continues...and the pressure builds! HA!
  • The player who wins the round, keeps the card.


This game can be modified and adapted as needed. Students can build "flat" or in a tower (think: 3D).





What I love about this game:
  • It is SIMPLE but CHALLENGING for all students. They have to problem solve, which all kids need practice on. Really anyone can play (my 4 year old nephew and 10 year old niece loved it).
  • It comes in a nice case that is easy to get out, travel with, and put away.  The carrying case has 24 blocks, 2 decks of playing cards, and THE BELL! ;)
  • Can be played anywhere!
  • I LOVE that this game also has a technology extension. You can download the app for free and use the blocks included in the game to play or you can just use the playing cards. 

  • Last but not least, it is researched based and the kiddos are LEARNING.

Color Identification: Players match the colored blocks to the colors on game cards.• Problem Solving: Players arrange the blocks and fix when necessary.

Shape Identification: Players match block shapes to the shape of blocks on game cards.
Spatial Learning: Players must build a structure to match the structure on the card.
Hand-Eye Coordination: Hand-to-eye coordination is key to building a block structure
in the shortest amount of time.
Math Skills: Points on the cards can be added up at the end of the game to determine
the winner, or younger players can count the number of cards each player has to find the
winner.

Ok... so I know you just want to know if the kids like it and if it challenges them. YES AND YES! BUT- your principal might want to know if there's research behind the game and the answer is yes. The picture on the left is an MRI of someone playing with blocks. The picture on the right is a board game. What!? Mind blown! Send this to your principal.




Is this something your classroom or home can use?  
Check it out here!


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