Holidays Around the World Plans 2017


I'm excited for Holidays Around the World this year because 3 countries that we are learning about have their actual winter holiday fall on the date we are learning about it! *indicates those countries on my plans for this year.



I know you're spending your own money on this and I want you to make the most informed decision. Because of the updates I've made the past year, I feel like this product has everything we need to teach Holidays Around the World and not get sick of it each year (there are SO many options, guys!).  Want to know more? I've made this video to describe pretty much everything in the pack so you can see exactly what's included.














Something I wanted to add in my unit was a complete EXPERIENCE that the students get! Play the sound of an airplane taking off, dress like a flight attendant, pass out the in-flight snack, and fasten your seat-belts!  The WORLD AIRLINES will take off in 3, 2, 1.






Remember, in my pack, there is such a variety that each year you can change it up! You don't have to do all of the countries each year. The wonderful part about being the boss of applesauce is that you decided. With my new update of my pack this year, I've included more writing components and supplementals. It's JAM PACKED! Each country also has a reading passage to go with it so you can stop googling each country right before you "teach" it to your students (I'm talking to you Carly, hahah).  I've also included links to websites and books.... so I have pretty much done all the work for you. You're welcome. Kidding!!! ;) Kind of.




Ok, ready to take a look? The best deal is the BUNDLED pack (which includes 13 countries). 






Wonder (Freebie)

You've read it, right? The fabulous book by R.J. Palacio called Wonder? I cried and cried when I read it. I wanted to read it to my class, but I decided that it wasn't a good fit for my students at the time (it's recommended for 3rd grade and up). And then I found We're All Wonders (basically the picture book version of Auggie's story) and immediately read it to my 1st grade students! We had a wonderful discussion about how we treat others who are different from us.


        

I wanted them to make a text-to-self connection so I did a writing extension. Then I made a cover. Then I made a bulletin board. DOES THE WORK EVER STOP! HA! The writing can go with either book.







I wanted to spread a little kindness to you. You can snag this for free in my store! Leave me a little love in the feedback. 


Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures - Smile for Picture Day!

This post is sponsored by Colgate. Opinions are my own.



What the Teacher Wants is happy and excited to partner with Colgate and the Kids in Need Foundation for the Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures Smile For Picture Day Pledge! We've taken the pledge and hope you will join us in bringing education and smiles to children in need!





We invite you to: 


TAKE THE PLEDGE BRIGHT SMILES FOR PICTURE DAY

A bright smile reflects a child’s developing self-esteem and the promise of a healthy, successful school year. Now through November 17th, pledge to promote bright smiles — for picture day and every day — for the chance to win 500 sets of toothbrushes and toothpaste for an elementary school in your community. 


Here's what we need you to do: 




2. Agree to spread the word by teaching your students the importance of oral health by teaching these 4 healthy habits: 


* Brush with fluoride toothpaste 2X a day, especially after breakfast and before bedtime.
* Limit sweet, sticky snacks to avoid plaque attacks.
* Visit a dental professional regularly.
* Once teeth are touching, floss your child’s teeth once a day to remove plaque.


3. Take the pledge from now through November 17th and enter to win 500 sets of Colgate Kids toothpaste and toothbrushes for your school! You can also check out the website for more details.


{Enter here: Colgate Picture Day}


4. Join us on social media! 


Share a picture day photo on social media using the hashtags #BrightSmilesBrightFutures #promo from now through November 17th and $1 will donated to the Kids in Need Foundation to help provide essential school supplies, including toothpaste and toothbrushes to those who need it most. You can also follow @ColgateBSBF on Twitter for the latest program updates!


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Here's my lovely school photo example. Haha!


 Of course I have 10 of these 8X10 pictures from my school picture day! 
If you want one signed, let me know! ;)

Or maybe I should use this photo from 1st grade?


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Thank you to Colgate for letting us be involved in the campaign to help bring brighter smiles to children in need!

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! 


Want to save these ideas for later? Feel free to pin any of these images. 


       

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