Halloween in Your Classroom!

October is one of my favorite times of year! I love watching Hocus Pocus, drinking hot chocolate and going to pumpkin patches.  I know, I know. TYPICAL!


But I also love teaching in October as well.  This unit has everything you need!  It's got math games, book activities, crafts and writing. 




My favorite game in this pack is October Battleship!




 This unit integrates Halloween into math, literacy, and art! Differentiated for
 Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grades (with B/W options available).



Over 100 pages including:
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

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Sonic's Limeades for Learning! (Giveaway!!)

We are excited to partner with SONIC to participate in their Limeades for Learning Fall Voting Campaign! #ad




Did You Know?

Through Limeades for Learning, in partnership with DonorsChoose.org SONIC has donated more than $13.1 million, providing learning materials and teaching resources to impact nearly one million students.







How It Works:

From now until Sunday, October 27, you can help public school teachers by voting for projects that inspire you. Through Fall Voting, SONIC puts its $1 million donation in the hands of SONIC fans, asking them to decide where the funds go by voting for teacher projects at LimeadesforLearning.com.


During the four-week voting period, the projects with the most votes at the end of each week will receive funding from SONIC. (Projects that didn’t receive funding that week will have their votes carry over into the following weeks.)


Anyone can join SONIC and make a huge difference for public school teachers simply by voting.


There are three ways to earn votes for teacher projects throughout the Fall Voting campaign:
1. Vote once daily after signing up with a valid email address
2. Visit a SONIC Drive-In to get a bag sticker code worth two votes
3. Vote ten times to receive three extra votes via email


As part of this partnership, SONIC provided me with a $200 gift card to donate to projects that inspire me! I am excited to donate to the following DonorsChoose Projects to help local schools in my community!






Exciting Non Fiction - This is actually my son's 4th grade teacher! She wrote a grant to get a subscription to Scholastic News magazines to help her students have access to engaging non fiction reading materials.


Learning About Native Americans Through Art - This is a teacher at my nearby school. She wants to get some art supplies to create rugs and baskets with her students to help them understand and appreciate Native American art.


A Fun a Flexible Learning Environment - This is a special education teacher who teaches at a school in my area. She wants to provide her students with a more flexible learning environment by providing students with balance balls, fidget feet bands, and more to help her students with attention problems. 


I truly wish I had more gift cards to bless the lives of more students, not only in my community, but all around the country! There are SO many deserving teachers with amazing projects waiting to be funded! I may not be able to donate to all the projects, but I'm happy to announce that SONIC is going to give away a $100 gift card to DonorsChoose to one of our readers!



GIVEAWAY!

SONIC is giving us the opportunity to give away a $100 gift card to DonorsChoose as well as a $25 gift card to SONIC! 

Follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win!





P.S. My favorite thing to order at SONIC is a Dr. Pepper with white coconut syrup. We call it a Dirty Dr. Pepper in Utah and it is one of my favorite things in the whole world. I *might* be a little addicted! Try it and thank me later. :)


Back to School Activities for the First Week

Tired of doing the same old thing the first week of school? Need something new, fun, and interactive? This pack includes everything you need to get your year started off right. With an emoji-themed pack, it's sure to get your students' attention!




CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!




Included in this pack:
  • Back to School Book (10 pages for the students to fill out)
  • Find the Friend (Getting to know you game)
  • Yay or Nay (Reviewing expectations with game and writing)
  • Emoji Me (Craftivity)
  • Summer Feelings (Writing)
  • Fave Board Game (Getting to know you game)
  • Bell Ringer (Coloring page)
  • 1st Day Gift (Printable tag to go with crazy straws)
  • Bookmarks
  • Photo Booth Letters
  • All the Feels Bulletin Board (writing and bulletin board)



All of this is included for you AND MORE! 











CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!


Back to School 19!


It's Time for a Back to School SALE!!!

We know you've been waiting for the BIG Back to School to grab all your back to school goodies! Here are some of our very favorite items for the B2S season - plus a few recommendations for the school year! 

Stock up and save up to 25% during the sale! Just use code: BTS19 at checkout, but hurry because this sale ends on Wednesday!

Click each image to read more about each item!


   
  
  
  
  

Good luck to you all as you head back to school this year! We are cheering for you!!


Back to School Must-Haves to Keep You Organized!

Are you changing grade-levels? Do standards based grading? Need a way to keep track of which standards you taught and when? Or maybe you need a refresher of your current grade-level?

Common Core Checklists are for you! There are 2 versions.






The Mastery Data Checklists  are perfect for report cards, RtI, data for PLCs, or to give you detailed information for your small group work. You can type in the names of your students and it will autofill on all of the pages (up to 30 students)...or you can write them in like the picture above. 
Grades K-6th available! 



  

  

  








We also have CCSS tracking checklists available called Common Core Galore Checklists in our store)! These make it so you can "check off" things as you teach them so you can track what/when you've taught. You can also track whole-class mastery (not individual students- that's the data checklists). Grades K-6 available! 


  

   

   





The Substitute Challenge!

Sometimes when I have to get a substitute in my class, I leave a challenge for my students to complete while he/she is there.  It keeps them motivated and is a constant reminder to follow the expectations. The very first time I'm absent in the school year, I send my students this video to watch right when they come in!





The video isn't mandatory, but it adds an element of excitement! I email the video to the substitute  and leave her a laptop from our laptop cart (when we request for a sub, it gives us an option of contacting them via email), but you could also burn it on a DVD or have another teacher quickly show it for you. I made this video in iMovie, but if you don't have an iPhone or a Mac, you can use the app InShot. It's free and simple!


So, here's the challenge! If the students follow the expectations, the sub can open up an envelope and get a clue out! As the day goes on, the substitute can keep opening up the envelopes. I have my clues spell out iPad, so I only needed 4 envelopes. I feel like in my classroom that was just enough. The last clue is unlocked at the very end of the day!



You'll leave the envelopes hanging on the board so that your students can see them! I leave the substitute direction sheet on my desk with my sub plans so she can fully understand it as well. This freebie comes blank, in case you want to change it up each time you have a sub (different reward).


Click here for this freebie!





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