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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Halloween Classroom Activities and Games

October is such a fun month to be in the classroom.  Here are some pumpkin songs and videos, lessons and Halloween activities to use for language arts and math. 



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Your students will enjoy this Halloween song, "Pumpkin Pumpkin."

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Here is another Halloween video to help your students learn the basic shapes.



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Finger plays are a great way to introduce poetry concepts, following directions and fine motor skills to elementary and special education students. They also allow movement in the classroom, which research has shown brain breaks increase achievement. You will receive one free finger play for the students to read.

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ORANGE BREW RECIPE:

1 cup milk

1 cup water

6 ounces concentrated orange juice

10-12 ice cubes

1 teaspoon vanilla

Whip ingredients in blender until frothy.

Variation: Use ingredients to make popsicles.

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Click on the picture to enlarge, then right click to print this free Hallween dot-to-dot worksheet.

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There are many opportunities for students to practice visual discrimination.  Students may compare  different colors pumpkins and gourds or different types of candy.

For example, here is a set of 24 decorative pumpkins.  They are 2 inches in size and work great in Halloween math centers as manipulatives for counting and sorting.

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This printable Halloween worksheet is another way for students to practice visual discrimination.


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Here are 5 writing prompts to help get you started.

1.  Maddie saw the pumpkin glowing on the porch. However, it didn't have a candle in it!

2. Our teacher asked us to bring some Halloween decorations to school.  Jimmy brought the most unusual item.

3.  All the children were afraid to go to the house at the end of the street, everyone except Anna that is...

4.  It was a cold and dark Halloween evening, the children were going to a new haunted house.

5.  Our science teacher let us conduct an experiment to create a monster.

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These foam pumpkin decorations will be a hit in a writing center.  Have your students decorate a pumpkin, then write a story about its adventures!

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This fun ghost has so many possibilities in your classroom.  Hang it in a writing center to spark many creative writing activities.  Use it for easy and smooth transitions.  The teacher could hold him while walking around the room.  The students may give the ghost a high five when they are in their seats and ready to work!

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These rings would make great prizes.  However, in the past I used them in the sand table.  Set the timer and see how many each student can find.  Students must count and record their results. Students could also make a graph of all the results.

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Candy is definitely on the students' minds this whole month.  Board games teach so many essential skills from social to academic.  Candyland is a classic that everyone loves.

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More Halloween resources:

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Free Stellaluna Bat Activities and Printables

In this blog post, you will find a FREE graphic organizer, a read aloud video, bat fact videos, a free printable bat facts sheet, a video about the world's largest bat, directions for a comprehension game, a FREE counting worksheet and more.

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The activities found below go along nicely with this book (found in our Amazon Associate store):



Amazon's Review:

Baby bat Stellaluna's life is flitting along right on schedule--until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother's loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna's adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Soon Stellaluna has learned to behave like a good bird should--she quits hanging by her feet and starts eating bugs. But when she finally has an opportunity to show her bird siblings what life as a bat is like, all of them are confounded. "How can we be so different and feel so much alike?" one asks. "And how can we feel so different and be so much alike?" asks another. "I agree," Stellaluna responds. "But we're friends. And that's a fact." Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they're not will understand the conflicts--and possibilities--Stellaluna faces. This gorgeously illustrated book is sure to be an all-time favorite with readers, whether they've left the nest or not.




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Click HERE to purchase our Stellaluna Bundle of teaching resources from our TpT store to save time and money.

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You may also click HERE to purchase our Stellaluna teaching resources separately.

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Click to watch the story read online:

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An orphan short-tailed fruit bat hand-raised by Bat World Sanctuary. 
Adorable - This video is great for creative writing!
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Meet the World's Biggest Bat
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Gray Bat from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Click HERE to download a FREE bat facts sheet.
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Click HERE for free facts about bats and rabies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Click the picture to enlarge and print a FREE dot to dot worksheet.
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Click the question to play an online Stellaluna reading comprehension game.
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A Stellaluna Bat Craft Activity
For a printable bat template, click HERE.
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Echolocation Song

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Click the picture for an echolocation game.
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What is the difference between bats and birds?
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