Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Freaky Friday Week 3- Halloween Sight Word Puzzles!

I hope you have been filling your 'bag of tricks' with tons of great dollar deals the past 2 weeks!
Freaky Friday is BACK for Week 3!

If you are new to 'Freaky Friday,' here is how it works...

There are over 40 sellers participating each week...they choose one item to discount to $1 for ONE DAY ONLY (regularly priced $2-$5).

How do you find all the deals for the week?

1. Click this image:

2. Use the linky at the bottom of this post to find all the participating stores!
You can click the first link to find a list of ALL THE DEALS or click each individual seller to find their discounted deal for the day!

Some of the sellers are using Instagram to highlight their product and are using the hashtag
to link the deals together, but your won't find ALL of the deals that way.

So what will you find from me this week?
A Halloween spin-off of my popular EDITABLE Sight Word Puzzles:

If you have used my Fall, Winter Holidays, Winter, Spring or Generic Sets of puzzles, you know how these work!
If not, you can find them on several of my blog posts HERE or see the pictures below.

Here's a quick video on how to use the puzzles, as well as a quick tutorial on how EASY it is to edit the puzzles to match the words you are working on:
The pack comes with 12 Halloween themed puzzles.  
There are 3 for 2-letter words, 3 for 3-letter words, 3 for 4-letter words and 3 for 5-letter words.  

It is 'ready to go' with puzzles using 12 words from the Pre-Primer Dolch Word List and ALSO has an editable set of puzzles so that you can make additional puzzles using words you are working on, spelling words and/or cvc or cvce word building using the 3 & 4 letter templates!

The directions on how to edit are included in the pack and there are 2 ways you can go about editing!
Here's a quick graphic on how easy it is to edit:

Once you have the word you want students to practice, simply print and copy the puzzles.

Students then cut the pieces on the dotted lines:

And then arrange them to spell the word:

After they check to make sure they are right, they glue the pieces and then practice writing the word:

From there they can color the puzzle:

Students can use the word in a sentence on the back for added practice and enrichment.
They can also build the word using magnetic letters that they match to the puzzle for added support and practice!

The puzzles also come in full color so that you can make puzzles for students to practice building with either before or after they complete their own puzzles!

Here's a breakdown of what you're students will do with the puzzles:
Print, cut, glue, write, color and build!

I do have a few Halloween puzzles in my
but made sure not to use any of the same images as those that are in the Fall set!

All the puzzles only use 1 piece of paper- yet students practice building, writing, reading and using their sight word!
My students use sight word puzzles all year long as one of our 'staple' centers.  

Are you ready to find ALL THE DEALS for Week 3?

Hope you fill your treat bag up with lots of 'sweet' deals!
Don't forget to stop by next week to see what our FINAL week will bring!
Until next post,

Monday, October 16, 2017

17 Easy, Free (or Almost Free) Halloween Center Ideas!

Hi, everyone! I'm Brenda Tejeda from Tejeda's Tots and I'm so excited to guest-blog on Jennifer's blog and share with you some of my fun Halloween and Fall center ideas! 
Fall! It's my favorite season of the year! One of my favorite things to do in the fall is go pumpkin-picking with my family. We have an amazing local farm and they have the BEST pumpkin pie, apple cider donuts, sweet corn.... so yummy!
Another thing I love about the fall is Halloween! Throughout the month, I have themed centers that are fun, meaningful, and easy-to-prep!
AND, most of them are absolutely free! By signing up for my free newsletter, you'll get all the templates you see in this post FREE! Most can be used with classroom supplies you already have, but a few require some extra materials.
I hope you can use some of these ideas. I'd love to hear how they worked out, or any other fun and easy ideas you have!
Let's get started!
  • Fall leaf rubbings- Kids simply place the veined side of a leaf face-up under a sheet of paper, then rub a paperless crayon on its side over the page. See the veins and leaf shapes come to life! Try with different fall colors too!
  • Leaf sorting- Go on a leaf hunt, then have students sort the leaves by colors, shapes, , edges, sizes, or any other attribute they can think of!
  • Leaf art- Have kids glue a leaf onto a piece of paper, then draw around it to turn it into an object!
  • Halloween Word Wall- I have some picture word walls in my store (and I have included a FREE one with writing stationery), but you can also create one with your students to make it even more effective! Have them brainstorm words while you write on large chart paper. It takes some time afterwards to add pictures (either drawn or from the web), but I highly recommend this step to help those who need extra support. Once displayed, you can use this for various centers: write about your Halloween, write a riddle about your costume, or...
  • Sticker Story- IN FREEBIE- get some themed stickers from the Dollar Tree and provide stationery. Ask students to take up to 5 stickers to make a scene, then complete by drawing and writing their story.
  • Stamp-a-Story- Same as above, but with themed stamps. I’ve collected a TON of stamps over the years and have them organized by themes/ months.
  • Halloween card- IN FREEBIE- Simply fill out for a ghoulfriend or boofriend!
  • Making Words- HALLOWEEN- IN FREEBIE- two options- Place the letters that spell HALLOWEEN on a cookie sheet or magnetic file cabinet. Have kids manipulate the letters to build words, then write in a notebook. OR, if you don’t have enough letters, or want to use this whole-group, use the enclosed slips and have kids cut apart the letters before using them to build words. They can glue the top of the slip into their notebooks and list their words. Extension: use some to write sentences.
  • Bingo- IN FREEBIE- Use the blank template enclosed and have kids complete it by writing words from your fall/ Halloween Word Wall (see above) in random boxes (make sure to tell them not to write the words in order). Write the words on slips of paper and place into a bag. Pull out a word at a time and kids can use counters, torn paper, or candy corn as bingo markers!
  • Photo booth- You can buy props, OR you can have students make their own- fun! Have them draw big mouths, eyes, horns, and speech bubbles with monster sayings, cut and glue to popsicle sticks, then pose with them!
  • Standing Jack-o-lanternsee picture- Students cut out 3 pumpkins, color and add a green stem to each, then glue back to back
  • Decorate-a-Cupcake- If you don’t have allergies and your school allows it, kids just LOVE to decorate cookies and cupcakes. Bake or buy plain cupcakes, provide icing, toppings, plastic knives, and plenty of wipes and napkins!
  • Mask and Monster Mash- Have students create a mask, glue onto a large popsicle stick and parade around the room to the song Monster Mash!
  • Joke Time! Display this FREE pun-kins joke chart at your fall party or during the entire month for some fun joke breaks!
  • “Book and Bite” Kid favorite! Read a book (I usually have a parent volunteer at this center) and have students take a bite of their cookie every time the FUN word is said. The student with the largest piece of cookie left at the end of the book is the winner! I use There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Bat, or There Was an Old Lady who Wasn't Afraid of Anything, and the fun word is BAT. It’s so cute to watch them to take tiny nibbles for fear they won’t have any left at the end of the book. Here is the 2nd book on youtube: YOUTUBE video of There Was an Old Lady who Wasn't Afraid of Anything
  • Buddy Reading! Simply place themed books in a basket and have them read along with a friend!

I hope you found some of these ideas useful and your kids enjoy them!
Thanks for reading and here is the link to get your freebie :): 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Freaky Friday Week 2- Pumpkins!

Did you score some awesome 'Dollar Deals' last Friday when we kicked off 'Freaky Friday?!'
Friday October 13th we do it all again- but with 40+ new deals for you to choose from!
How will you find all of these deals?

Choose one of these methods:
1. Click this picture:

2. Use the linky at the bottom of this post that shows all of the participating stores!
You can click the first link to find a list of ALL the deals or click each individual seller to find their discounted deal for the day!

Many of the sellers on Instagram are using this hashtag when showing their deal:
but you won't find ALL the deals that way.

The sellers listed below will also be posting about their deals on their Facebook pages too...just another reason to follow and 'like' your favorite sellers!

So what will you find from me this week?
It is a pumpkin patch slide show, reader & pocketchart word and picture cards pack!

Here's a video explaining what is included and how I printed some of the materials:

Last year while I was at the pumpkin patch with my own children I took photos because I found many of my students had never been to a pumpkin patch. I turned the photos into a slide show so that I could project it onto my EnoBoard for my students to take a 'virtual field trip' to the patch and learn about pumpkins!

Our PTA is awesome and they set up an area for our students to 'pick pumpkins' but it's not the same as being at a real pumpkin patch.

So last year I brought in the slide show I created at home:

and projected it on my screen:

Then we explored a real pumpkin:
*We looked at and felt the weight of the pumpkin, touched it's skin, flesh, pulp and seeds.  
*We could smell the pumpkin once it was cut open (many did not care for the smell!) 
*We listened to how the pumpkin sounded when we 'knocked' on it and the 'squishy sound' it made when we touched inside!
*We tasted pumpkin pie that was made with pumpkin (Read all about our Pumpkin Pie in A Bag HERE!)

I didn't throw the pumpkin away!  We set up a pumpkin exploration station on our back table for the week!  Students could go over and look inside, feel the sensory bag and read about pumpkins:

So that we could share what we learned about with those at home we made these 'peek inside' pumpkins:
Each child put some pulp and seeds in a ziplock bag.  I had pre-cut the pumpkins for them (so that I knew the bag would fit in the space).  We taped the bag to the back, added a stem, drew some flesh and then labeled the parts!  The 'seeds and pulp' label was written on an Avery address label so that it could stick to the bag.

I could not find a 'Poem of the Week' that taught about pumpkins yet was simple enough for my students to read, so I created this one:
(Tune: I'm a Little Tea Pot)
Feel free to chart and use it too!  The images were grabbed from a Google Image search, so if you like to include picture cues on your poems/charts as well, you can get them there too!

After our week of exploring pumpkins, my students created pumpkin shape books from the pre-cut books I found in Target Dollar Spot!  

I saw them there again this year, so if you're looking for something to put inside the cute books, you can find these printables HERE:

My students were able to learn so much for the photos I had taken at the pumpkin patch and I would love for your students to experience the same!

So this week's Freaky Friday item includes all of this:

As you can see from the picture (or if you watched the video) I made the black and white book into a mini-book!  It's super simple...
(Want to make it even easier for yourself?  You can also print the book 'as is' and then copy it in 'collate' & 'staple 2- left side' mode.  Once all the sets are copied, simply cut in 1/2 and you have 2 books stapled and ready to go!)

So to re-cap...

1. Black and White version for printing and creating student books

2. Word and Picture Cards for use in a pocketchart

3. Slide Show to project in your classroom (that can also be printed as a full-color class book)

Normally priced at $5 but reduced to just $1 for FRIDAY OCTOBER 13th ONLY!

But that's not it!
Ready To Find All the $1Deals for Week 2 of Freaky Friday?

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Freaky Friday Returns For Year 4!

Well summer surely FLEW by...and so did September...
And now it's time for FREAKY FRIDAY to return!

It's hard to believe this is the 4th year this promotion is running!

Which means 4 weeks of incredible $1 deals on over 40 products each week are on their way!

If you have followed me for the past three years, you might remember that each October I join a group of sellers to offer $1 Deals each Friday in October!
AND...we have decided to 'get freaky' again this year!

Here is how it works:
Each Friday the participating sellers will select one product from their store (normally priced $3-$5) to mark down to just $1 for the day!

How will you find these products?
There are a few ways!

1. Click THIS IMAGE:

3. Follow this hashtag on Instagram

4. Click the links to the participating stores in the linky at the end of this post and it will take you directly to that store's $1 deal for the day (it will be updated each week to the new product)!  
You can also click the first link- it will bring you to all the $1 deals of the day!

So what will you find from me this week?
My ABC flip books have been pretty popular, but with this set you'll be able to add in some Fall Fun to your centers and reading instruction!

There are 10 flip books in this set for the following fall themes:
Apples, Fall, Fire Safety, Columbus Day, Halloween, Election Day, Veteran's Day & Thanksgiving!
It is normally $4...but on Friday October 6th, as part of 'Freaky Friday,' it will be discounted to just $1!

These flip books are NO PREP but have the benefit of a 4-page reader!
They help review sight words and build reading fluency and confidence in our youngest readers!

This video will walk you through the process:

But if you don't have time to watch the video, here's the pictorial version!

Decide which 'book' you want your students to create, print and copy:

Then have your students color the pictures:

They then cut the dotted lines (3 pictures on the bottom):

Students stack them in the order they want (or the order you specify):
The pages are stapled in the box area (you can teach them how to use mini-staplers for more independence!)

OPTIONAL they can add another picture and label it in the box:

Lastly students read their flip book!

I have my students write their names on the backs of their flip books.  For students that are ready for a challenge, I have them add another sentence on the back:

Use them in centers, for guided reading/small group instruction, reading buddies, independent reading and more!  When we learn about 'pattern readers' in Readers Workshop, we use these a lot and keep them in our reading baggies so we can identify the pattern!

Ready To Find All the $1 Deals for Week 1 of Freaky Friday?

Be sure to check back next week to find out what Week 2's deal will be!

Have a fabulous week!
Until next post,

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