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One-stop Halloween Party!

Halloween is coming!  Do you have a plan for your party?

Usually October is a pretty full month with conferences, testing, and the curriculum in full-swing.  A Halloween party can sneak up on you!  Here is a tried-and-tested plan for a Halloween party that won’t take you hours to plan.  It is a one-stop Halloween Party in a single download!

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This download contains printables and ideas for SEVEN Halloween-themed centers. It is all you need to throw a fantastic, fun Halloween Party! Detailed directions are included for the following centers.

Centers:
1. Craft- Spider Hat
2. Photo Frame Template (Optional: Photo booth!)
3. Activity- Pumpkin Bowling- with a REAL pumpkin!
4. Coloring Pages
5. Word Search
6. Writing Center/Class Book
7. Halloween Read Aloud Center

Each center has detailed directions and a list of needed materials.  If you have willing volunteers, you could even print this whole packet and give it to them for them to run with.  Or you could have each volunteer take on one center.

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The spider hat craft is very simple, but the kids love it and it makes for great pictures!  You can make it more fun by adding googly eyes or accordion folding the legs.  For younger grades, it’s good counting practice to make the kids count the eight legs by themselves.

 

For the photo frame activity, an optional idea is included to create a photo booth.  This can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like.  One year, we hung a black plastic table cloth and some leaf garland from Michaels.  Bingo!  Another year, I had a mom of a student who went all out- hay bales, corn stalks, props, and even a portable photo printer so we could print the digital images right there at the party.  Whatever your level of involvement, it will be fun for the kids!

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The activity included is pumpkin bowling.  This requires you as the teacher to be okay with a little craziness.  It gets kind of nuts.  Beware!  But it is so worth it!

Buy a small, round pumpkin that is about 8″ in diameter.  Pull off the stem.  This is your bowling ball!  Then have 2 volunteers, if possible, run the bowling alley!  In this picture, we created pins out of old soda bottles.  I have also just used pins from a toy bowling set.  op8

 

The rest of the centers are calmer- word search, coloring pages, writing center, and book center.

The writing center is an important one because it gives a little more content to the day and makes kids stop and think about how they celebrate.  I like to collect these, bind them into a class book, and let the kids take turns bringing the book home to share with their families.

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I situated these centers around the room, had a volunteer stationed at each center.   Then, I let the kids roam around, completing each center.  Depending on the size of your class, you could let them do the centers in whatever order you choose, or you could make them rotate in a circle.  Or if you’d like a little more control, you could create groups and have them travel with a group and parent volunteer to teach center.  It’s up to you and what you think your class can handle.

I hope this helps you have a FUN and easy Halloween party!  Enjoy!

Here are the links:

One Stop Halloween Party!

Halloween Class Book

Fall/Halloween Party Signs

Holiday Writing Prompt Bundle

And check out my post about Pumpkin Math Centers, a great addition to the party day!

-Laura

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Vocabulary Cards! Easy to use template!

Hey teacher friends!

Teaching vocabulary is built into most curricula, and we know it’s an important part of reading.  But I have always struggled with how to teach it in a fun way.   So I just created these easy to use vocabulary cards.  They are meant to be used as flashcards that the kids create.

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All you have to do is download, copy onto heavy paper, cut, and show the kids how to use them.  The kids write the word, part of speech, a sentence with the word, and draw a picture.  Then, you can use them however you’d like- as flashcards, test practice, games, etc.

I hope you find this useful and fun!

-Miz Riz

*Must Have* Class Roster!

Yes, every teacher has to have a handy roster.  We use them constantly- for attendance, for keeping track of forms, for assessment and grading, for email addresses, whatever!  I seriously go through dozens of these each year.  One handy download, and you’re set.  And better yet, you’ll look like you actually put some time and thought into making a cute roster, rather than the basic, computer generated ones given to you by the office.  Enjoy this quick download to make your back-to-school week easier!  🙂

 

-Laura

Back to School Writing Prompts: Making your first few weeks easier!

Hi teacher friends!

One of my summer resolutions was to add some new quality products to my store!  I was thinking today about what I could create that would make back to school a little easier for us all.  I thought about how stressful those first few weeks are, and how it is nice to have some short, filler lessons and activities.  Sometimes these activities can be last-minute and are not very valuable, so I wanted to create something worthwhile.

I think any kind of writing time is valuable.  I love printable writing prompts, because they are handy to use when you are teaching a specific skill.  I use them to work on writing conventions: punctuation, capitalization, spaces between words, complete sentences, and so on! They also are great to save for conferences or portfolios, so show growth in their writing over the months, without having to pull out a big writing binder or notebook.

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I did the hard work for you and correlated this to Common Core Standards for grades K through 3.  I hope that helps!  I know the stress of finding a standard to go with your lessons.

Also, a quick shout-out to Namely Original Clip Art!  I love her trendy style.  Check out her store.

So enjoy this quick and easy download!  And stay tuned: I have more writing prompts in the making!

Enjoy your summer!

-Laura