Halloween Bat Plane – STEM

I love STEM projects, but I love Halloween STEM projects even more and so does my nephew. He had so much fun making his Halloween Bat Plane. He loved the design and building phase even more than the actual testing and implementation phases.

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He took a bit of extra time to get his Halloween bat plane just so. To make sure it would fly the highest height possible. He changed the ring sizes and shapes to see what would be best. It’s great to see children’s brains really work when they are given STEM challenges. They come up with solutions that I would never think of.
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Then, he started testing his Halloween bat plane. He did make some adjustments. He moved the rings closer together to achieve more speed in his plane. All and all it was a very successful STEM project
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If you’d like to see more of STEM activities, click here: Halloween STEM Challenges

Promoting Halloween Writing

My daughter used to love to write. But, something happened along the way and now she’s not loving writing so much lately. I came up with a quick little page to help her not only write, but express her opinions about Halloween. It’s quick and easy and useful for days when you don’t have much time, but you want to get your students writing.

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My Halloween Fun Frames are great for a wide range of students and ability levels. They can write as little or as much as they’d like or as you’d like them to write.

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For more information about my Halloween Fun Frames, click here: Halloween Fun Frames

Taking the Stress Out of Halloween

Ever feel stressed during the week? My Halloween Stress-Free Printables are something you can use when you are feeling stressed and for many other reasons – something extra for your early finishers, when you need to have something prepared for your sub, for homework, for morning work or for a fun Halloween center.

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Here are a few comments I received about my Stress-Free Halloween Printables that I have available for 1st through 5th grades:

“Fun “filler” activities for keeping us busy during one of the wiggliest holidays!”
“Thank you! This is very useful for my 3rd grade class. It is directly standards based and is great because they think it’s a “fun activity” however they are reviewing or covering standards.”
“Simple – love the no prep. Bought this as extra work for my son.”
“This was fantastic for my fall break packet! Thank you!”

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These Stress-Free Printables are called that because there is no prep necessary. Just print and go!

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If you’d like to view my Halloween Stress-Free Printables, click here: Halloween Stress-Free Printables

Discovering America STEM

I didn’t want to title this post as Christopher Columbus Day because I know many people have issues with him (including myself). However, there are still states that require teachers to teach about Christopher Columbus. I decided to make a STEM activity for Christopher Columbus that focuses more on STEM and less on the historical past. It focuses on discovering America via a ship and creating a ship that will hold as much cargo as possible.

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If you don’t want to do any Christopher Columbus part to this activity that would be possible too. Your students can make the ships without any reference to Christopher Columbus. That is what is great about my STEM units is that they are able to be adapted to different circumstances.

Here’s a picture of my nephew building the boat. I love how he used straw as the base of the boat to keep it floating. It’s nice to see how their minds think.

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Here’s a picture of both of my nephew’s boats. The battle began!

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My younger nephew won by having his ship carry the most LEGO cargo.

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And then, he pushed his luck too far…

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To find out more about my October STEM activities click here: October STEM activities

Thanksgiving is One of My Favorite Holidays

Here’s a post for all of those overachieving teachers who like to have things planned weeks in advanced. Sometimes that is me, but mostly I’m a last minute sort of gal.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Although I know the point behind it is for giving thanks and honoring our past, I still love how it centers around food. I’m not necessarly a foodie, but I like to eat food that reminds me of my childhood and pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce fits the bill. Especially cranberry sauce that is like gelatin from a can and it comes out in that same can form. That to me is Thanksgiving – memories of my childhood.

My Thanksgiving color by numbers printables are just the way to get you ready for Thanksgiving and can be used throughout November. There are not only Pilgrims, but Fall color by number pages like acorns, pumpkins and gourds. These are available from grades kinder to 5th with all math problems appropriate for the specific grade level.

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If you’d like more information about my Thanksgiving Color by Number pages, click here: Thanksgiving Color by Number Printables

Interactive Grammar Notebook for Sixth Grade

My daughter is now in Sixth Grade and she loves interactive notebooks. She asked me to make a more grammar specific notebook for her grade. She said she really enjoys learning grammar, so she wanted to do more for English. Why not, I answered! So, after several weeks of working on it, I’m happy to say that I’ve finally finished her Interactive Grammar Notebook for Sixth Grade.

Here are a few of the pictures of her work. Sadly, she wasn’t in the mood to take pictures, but I did snap some of some of her work. This picture if of a context clue activity. She said it was tricky for her, which I love because I don’t want things to be too easy for her, but just right.

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This next picture is very interesting because I just kind of assumed children learned this skill by just talking to others, but it isn’t necessarily true. The skill is positive and negative connotations of words. She really didn’t understand that there is a subtle difference between words like skinny and slender. So, this activity really helped us to talk about word choice. I think she’ll really be picking her words more carefully. Not that she ever said anything wrong, but I think she realizes you can hurt peoples feelings by word choice now.

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You can find my latest interactive notebook here: Interactive Grammar Notebook for Sixth Grade

Four Ways to Add a Bit of Halloween to Your Classroom

I look forward to this time of year for months. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all back to back. It’s so much fun! Students look forward to it even more! Instead of hiding Halloween, use it to help students have even more fun learning. Here are four ways you can add Halloween to your classroom.

#1. Use Halloween-themed printables instead of regular printables. This way students can feel like they are doing something special. It only takes one cute little spider or pumpkin to brighten up a child’s day.

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#2. Use Halloween-themed manipulatives when you teach new math skills. You can use mini pumpkins to teach your kindergarteners how to add. Maybe you could use little ghosts to teach your first graders how to subtract. There are endless possibilities.

#3. Allow your students to help you decorate your room for Halloween. If you don’t have enough class time for this, you can send home some coloring sheets or Halloween color by number pages for students to work on at home. Then, you can display them in your classroom.

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#4. Have a little Halloween party if your administration will allow it. You can still keep your party academic by having Halloween centers for math and language arts, instead of just having a lot of food. You can prepare your students ahead of time with the agenda so they will be excited about their Halloween party and know what to expect.

Halloween Close Reading

My daughter loves to read. She’ll read anything and everything. For some odd reason she ran out of books to read last night and the library had already closed, so I printed my Halloween Close Reading packet for her to read. She really enjoyed reading the stories for this packet.

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The side panel really gave her time to express herself and really think about what she was reading.

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Afterwards she decided to do the question and answer part as well. She really loves to express herself and her thoughts.

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Her favorite part was designing her own jack-o’-lantern. She said she wants to make one in real life just like her colored one howellsac.com. I think I can make the ears out of construction paper, then Mickey will be complete!

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Here are a few comments that I’ve received about my Halloween Close Reading printables:

“Cute stories and so useful for my students who are learning how to really get into the meat of reading. Lots of great strategies taught.”
“Perfect for comprehension!”
“I love the strategies in here with these stories. A great close reading packet themed for Halloween. My favorite Halloween purchase.”

For more information about my Halloween Close Reading packet, click here: Halloween Close Reading

Halloween Haunted House STEM Challenge

This weekend my daughter and I had some good quality time decorating our front yard with Halloween decorations. She said she wanted to do more Halloween stuff during the weekend. I broke out my Halloween STEM Challenges printables and she started working on building her own haunted house.

She started by creating a booklet to help her her design her haunted house. She had fun coloring the pages, but if you do this in a classroom, you can print it on colored paper to save on time or you can just leave it uncolored.

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She decided that she wanted to build her haunted house three stories high. She drew out her blueprints for her own haunted house. I think she enjoyed the part the best. She felt like she was her great grandfather who was an architect.

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Then, after a few attempts she came up with a haunted house that she was proud of! I think she did a great job! I love how she opted to use colored popsicle sticks instead of plain popsicle sticks.

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If you’d like to see more of my Halloween STEM Challenges click here: Halloween STEM Challenges

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Halloween Math Goofy Glyphs

I love glyphs! Students love them too! My best selling Math Goofy Glyphs are my Halloween Math Goofy Glyphs. We’ve just revamped them with new graphics too, so they’ll be even more enjoyable for students!

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Here are what some people are saying about my Halloween Math Goofy Glyphs:
“This activity keeps the students engaged in learning. Students forgot all about the math part to the assignment they were only concerned with creating the character in the end.”
“My students LOVE your glyphs! Great activity to keep them engaged and practicing their skills. Thanks!”
“This is such a great idea and a wonderful open-ended project that still offers a challenge!”
“I have downloaded several of these activities. I even get them for a variety of different grades because I work with special education, and my students often need practice with basic skills. This is an extremely engaging activity!”

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The best part of the glyphs are that I have them for first grade through algebra 1. The math is tailored specificially for each grade level. You’re never too old nor too young for my goofy glyphs!

For more information click here: Halloween Math Goofy Glyphs