Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Freebies & ABC Order

Hey everyone! Christie here from First Grade Fever! I was sooo excited when Anna asked me to be a guest blogger (especially right before Halloween!) I just LOVE this time of year-there are so many super-cute books and activities that I feel like I need about 2 months to get them all done! And then what do I do??? Yep, you guessed it...head to the blogging world and find oodles more amazing ideas! One of our favorite books during October is "Skeleton Meets the Mummy" by Steve Metzger. My firsties just love this story about a skeleton being tricked by his best friend before they go out trick-or-treating! Hopefully you can squeeze some of these activities in on Monday-if not...just save it for next year!

Just click the pic to link to your FREEBIE activities!

This year I decided to add "ABC Order Reporter" board to our morning meeting/calendar time. And I am soooo glad I did-the kids love this (and they don't even realize that they are becoming experts at alphabetizing!) It's nothing real fancy or complicated-looks like this...

I bought one of those goofy little microphones from the Target Dollar Bin & I announce..."It's time for A...B....C.....O-r-d-e-r  R-E-P-O-R-T-E-RRRRRR! (with my announcer-type voice, really stretching those words out!) Then I ask for the students to think of one of our spelling words or word wall words and they have to spell it to me. Then I write it on a post-it. After we have about 6-7 words I have them figure out which comes first, second, etc...  They LOVE doing this & are so good at it already! So simple, but really makes a big difference!!! Anyone else have any quick lil morning meeting goodies that you would like to share? We'd love to hear about it!!!

I want to say "CONGRATS" to Anna on completing her graduate degree! What a huge accomplishment!!! And thanks so letting me be a guest blogger!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

It’s the Great PUMPKIN, Charlie Brown!

I love watching that movie with my kids. J Does your school allow you to participate in Halloween activities? I try and focus on what we can do instead of what we can’t.  First of all, and yes this is insane, we ask all Kindergarten students to bring their own full size pumpkin to school a few days before Halloween. There is so much you can do with just a pumpkin.  

Here are a few fun ideas:
  • Learn and sequence the life cycle of a pumpkin.
  • Measure the pumpkin.
  • Weight the pumpkin.
  • Make observations about it’s appearance, size, shape, color, etc.
  • Estimate the amount of seed in the pumpkin.
  • Write a recipe using pumpkin.
  • Use your senses to taste, smell, feel the pumpkin.
  • Interactive Writing: A pumpkin
  • Writer’s Workshop: If I were a pumpkin.If I lived in a pumpkinHow to plant a pumpkin.

Really, the possibilities are endless! Holiday or not, learning can and will take place because we are teachers and that is what we do.J At the end of this jam packed week, we carve all 22 pumpkins. Surprisingly enough, this is the day we have our biggest parent turn out and praise God for that!

After all of our pumpkin fun, on Halloween day, we take our campus by storm and have a Hilarious Hat Parade. A week before, we send home a paper plate and ask parents to help their child create a creative and original hat for their child. What a fun family project and the hats are a hoot!  That’s right, after surviving carving 22 pumpkins with 22 kinders, we joyfully strap on our crazy hats and walk in and out every classroom, spreading our smiles and sweet thoughts of the candy that is yet to come.  I don’t know about you, but celebrating Halloween or not, this learning is still pretty SWEET!

Click here for these pumpkin freebies from my Fall, Pumpkin, & Halloween Unit, and come by and say hi sometime. J

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!!!

 Hey Friends! I just posted my newest math and literacy center packet- Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!! It's full of hands-on turkey themed fun to help reinforce several important first grade skills.
Here's a little sneak peek of all the gobblin' goodies in the set!!  

The best part is that it's on sale! You can get 20% off of it all day on Thursday!!!
Click {HERE} for more information about my Gobble, Gobble, Gobble Math and Literacy Center packet! Thanks for checking it out! 

I'm so excited that my blog has been listed as a Top 50 Early Childhood blog! Crazy, Crazy...but super exciting!!! The blogging community continues to blow me away!!! I'm honored and humbled at the same time!! THANK YOU!!!
Okay, it's midnight. Must get sleep!! Lots of love to y'all!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Hey y'all!!! Halloween is in the air and my teacher buddies are getting boo'd left and right at my school this week!! It's so much fun {and easy} to play that I had to come here and share it with all of you!! To get your BOO on, print two copies of this adorable poem that I have no idea who wrote. If it is yours, please let me know so I can give you the credit!!! Love it!!

Also make two copies of the BOO cards!
Click {HERE} to download the BOO poem and cards!! Graphics courtesy of Scrappin' Doodles.

Then make two treat bags & secretly deliver them with the poem and cards to two people in your school!! Can't wait to deliver my special treats tomorrow!!! I challenge you to get the BOO chain started at your school this week!! Have FUN!!

On another note, I start teaching nonstandard measurement {one of my favorite math concepts} to a bunch of excited trick or treaters on Monday!! How am I going to engage them?!?!? With candy corn & bats, of course!!

Click on the picture below to download "Batty Measurement"!!!

I'll be back tomorrow to introduce my next set of math and literacy centers....gobble, gobble, gobble!! Don't forget that all of my TpT products are 20% OFF right now!! Check them out HERE!!

I'm excited that I'll have more guest bloggers coming over to share their awesome ideas this week!! Wooohooo!! Love our blogging community and the cyber collaboration that's happening here!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

TpT 20% OFF SALE!!!

Hey Friends! Just wanted to let you know everything in my TpT store is 20% off until Wednesday! Click {here} to check it out!!!

Hope you have a FABULOUS week!!