Checking out the halls at school...


My colleague and friend, Jane, did this adorable activity a little white ago.

She used this great Scarecrow Glyph.

Here's some closeup's of some of my favourites.


Pumpkin Life Cycle Fun!!!!

Well we're slowly finishing up our Science unit about Farms.
As part of this unit, I used this adorable 3D Life Cycle activity created 
by Robin Sellers

Aren't they adorable?

The kids really enjoyed making them.
(and I think they learned something too)

First I read the story It's Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall.  This book is great for showing the stages of the lifecycle.  The pictures are vivid and detailed.  

But I also wanted to read the kids a book that had actual photographs of the stages.
So this book by Melvin and Gilda Berger worked great.

Then we coloured our own life cycles and assembled the pumpkins.
Click here to go check out this awesome activity for yourself.


Colourful Witches

I found this adorable witch painting idea from Art Proejcts for Kids.
I'm sorry that it took me so long to get these posted.  I actually need to take them down and put up my Remembrance Day art now.  I'm only a week or so behind right?
Here's a closeup of a few of them.
And a few of my favourite.

Minions, minions, minions

Last week we had a lot of fun painting these tiny little pumpkins that my colleague picked up for the kids.
I found the idea on pinterest.   I changed the eyes to these enormous googly eyes that I found in my stash and painted the pumpkins with acrylic paint and voila!!!!
Here's a close up of two of them.


Happy Halloween

This year I decided to decorate my fireplace, like I did at Christmas last year.
So the kids and I filled the firebox with pumpkins and haunted houses.
Look what I found at Home Sense last week.
Don't they remind you of the work of Dale Chihuly?
I really love this one above.
I got this blue one last year.  It has a light built in the bottom.
Here's a look at the display during the day.
And here it is at night.
I love the orange Christmas lights.
I've been collecting these pumpkins for my classroom for years.
Last year I brought them home.  My kids love them.
I hope that you and your families have a wonderful night.
thanks again for stopping by.


My Latest Unit on TPT


Here it is!!!
My latest unit on Teachers Pay Teachers.
This is a mini graphing unit.  It's good for early primary.
I have used these lessons with children from grades K to 2.
                            This unit is specifically designed to be for children in K to Third Grade.
  This unit is designed to introduce and review the standards around collecting data, sorting data, analyzing data and problem solving at the Grade 1 to 3 levels.
Specifically goals
2.MD.D.10, 1.MD.C.4, 3.MD.B.3
There are lots of visuals and cut and past activities as well as worksheets and class discussions.
My kids loved doing this unit.
Below are some photos of our group work.



New product on Teachers Pay Teachers

Introducing my latest unit on Teachers Pay Teachers. 
CLICK HERE to get it now!!!
In this unit there's centres activities with blackline masters for the children to record their work.
This one's about skip counting.

This one's about Fact Families

This one's about number sense.

And this one's all about Number formation.

And this one is all about number operations to 20.
 I'm just about to try these out with my own class.  I'll post pictures when I get them in the kids hands.
Just remember you can CLICK HERE to get your own copy.

Thanks for stopping by.



Classmates Magazine from Little Red Schoolhouse

Today I am testing out a new product for you.
This project involves creating a magazine for an "All About Me" unit for the start of the year.
This project is called Classmates and it's from Little Red's Schoolhouse.
Here's how we did it in my room. 
First I showed the kids a few real magazines.  We went over what you see on the magazine.  Like the title of the magazine and the sidebar with all the little teasers about what you will find inside the magazine.  Then I explained how they were each going to make their own magazine about themselves.
Because I have a Grade 1 /2 split class I needed to make sure that both grades were able to complete this magazine at their own ability level, and produce something that all the children could read.  I'm planning to put these all in the reading nook of my classroom so that the children can read each other's magazines. 
First we made the cover.  I asked the children to colour their picture the way they look.  Many of them even copied what they were wearing that day.  Of course little Peter (above) didn't quite get the concept. I asked him if he had purple hair, and he told me that he "really wants" purple hair.  It's hard to argue with that!
Below are some photos of the kids working on their covers.


When they were done we glued them on to 12 X 18 black construction paper and laminated them to make a real magazine type cover.
I love this little unit.  It's really cute.  Below are a few examples of the pages inside. 
I told the kids that if they were going to colour over their writing they needed to use yellow, but some of them used other colours, so it's difficult to see what they wrote.
Here are some examples of the Grade Two work.
And the Grade One's.
I really felt that I wanted to make sure the Grade One's were not intimidated by the work of the Grade Two's so I helped them write if they were having difficulty.  I call this method
"Erase and Trace"
the idea being that I write over their misspelled words, they ERASE their pencil marks, and TRACE what I have written in pen.
This child likes to play Basketball at Recess.
Here's another example of a page from the Magazine.
Again, some kids didn't follow instructions about colouring over their writing.
There are examples from Grade One on the right and Grade Two on the left.
Anyway, I really, really, really enjoyed doing this mini-unit with my class.  I'm sure the kids will love reading each other's magazines when they are in the Reading Corner. 
Check out Little Red's Treehouse for more cool lessons.
I have just finished using their Terry Fox lessons and I'll post that up soon.