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1-2-3 Come Do Another "Room On The Broom" Activity With Me

Do you read “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson?

It’s one of my students’ favorite Halloween stories.

Halloween activities, Halloween stories to read, Halloween Party Day ideas, Activities for Room on the Broom, broom craft, literacy center activities for OctoberWith that in mind, I thought I’d design an activity to go along with this cute tale.

“There’s Room On My Broom” is a quick, easy & super-fun booklet craftivity.

As always, there are black & white patterns for students, as well as colorful templates so that teachers can quickly and easily make a sample to share.

Halloween activities, Halloween stories to read, Halloween Party Day ideas, Activities for Room on the Broom, broom craft, literacy center activities for OctoberThere are 2 pattern options for the second page of the “booklet”.

Students can simply color the broom, or teachers can opt to make this a bit of a keepsake.

If you have some classroom help, then painting a child’s hand brown, and pressing it on the broom handle, turns out adorable. As a mom I love these types of craftivities that my children brought home. 

Another option is to have students pick a partner, then take turns tracing each others hand, on a piece of tan construction paper. Cut it out then glue it on the end of the broom handle.

You decide what’s best for your students & the time you have available, then run off a class-set of the patterns. Easy "Print & Go!"

There are 20 animals for children to choose from.

Halloween activities, Halloween stories to read, Halloween Party Day ideas, Activities for Room on the Broom, broom craft, literacy center activities for OctoberTo save paper & printing time, I designed the top of the worksheet as the “booklet” portion of the pattern, while the bottom part - - with animal choices, is easily snipped off.

Children color, cut & glue, whatever animals they want to ride on their broom.

Whenever I’m doing an activity, I always try to think of what else I might be able to include in the lesson, that will easily practice additional standards.

Halloween activities, Halloween stories to read, Halloween Party Day ideas, graphing activities for room on the broom, Activities for Room on the Broom, broom craft, literacy center activities for OctoberI thought other teachers would like that too, so besides the broom booklet, I’ve also included three graphing extensions. 

With a show of hands, teachers write the names on the graph of which animal from the story "Room on the Broom" they'd also like to have ride their broom. 

There's also a graph with 5 animals (lion, gorilla, unicorn, skunk & elephant), which asks "Which animal would you definitely NOT want on your broom?" Have a fun discussion of why not. 

greater than and less than activities, Halloween activities, Halloween stories to read, Halloween Party Day ideas, Activities for Room on the Broom, broom craft, literacy center activities for OctoberMath skills, as well as group cooperation are practiced with a “Greater Than/ Less Than” worksheet, where students compare there “loaded brooms” with 4 other classmates' brooms.

For language arts, there’s also an ABC order worksheet.

The second part of our 2D shapes standard, involves  “spatial directions”; so I designed a "Where's Your Animal?" activity. 

spatial directions activity for room on the broom, Halloween activities, Halloween stories to read, Halloween Party Day ideas, Activities for Room on the Broom, broom craft, literacy center activities for OctoberBefore students glue down their animals, they choose one.  Slowly read each direction from the worksheet. 

Students then place their animal above, below, beside, on etc. You can quickly & easily see who's having difficulty as you whole group assess this standard.

I've also included a witch manipulative you can use to give a quick spatial direction review, before you begin the assessment. If your students are like mine, they will really enjoy this extension.

sequencing & sorting by size, Halloween activities, Halloween stories to read, Halloween Party Day ideas, Activities for Room on the Broom, broom craft, literacy center activities for OctoberAnother thing children can do before they glue their animals to their broom, is to sort & sequence them according to size (smallest to largest or the reverse), which allows you to practice this standard as well.

Halloween activities, Halloween stories to read, Halloween Party Day ideas, Activities for Room on the Broom, broom craft, literacy center activities for OctoberStudents could also use ordinal numbers to label their animal riders, and as you can see by my sample, I also practice patterning by having my students choose 2 crayon/marker colors to write their name with, and then fill in the letters of the title, showing an AB-AB color pattern.  

Halloween activities, Halloween stories to read, Halloween Party Day ideas, Activities for Room on the Broom, broom craft, literacy center activities for OctoberCompleted projects make a cute bulletin board, so I’ve also included 2 posters to add some extra pizzazz to your display.

To see my other "Room on the Broom" resources, click the LINK.

free apple telling time cards to the hour half hourToday's featured FREEBIE is an apple-themed "Telling Time to the Hour & Half Hour"packet.

It's an easy-peasy "print & go" activity that you can use for a variety of center activities. 

I’ve included a tip list of ideas including the “Kaboom” game.

Digital, as well as analog time to the hour and half hour are practiced.

I've also included two assessment templates, plus a blank set to program with other times, as well as a black & white set of cards, plus a cover, so that your kiddos can make an “Itty Bitty” Telling Time booklet.Halloween activities, Halloween stories to read, Halloween Party Day ideas, Activities for Room on the Broom, broom craft, literacy center activities for October

Thanks for stopping by.

It's in the high 40s today, with a wicked wind; giving us a taste of winter that will be here all too soon.

Despite the chill, I will be going on my morning walk with my faithful pup Chloe.

There's a sprinkling of vibrant, fall colors splashed here and there, making a brisk nature hike especially interesting. 

Wishing you a fun-filled fall.  Hope you enjoy "making room" on your classroom brooms.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” - Dr. Seuss

1-2-3 Come Do Some "Room on the Broom" Measurement Activities With Me

Activities for Room on the Broom, Halloween activities, Measurement activities for fall, small group activities for Halloweenroom on the broom book, Activities for Room on the Broom, Halloween activities, Measurement activities for fall, small group activities for HalloweenDo you read “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson? It’s one of my students’ favorite Halloween stories.

It occurred to me, while thinking about the many animals that are being added to the broom, that I could really make this lesson come alive, by having students figure out how many of THEM could fit on a broom.

Activities for Room on the Broom, Halloween activities, Measurement activities for fall, small group activities for HalloweenI had an absolute blast creating these quick, easy & fun activities, all of which have to do with measurement, and are easy-peasy “print & go”.

I know that your students will truly enjoy these hands-on “experiments” using a real broom.

Activities for Room on the Broom, Halloween activities, Measurement activities for fall, small group activities for HalloweenThe activities can be done as a whole group with younger kiddos, or in groups of 3-5 students.

Decide what format is best for your class, and pick the various "Room on a Broom" challenges accordingly.

If you’re looking for an educational & engaging activity for your Halloween party day, I think you’ll find this to be an absolute winner.

There’s plenty of options, so you can easily diversify your lessons.

activities for room on the broom, Activities for Room on the Broom, Halloween activities, Measurement activities for fall, small group activities for HalloweenActivities will help practice cooperation, estimation, measurement, addition, “thinking outside the box”, graphing, brainstorming, data collection, observation & analysis.

Activities for Room on the Broom, Halloween activities, Measurement activities for fall, small group activities for HalloweenStudents can also compare & contrast whether using a pool noodle, provides more room on a broom than a regular broomstick.

yes no graph for room on the broom, Activities for Room on the Broom, Halloween activities, Measurement activities for fall, small group activities for HalloweenI made a "yes/no" graphing extension for this. Kiddos come up and write their name in the appropriate column.

Not too surprising, almost all of my students thought you could fit more kiddos on a pool noodle. 

I think this is because they see it as "fatter," thus there should be more room.

This is much like the fact that my Y5s have a hard time remembering that a nickel is worth 5 cents, while a dime is worth 10.  They think that the nickel should be worth 10 cents because it is bigger. Makes perfect sense to me!

Activities for Room on the Broom, Halloween activities, Measurement activities for fall, small group activities for HalloweenThis leads us into a wondeful discussion about length and how that's the most important variable when loading people on a broom.

There’s also a bonus challenge (“The teacher wants to ‘drive’ the broom...") to extend the math lesson if time permits, or simply add this activity to another day.

“Something to Think About….” is another extension activity: here a new student has just arrived along with the dragon! You must fit them on your already full broom! How can you do that?

Activities for Room on the Broom, Halloween activities, Measurement activities for fall, small group activities for HalloweenA “Save the Day!” activity, gives students yet another option to try out for “making room on their classroom broom.” In the end, will they have enough room to save the principal from the dragon as well?

"Delving Deeper!" and "Let's Make Convertions" ( inches to feet, feet to yards...) provide for more measurement activities.

Taking pictures as your children do the various activities, combined with the “challenge worksheets”, makes for a great bulletin board or hallway display.

room on a broom measurement posters Activities for Room on the Broom, Halloween activities, Measurement activities for fall, small group activities for HalloweenI’ve included several posters to add some extra pizzazz.

If you'd like your students to listen to the story again, YouTube has a nice 8-minute read aloud.

After your measurement activities, you could watch the Netflix “Room on the Broom” video, which takes just 24 minutes.

Woo Hoo; some quiet time at the end of a fun-filled day.

room on the broom slider activity, Activities for Room on the Broom, Halloween activities, Measurement activities for fall, small group activities for HalloweenIf you’d like to practice sequencing & retelling the story on another day, check out the LINK for my “Room on the Broom Storytelling Craftivity”.

10 little pumpkins song with manipulatives, pumpkin activities, halloween songs, halloween games, pumpkin songsToday's featured FREEBIE is "10 Little Pumpkins" song-poster with manipulatives. 

It goes to the tune of "10 Little Indians" . My kiddos really enjoy this activity. 

It's also an easy & quick way to practice +1 addition, as well as counting backwards from 10-1.

I hope you find it useful.

pumpkin activitiesWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

The rain has finally stopped and Mr. Sunshine has made an appearance.

I'm excited to buy some pumpkins and cornstalks to go with my mums. Love decorating for fall.

Wishing you and the little "punkins" in your life, a frolicking & fun-filled day. 

"Skill to do, comes of doing." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

1-2-3 Come Do Some 2D Halloween Shape Activities With Me!

2D shapes, hexagon activities 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape centers, Halloween party ideas, Halloween party games for school  Halloween 2D Shape Games, is perfect for your October math centers, table top, early finishers, or a sub tub.

2D shapes, hexagon activities 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape centers, Halloween party ideas, Halloween party games for school  This is a terrific companion to my matching “Spooky Shapes in a Haunted House” booklet, as children practice the same 2D shapes: circle, oval, triangle, square, rectangle & hexagon.

There are over 20, easy-peasy games & activities!

Do them as a whole group, with partners or as an independent center.

If your students are like mine, they will absolutely LOVE games like “Flip It!”, “Clip It” and “Slap It!”, which makes them perfect for your Halloween party day too.

2D shapes, hexagon activities 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape centers, Halloween party ideas, Halloween party games for school My young fives actually beg to play “Flip It!” so I tweak it a bit to use a version of this game each month.

Likewise, "Slap it!" is another whole realm of fun, where children use a flyswatter. Again, because they love the game so much, besides the shape cards, I also use letters, numbers, & word cards throughout the year.

2D shapes, hexagon activities 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape centers, Halloween party ideas, Halloween party games for school  Besides practicing 2D shapes, I’ve included activities that help reinforce graphing, making tally marks, patterning, ABC order, as well as “listening & following directions”.

Attributes of the shapes are practiced in “Dump It”, “What Shape is Hiding?”, “Let’s Sort!” and more.

2D shapes, hexagon activities 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape centers, Halloween party ideas, Halloween party games for school “Where’s the Shape?” Witch Hat game, is a super-fun way to practice & whole group assess the “spatial directions” standard.

Use the “Shape Up!” extension activity, to assess how well your students listen & follow directions, as they create & color their own witch hat, which they later use to play the game.

2D shapes, hexagon activities 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape centers, Halloween party ideas, Halloween party games for school Another favorite is "Shoe-bie Doobie": “What shape is in the shoe? Please take a peek and give a clue.”

It’s a whole group-circle game, which reviews a variety of standards.

The witch’s shoe is an easy-peasy craftivity, teachers can whip together in just a few minutes.

“Grinning Pumpkins” is another quick, easy & fun whole-group activity, which is a simple way to assess students ability to not only “shape up!” and identify the shapes, but reinforce their listening skills in an interesting way.

Cauldron pot file folder shape game, 2D shapes, hexagon activities 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape centers, Halloween party ideas, Halloween party games for school Completed projects make a cute bulletin board display, so I’ve included several posters to add some extra pizzazz.

pick put it in the pot file folder shape game, Cauldron pot file folder shape game, 2D shapes, hexagon activities 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape centers, Halloween party ideas, Halloween party games for school My students also enjoy playing a file folder, cauldron game "Pick it and Put it in the Pot" in our math center. 

I know your students will have a great time with these activities, as they are "kid-tested".

Teachers will enjoy the low prep, selection, diversification & the fact that you can use them each year in a variety of ways. 

shape posters There are two featured FREEBIES today, as they both have to do with shapes. The first is a collection of 2D shape posters; the second is a set of 3D shape posters.

3D shape posters, 2D shape posters, Cauldron pot file folder shape game, 2D shapes, hexagon activities 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape centers, Halloween party ideas, Halloween party games for school  Thanks for stopping by. 

Hooray it's a sunny day, so time for a much-needed break to go on a nature walk.

The leaves have just started to change color too, one of the many reasons that autumn is my favorite season. 

"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen ad thining what nobody has thought." -Albert von Szent-Gyorgrji

1-2-3 Come Do Some Halloween Shape Activities With Me.

October is filled with all sorts of fun shapes, so with that in mind, I designed this cute, haunted house, 2D-shape review.

I don't know about your students, but my kiddos get super-excited over doing any sort of activity that I can tie in with Halloween. 

2D shape activities, So when I ask, "Does anyone want to make a haunted house shape booklet?" they are all over it.

“Open the door if you dare” and you will find 6 pages of “spooky-shaped” (real life) things to greet you.

spooky shapes in a haunted house 2D shape booklet, haunted house craft, halloween activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape centers, The basic 2D shapes covered are: circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle & hexagon.

I find that while most of my students can identify these shapes, many of them have a bit of difficulty identifying them, when looking at "real" items.

This booklet helps reinforce that in a super-fun way.

haunted house craft, halloween activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape centers, There are 5, different page set-ups, for you to choose from, so that you can easily diversify to fit the various skill levels of your students, while still having everyone work on the same thing.

OPTION #1: Students simply color the shapes on each page.

OPTION #2: Students write down the name of the shapes on that page & color them.

OPTION #3: Students get an additional strip of paper with one extra shape on it.

They color the single object on their page, as well as all of the objects on this strip.
Afterwards, they cut the objects out & glue them to the matching shape page.

OPTION #4: Students color all of the objects on their extra worksheet. (This is a half sheet.)
They cut each of the 6 sections out (following the dashed lines), then glue them to the matching labeled page.

OPTION #5: These pages are all blank.
Students write the name of the shape on the bottom line, then draw one “spooky shape”.

2D shapes in a haunted house craft, haunted house craft, halloween activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape centers, As always, I’ve included black & white patterns for your students, as well as full-color templates, so that teachers can quickly and easily make a sample to share.

After students color their haunted house, & the pages you have chosen for them, they trim and collate their booklet.

You decide if you want students to glue the "door" pages together, or simply staple them.

If you're looking for something educational and that “something different” for your Halloween party day, this works well.

I’ve also included several other related activities, so that you can extend the lesson and cover more standards. (Woo Hoo!)

shapes on a roll dice game, haunted house craft, halloween activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape centers, There’s a quick, easy & super-fun “Spooky Shapes on a Roll” dice game, which practices life skills, as well as subitizing.

This is an easy-peasy and fun activity for your Halloween party day too.

The "Tell me an answer" question page is a simple, whole-group assessment, you can use after students complete their haunted house. 

shape graphing, haunted house craft, halloween activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape centers, To extend the lesson, and practice graphing, I've also included several additional worksheets.

spooky shapes bulletin board posters, haunted house craft, halloween activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape centers, Completed projects make an adorable Halloween bulletin board as well.

I’ve included several posters to add some extra pizzazz to your display.

fall graphing, halloween games, halloween activities, shape activities, halloween shape activities, shape crafts, hexagon activities, shape games, halloween graphing activities, 2D shape centers,haunted house craftToday's featured FREEBIE is a set of fall graphing worksheets. 

They are great for early finishers, a fun homework assignment, or something for your sub tub.

fall graphing, halloween games, halloween activities, shape activities, halloween shape activities, shape crafts, hexagon activities, shape games, haunted house craftWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. 

We're having our third day of rain, and while that certainly fits the mood for designing Halloween activities, a little ray of sunshine would certainly boost my energy level. 

Wishing you a wonderful week.

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion." -Henry David Thoreau

1-2-3 Come Skip Count With Me

How many seeds in a pumpkin story, how many seeds in a pumpkin, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2s, skip counting by 5s, skip counting by 10s, pumpkin activities, pumpkin investigationDo you read the story “How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin” by Margaret McNamara?

If you haven’t heard of it, click the LINK to see it on YouTube.

how many seeds in a pumpkin, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2s, skip counting by 5s, skip counting by 10s, pumpkin activities, pumpkin investigationIt’s not only an interesting read aloud that your students will really enjoy, but it’s absolutely perfect for exploring estimation and skip counting by 2s, 5s & 10s.

In the story, this is done via a small, medium & large pumpkin experiment, that Mr. Tiffin’s students take part in.

Skip counting is a standard most of us have on our “To Do” list, but finding interesting activities for practice can be challenging.

how many seeds in a pumpkin, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2s, skip counting by 5s, skip counting by 10s, pumpkin activities, pumpkin investigationWith that in mind, I designed a variety of fun, pumpkin-themed, skip counting activities; which will keep your students happily engaged, while they practice skip counting by 2s, 5s & 10s.

I use the story “How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin” as an excellent introduction to skip counting, then transition to the activities.

There’s a nice variety of pumpkin-themed worksheets.

These are great as table top activities, for early finishers, a homework assignment or a sub tub

how many seeds in a pumpkin, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2s, skip counting by 5s, skip counting by 10s, pumpkin activities, pumpkin investigationI've included "trace & write" skip counting worksheets, as well as "What's Missing?", where students fill in the missing skip counted number.  (These are simple & quick assessment tools too.)

My students love the "Skip Count While You Connect the Dots" and the Bingo-dot worksheets.

They enjoy visiting this center, which I set up on a wooden TV tray.

My kiddos use an orange & yellow bingo dauber (you can buy them at The Dollar Store) to make an AB-AB color pattern, as they skip count and dot each numbered circle.

how many seeds in a pumpkin, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2s, skip counting by 5s, skip counting by 10s, pumpkin activities, pumpkin investigationThey also enjoy the puzzles. I've included colorful ones, so you can print, laminate & trim. 

I keep mine in our math center and use them every year in October.

There are also black & white puzzle patterns, so children can color and make their own.

Finally, there is also a variety of games that your students will enjoy, while they learn & practice the various skip counting standards.

how many seeds in a pumpkin, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2s, skip counting by 5s, skip counting by 10s, pumpkin activities, pumpkin investigationOn the craftier side, I’ve also included a pumpkin slider craft; if your students are like mine, they will absolutely love making one. 

To save time, run the pattern off on orange construction paper, then have students add a bit of green crayon to the stem & vine.

They then cut out their pumpkin & insert the "slider" strip, with whatever set of skip counted numbers you want to work on.

If you want a bit of 3D pop, give kiddos a piece of green pipe cleaner to wrap around a pencil then poke into the stem and attach with a piece of Scotch tape. 

how many seeds in a pumpkin, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2s, skip counting by 5s, skip counting by 10s, pumpkin activities, pumpkin investigationI've also included an easy-peasy, square pattern, which is simpler for little ones to cut out.

how many seeds in a pumpkin, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2s, skip counting by 5s, skip counting by 10s, pumpkin activities, pumpkin investigationThere's also a variety of posters, including a "Look Who Can Skip Count By..." poster, which students get to sign, once they have mastered skip counting.

how many seeds in a pumpkin, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2s, skip counting by 5s, skip counting by 10s, pumpkin activities, pumpkin investigationTrust me on this one, this is a "big deal" to my students, and helps build their self-esteem as well.

It takes less than a minute to count together as a class.

how many seeds in a pumpkin, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2s, skip counting by 5s, skip counting by 10s, pumpkin activities, pumpkin investigationI cover the next number with the "Count with me" strip, then move it as children skip count aloud. 

Hang a set in the hallway, outside the bathroom, so when you're lining up waiting for children, you can practice!

how many seeds in a pumpkin, skip counting activities, skip counting by 2s, skip counting by 5s, skip counting by 10s, pumpkin activities, pumpkin investigationYou can also give children a mini certificate of praise for their accomplishment. They come 4-on-a-page, in black & white as well as color.

As with the posters, there's a different one for skip counting by 2s, 5s & 10s.

welcome to out patch free pumpkin posterThere are two featured FREEBIES today. Both have a pumpkin theme.

The first is a sweet little "Welcome to our patch!" poster you can hang on your classroom door.

Pete the cat and the 5 little pumpkins free coloring pagesThe other is a "Just For Fun" trace & color worksheet I designed after reading "Pete the Cat's 5 Little Pumpkins" story. Hope your kiddos enjoy it.

Me 3 2 2Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

It's really a gray, overcast day, so no Mr. Sunshine to energize me; however, it makes for a great time to check a few things off my too-long "To Do" list. 

Wishing you a terrific day filled with lots of fall fun.

"Try to learn something about everythig and everything about something." -Thomas H. Huxley

 

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