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1-2-3 Come Make A Haunted House Craftivity With Me

haunted house writing prompt crafts, haunted house crafts, haunted house activities, Halloween activities, October bulletin board ideas, October writing prompts, Flick off the lights to set the mood, then all you have to do is quietly & slowly say the words, “Haunted House” , and you will have everyone's attention.

No matter what grade I taught, I loved going for that “Gotcha!” moment, to get people excited about writing.

I truly believe that students will be enthusiastic about “getting down to the business of writing”, if you simply give them something interesting and fun to write about.

It’s that simple. Find their “hot button”.  If your students are like mine, then a haunted house, is that catalyst in motivating them to WANT to write. Woo Hoo!

With that in mind, I set to work to design two crafty packets involving a haunted house.

haunted house craft, halloween crafts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween bulletin board ideas, october writing prompts, halloween writing prompts, haunted house activitiesFirst up, 6 writing prompt craftivities for the “Haunted House” packet.

They are all different enough, so that you can easily do several; one in class, one as a fun homework assignment, one for extra credit, a sub tub, or for early finishers etc.

You could also give students a choice.

You may be surprised that they want to do them all.

haunted house craft, haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, One of my personal favorites is "Haunted Houses ARE..." and "Haunted Houses HAVE"

Student can choose which they want to write about, or you can make this a two-part assignment.

Kiddos can write the ARE portion on one day, and finish up the HAVE prompt the next day. 

You could also do one in class, and do the other as homework.

Completed projects turn out "terror-rific"!

haunted house craft, haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, This project can be displayed flat on a bulletin board, or suspended back-to-back from the ceiling.

haunted house craft, haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, I've included several posters to enhance your display.

I think it's very important to not overwhelm beginning writers.

For example, asking students to write a "spooky story" can be a bit daunting for even a seasoned writer.

To experience this, put yourself in the assignment. Would you want to write an entire story, or would you be more excited to develop a list of things that a haunted house has? 

Because it's a smaller chunk of writing, and children can draw from experience, they know the "answers" and feel empowered; so they can get right down to writing; and often very excited to do so! 

With that in mind, all of the activities in both packets are "bite size". 

haunted house craft, haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, Because it's simple yet thought provoking, I think your students will also enjoy "If a haunted house could talk, what might it say?"

haunted house craft, haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, This is a super-fun way to have students really use their imaginations & "think outside the box". Becoming a haunted house, is an interesting way to practice point of view too. 

There are 5 diffferent "speech bubbles" to add variety to your display, as well as several posters you can use to introduce the lesson, then sprinkle on your bulletin board.

haunted house craft, haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, "If I bought a haunted house..." as well as "If I lived in a haunted house..." are also thought provoking.

haunted house craft, haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, As always, patterns come in black & white as well as color, so that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.

Besides the different posters to help you introduce the lesson, as well as several more to enhance your various displays, I've also included spiderwebbed letters that spell LOOK!

haunted house craft, haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, If you're a fan of The Dollar Store, you'll be happy to know that they now carry huge wiggle eyes!

They are 4 1/2 inches & come in 3 styles. (Oh the possibilities...)

I substituted them for the O letters in LOOK.

haunted house craft, halloween graphing extensions, writing rubrics,haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween graphing extensions, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, To expand the lesson, and practice yet another standard, I’ve also included a whole-group graphing extension in both packets.

haunted house craft, halloween graphing extensions, writing rubrics,haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween graphing extensions, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, Next up is the "Trick or Treating at a Haunted House" packet.

To get more bang for my “time” buck, I like to cover a variety of standards with one activity.

“Trick or Treating at a Haunted House”is not only a super-fun writing prompt craftivity, but it also reinforces the 5 senses, and the importance of using them to enhance writing.

The scenario:

Students are trick or treating and they visit a haunted house.

What do they see, hear, feel, taste & smell?

haunted house craft, halloween graphing extensions, writing rubrics,haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween graphing extensions, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, After writing their rough draft, then editing, they fill out a rubric checklist, then write their final draft on the writing prompt worksheet. (I've included RUBRICS in both packets.)

There are 4 different haunted houses for students to choose from, with a TOP & BOTTOM pattern for each. as the 5 senses writing prompt is glued to the center.

Trick or treating activities, haunted house craft, halloween graphing extensions, writing rubrics,haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween graphing extensions, halloween bulletin board ideas, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, These too, make an awesome bulletin board, so I've also included posters in this packet as well.

haunted house craft, halloween graphing extensions, writing rubrics,haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween graphing extensions, halloween bulletin board ideas, 5 senses activities, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, There's also a “5 Senses” poster, plus one that defines “Adjectives”.

Use them to introduce your lesson, then add them to your display.

Toss some “cobwebs” in each corner, and you have a “WOW!” bulletin board, sure to get lots of compliments.

haunted house craft, halloween graphing extensions, writing rubrics,haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween graphing extensions, halloween bulletin board ideas, 5 senses activities, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, I’ve included pictures of my completed
samples, as well as BW copies of the text, so that you can quickly make examples to share with your students.

haunted house craft, halloween graphing extensions, writing rubrics,haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween graphing extensions, halloween bulletin board ideas, 5 senses activities, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, Examples not only help easily explain what you want them to do, but are a catalyst to creating excitement, so students will be eager to make a haunted house of their own. 

As you can see by my samples, "answers" can be a simple sentence for younger students, as well as a more in-depth use of descriptive word choice for older students.

I've also included a "side-by-side" photo of a sample that's very simple, then another that was worked on.

haunted house craft, halloween graphing extensions, writing rubrics,haunted house writing prompts, haunted house activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideas, halloween graphing extensions, halloween bulletin board ideas, 5 senses activities, halloween activities, ideas for Halloween party day, Use this as a whole group discussion of how to "expand" your description and details to make your writing "come alive" for the reader.

I always try to make time for students to share their work with their classmates, so we popcorn around the room and everyone shares one of their "5 senses sentences" before displaying them in the hallway. 

fire safety craft, fire safety activities, fire safety writing promptsSince October is Fire Safety Month, and a lot of people burn leaves & have bonfires in the fall, today's featured FREEBIE is a "Hands Off!" fire safety craft, which is also a fun writing prompt. 

A child's handprints become the "fire" at the top.

I've included a "We promise" pledge poster for children to sign, which helps make students accountable for not playing with fire.

Well that's it for today. Thanks for dropping in. 

fire safety activities, fire safety craftsAutumn is in it's full splendor here in Michigan, so even though it's rather chilly today, I want to grab some fresh air.

Wishing you a fun-filled day.

“I don't know that there are real ghosts and goblins, but there are always more trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids!" -Robert Brault

1-2-3 Come Do Some Spine Tingling Writing With Me!

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, I love playing around with words, particularly if it will get my students excited, or help teach a concept.

“Shudders Behind the Shutters!” does both.

Ahalloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, nytime I toss a bit of craftiness into a writing prompt, my students are all over it, and can’t wait to begin.

Thus, I designed this writing prompt craftivity with a window.

There are two writing prompt “window” options.

Students can make a list of 13 things that make them shudder OR

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, they can write a brief, spine tingling excerpt.

I've discovered that narrowing down what students have to write about, rather than saying, "write a spooky story", is a lot less overwhelming for them. 

This bite-size piece, is not only less daunting, but will have your students actually become excited about creating their list or a brief excerpt!

I’ve included samples of both, so that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.

Making an example, not only helps you explain what you want your students to do, it acts as a catalyst for getting them enthusiastic about getting down to the business of writing.

The writing prompt “window” becomes the base, for this 3-part craftivity.

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, Students illustrate their writing by drawing, then coloring something in the 4-paned window pattern. I drew a ghost in mine.

Shutters flip open to reveal this picture window, which then opens to reveal my list of 13 things that make me shudder.  You can use any number, but I chose superstitious 13. 

Did you know that the “fear of the number 13” is called triskaidekaphobia! (triss-kye-dek-uh-FOH-bee-uh).
You may want to share this bit of interesting trivia with your students.

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, I've also included another sample with a "shuddering excerpt". 

For some extra 3D pizzazz, I added some wiggle eyes, attaching them with glue dots. 

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, Assembling the 3-parts of the craft, is done with a glue stick.

shudder shutter definition posters homophones, halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, I’ve also included a “shudder-shutter” definition poster, as well as one that explains homophones.

You can use these to introduce the lesson.

Encourage students to use their senses, as well as plenty of description, to evoke a shudder or two.

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, Students can use the (2-on-a-page) writing RUBRIC as a checklist.

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, I’ve included “definition-example” posters, to easily explain adjectives, simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia and alliteration, which will definitely enhance their writing.

These are not difficult concepts to understand.

Actually, I’ve found that even younger students grasp them quite well, and are excited to share examples they’ve come across.

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, Completed projects make an amazing bulletin board or hallway display; you are sure to get a lot of compliments!

halloween activities, halloween bulletin board ideas, scary writing activities, halloween writing prompts, spooky writing, halloween crafts, homophone activities, onomatopoeia activities, metaphor activities, writing centers for October, similie activities, I’ve included several posters, as well as some rather spooky-looking letters, which spell "SHUDDERS [behind the] SHUTTERS" to add some extra pizzazz to your display.

Today's featured FREEBIE is an apple-pumpkin Venn diagram.

apples and pumpkin venn diagram, apple pumpkin worksheetTo help reinforce the information my students have learned about apples and pumpkins, I have them do a Venn diagram.

Venn diagrams are a quick, easy and fun way to introduce comparison & contrast writing to your students.

Instead of using the usual circles, I drew an apple for one half, while the other side is a pumpkin. An oval "slice" down the center, provides a place for "similarities".

You can do this as an individual worksheet or whole-group activity, that provides an excellent review and culminating activity for your apple-pumpkin studies.

Completed worksheets make an excellent bulletin board or hallway display.

apple activities, venn diagrams, pumpkin activities, october writing prompts, october bulletin board ideasWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. 

It's nothing spooky over here that has me shuddering, just a bone-chilling wind that's rattling my window panes.

It's a small price to pay though, for the absolutely gorgeous fall colors that come with cooler weather. 

Wishing you a simply splendid day!

"Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understoond." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 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 Do Some Activities For The "Room on the Broom" Story   

Room on the Broom story, room on the broom activities, room on the broom crafts, storytelling slider for room on the broom, halloween stories, halloween centers, literacy centers, halloween crafts, kids books for halloween, witch craftDo you read the story ”Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson?

Click on the book cover or this LINK to zip on over to YouTube to see a really cute animated version. (10-minutes).

room on the broom activitiesThe TV film was nominated for the Best Animated Short Film at the 2014 Academy Awards!

It’s one of my students’ all-time favorite Halloween stories and perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.

With that in mind, I designed this quick, easy and fun ”Room on the Broom”  slider craftivity, which will help your students retell the story in the proper order.

square room on a broom storytelling slider craft pixRoom on the Broom story, room on the broom activities, room on the broom crafts, storytelling slider for room on the broom, halloween stories, halloween centers, literacy centers, halloween crafts, kids books for halloween, witch craftThere are 2 outside slider options to choose from. One is a square for easy-peasy straight cutting, which is perfect for little ones. 

While the other choice is a "cut me out" larger witch, for more advanced cutters.

I made some "broomstick"  ends for the "slider strip" for the larger witch, as well as included a "broom straw" pattern to glue on, which results in the slider looking like a broom that the witch is riding on. 

Room on the Broom story, room on the broom activities, room on the broom crafts, storytelling slider for room on the broom, halloween stories, halloween centers, literacy centers, halloween crafts, kids books for halloween, witch craftRun these patterns off on brown construction paper, then add some shading details with a marker.

Room on the Broom story, room on the broom activities, room on the broom crafts, storytelling slider for room on the broom, halloween stories, halloween centers, literacy centers, halloween crafts, kids books for halloween, witch craftFor extra pizzazz you can tie on a jute bow.

I make the big one for myself, and run the square craftivity off for my little learners.

Students color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.

As they pull on the end of the “slider-strip” the various pictures go through the “window” on the witch’s cape, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their craftivity home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

Room on the Broom story, room on the broom activities, room on the broom crafts, storytelling slider for room on the broom, halloween stories, halloween centers, literacy centers, halloween crafts, kids books for halloween, witch craftI introduce the lesson by reading this rhyming Halloween tale, then share my completed "slider craft” with my students.
So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, full-color patterns are included.

After we read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on my slider.
They guess which story element they think comes next, before I pull the picture through the “window”.

My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a “Room on the Broom” craftivity of their own.

Room on the Broom story, room on the broom activities, room on the broom crafts, storytelling slider for room on the broom, halloween stories, halloween centers, literacy centers, halloween crafts, kids books for halloween, witch craftStorytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.

I’ve included a “Let’s Sequence the Story” activity for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet. There’s a larger, full-color option so you can do this as a fun whole-group activity with younger students.

There’s also a “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, as another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions. You can use the colorful template to do this as a whole group activity with younger folks.

Room on the Broom story, room on the broom activities, room on the broom crafts, storytelling slider for room on the broom, halloween stories, halloween centers, literacy centers, halloween crafts, halloween safety tips, happy halloween note card from your teacher,kids books for halloween, witch craftWoo hoo! There are two featured FREEBIES today. The first one is a set of Halloween safety tips

The tips are loaded with Dolch sight words, providing great reading practice and review.  Read the list together as a whole group, calling on different children to read a tip.  Afterwards, they can color the picture, then take it home to read to their parents. 

Room on the Broom story, room on the broom activities, room on the broom crafts, storytelling slider for room on the broom, halloween stories, halloween centers, literacy centers, halloween crafts, halloween safety tips, happy halloween note card from your teacher,kids books for halloween, witch craftThe second FREEBIE is a set of "Happy Halloween!" note cards, with 6 on a one-page template. 

They come in color as well as black and white.

Attach one to a treat bag, or tuck in a folder, lunch box or backpack.

Room on the Broom story, room on the broom activities, room on the broom crafts, storytelling slider for room on the broom, halloween stories, halloween centers, literacy centers, halloween crafts, kids books for halloween, witch craftWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

It's dark, damp, dreary and raining outside, providing the perfect backdrop for creating some more Halloween "stuff". 

Stay tuned for several more activities to go along with the "Room on the Broom" story.  "Witching" you an easy-breezy day filled with lots of memorable moments.

"There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow in moonlight." - Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Halloween Storytelling Crafts With Me  

halloween activities, halloween songs, halloween books, halloween stories, halloween crafts, the spooky wheels on the bus story, activities to go with the spooky wheels on the bus Do you read ”The Spooky Wheels on the Bus” by J. Elizabeth Mills?
It’s put out by Scholastic and a new favorite of mine.

Perfect for counting, introducing onomatopoeia, and practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.

Click on the book photo on the left, or this LINK, to see it being read by a librarian on YouTube.

Since my students are familiar with and really enjoy singing “The Wheels on the Bus”, having an alternate version for Halloween fun is particularly enjoyable.

Activities for the spooky wheels on the busWith these things in mind, I designed a quick, easy and fun ”Spooky Wheels on the Bus” “slider” craftivity, which will help your students retell the story in the proper order.

For educational fun on Halloween party day, read the story, sing the song, and make the slider craft.  Woo hoo for easy-peasy!!

halloween activities, halloween songs, halloween books, halloween stories, halloween crafts, the spooky wheels on the bus story, activities to go with the spooky wheels on the bus Choose the simple square cut pattern for little ones, or the "cut me out" bus template for children with better scissor skills.

Students color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together. There are two options for these as well. 

I use the numbered strip because my Y5s are learning number recognition, plus how to count and sequence

You could also use the strip with just the graphics, and have students number their own to get in even more practice.

As children pull on the end of the “slider-strip” the various pictures go through the “window” of their bus, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their craft home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

I introduce the lesson by reading the book ”The Spooky Wheels on the Bus”, then share my completed "slider craft” with my students.
So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, I’ve included a full-color slider pattern.

After I read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on my slider. I have children guess which story element they think comes next, before I pull the picture through the “window”.

My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a “Spooky Bus” storytelling slider of their own.

halloween activities, halloween songs, halloween books, halloween stories, halloween crafts, the spooky wheels on the bus story, activities to go with the spooky wheels on the bus Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.

I’ve included a "Let's sequence the story” activity for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet.

halloween activities, halloween songs, halloween books, halloween stories, halloween crafts, the spooky wheels on the bus story, activities to go with the spooky wheels on the bus There's also a colorful, bus answer key poster, which you can use in various ways, including as an independent puzzle center.

A Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, is another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions

storytelling wheels, halloween activities, halloween songs, halloween books, halloween stories, halloween crafts, the spooky wheels on the bus story, activities to go with the spooky wheels on the bus Since the story is about the WHEELS on a spooky bus, I also made a story wheel craft as well. 

halloween activities, halloween songs, halloween books, halloween stories, halloween crafts, the spooky wheels on the bus story, activities to go with the spooky wheels on the bus This option provides another way to sequence and retell "The Spooky Wheels on the Bus" story.

Like the slider craft, I've included a "Here's What Happened" writing prompt. 

There's also another fun writing option, where students continue the story by thinking of an 11th thing that might be riding the spooky bus. 

halloween activities, halloween songs, halloween books, halloween stories, halloween crafts, the spooky wheels on the bus story, activities to go with the spooky wheels on the bus They fill in the blank, compleete the sentence with some sort of onomatopoeia then illustrate their worksheet. 

My example has 11 black bats, which go flap, flip, flap all through the town.  Students will enjoy sharing what they've come up with, and completed projects make a cute bulletin board. 

apple activities, telling time activities to the hour, telling time activities to the half hour, halloween activities, halloween songs, halloween books, halloween stories, halloween crafts, the spooky wheels on the bus story, activities to go with the spooky wheels on the bus Today's featured FREEBIE is a set of apple-themed time cards for practicing telling time to the hour and half hour

There are blackline patterns plus a cover, so that students can make their own "Itty Bitty" Telling Time Flip Booklet, along with two assessments I think you'll find useful.

activities for spooky wheels on the busWell that's it for today.  Thanks for dropping in. 

I'm absolutely loving the Indian Summer weather we've been having here in Michigan, so it's time to go rake a few leaves out of my flower beds, before the rain that's brewing changes my plans. 

Wishing you a fun-filled day.

"Autumn, the year's last loveliest smile." -William Cullen Bryant

1-2-3 Come Do Some Quick,Halloween Activities With Me

Halloween happens to be on a Monday this year, so some schools will be celebrating on Friday, others waiting 'til the real day. 

Since our party day is Friday, I still wanted to have some quick, easy and educationally fun Halloween-themed activities for Monday, so I whipped together a pumpkin glyph, writing prompt and class book.  They are featured on the blog, along with today's  FREEBIE.

halloween activities, halloween party day activities, halloween bulletin boards, halloween crafts, halloween writing promptsFirst up is the pumpkin glyph. No matter what grade I taught, my students absolutely LOVED making glyphs.

halloween activities, halloween party day activities, halloween bulletin boards, halloween crafts, halloween writing promptsThey are a quick, easy & interesting way to practice and assess listening and following directions.  This pumpkin glyph will also review some 2D shapes as well.

Since this is one of my report card standards, glyphs also provide a "hard copy" to use as proof that a child does or doesn't listen & follow directions.

halloween activities, halloween party day activities, halloween bulletin boards, halloween crafts, halloween writing promptsCompleted projects make an adorable bulletin board, as each one will be different! 

I've included 2 posters for the center of your glyph display.

Glyphs are also an interesting way to get to know your students.  The packet also includes a few posters for explaining things so even PK students can make one.  

halloween activities, halloween party day activities, halloween bulletin boards, halloween crafts, halloween writing promptsThe "Positive-Negative Writing Prompt Pumpkin" also makes an awesome bulletin board or hallway wall display.   

halloween activities, halloween party day activities, halloween bulletin boards, halloween crafts, halloween writing promptsThe controversy of Halloween, makes a nice comparison-contrast writing activity, where students list the positive aspects of Halloween that they like, as well as the negative ones that they don't care for.

Whenever I include a bit of hands-on craftiness to a lesson, I instantly have my students' attention; and they can't wait to get down to the business of writing.

So as a topper for their completed October writing prompt, children use an art form fittingly called: "positive-negative" and create a Jack-O-Lantern with my easy-peasy pattern.

halloween activities, halloween party day activities, halloween bulletin boards, halloween crafts, halloween writing promptsTo add some variety to your display, I've included 5 writing prompt worksheet options with different Halloween-themed graphics and fonts for your students to choose from.

PK teachers can do this as a whole-group discussion activity, where students give their opinion and you jot down their answers on one of the writing prompt worksheets, then each child can make a positive-negative pumpkin, which can be scattered around the prompt.

halloween activities, halloween party day activities, halloween bulletin boards, halloween crafts, halloween writing promptsFinally, if your kiddos are like mine, they are constantly talking about what costume they are going to wear for Halloween.   I take advantage of their excitement and enthusiasm by having them make a costume class book.

They are super-excited to get down to the business of illustrating their own page, which is a great activity for the week of Halloween, or even on party day for something educationally fun to help channel all of that energy.

halloween activities, halloween party day activities, halloween bulletin boards, halloween crafts, halloween writing promptsI’ve included 2, full color cover options to choose from, as well as 3 different page designs. (See PREVIEW).

There’s a black and white pattern for your students, as well as templates in color, so that you can easily make a sample to share to help explain things, then contribute your costume page to the book too.

On party day I snap everyone’s picture, then add their photograph to our book as well.

Class-made books are one of my students’ favorites in our classroom library; they are terrific to share during parent-teacher conferences too.   Besides the book, I’ve also included 2 song posters.

I enjoy making up songs to familiar tunes. One is “Trick or Treat” to the tune of “Are You Sleeping Brother John?” the other is “What Costume Will You Wear” to the tune of “Farmer in the Dell”.  

Pages from Ready Set Ghost Halloween games LKToday's featured FREEBIE is a collection of tried and true Halloween party games that my students really enjoy.  I call the packet "Ready-Set-Ghost!"

Click on the link or photo to grab your copy and let the spooktacular fun begin!

halloween activities, halloween party day activities, halloween bulletin boards, halloween crafts, halloween writing promptsWell that's it for today... Gotta dash, as there are treat bags yet to make for the neighborhood children.  We don't have that many, so I like to make something extra special. 

Wishing you a very Happy Howling Halloween!

"There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by moonlight!" -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do A Storytelling Craft With Me  

activities for The little old lady who wasnt afraid of anything, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin stories, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow stories, Halloween activities, Halloween stories, halloween crafts, storytelling slidersDo you read “The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid Of Anything” by Linda Williams? 
It’s perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.

With that in mind, I designed this quick, easy and fun storytelling “slider” craftivity, that will help your students retell the tale in the proper order.

activities for The little old lady who wasnt afraid of anything, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin stories, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow stories, Halloween activities, Halloween stories, halloween crafts, storytelling slidersChildren color the objects on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.

activities for The little old lady who wasnt afraid of anything, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin stories, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow stories, Halloween activities, Halloween stories, halloween crafts, storytelling slidersAs they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the ”window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their “Little Old Lady” home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.

activities for The little old lady who wasnt afraid of anything, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin stories, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow stories, Halloween activities, Halloween stories, halloween crafts, storytelling slidersI’ve included a “sequence the story” worksheet for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on the blank worksheet.

I introduce the lesson by reading ”The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid Of Anything”, then share my completed "slider craftivity” with my students.

So that you can quickly and easily make an example, I’ve included a full-color slider pattern.

activities for The little old lady who wasnt afraid of anything, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin stories, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow stories, Halloween activities, Halloween stories, halloween crafts, storytelling slidersAfter I read the story, we retell the tale together using the picture prompts on my slider. I have them guess which object they think comes next, before I pull the picture through the “window”.

My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a slider of their own.

I’ve also included a “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, as another way to check comprehension plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers or other transitions. 

activities for The little old lady who wasnt afraid of anything, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin stories, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow stories, Halloween activities, Halloween stories, halloween crafts, storytelling slidersToday's featured FREEBIE is entitled "Halloween Boo Boos" .

For a fun language arts activity for Halloween, have your students become the teacher.  Pass out the ghostly paper then set a timer.  How many boo boos can they find before the timer rings?

Students circle the mistakes and then write a corrected sentence.  You decide what sentences you want your students to correct.  They circle those numbers and then begin the game. 

activities for The little old lady who wasnt afraid of anything, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin stories, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow stories, Halloween activities, Halloween stories, halloween crafts, storytelling slidersWell that's it for today. Thanks for popping in. Dashing this off before I turn in for the night.

I have a bit of a cold, and am hoping a good night's sleep will perk me up in the morning.  Wishing you a pleasant and relaxing evening.

"There is a harmony in autumn, and a lustre in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!" -Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

Halloween party day, tends to be a bit wild and crazy because of all the energy your kiddos have. 

hallloween games, halloween crafts, halloween activities, halloween worksheets, halloween writing prompts, halloween games, shape activities, I spy worksheetsWith that in mind, I designed some trick or treat-themed activities that practice a variety of standards, while still being a lot of fun for your kiddos. 

With a theme like candy and trick or treating, you will definitely get your students’ attention, so that you can reinforce:
graphing, tally marks, skip counting, upper & lowercase letters, 2D/3D shapes, plus the -ick & -eat word families.

Pick & choose from worksheets, writing prompts, crafts, puzzles, songs, & games!

The packet includes:

hallloween games, halloween crafts, halloween activities, halloween worksheets, halloween writing prompts, halloween games, shape activities, I spy worksheetsA “Trick or Treat” writing prompt craftivity, with 2 options, plus completed samples to share, along with 4 other interesting & fun writing prompts.

hallloween games, halloween crafts, halloween activities, halloween worksheets, halloween writing prompts, halloween games, shape activities, I spy worksheetsA Trick or Treat bag craftivity that reinforces the -it & -eat word families. The “sliders” practice 15 -eat words, as well as 14 -ick family words.

There are 3 options, plus trace & write word cards in color as well as black and white.

hallloween games, halloween crafts, halloween activities, halloween worksheets, halloween writing prompts, halloween games, shape activities, I spy worksheetsA “How many words can you make using the letters in “Trick or Treat”? worksheet, which includes an alphabetized answer key, with 158 words & a poster to introduce the lesson.

hallloween games, halloween crafts, halloween activities, halloween worksheets, halloween writing prompts, halloween games, shape activities, I spy worksheetsPerfect for a fun, yet educational, Halloween party day game too.

Two songs: “T-R-I-C-K” to the tune of Bingo, & “Trick or Treating” to the tune of “Brother John”. 

hallloween games, halloween crafts, halloween activities, halloween worksheets, halloween writing prompts, halloween games, shape activities, I spy worksheets"T-R-I-C-K" is a wonderful way to practice letter recognition, spelling & subtraction!  My kiddos LOVE singing & clapping too.

Lots of graphing worksheets to practice that skill, plus worksheets with tally marks, data collection & analysis, and a graphic organizer.

hallloween games, halloween crafts, halloween activities, halloween worksheets, halloween writing prompts, halloween games, shape activities, candy bones activities, candy bones graphing, I spy worksheets8 “Trick or Treating at a Haunted House” I spy game sheets, that are a quick, easy & fun way to whole group assess: listening & following directions. upper & lowercase letters, numbers 0-20 and shapes.

Includes a blank template so you can program with whatever.

hallloween games, halloween crafts, halloween activities, halloween worksheets, halloween writing prompts, halloween games, shape activities, candy bones activities, candy bones graphing, I spy worksheetsThere's an assortment of “Candy Bones” activities & worksheets, plus an awesome collection of . . .

2D & 3D candy shape posters. What a fun way to practice/review shapes!

hallloween games, halloween crafts, halloween activities, halloween worksheets, halloween writing prompts, halloween games, shape activities, candy bones activities, candy bones graphing, I spy worksheetsWho doesn't remember excitedly spilling out their treat bag?

Have your kiddos sort & then graph the different shaped candy, using the recording sheet. 

And finally, there's ...

hallloween games, halloween crafts, halloween activities, halloween worksheets, halloween writing prompts, halloween games, shape activities, candy bones activities, candy bones graphing, I spy worksheetsA dozen, “Trick or Treat” number puzzles, to help practice sequencing numbers from 1-10, counting backwards from 10-1, as well as skip counting by 2s & 10s.

Puzzles come in color for an independent math center, as well as black and white, so students can make their own.

hallloween games, halloween crafts, halloween activities, halloween worksheets, halloween writing prompts, halloween games, shape activities, candy bones activities, candy bones graphing, I spy worksheetsThis is a Perfect activity for Halloween party day.

The packet is a whopping 133 pages of fun.  Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to have a look see. Trick or Treat-Themed Activities.

hallloween games, halloween crafts, halloween activities, halloween worksheets, halloween writing prompts, halloween games, shape activities, I spy worksheetsToday's featured FREEBIE, "Midnight Magic" is also a quick, easy & fun craftivity for party day. As you can see by the photo, the results turn out quite spectacular & take only about 5 minutes! 

hallloween games, halloween crafts, halloween activities, halloween worksheets, halloween writing prompts, halloween games, shape activities, I spy worksheetsWell that's it for today.  Halloween brings back some of my most favorite childhood memories.

Here's wishing you a “fang-tastic” rest of October, filled with lots of special treats.

"Halloween is an opportunity to be really creative." - Judy Gold

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