BOO! and A Little Bit More

First Off-
To all my friends in the path of Sandy, my prayers are with you!
Waiting out the storm is an all too familiar feeling down here.
I wish you peace and safety over the next several days!

Next-I've Been BOOed!!
My friend, Barb, at Grade ONEderful BOOed me!
SO now I get to share some fun Halloween books and activities,
 AND BOO a few other bloggy friends!

So here goes! 

Here are some of my favorite books to read during the Halloween season:
 1) The Hallo-weiner
This is absolutely my favorite Halloween story!
Laugh-out-loud funny and such a sweet message!! The kids love it, too!
2) Mercy Watson-Princess in Disguise
My kiddos and I read the first 3 Mercy Watson books and couldn't wait for this one!
It's number 4 and all about Halloween!!
Super funny and eccentric Characters in this story!

Since we're talking about BOOing...
My kiddos are loving this BOO! Sight Word game.
Today, they asked me if we had to put it away after Halloween.
Thank goodness, I can get out the Thanksgiving game!!

  It comes in blackline, too!
I'm one of those girls who likes to include everyone, so...
If you have not been BOOed yet, consider yourself BOOed!!

 Coming Attractions: 
1) What We've Been Up To
 2) 500 Follower Giveaway 
3) Learning Resources Hear-All Giveaway! 

In the meantime, look what's hanging out in town this week...
Oh, yes! It's the Weiner Mobile!
Or, should I say the "Hallo-weiner" Mobile?? Ha!!
Perfect timing!!
I would love to go Trick or Treating in that thing!!!

Have a Spooky Week, my friends!


I have not been a very good blogger lately! Life sure happens quickly!
I'm going to try to do better...
Let's just move on, shall we??

Book Boxes on Parade

 Most of the classroom shots we see on blogs are "best behavior" photos. So, I ask you...
Does you classroom ever look like this??
This picture was taken after Daily 5 one day. Seriously, what were they thinking??
Look at the one out there in the middle of the room. Really?? 
We have all been assigned our classroom jobs now, and two little pumpkins are in charge of this area. Whew! Thank goodness!
 Signs of Fall
We are all about scarecrows in first grade right now.
Together, we labeled this little guy.

Then we created our own scarecrows and wrote about fall.
I love it when the kiddos have no patterns and just create.
Look at these sweet friends!


This smiling friend was made by tracing and cutting a pumpkin pattern, then cutting the pumpkin into strips and gluing onto paper. We added the face and stem last. So cute!
Paper strip jack-o-lanterns -love these fall crafts!  
 There's something about fall and kiddo's art work that makes me smile!
Just uploaded: My Fall Sight Word Pack in blackline.
Click the cover to take you there.

 It includes BOO! A Spooky Sight Word Game, GOBBLE! A Juicy Sight Word Game, and ELFED! A Jolly Sight Word Game. All 3 come with recording sheets for Musical Words.

Happy Sunday, y'all! 

The Magical Product Swap and Currently

 The Magical Product Swap
I just participated in Jessica Stanford's Magical Product Swap!

I was paired with the fabulous Tanya Dwyer from Mrs. Dwyer's A+ Firsties! Do you know Tanya? Tanya is a seriously creative teacher and Mom to two super cute kiddos! She's also the author of a precious First Grade blog. Have you visited her  blog??  
Check it out here!
 Well, Tanya has a product that will make your students feel super smart! Do you teach rules for the ending "k" sound? Do you teach the multi-syllable rule?? Hmm...Take a look at this!
 I'll be quite honest. I've never taught my students the multi-syllable rule for the "k" sound ...until now! You know how deep down we all know kids "crave" rules? Well, let me just tell you, my kiddos loved learning this rule! 

Tanya suggests using this set AFTER you teach "ck" for one syllable words. She makes a great point for teaching this rule. Once students learn "ck" they tend to use it with multi-syllable words. Let's fix that by teaching them this rule!

Okay, so what's included?
First off, this set provides you with an anchor chart/poster (call it what you like) that clearly explains the final "k" sound. It's pictured below. This serves as a great visual reference for students. I also copied this page and placed in students' writing folders.
Once the rule is introduced and modeled, students can put the skill into action. Tanya provides you with word cards and recording sheets for sorting words based on the "k" rule. There are two options. You could use these in a pocket chart or have students sort in envelopes. We sorted "ck" words in a "sack" and "ic" words in a "plastic" bag. Ha! Whatever it takes, right?? The sorts are then recorded on the recording sheets.

 Right now we're working on an anchor chart to post in the classroom, too. That way, when we find a new word, we can add it to the chart, and students can reference.

For a cleverly practical and inexpensive way to teach the ending "k" sound, check out Tanya's pack! The best part: My students felt like big kids sorting these words! They especially loved "tragic" and "frantic!" So great for this month!!

If you have never visited Tanya's must!

Tanya recently wrote a very timely post about book boxes.
I know a lot of us use them, and I never tire of reading good ideas for those babies! 

Click on her button above or Go Here to read the book box post on Tanya's blog. I'll post our class "k" anchor chart once it's completed. 

October Currently
This school year is flying, and it's time to link up with Farley!!
Here goes!

If you like a good witch voice, check out Bony Legs! Love to read that book aloud! Click my Currently to link up with Farley!
Happy Weekend, y'all!!