Sunday, 14 October 2012

Spooktacular Halloween

I am not sure if I have mentioned this before but I love, love, LOVE Halloween. I love everything about it (well except the amount of candy I eat) from the cute decorations and colours, to the excitement about costumes. OOOHHH and I found some Halloween things at the local dollar store to match my classroom colours (lime green, turquoise, pink, and black.
Since I love Halloween so much it seems that many of my seasonal products are geared towards it. Here are a few of my favourites (a treat is waiting for you at the end):

 Great for students in Grade 4-7 to practice their multiplication facts to 12 x 12!

Do you teach French as a second language? If so, this unit is a fun way to introduce students to Halloween vocabulary!

2 Halloween themed games for your students to practice contractions.  Cute candy corn and pumpkin graphics make this a hit with all students.

A complete Halloween Unit for students in Grades 1-4. Includes everything from word wall signs to Math activities to BINGO games! This 75 page unit is my best selling Halloween product.

Have your students practice their addition facts to 20 with this package. It includes flash cards, games, and 8 practice worksheets!

Get your classroom looking Halloweenie with these 4 different bulletin board borders. A colourful way to spruce up your Halloween displays.

Can you say Trick or Treat? No tricks here, just a treat! Click on the picture to get 2 FREE Halloween worksheets. The first one is a Halloween Scramble and the second one is a Halloween sentence writing activity.

I hope you enjoy Halloween as much as I do:)

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Art Makes Me Happy

I am home from work today with no voice. I guess I was talking too much during parent-teacher interviews last night. Well since I have been so busy lately and haven't posted in a while, I thought this would be a great time to catch up.

I love finding new art ideas online so I thought I would share this one that I do with my class at the beginning of every year (it is great for teacher on call work as well).  

MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT SHOW STUDENTS AN EXAMPLE OF A FINISHED PRODUCT. It is important that they do not have any idea what they will be making. The main point is to see how they adjust to a challenge. 

Here is how it works:
1.) Give students half a piece of 8 1/2x11 white card stock and 7 different coloured happy face stickers.

2.) Tell students to put the stickers anywhere on their paper.

3.) Once all the stickers are on the paper tell students that they have to create a scene without moving any of the stickers (I have an example for them). The stickers can be people, animals, or bugs. Really they can be anything with a face. I have had students turn them into suns or flowers.  It is interesting to see their faces when they realize where they put the stickers. Some of them are even upside down :) I tell them the whole page has to be part of the scene and that I want colours (no black and white). To add some humour I also tell them they cannot tell me that their picture is 7 people in a snow storm.

4.) When students are finished I give them some tape and let them hang their masterpieces anywhere on the door. 

Here are some pictures of what this years crew did. There are not very many because some students moved to another classroom and a couple are not finished.

This activity helps me assess students persistence with work, especially when they put stickers upside down. It is great for seeing who can adapt to unforeseen circumstances. 

Every year a couple of students cannot handle it and ask to start over because they don't want their stickers where they put them. I always let them start over but I put the stickers on the page for them (none upside down). 

From this year's crew I could quickly see that I needed to focus art lessons on adding details and colouring neatly in one direction. I don't think they were lacking in the creativity department so this is great.

In terms of coloring neatly, they are in grade 4/5 and in my opinion should have neater colouring skills. We just completed a new art project this week that focused specifically on colouring neatly in small areas. I will post this soon. 

Whenever we complete an art project I have students reflect on their work. Actually we are doing a lot of reflecting on all our work this year since I have a group of students who are deep thinkers and have risen to the challenge of wanting to reflect on their progress. Really they are a dream class but I digress. 

Anyways here is a link to the art reflection sheets I have my students complete. 


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