Saturday, October 24, 2015

Trick or Treat Blog Hop!!

I just love Halloween! This awesome blog hop will get you in the trick or treating mood! Thank you to Rachael from The Classroom Game Nook  for hosting this blog hop! Each participating blogger will share with you a "trick" (trick of the trade) or a useful tip/technique they use in the classroom, a "treat" will also be shared which will be a limited time freebie AND a product giveaway!! Just click on the picture at the bottom of this post that says "click here to trick or treat to the next blog." You get to go "trick or treating" from blog to blog and gather all the freebie treats! If you start on my blog, and blog hop to the other participating blogs, you'll eventually come back to my blog and that is when you'll know that you have completed your "trick or treating" adventure! This blog hop will run from October 24-31. Enjoy and have fun!

I have 2 useful organization tricks that are very useful in the classroom. If you are looking for ways to  organize your things in a way that doesn't take a up a lot of space, then these 2 tricks are for you!

Classroom Materials Organization

First of all,  I have to give credit of this trick to my co-teacher! We used a over the door shoe organizer that was cut down to fit the cabinet door and I poked holes at the top with a hole punch for the hooks. We couldn't use the metal over the door hooks because then our cabinet wouldn't close properly, so we used command hooks and strips so it can stick on the door.

Teacher Resource Organization

My second organization tip has become very useful to me especially as I started out teaching. Instead of using a file cabinet to organize all my units of study. I use binders which are organized by the seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer). Within each binder are sheet protectors where worksheets, center activities, examples of projects, and master copies are kept in an organized manner. I have found that organizing my resources this way is great especially when moving to a new grade level, a new classroom or moving schools.


I am featuring a band new product in my store! It will be free for a limited time during this blog hop so get it while you can! This freebie is my "Fall Fun Game Board" and the best part is that it is EDITABLE!!! You can edit the cards to go along with whatever you're teaching! It is great! Hope you enjoy it! You can grab your freebie HERE!


The best part now is a special giveaway for my Number Poems! These are the perfect size to hang in your classroom! Your students will LOVE the rhymes and will remember them all year long! Check them out in my store HERE!

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Thank you so much for "trick or treating" to my blog! If you like what you see, lets stay connected! you can follow me on TPT, Instagram, or my blog! Be sure to click on the picture below to "trick or treat" onto the next blog!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Apples! Apples! and more Apples!

Fall is finally here and who doesn't love apples! There are so many ways to study apples and the possibilities are endless of how you can use apples in your classroom!! In my class we focused our apple study with science and math.

Students were asked to bring in apples of a variety of colors and sizes. Here are a few activities we did during apple week!

Sorting Apples

 First I had my students guess the different ways I was sorting the apples. First, I sorted by size, then I sorted by apples that had stickers and those that did not. Last, as a class my students sorted by color. Surprisingly, we didn't have any yellow apples so we sorted them by red, green, and a red/yellow mix.

Do Apples Sink or Float?

Students were asked the simple question if they thought the apple would sink or float. Students first made their predictions! Then we tested the apples! We found that the apples FLOAT!! My students also made predictions comparing a big apple vs a small apple.

Who doesn't love some good Brain PoP Jr to help explain why different things sink or float.

Apple Tree Race to the Top Game!

This is the perfect game for your math centers during your apple week! Students play with a partner where they take turns rolling a die. For each turn you take the number that you rolled, and color in the same number of boxes that you rolled. For example, if you roll a 5, then you color in 5 boxes. Whoever gets to the top of the tree first is the winner! Your students will love this game! You can grab it for free in my store here!

Apple Tasting

Students had the opportunity to taste a red, green, and yellow apple. They decided which apple they liked the best! Students helped with the graphing process by placing their favorite tasting apple on our big class graph. 



To end our apple week the students made applesauce! They all had a chance to help peel and chop apples! They all loved the applesauce and it was so easy to make! Oh the power of a crockpot! :)

What do you like to do for apple week with your class?? I would love to hear your ideas!