Pumpkins, Witches, and Ghosts, Oh my!

Monday, November 3, 2014
Halloween and Red Ribbon week, aka "survival of the fittest" week, is over.  Can I get an amen?  
The whole week was filled with a whole lot of craziness, and yet, we somehow managed to get in some learning.  I was completely exhausted when I left school Friday and I took a 3 hour nap on Saturday to prove it. 

  We read some nonfiction books about pumpkins and then made this whole group circle map to help us get our ideas flowing for our pumpkin writing. 

We made the little jack-o-lantern craft shown below to display our writing.

We also made this life cycle anchor chart that students could refer to throughout the week.

We did a little bubbling boo and popping pumpkin experiment that the kids loved.  I got this idea from Crystal Underwood and you can get get more detailed directions for this activity HERE.

We also weighed and measured mini pumpkins.

The day before Halloween, we read this fun book:

After hearing the book twice, the students were able to do a sequencing activity easily and we attached it to the cute witch craft shown below that I got from April Larremore HERE.

And y'all, we did another writing on Halloween.  If you have taught elementary for very long, then you know how hard it is for kids to focus ON HALLOWEEN. {Can I get another amen?}
 Students had to write three reasons they liked Halloween and then we made the ghost trick or treater to display with our writing.  The ghost came from TLC lessons.  I added the little orange trick or treat bag to the craft that I got from My Cute Graphics.

My team dressed as M&M's for Halloween.

I am really glad Halloween week is over.  Really glad.

 Happy Teaching everyone!

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