Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Oh Snap, It's Almost October!

Hi friends!! I can't believe we're halfway through September! I feel like I have barely gotten into my September files ... but let's take a look at some great activities for you to try out in October!

Halloween was one of my favorite holidays as a child, so I try to do lots of Halloween-themed activities in my classroom when I can!

There are lots of printables in my Halloween print and go pack. All you have to do is print and GO! Zero prep! I love using these for morning work or early finishers. There are also some good pages to use for homework. 

 This is a game that I have my students use during our literacy stations. They match up the pictures, read the words, and then record them on their page. It's a great way to practice sight words with a Halloween theme!

Write the room activities are my favorite! I love that it gets the kiddos up and moving while they are practicing handwriting and learning new vocabulary. This pack has differentiated recording pages to meet the needs of all of your learners! 

I love using graphic organizers to help my kiddos start their writing. This nocturnal animals pack has tree map organizers for bats, raccoons, owls, and foxes.
Anchor chart cards are also included so you can make a whole group graphic organizer.

Want to try out my tree map graphic organizers for FREE?
Grab my SPIDERS tree map graphic organizers to test out in your classroom!

Make sure you head on over to Teacher Deals and Dollar Steals to find more awesome October products!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

GoNoodle Blogger Blitz!

Do you GoNoodle? We sure do!!! I introduced GoNoodle on the first day of school this year! (I really need a brain break!!) It was also a great way to teach my expectations for using my interactive whiteboard marker. I always have the students vote on which Champ we are going to use. They come up to the board and make a tally beside their vote. Then, we count and find out our winner!

This picture is from last year. Our first Champ for this year is McPufferson!
(I may have swayed their voting a little bit!!)

I seem to have a very chatty class this year, so I'm going to try incorporating GoNoodle as an incentive. We'll still do our regular brain breaks throughout the day, but I'd like for them to earn some back-to-back breaks or an indoor recess brain break. I'm going to use this super cute ten frame chart from Little Warriors to help my students see how close (or far) they are from earning their reward! They can earn a Champ on the chart when everyone is on task, following directions, walking quietly in line, etc. I want to make it a class effort and have them working together to earn this reward!

We live in Florida, so for the majority of the school year it is blazing hot outside and we need time to cool off when we come in from the playground. One of the ways I'm going to help facilitate our 'cool down, calm down' time is by playing one of GoNoodle's calming brain breaks. One of my absolute favorites is from Koo Koo Kanga Roo, called Chillax. Another favorite of mine is Airtime. My students are already begging to do more "bubble breathing" (that's what we call it!) so they can see where our next stop is.

Want some of your own GoNoodle swag?! You could win 25 GoNoodle pencils by entering the giveaway below!

Did you know there is a GoNoodle shop where you can get all kinds of fabulous GoNoodle swag??!! Head on over and do some shopping because you'll get 15% off using this promo code: BTSwithGoNoodle
(Code is valid until Sept. 11th)

Make sure you head over to GoNoodle's blog to see more back to school blogger blitz posts!!