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Halloween Centers and Skip Counting Fun!!

I love Sunday nights....but I dislike them just the same!  The weekend is over.  Time with my family is over. But...I also get ready for my other other 20 children :)

This past week we put our Halloween centers into full swing!  I love the holiday season because it's so easy to create a theme!  We will continue with our Halloween centers this week and the students are so excited!

I don't really do the exact "Daily 5" in my class, but I do have my own center rotations and guided reading block that I make fit with my kiddos!

When a group gets to the "Literacy Tubs" this is what they see:

Lucky for me....I have 5 groups with 4 students in my numbered tubs work perfect (for now!)
Each student within the group will get a different "tub" of activities.  They will take the entire tub to their seat to complete the center.  

Inside the tub includes the center pieces and activity as well as the recording sheets.

Our fun centers these two weeks look something like this:

All of these activities are skills that we have worked on over the past few weeks and should be independent for most of my friends!

You can grab your set of these centers by clicking the picture below!  The packet includes 8 literacy centers total!  (They are on sale too!!)

In Math we have been skip counting our little hearts out!  Most students will get 10's....and quite a few will get 5's, but it seems like each year, the 2's will get the best of some of these little guys!  So.... I wanted to come up with a fun theme and a fun way to do skip counting this year....

So we went on a little space adventure with our friends....

Tommy, Fran, and Teddy!

Each friend introduced us to their skip counting pattern, starting with Tommy!

Tommy informed us that to help us count by twos, we could always use our shoes!  So we did just that...

(of course we left our shoes off the entire Math time...which they LOVED!)

We looked at our pattern on a 120's chart... and made our own friend Tommy to help us with our twos.

Tommy also helped us fill in our booklet....

Our calendar board will also include Tommy from now on with his own skip counting cards....all the way 120!

All of these activities are included for 2's, 5's, and 10's!

You can blast off into space with our friends by clicking the picture below!

Why not give it away for FREE....

Leave a comment below and tell me if you would want the Halloween centers or the Space counting adventure packet....I will pick two random winners this week to win them!

Off to finish planning and watch a little Sunday night football!

Have a great week!!

Jessica Travis
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Fun with Blends and a Fall Freebie!

Happy Fall!!

October is in full swing and I am loving it!  Fall is my favorite time of year, not only for the holidays and food, but we also learn some of my favorite concepts during the fall!

This past week we were all about blends! Each day we focused on a new set of blends, covering s-blends, r-blends, and l-blends!

Do you have the set of Phonics Tales books?  They are great for teaching concepts just like this!  They include multiple blend stories, digraphs, short vowels, long vowels, and more!

After reading our blend story, we reviewed the sounds and sorted our picture cards to each blend.

We created a little craft each day to help us with the blends.

For s-blends...

For r-blends...

For l-blends...

This is what our board looked like by the end of the week!  

Getting sidetracked now....

We also started a little small group incentive.... do you see the gumball machines on the board?  We now have "GUMBALL GROUP points" in our class.  Each group has a gumball machine labeled with their group number.  When the group is working quietly or working well together, they receive a gumball.  On Fridays, the gumball group with the most gumballs gets out of the prize box and another fun reward!

Sorry for getting sidetracked....

Back to FALL!

This week we also planned and did a little Fall writing!

We brainstormed as a class all of the things that we LOVE about Fall!!  They created their adorable little acorn and they were too cute not to display!

You can grab your FREE copy of this acorn writing craft by clicking HERE!

This week I'll be back to share our Halloween/Fall Literacy centers and more Fall activities!!

Have a great week :)

Jessica Travis
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