Trick or Treat Counting to 100 by Tens and Sums to 10


The children fill in the number that creates a number sentence with the sum of 10. Color, cut and glue together on paper to make the picture.  You will need to check the student’s work or you can let the children work together to get the missing addends.  I have used this as a paired activity. The pair then colors the picture together and they both sign their names.  The other twist is to let the children exchange a couple of pieces after coloring. This makes for creative combinations when the pieces are glued down.


The children color, cut and glue together on a paper. This is a self checking activity. The picture will look like the one above if the numbers are in the correct order.

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Trick or Treat Math

We have enjoyed this song from the Learning Station!  I will show some photos of the brew we created in class soon!

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Happy Halloween!


Balanced Equations and Part of Speech

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Balanced Equations

Parts of Speech

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Wild Things I Have Who Has Game Comment Contest

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A Cat with School Shoes On I Have Who Has Fry Words Game

Pete The Cat

Grab your I Have Who Has game using the Fry’s First 100 Words.  There are 24 cards in this set. The words that are included are:

the  of  and  a  to  in  is  you  that  it  he  was  for  on  are  as  with  his  they  I  at  be   this  have  from  or  one had  by  words  but  not

Pete the Cat I Have Who Has

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Pumpkin Positional Words Printable Freebie

Positional Words

This is a freebie I created several years ago! You can print in gray scale and let the children draw the pumpkins, print in color and laminate or print in color and put it in a plastic sleeve.  The children can use orange dry erase markers to draw their pumpkins. We read the poem as we draw and then chant the poem together.  You can also have the children circle the positional words. Grab the file below! Enjoy!

Pumpkin Positional Words

If you love Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, you might enjoy using this math center with your class. The children in my class love the wild things!  It uses ten frames to teach place value.

Wild Things by Maurice SendakYou can purchase it for $2.oo in my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop.


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Stellaluna Comparing Fiction and Non-Fiction

I’m a guest blogger at Charity Preston’s The Organized Classroom Blog.

This is a portion of the post I wrote for The Organized Classroom Blog for this month.  To read the first part of the post click over to Reorganizing, Reading and Stellaluna

These are books that I took out of my book boxes labeled for other topics.  I like to use the small round white labels because they are easy to remove and don’t damage the books. I put new labels on the books to make a collection about bats.

Books about Bats

books about bats

These books have gotten a “B” for bats. They will be placed in their own book box during the unit and them returned to their original boxes.  This allows me to easily display books and encourage the children to read them.  It also gives children a way to find materials and then to return them to the proper place.  My kindergarteners and first graders are doing a great job getting books back in their places. It has been a wonderful time saver for me!

Stellaluna Where Science Meets Art

Since Stellaluna is one of the featured books, I wanted to share an activity with you all that integrates art and science. There have been times when I really didn’t want to read the book Stellaluna near Halloween because it creates so many misconceptions about bats.  I decided it was time to correct those misconceptions and put the children’s interest about bats to work.  It is the perfect time to compare fiction and non-fiction informational texts. Some of the fiction texts I use are Bats Big Game and Stellaluna. The fiction texts I use are National Geographic for Bats and Gail Gibbons Bats. We do oral comparisons as well as written ones.  I do the Daily 5 in my class and I often overhear conversation during Read to Someone about texts. It is music to the teacher’s soul to hear the kids using the language they have learned in school about comparing texts.  In my class library I have a tub devoted to non-fiction for animals and another tub devoted to fiction with animal characters. All of the bat books came out of those tubs when the unit is over I will place them back in the tubs.

I used the rectangle to help the children make their own original art.  This is an example of one I drew but the children drew their own. This is also a great way to integrate math by talking about symmetry.  The picture under this photo shows a “mommy bat and it’s baby snuggling” that one of the children created. After all Stellaluna is a story about love.

bats and Stellaluna

science bats


Tearing light brown long rectangles to make the branches. By using rectangles each child creates an original piece of art work . I love original work from the children and so do the parents.

bats art Stellaluna

Almost finished piece without the leaves. We used the Stellaluna book for reference in making the art. We used brown instead of black since we were learning about fruit bats. Everything was made out of a series of rectangles.  This is a project you will love to do with your class. It is easily modified for students in all elementary grades.

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