Monthly Archives: October 2012

More Halloween Fun!

We have been having a lot of fun over the last few days!   We had an amazing time on our hay ride!  The children and parent volunteers were troupers about the rain!  The children got to pick a pumpkin from this neat old truck and had a hayride through the woods.  There were some spooky sights to see,  too! I bet I know which scary sight was the favourite!   Lots of excitement!  We even had an adventure when the hayride got a flat tire!  No worries!  We just had a little bit bumpier of a ride back!

We have been working hard on the door for the door decorating contest at the school!  The children made spooky jack-o-lanterns under the ghost eye tree!  I think they are amazing!  Love the amazing expressions!

We made a haunted house count up book today, too!  The children had a great time making the spooky characters peek through the windows!

The children also worked on our WIKI page today again and looked at the Halloween items.  Be sure to check out the pumpkin book.  Imagine having a carved jack-0-lantern so big that a child could be inside!  Too cool!

The skeletons are out and about in our classroom, too.  Watch for them to spook your house soon!

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Halloween Fun!

Over the past few weeks we have been having a lot of fun with Halloween.  We have been creating mini Halloween books that introduce new vocabulary and allow practise in a fun way!  The children had to match pictures to the appropriate sentences to create their books and I was really proud of their increasing independence!  They did a great job illustrating their cauldron covers, too!

We have also opened a very popular new centre that the children can work at after completing their independent assignments.

Over the last little while I have collected all the cool bugs that are available at the dollar store.  I also found these lovely cauldrons and mini cauldrons.  So…. now we have the Witch’s Brew Cafe!

I made a simple cloze sheet for the children to create their culinary masterpieces!  They decide on the items and how many of each item to add to their recipe.  When it is complete they serve their delicious treats to their friends.  The recipes can be remade by their friends by reading their recipes.  Lots of reading and counting practice!

I hope you have had a chance to visit your child’s blog site.  It can be found at the Student Blog page at the top of the screen.  Your child has the password.  If they have forgotten it just drop me a note and I will pass it on once again.

We are just beginning our journey with our student blogs and I hope you will be patient with our hiccups!

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Scarecrow Day!

We had a lovely time on Scarecrow Day!  We made scarecrow books, art, and even learned to dance the chicken dance!  The costumes were wonderful!  Thank you!

We read several excellent stories about scarecrows.  The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown is a favourite of mine.  In the story the little boy makes six fierce faces at the crows.  The children made a little scarecrow book and drew their own fierce faces in a mini-movie format.  They really seemed to enjoy it.  There were a lot of scary faces!

We also made a scarecrow face snack!  Most of the children seemed to really like it!  Even the funny green hair!

We also made some scarecrow art!

I have quite a collection of scarecrows in my classroom.  It is like a Where’s Waldo of scarecrows.  The children started to count them up and I think we got to 19 and then we realized that we were scarecrows too!  That’s a lot of scarecrows!

We are also working with StoryBuddy on the iPad to create Halloween pictures.  Stay tuned to see our efforts!

Please check out the WIKI page as I have added some Halloween links for fun!  The Pumpkin Book is from the Starfall Website which is a particular favourite of mine!

 

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Going Batty about Bats!

Yesterday we started learning about bats!  We read several non fiction books about bats.  There are a lot of different kinds of bats!  We made a list of our favourite ones and wrote a poem in a simple frame format.  Then we turned them into bat books.  I found a really cool video about bats on the Primary Games site.  It can be found on this address.

http://www.primarygames.com/videos/webosaurs/nigel/bat/index.htm

We watched it several times today.  It is a really cool video.  So I decided to go looking for other videos about bats.  And I found this one about the flying fox as well.  This bat can have a wingspan of about six feet!  Take a look! This is the world’s biggest bat!

 

Did you know that there is a bat that weighs less than a penny?  It is the world’s smallest bat! What is its name?

That’s your homework!

Soon you will be batty about bats, too!

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