Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Favorite Halloween Books for Kids

12 favorite Halloween books for kids, with companion activities and book studies for each one!
Halloween will soon be here, and it's time to use some fun Halloween themed books and activities in the classroom to engage students in literacy learning!

I have created a list of 12 favorite Halloween themed books and activities...and some are great even if you don't 'celebrate' Halloween in the classroom. In fact, many include great lessons on character and inclusiveness!

 Poor Oscar gets teased by the other dogs about his silly Hallo-Wiener costume. Even though they don't deserve it, Oscar chooses to be kind and help the other dogs when a 'monster' scares them on Halloween. 
 Find The Hallo-Wiener companion activities {here}

 Spookley looks different than the other pumpkins in the patch- he's square! He gets teased, yet chooses to help the others when they are in trouble. The pumpkins learn a lesson in celebrating differences!
 Find Spookley the Square Pumpkin companion activities {here}

 No matter what The Little Old Lady hears and sees on her evening walk...she's not afraid of anything!
 Find The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything companion activities {here}

 The Ugly Pumpkin is never picked for Halloween, because he looks so different from the other pumpkins. An 'ugly duckling' story featuring pumpkins/squash!
 Find The Ugly Pumpkin companion activities {here}

 Jasper Rabbit LOVES to eat carrots, and helped himself...until the carrots came up with a creepy plan to keep him away!
 Find Creepy Carrots companion activities {here}

 Little Boo wants very much to be scary, but needs to be patient until he grows up and becomes a jack-o-lantern!
 Find Little Boo companion activities {here}

 A story about a witch riding her broom...and adding passengers as she goes!
 Find Room on the Broom companion activities {here}

 Farmer Brown hates Halloween, but the farm animals find a way to get him to come to their Halloween party in the barn!
 Find Click, Clack, Boo! companion activities {here}

 Junie B. Jones doesn't like Halloween...there are so many things to be afraid of! So she decides to wear a scary costume to keep the creepy things away!
 Find Junie B. Jones First Grader Boo...and I Mean It! companion activities {here}

 A great book for religious schools that don't cover Halloween in the classroom. This book shows how Christians are like pumpkins...Jesus removes our 'yucky stuff' so our lights can shine! 
Find The Pumpkin Patch Parable companion activities {here}

Little Baby Mummy and Big Mama Mummy play a game of 'Hide and Shriek'. Your students will love the things he is, and is not, afraid of!

Find Where's My Mummy? companion activities {here}

Nate the Great is on a mission to find Rosamond's missing cat. His hunt takes him to a haunted house, and Sludge helps Nate solve the mystery.

Find Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt companion activities {here}

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Fall Freebie: Pumpkin Life Cycle Lapbook!

Well, Happy Fall!

I just wanted to pop in to share a FREE resource that I've just completed. It's a pumpkin life cycle lapbook!
FREE Pumpkin Life Cycle Lapbook where students can show what they have learned about how a pumpkin grows.
This lapbook offers a unique and hands-on way for students to show their learning about a pumpkin's growth.
Free Pumpkin Life Cycle Lapbook where students can show what they have learned about how a pumpkin grows.
Printables, suggestions for use, and photographs of a completed lapbook are included in this *free* download.
Free Pumpkin Life Cycle Lapbook where students can show what they have learned about how a pumpkin grows.
The foldables and writing paper provide opportunities for differentiation of learning.
Free Pumpkin Life Cycle Lapbook where students can show what they have learned about how a pumpkin grows.
You can snag it {here}

Monday, August 21, 2017

TPT GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

Contest closed- congratulations Jaime!
Thanks to all who entered!
I have a $10 gift card to spend at TPT...and you could win it!
Just answer my {super simple} question to win.

QUESTION:
Name any back to school themed book study in my TPT store.
Begin your search {here}

When you have your answer, email it to me at mrsbremersk@gmail.com by 9AM tomorrow, Tuesday, August 22.

If your answer is correct, you will be entered to win the gift card. I will forward the gift card via email to the winner tomorrow after 9AM. 

Good luck!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Primary Writing- Tools to Make It FUN {Not Scary} the Whole Year Long!

I have taught in the primary grades, and I know that writing is not everyone's favorite thing to do. In fact, some students really dread it! I believe it's because they are fearful of making mistakes. I created some primary writing packs that are filled with tools that take the fear right out of writing. I bundled them up for use in Kindergarten and First Grade.

Let's start with Kindergarten, shall we?
Here are some tools that will have your primary students in Kindergarten LOVE writing...and have YOU set for the full school year!
This pack is chock full of writing options to provide differentiation. Students can choose to trace letters or work on name printing. They may feel ready to copy word lists {especially those who fear making mistakes in their writing}. Maybe your little learners need to move about the classroom, and so they choose to write-the-room. Maybe they are creative and just need a little nudge with some writing prompts or sticker pictures. And there are always those who LOVE to make books, and can use some of the stationery or book-making templates to get their stories out. Editing tools are included too!
Here are some tools that will have your primary students in Kindergarten and First Grade LOVE writing...and have YOU set for the full school year!
 sample word list pack
Here are some tools that will have your primary students in Kindergarten and First Grade LOVE writing...and have YOU set for the full school year!
Find out more about what's included, and to check out a detailed preview {here}

Here are some tools that will have your primary students in First Grade LOVE writing...and have YOU set for the full school year!
The First Grade pack includes many of the same components, but branches out to include story builders, story starters, and poetry.
Find more about this pack {here}

I have used them in my classroom, and know that kids find them FUN...and no longer complain about 'having to write'. And as a teacher, I am loving that the activities are spiraled, kid-friendly, and will take me through the WHOLE YEAR. Who doesn't love that! 
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