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Halloween, Halloween! Super Teachers, Principals and Janitors!

I am completely in love with Halloween!  I look forward to the month of October all year long and it's ALMOST HERE!

I have a new team this year and, although we've talked about costume ideas, we haven't solidified anything yet.  Will we be book fairies? book characters? C.H.I.P. trophies?  

If you're in the same boat, check out my newest Super Teacher iron-ons in my Super Teachers from Preschool to High School iron-on pack.  It includes Super Teacher patterns in 8 colors labeled by grade level.
If you have a coworker you want to be "Super" too, the Super School Mega Pack includes all the grade level iron-ons plus:
Super principal, janitor, assistant, student, secretary, counselor, nurse, librarian, coach, tech, speech, therapist, supervisor, driver, para, health para, custodian, lunch lady, interventionist, reading specialist, specialist, asst. principal, and administrator!  Whew!  That's a whole lot of amazing people who support our kids.  :)
If you just need a few super teacher patterns, there are 3 free Super Teacher patterns here too.  Hope you can use them and happy (almost) October!


Pumpkin Spice, Cool Nights, and Sale this Weekend

I love fall. I look forward to pumpkin spice lattes (with one pump of syrup) all year long! I love when it gets chilly at night and I get to curl up in a sweatshirt and blanket, and I love sleeping with the window open. I live for getting into a routine with my students, and can't even tell you how much I look forward to breaking out my Halloween playlist. I don't even mind it when it starts getting dark, just a little earlier, since it makes me feel like I have more time before bed for grading, dog cuddling, and hanging out with my hubby.

In honor of fall, a ton of bloggers are throwing a sale this weekend. My store goes on sale tonight at midnight.  Hooray!
I've noticed in the last few days these have been my three most popular products. I think everyone is figuring out their Daily 5 details like me.  :)

New Giveaways
Love to Teach is giving away $10 to Target and teacher products!
Run! Miss Nelson's Got the Camera is having a few days of fun giveaways!
What Happens in First Grade is giving away a gift card to LOFT and lots of teacher products!
Sent from my iPad's $10 iTunes giftcard giveaway ends on Saturday 9/29!  Hurry!
Owl Things First is giving away a laminator.  This one ends 9/29 too!
Fun in 1st Grade is having a giant 500 followers giveaway.  Check it out!

Happy Friday, and happy shopping!


Place Value Fun - Making Wonka Bars

As a teacher of 8 and 9 year olds, I've found that if I can relate learning to food (specifically candy) the kids tend to get excited about it and might even retain something!  
One simple idea for making place value a little more hands-on is spending some time making Wonka Bars during math class.  All you need is three different colors of construction paper, some poor volunteer with an hour to cut out a frightening amount of one inch squares, a willingness to pretend you are Willy Wonka, and a whistle

You can get as into the Willy Wonka mode as you'd like.  I typically tell students they're Oompa Loompas, they're working in my factory, they must call me Willy (our job is funny so often!), they must stop when they hear my whistle, they may sing Wonka songs or work as an oompa loompa team to create caramels, bars, and boxes, but they may not talk about any personal loompa business.  

We talk about rules for packaging (see the very simple caramel packaging sheet) and off they go.  If you want some extra pizzazz, download some Wonka music or a Youtube video.  I love the Danny Elfman stuff (I'm quite partial to Danny and Tim Burton), but if you want the old school classic stuff that's your prerogative.

Here are the finished products.           
Caramel = 1
Bar = 10
Box = 100
1 box, 2 bars, 1 caramel = 121 total caramels
After you have students play around making numbers with the Wonka bars, then have them compare and contrast Wonka Bars and Base-10 Blocks.

Use these for addition and subtraction too!  I especially like to cut up the boxes and bars when showing students why we "borrow" and regroup.

Hope you can use this idea.  My students have really enjoyed it in the past!

If you want even more Wonka fun, check out my Wonka Week Golden Tickets for free here.  I love to use these at the end of the year or anytime you need something fun and different to mix up your management system for a week or two.

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Show Some Love Today!

If you haven't already checked out The Bubbly Blonde
please take a minute to read about her 
Show Some Random Love Fundraiser, 
and donate if you can. 

As an amazing incentive, if you donate $20 to Tiffany's fund & show some random L*O*V*E, you will receive a zipped file emailed to you full of tons of great units donated by teacher bloggers.  This is a chance for you to help out someone in need & get many products at an amazing rate! The grand total of this package is over $200!

Teachers are quite wonderful!  I have a feeling lots of LOVE is coming Tiffany's way.  If you can't donate, then please spread the word.


Back to School Scavenger Hunt Freebie!!!

Hopefully this Classroom Scavenger Hunt activity and corresponding freebie will be useful as you hit back to school time.  Happy Back to School!
During the first week I like to minimize questions such as: 
"Missmith Missmith!" (This and "mom" with an embarrassed look, are my official names from August to May) 
"Where are the pencils?"
"Where is the paper?"
"Where are the Band-aids?"
Where are the tissues (this question is asked silently as a cute little eight year old stares at me while nastiness runs out his/her nostrils and close to his/her lip).
To avoid many (but not all - no false advertising here) of these questions we have a classroom scavenger hunt on day 2 or 3 of school.  It's easy to do and you can do it too!  I have mine plus an editable version of mine for free.

This is the first page -- there are 2 total pages
1. Use the editable freebie to customize the items in your classroom you want students to "hunt" for.
2.  Cut out the numbers and tape them on the items around the room you want to highlight.  I like to do this after school so students come to school the next day and start wondering what these mysterious numbers are for.
3.  Show students how to "hunt" for items and write down the item number by the item label on the scavenger hunt sheet.
4.  Come up with an "extra credit" fun question about your room for the kidlets who finish a bit early.
Now, whenever a kiddo asks you Missmith Missmith! Where are the tiss . . . . you can open your eyes wide and say in your kindest teacher voice "Remember the scavenger hunt we did on the first week of school?"  

Happy hunting!