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BATS BATS & MORE BATS!

We are linking up with Doodlebugs Teaching this Friday to bring you a recap of the week in FIVE FOR FRIDAY!!! 


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Halloween is right around the corner, so we have been going BATTY all week!  Here's what we have been up to:


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FREEBIE! Click on the image above to grab our latest Freebie!  We created an original poem, inspired by "Five Little Pumpkins."  This pocket chart activity is perfect for your Halloween or BAT Literacy Centers! 






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BAT Literacy & Math Pack!  We also posted our latest product this week. This pack is loaded with lots of fun engaging bat activities. Click on the image above to check it out!  



Here's what's included in the pack:




BATTY FOR BOOKS!


BATTY for Books! Also in our Bat Literacy & Math pack, If You Give a Bat a Book booklet, inspired by "Bats at Library," by Brian Lies.  The booklet is available in color and black & white so your little ones can color it!












Batty for Math Centers! To keep your students engaged, I've also added this original BAT 10 frame game!This would be great for math centers/ work stations to practice counting and number recognition Just print, laminate, and cut!

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SIGHT WORD FUN

All week long we have been working on our newest theme: BATS!  So for our literacy center, we came up with a game(thank you Pinterest) similar to the fly swatting  game.  In this Halloween version, we took our practice sight words from the Dolch sight word list and "batted" the words as we read them aloud.   We are having so much FUN with our BAT theme!



















After "Batting" our sight words, we used a laminated mat to practice reading, spelling with letter tiles, and writing each sight word with a dry erase marker.  


















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BATTY CRAFTIVITY!  One of our non-fiction choices this week was a book called "Bats" by Gail Gibbons. We extended the story further by reviewing information about bats.  To tie in bats further and work on our writing skills, we wrote about what it would be like if we were bats.  After we finished the writing part, we made a bat craft! 







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Some friends helped us wrap up our Bat Unit!   We used Bakerella's Cake Pop Recipe found here.


First we baked a cake following the directions from the back of the cake box.  Once the cake was cooled off, we crumbled it.  Then, we added the frosting.  
To get the same amount of "cake" we used a small ice cream scoop.  


Next, we rolled them into little cake balls and refrigerated them for about 30 minutes.  So the lollipop sticks wouldn't come out during the chocolate coating step, we dipped the end of each stick in chocolate and inserted them into the rolled cake balls.  Then, dipped them into melted chocolate.

We made the chocolate bat wings by placing a clear sheet of waxed paper onto a bat craft template and piping melted chocolate onto the paper.  Next, we popped them into our freezer for about 5 minutes.  Once they were hardened, we "glued" them onto our cake pops using some of the extra melted chocolate.  
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Pumpkin Time!



We are linking up today with Manic Monday's CLASSROOM FREEBIES!  All week long we have been having a blast learning all about Pumpkins!   To go along with our  Pumpkin Week, we created a Pumpkin Life Cycle booklet FREEBIE!  Click on the image below to grab yours!




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Don't forget to checkout our brand new Pumpkin Literacy & Math Pack!



It comes with a booklet that's available in color and black & white so your little ones can color it!



So students can practice their handwriting, we've also included a Pumpkin Writing Craftivity!





To keep your students engaged, I've also added this original Pumpkin game!This would be great for math centers/ work stations to practice adding, subtracting, counting, and number recognition. Just print, laminate, and cut!














We also put together a fun way for students to work on Tallying & 
Graphing We tasted pumpkin pie, a pumpkin muffin, pumpkin pudding, pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin candy! 

After we tasted our pumpkin goodies, we graphed them!  Like our graphing activity?  We used the graphing activity from our Pumpkins math & literacy pack!  Click below to see more!  






Pumpkin Patch Pudding Cups


 To end our Pumpkin Week, we made these Pumpkin Patch Pudding Cups!  This was an easy sequencing activity.  First, the pudding layer .  Next, the cookie layer.  Then the sprinkle layer.  Finally, the PUMPKINS!


Ingredients:

2 packages of chocolate instant pudding

milk

1 box of Chocolate Graham crackers

1 bag of candy pumpkins

green sprinkles

Let your students help you mix the pudding with the milk(according to the pudding mix directions).  Next, students can make the "dirt" by placing the Graham crackers into a plastic bag and crushing them with a rolling pin. Then, students can top their "dirt" layer with sprinkles.  Finally, insert 3 pumpkins by pressing them down a little. Enjoy!







Picking Sight Words

We also came up with a new sight word game to help us review our sight words. We also found a new use for our pumpkin!  First, we "picked" a sight word from our Frankenstein bucket, then we read it aloud, finally, we "picked" the sight word right off of our very own pumpkin. This is such a simple activity, but so much fun for kids!



This Tuesday is BIG Pumpkin Time!


We're starting our Halloween fun early this year! First we read a pumpkin story "Big Pumpkin" by Erica Silverman.  It's a silly story about a witch who can't get her pumpkin off the vine, but with the help of some creatures, they succeed in time for Halloween.  This is a great story for retelling. We loved reading this book!

Onto eating pumpkins(and counting of course)!




We practiced our number recognition and counting skills with candy pumpkins!  Aren't these mini cauldrons (Michaels Craft Store) adorable? It was a yummy way to learn math!





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Columbus Day!

We are linking up today with Manic Monday's CLASSROOM FREEBIES!  Next week is COLUMBUS DAY!  To help some of our teachers, we are sharing our brand new  FREEBIE, just in time for Columbus Day!    Click on the image below to grab your Freebie!






Be sure to check out my Columbus Day Literacy & Math Pack as well!







It comes with a booklet that's available in color and black & white so your little ones can color it!


To help build student's vocabulary, I've also included 12 Vocabulary Cards to go with this activity!
To keep your students engaged, I've also added this original Columbus 10 frame game!This would be great for math centers/ work stations to practice counting and number recognition Just print, laminate, and cut!







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