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A Christmas (Math) Gift for you: Free US coins count the room

Hi, my name's Lucy and I'm addicted to clipart!

What does it have to do with today's freebie?!

Well, most of the times, I purchase clipart because I'm looking for a piece to complete a project. However, there are times (many times!) when I see a clipart set that inspires me to create a resource.

This is how I've come up with this US Coins Count The Room Freebie that I want to share with you today.

READ: A selection of 30 FREE clipart sets

I saw the wonderful set of Holiday Present Frames by Krista Wallden and I just had to use it. The frames look wonderful and, of course, there are many things one can do with them.
I thought they would be great with A Sketchy Guy's US coins, so I've put together a Count The Room activity.

 FREE US Coins Count The Room (Christmas Gifts) by Lucy S.

At this time of the year, teachers are most likely losing their minds trying to keep kids focused as the holidays quickly approach. The best thing is to find a way for students to spend all that extra energy while still practicing important skills.

Print and laminate the cards. Place them around the room. Give an answer recording sheet to each student (or pairs of students) and have them look for the gifts and count the coins "inside" each gift box.

After counting the coins in all cards, you'd think the activity is over, but there's more.

There are follow-up questions on the answer recording sheet. For example: "which gift is the most expensive?", "how much would you spend if you purchased gifts 1 and 3?", and a few others. In order to answer those questions, students will have to compare numbers and add two 2-digit numbers.

Click here to download it from TpT and be sure to leave feedback if you find it useful!

Thank you for stopping by!

Teaching across the USA… and beyond! - interview & linky - Deniece from Texas

From Virginia, we now move on to Texas! For our second interview in the series Teaching Across the USA, I have had the pleasure of interviewing Deniece from This Little Piggy Reads. She's the sweetest and she's always been around to show me her support since I began this journey!

She's from Texas and she's a font-a-holic (aren't we all?) Learn more about her by reading the interview below.

Clipart: Stacey Lloyd and Sonya DeHart Design

1. You're in Texas, but were you born there?

I’m a native Texan. I grew up in North Texas, near the Dallas area. I went to college at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, which is in west Texas. My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Fredericksburg and fell in love with the Hill Country. We plan to retire there one day and he promises I can have a goat named Wynona. But for now we live in a small-ish town south of Dallas.

2. Can you tell us a bit about your blogging/TpT journey?

About 3 summers ago I was looking for classroom decorating ideas. I found a few blogs and I was blown away by all of these amazing teachers. I noticed that most of them were K – 2 and I taught 3rd Grade Reading so I felt there might be other Upper Elementary teachers looking for ideas. Since then, I have changed positions to a GT Specialist. I also blog on two collaborative blogs, Adventures in Literacy Land and Who’s Who and Who’s New.

Deniece's mermaid-themed classroom
I’ve always made things for my classroom. But, I felt guilty making a teacher “pay” for something I made. So, originally I opened a TpT store to share free resources. As time went on, I read the forums and saw that it hurt other sellers to give all my items away so I decided to spend more time on them and charge for them. I am still shocked everyday when I hear “cha-ching” that someone pays me for my resources!! That being said, I sincerely appreciate every sale. Last year we were able to take a vacation because of my TpT earnings. 

My favorite way to communicate with followers is through Facebook. This summer we had great conversations! I also showcase freebies there and I think my followers appreciate the help.

3. Does Texas influence the way you create resources?

Texas doesn’t use Common Core, our teaching standards are called TEKS (I say t-ee-ks). Every resource I make for TpT is aligned to the TEKS. Normally they also align to CCSS as well. We also take a high stakes test called the STAAR. Many of my resources are written in a STAAR – friendly format. One of my top sellers is a testing strategies pack for 3rd – 5th Grade, STAAR Reading Test Prep Posters & Song.

4. Your daughter has just started kindergarten. Being a teacher, is it weird to see the classroom/school from the point of view of a parent? Is it easier or tougher?

I knew when my daughter went to Kindergarten it would be emotional. But, I didn’t expect it to be so busy! She doesn’t go to school in the district I teach in, so scheduling has become an issue.

It has become incredibly clear to me that Teacher-Parent Communication has a huge impact on student success and on teacher success. I have made such improvements in that area this year. I see my students once a week and after every class I use Class Dojo to message parents what we did in class and a few questions they can ask their child/ren.
Deniece is now "the parent"
It is harder to be the parent for sure!! She is my world, but in her class she’s only one of 18. I know the realities of that. I am lucky because my daughter has a great teacher! But, I now realize that I wasn’t the best PK or Kinder teacher. Some days I wish I could have a re-do! I blogged about it, 5 Things I would do differently if I taught Kinder again. But the truth be told, I think I’m a better Upper Elementary teacher 3rd – 5th.

5. I know you're a font-a-holic and your free fonts are super fun! If you had to select one of your fonts to represent your state, which one would it be? Why?

If I had to pick a font to represent Texas it would be Little Piggy’s Peaches. I made it when my husband and I were on our 5th Anniversary trip in Fredericksburg, Texas and we were eating our way through a paper sack full of Hill Country peaches! YUM! Every letter is different and every part of Texas is so different. We have hills, mountains, beaches, prairieland and skyscrapers.

Click to download a FREE set of fonts that includes "Little Piggy's Peaches"!

Thank you so much, Deniece, for being the sweetest teacher-blogger one can ever meet!

If you don't follow Deniece's blog, what are you waiting for? And don't forget to check out her FB page, Pinterest boards, and Twitter profile!

READ: Teaching Across the USA: Heather from Virginia

And if you're teaching in the US, join the party! If you're not in the US, you're welcome, too!

ETA: I had a lovely blogger from Canada ask me if this linky wouldn't be open to teachers in other countries. Originally, it wasn't, but being myself from Brazil, I sure couldn't say no to her. So that's how it goes now. I'll keep on interviewing American teachers, but the linky is open to every teacher-blogger! 

Grab the image below, complete the sentences, blog about it, and come link up! The linky will be open for a week!

After linking, stop by the blog of the two people who linked before you and comment :)


Thank you so much for reading and linking!

December Currently - 50% off Flash Sales

Sometimes I'm glad I'm on a different time zone because that means I can usually link up with Farley early on. It looks like I'm going to be within the first 50 people :)

Here's my December list:


My husband and I wake up super early every day and we love to talk to each other in the morning. Well, we love to talk to each other all the time. We're best friends!


We're going on vacation soon! I guess we're the only people who would trade sunny Brazil for snowy US.


I know it sounds philosophical and a bit vague, but it's true. My country is heading into a gigantic crisis and we're bracing for it...


My to-do list just keeps on getting longer and longer.


There are 136 items on my TpT wish list. There's no way I'll be purchasing all those products. Now off to removing things from the list! How many items are on your wish list?


All my resources are 20% off, including bundles, but, in the spirit of giving, I'll be reducing some items by 50%.

Every hour (6am-noon and 6-8pm EST on Dec. 1st and 2nd), 4 resources will be 50% off.
Just head to my TpT store and check out the featured items to find out which ones are discounted for the hour.

Thank you for reading and be sure to check out and link up with Farley's Currently.

French Interactive Christmas activities, a selection of French Christmas videos and a freebie!

I loved creating the French Interactive Halloween activities so much AND I've got such nice feedback about it that here I am to show you the Christmas version of the lapbook.

I've once again created interactive activities that can be assembled as a lapbook or used in interactive notebooks ("cahiers interactifs" or "leçons à manipuler".)

The foldables® and mini-books are engaging activities that will get your students really involved with their learning. The lapbook will also be a nice keepsake for families and will enable parents to help their children study at home while having fun.

Graphics by Whimsy Workshop Teaching
Let's take a closer look!

Emergent Reader Foldable Mini-books: there are two mini-books in different versions.
The same sentence is used for repetitive practice.
One of the mini-books has the following sentence: "C'est Noël! Je vois…". Then, each page displays a different image. It comes in three versions: to be read and colored, with a blank to be filled (cloze activity), and with a drawing to be made (reading comprehension).
The other mini-book has the following sentence: "C'est Noël! Je veux donner…". The idea is for students to fill in the blanks with the gifts they want to give and the people to whom they want to give the presents. For example, "Je veux donner un livre à ma soeur." Next, they draw their presents "inside" the gift boxes.
The teacher would have to select which version would be most appropriate for the group of students or the teacher could even use the different versions to differentiate the activity.

 French Christmas Interactive Activities for Notebooks or Lapbooks

I've included instructions with pictures of how to fold the mini-books. If you're visual like me, you might also want to click and check out a simple and clear Slideshare tutorial on how to fold a mini-book on Youtube.

Mon histoire de Noël Flip Book
This is a flip book with Christmas scenes. Students should be encouraged to write their own original Christmas stories ("Mon histoire de Noël"). They can change the order of the scenes, draw characters over the backgrounds and write the text to describe the pictures. This is a self-differentiated task because students will write more or less according to their proficiency in the language.

 French Christmas Interactive Flip Book

Santa Claus and Elf Facts Sorting Activity
There are eight simple sentences with facts about Santa Claus / le Père Noël and elves, e.g. "son manteau est rouge" or "il a des oreilles pointues". Students have to cut out all the pieces on the page. Sort the flaps containing the information and glue them around the correct image. Instructions of how to cut and glue are included in the resource.

 French Christmas Interactive Sorting Activity for Lapbooks

Santa's Gift Bags Pocket Sorting Activity - Les Articles Définis
I've also included another sorting activity - this one focusing on definite articles (le, la, les).
After creating "pockets" (the resource comes with instructions on how to do them), students must insert the gifts into the appropriate Santa's bags.

 French Christmas Interactive Pocket Sorting Activity


The activities can be done in one day or spread throughout a week. It's really up to the teacher. The foldable mini-books and flaps can be glued to notebooks OR they can assembled to create a lapbook.

Lapbooks are an incredibly hands-on way to let the student take charge of their own learning. They are involved with all aspects of creating the lapbook so they feel really connected to what they're practicing/learning. Lapbooks also serve to let the student review vocabulary/concepts by themselves at home. Parents can easily refer to them to have their kids practice more at home. And the best thing is that kids won't even notice how much they're "working" because they'll be entertained by the creative aspect of lapbooking.

In order to create lapbooks, you'll need a file folder for each student.
Here's a Slideshare tutorial on how to turn a file folder into a lapbook.

The completed Christmas lap book should end up looking like this:

 French Christmas Lapbook

Click on any of the images above to check it out on TpT or on the pictures below for more Christmas resources!

French Christmas Scrambled Sentences: phrases mêlées NOËL      French Christmas Word Wall, Graphic Organizers, and Writing Templates - français

 French Christmas Interactive Acitivites for Notebooks or Lapbooks

FREE French Christmas Gift
FREE Christmas Gift for you!

And to help you with the Christmas activities, I've made a selection of Christmas videos in French.

I recommend using the links below the videos to show them in your classroom. Those are SafeShare links. SafeShare is a way to avoid having distracting and/or inappropriate content around the video itself. (I'm not being paid to say that. This is really a way to protect kids from seeing what they're not supposed to be seeing).

Check it out:

SafeShare link: Youpi ! C'est Noel !

This video is 12 minutes long and it's super cute. I also like that they mention Hannukah in the beginning and briefly explain that not everybody celebrates Chritmas. The video has LOTS of Christmas vocabulary. 

SafeShare link: Mon beau sapin

This song is a quite traditional "comptine" and there are many versions on the internet. This one displays the lyrics so it's easier for students to sing along. If you don't like this version, check out the next video, also with subtitles.

SafeShare link: Chanson de Noël : Mon beau sapin

SafeShare link: Didou - Dessine moi un sapin de Noël

And finally, here's my Christmas treat for you: FREE French Christmas Vocabulary Puzzles (click on the link or on the picture to download the file from Dropbox).

Free French Christmas Puzzles

This freebie has been made with fonts by KG Fonts and graphics from Crayonbox Learning.

I've started a new blog. The name says it all: For French Immersion Blog. Come check it out and subscribe to the For French Immersion Newsletter. Merci!

READ at For French Immersion7 Pinterest boards for French teachers

Thank you for stopping by!

A Thanksgiving FREEBIE for you!

Hey everyone!

This is just a quick post to show you this Thanksgiving Math FREEBIE I have on TpT. Not only is it cute (who doesn't love Pink Cat Studio's clipart?), but it will also make your students practice comparing two 2-digit numbers,  adding and subtracting, and deciding if the results of the addition/subtraction equations are odd or even numbers.

Click on the image below to download it from TpT!

 FREE Thanksgiving Math for 1st-2nd grade

Have a wonderful day!


French: Le Mot du Jour - Volume 2 and a giveaway!

I love all the resources I create, but one of my favorite sets is Le Mot du Jour. The reason I like it so much is because it helps teachers create a classroom routine. I know that to be true because they have told me through feedback on TpT and via email.

I've had a lovely customer contact me about the possibility of creating a second set of worksheets and that's what I have done. I'll show you the new set in a second :)

I've also had one teacher leave me feedback pointing out how much printing the resource might require, so I thought about doing this post to give you some ideas on how to save up on copying.

READ at For French Immersion7 Pinterest boards for French teachers

There are a couple of ways:

1. Set up your printer to print multiple pages and select "two per sheet / landscape". You should end up with something like the picture below.

 Le Mot du Jour - Volume 2 by Lucy S.

As you can see, there are two "word of the day" worksheets on the same page. Even though they are, of course, scaled down, they are still big enough for students to work with.

NOTE: I really wish I could give you specific instructions on how to set YOUR specific printer up, but every printer is different. Look for something called "settings" or "options", then "layout" or  something similar.

2. Insert sheets into page protectors and have students use dry erase markers. You can later wipe off the writing and the worksheets will be ready to be used again. Check out the picture below:

 Le Mot du Jour - Volume 2 by Lucy S.

That's actually the way I'd choose to use them. You'd still have to make copies, BUT they should last you for a few years if properly stored. You might have to change the page protectors every now and then, though.
Consider setting up binders with the worksheets inserted into page protectors.

And now let me show you my new baby: Le Mot du Jour - Volume 2!

 Le Mot du Jour - Volume 2 by Lucy S.

It's got more than 150 new "Word of the Day" worksheets for grade 1-2 students to work with.
Most of the teachers who got my first set have used it in French Immersion classrooms.
The pictures on this post show sheets from the new set.

To celebrate its "birth", I'm having a giveaway. I'll be giving away " Le Mot du Jour 1 & 2" for 2 lucky winners. This giveaway will be running from today until November 16th, 2014. You can enter by:

- checking out my FB page (required) - 1 point
- signing up for my free newsletter (optional) - 3 points
- following my TpT store (optional)- 1 point

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be randomly selected (via Rafflecopter) and announced on my French Teaching and Learning FB page and by email. EDIT: the winners are Naïma G. and Pete N. Thanks everyone for participating! If you missed this giveaway, follow this blog or my FB page and never miss out on a giveaway!

If you just can't wait to have your copy, head to my store and grab it now - it's 50% off until Nov.11th, 2014 - 6pm ET.

I've started a new blog. The name says it all: For French Immersion Blog. Come check it out and subscribe to the For French Immersion Newsletter. Merci!

READ: 10 words that English borrowed from French

Thank you for reading!

Teaching across the USA (interview & linky) - Heather from Virginia

The number one reason for me to have a blog is the chance to connect with teachers all over the world. I love getting to know people who feel strongly about education as much as I do.

I have this series of interviews with teacher-authors around the world, but I've also been meaning to start another series to spotlight my American friends. So here I am today!

I love the USA! Don't get me wrong - I love other countries as much, but I haven't been anywhere as often as I've been to the US.

One of my goals is to create a way for American teacher-bloggers to get to know one another.

This is how it goes: every month, I'll be interviewing an American teacher who teaches in one of the 50 American states. (I really want to cover ALL 50 states!) I'll also be hosting a linky party for American teachers to connect. The linky button is at the end of the post and there will be a different prompt every month on the 4th. The linky will be open for a week.

My first guest is Heather Meek from Virginia. She's the mastermind behind The Meek Moose. If you've never read her posts, you're totally missing out. She's also a great virtual-hopefully-some-day-to-be-real-life friend!

Clipart: Stacey Lloyd and Sonya DeHart Design

1. I know you were born in Alaska. How long have you been living and teaching in Virginia?

Yes, I was born in Alaska and lived there until I was 15. Then I moved to Tennessee, then New York, and now Virginia. I moved to Virginia in 2000, and started teaching that year as well. I had a year break in that time, so this is my 13th year in the classroom.

2. What's the best thing and the most challenging one about living/teaching there?

The best thing about Virginia, for me, is the changing of the seasons and the mild winter. Therefore I rarely get too hot, or too cold, and time goes by relatively quick because I can see it in the passing of the seasons. Right now, for instance, the fall leaves are unbelievable! As far as challenging, I don’t know that we have anything more or less challenging than any other state. I think we all share the plight of standardized testing and how this impacts not only our ability to teach best practice, but also how children ultimately view learning.

3. How long have you had your "The Meek Moose" blog and how did it get started?

The Meek Moose

I started my blog in the Spring of 2012. It initially began as just a way for me to write about what I was teaching and how I felt about teaching. I wasn’t ever expecting an audience, actually. Like, I figured my Mom might read it. And then, as it turned out, she doesn’t. So I was definitely thinking it was just for me. However, I ended up conversing with a handful of people that said they enjoyed reading what I wrote, and I ended up shifting my focus on not only dissecting my own teaching for reflection, but sharing ideas with other teachers.

Erin (left) and Heather (right) - two 2nd grade teachers

4. Does your city/state influence the creation of your teaching/clipart resources?

Absolutely. I started making clip art and teaching resources with my sister because I needed them in my teaching. The first two things she made for me were the Famous Americans and the White Tailed Deer sets. Some of the Famous Americans we are meant to teach in Virginia for second grade are difficult to find resources on, and the white-tailed deer lifecycle is a new standard, and we weren’t given much to work with through the state.

Making clip art and teacher resources take a lot of time. I’m a single mom of three, so my time is limited. Everything my sister and I work on begin as things I need or want to use with my students. I teach a diverse population, and wanted to have clip art images that represented them. Our Meek Moose Kid packs were born from that idea. I wanted my students to be able to see themselves in the art. Which is another reason we also always include the line art- so kids can color the images anyway they see fit to represent themselves.

5. If you had to move to any other state, where would you go? Why?

Hmmm. I don’t know. Sometimes I get really interested in the idea of moving to New England, because it seems so beautiful up there. But then I remember that it snows a lot there. I have heard that Ohio and Pennsylvania have very happy teachers. But who knows if that’s a case of thinking the grass is always greener? Right now I’m happy where I am.

Heather and her youngest son

Thank you so much, Heather, for being my first guest on this new series of interviews! You rock!
You can connect with Heather on InstagramFB, Pinterest, Twitter, and G+.

If you're a teacher in the US, come link up by using the image below. Just fill in the blanks with your name, where you teach (city or state), blog about any aspect of teaching where you teach, and add your post url to the linky. Then, and this is really important, stop by the two blogs before yours to read and comment.

Thank you for reading and linking up!

P.S. This is my first linky. If there's anything that doesn't quite work, please let me know :)

November Currently - New Interview Series

And the year is almost over… I still have got so much to do before 2015! How about you?

Sigh… anyway, here's what I'm currently doing:


Due to all the computer work I've been doing lately, I spend too much sitting down. I set a timer to ring every 30 minutes, so I'm reminded to take a quick break and move around a bit. After seeing a pin about how sitting is killing me, I've started doing that.


I've started a newsletter so I can communicate with my customers and followers on a more personal level (well, as personal as online communication can be…) and I'm loving it. I get to send tips to readers, links to exclusive freebies, and announcements. It's been super fun and I regret not having started it sooner.


After my series of interviews with teacher-authors around the world, I'm starting a news series on Tuesday, the 4th. I'm going to interview different teacher-bloggers every month AND there will be a linky, too. That's all I'm going to say right now. If you're curious, come back on the 4th :)


I'm going on vacation next month and I can't wait for it! I want to relax and disconnect, but…


…I need to finish a mile-long to-do list before I can travel and relax.


I'm still trying to figure out how all the social networks work and I've been reading every post by the Social Media Examiner to help me understand things a bit.

Now go check out what other teacher-bloggers are up to. Click on the image below to head over to Farley's blog.

Thanks for reading!

Free Fall-Themed Parts of Speech Task Cards

If you've read my previous post about a pumpkin patch of adjectives anchor chart, you know fall is my favorite season. So here I am back again with more fall goodies.

Here's a FREE set of fall-themed parts of speech task cards for you:

 FREE Fall-themed Parts Of Speech Task Cards by Lucy S.
Click on the image above to download it from Dropbox

There are twelve task cards and each card has students identifying the underlined word in a sentence as a noun, a verb, an adjective, or an adverb. It comes in three options: full color, ink-friendly (just the illustration in color), and B&W.

Now, let me ask you a question. How many times have you thought about creating your own set of task cards, but you were not sure of how to go about designing them? I mean, you know the subject, have wonderful ideas, but would just need to get over the formatting issue. Of course, you love all the options the wonderful TpT sellers offer, but you'd like to create your own. With you in mind, I came up with an Editable Task Card Template that you can get for free. All you need to do is subscribe to my FREE newsletter.

 Free Here's an idea Newsletter Subscription
Click on the image to sign up!
The cards are:

- editable in Powerpoint: you'll be able to add your own questions and answers, but you won't be able to change the design of the cards. You can also layer clipart on top of them. TpT has wonderful artists and they even offer free sets if you'd like to try it out.

READ: A Selection of 20 free clipart sets: Fall, Pumpkins, Halloween, and Thanksgiving

- B&W: this is to help you save on ink. The cards have been designed to look great either printed on white paper or on colored paper. I strongly suggest printing on really colorful paper and using the colors to organize your sets. For example: you can create a set in two different levels of difficulty, either to scaffold or differentiate, and print each set on different colored papers; you can also print ELA cards in one color, and Math cards in another color, etc.

- for personal/classroom use ONLY.

The task card template is a FREE gift to new subscribers, but that's not all the newsletter is about.

Subscribers receive a new message every 2-4 weeks, and some special announcements in between. The emails include teaching tips, classroom ideas, exclusive promotions, early-release freebies and exclusive freebies. Hope you'll join me on my journey!

Thank you so much for reading and hope you'll enjoy the task cards!

Adjectives Interactive Anchor Chart: a pumpkin patch of adjectives and a FREEBIE

It's actually spring down here, but I love, love fall! I'm sure you'll excuse me if I crash into your autumn celebrations :)

You might have noticed that I love parts of speech and anchor charts so I've got a fall-themed adjectives anchor chart for you today.

It's a really fun one because it's interactive and you can have a different one every day just by changing out the post-its. You can also use it to play an adjectives game that your students will love.

I created a "base" for the chart with amazing clipart by Krista Wallden and Illumismart.

Now comes the fun part!

There are two ways to use this anchor chart.

1. The first way is more traditional, but with an interactive twist. You'd need post-its for this one.
Place a post-it with a noun on the pumpkin patch image and then have students write adjectives on other post-its to describe that noun. Next, they place the post-its on the pumpkins. You'd end up with something like this:

You can place a different noun on the pumpkin patch every day throughout the season. Challenge the students not to repeat the adjectives. That's a whole lot of adjective practice!

2. The second way to use this anchor chart is to turn it into a guessing game. Before class starts, the teacher places the six post-its with adjectives UNDER the pumpkin flaps so students can't see them. Place a noun on the pumpkin patch. The teacher tells students to write six adjectives to describe that noun (on their notebooks or on the answer recording sheet at the end of the post).

The goal is for students to guess as many of the adjectives the teacher used to describe that noun. When they're done writing, the teacher can then reveal the adjectives by lifting the flaps. The student(s) who got more adjectives right (=the ones the teacher used) wins this game. The teacher can also have kids work in pairs or small groups.

READ: Adjectives Anchor Chart - making your anchor charts look good!

If you'd like, you can have students writing on the FREE Pumpkin Patch Adjectives answer recording sheet I've created to go with this activity. If you're going to be playing this game a lot, you might want to make enough copies and insert the sheets into page protectors so you can use them again and again. If not, hand out as many copies as necessary. Click on the image below to download it from Dropbox.

 Pumpkin Patch Adjectives Answer Recording Sheet

Hope you have enjoyed this post and if you're looking for more adjective practice, check out the following resources on TpT:

 Adjectives Scoot - 32 task cards      Adejctives x Adverbs Scoot - 32 task cards

 Adjectives Adverbs SCOOT Bundle - 128 task cards

I'm linking up with the sweet Deb at Crafting Connections for Anchors Away Monday. Click on the image below to check out other great anchor chart ideas!

 Anchors Away Monday - linky party

Thanks for reading!

Halloween videos for classroom use - with SafeShare links, descriptions, and FREE worksheets!

Here's a list of Halloween videos that you can use in your classroom. These are in English as I've recently posted a short selection of Halloween videos in French.

I recommend using the links below the videos to show them in your classroom. Those are SafeShare links. SafeShare is a way to avoid having distracting and/or inappropriate content around the video itself. (I'm not being paid to say that. This is really a way to protect kids from seeing what they're not supposed to be seeing).

1. Shake Dem Halloween Bones

Description: cute song with the repeated use of simple sentence structures about bones in the body.
Grades: pre-k-1
Great for: brain break, body science, ELL vocabulary

As an EFL teacher, I really like that the video is a fun way to practice the contraction of the verb to be:

"…the leg bone's connected to the hip bone…"

SafeShare link: Shake Dem Halloween Bones | Halloween songs for Children

2. Halloween Rules

Description: catchy song (it's stuck in my head now - somebody make it stop!) about Halloween costumes and Halloween fun. The "rules" in the title is a verb, not a noun.
Grades: 1-4
Great for: brain break, ELL vocabulary

Before showing the video, I'd have kids list possible Halloween costumes. I'd tell them to watch the video and pay attention to the costumes shown and/or mentioned. I'd ask them if all the costumes it the list were also in the video. I'd end the activity by having them tell me about what they want to be for Halloween and why. Finally, I'd assign a writing homework about the same thing (favorite costume and why). If you want a little twist, you can have them write about a classmate's favorite costume. That would show if they were really listening to one another.

Again, the EFL teacher in me kicks in and I have to say that I'd be doing a whole lesson with multiple meaning words starting with the "rules" in the title. (What are Halloween safety rules? Do you think that Halloween rules?, etc)

SafeShare link: Halloween Rules - Kids Halloween Song

3. Happy Halloween Kids

Description: almost entirely wordless, this super short video has cute animation
Grades: k-3
Great for: working with predictions, discussing fiction story elements (e.g. setting, characters), writing, ELL vocabulary practice

You can have kids:
- describe what they see: objects, people, actions. Then, they could act out the story while one student narrates the story. This would work particularly well for ELLs.
- predict what's going to happen. The teacher can pause the video at different moments so students can make their predictions.
- discuss story elements
- write the narration for the video

SafeShare link: Happy Halloween Kids

4. Stirring Our Brew

Description: this one is catchy, too, and perfect for brain breaks because the animation shows the moves the students could do
Grades: k-3
Great for: brain break, working with adjectives, ELL vocabulary

There aren't that many adjectives in the song itself, but I believe that actually makes it work better (at least for my purposes). I'd have students rewrite the song including as many adjectives as possible to describe the stew and the ingredients being tossed in the cauldron.

SafeShare link: Halloween Songs for Children -- Stirring Our Brew -- Halloween kids song by The Learning Station

I've created two FREE Halloween Brew Recipe worksheets for you. They're both about Halloween brew recipes, but the focus is different.

First one is about coming up with the perfect spooky ingredients for a Halloween brew and, of course, the "trick" is to get kids to describe the ingredients with adjectives, and to write about their recipe.

 Free Halloween Brew - Using Adjectives Worksheet

Second one is also about a Halloween brew recipe, but the focus is more on procedural writing as students are requested to list the ingredients, and explain the steps for making the brew.

FREE Halloween Brew Worksheet - procedural writing worksheet

Just click on the images to download the freebies (Dropbox download).

Thank you for reading and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Sunday Scoop - Election Day!

Here I am to link up with the Teaching Trio for another Sunday Scoop!

I've gotten myself a P.O.Box so I can get my newsletter started. I'm super excited about it, and I just hope I'll have time to do everything: TpT, blogging, newsletter, etc

I have to much to do. I'm not complaining as they are all things I want to do, but I've got to implement some kind of time management system, or I'll collapse from exhaustion. Any tips?

I believe I insert "work out" in every appropriate linky because it's something I REALLY have to do. My legs and my back are not happy with all my sitting down…

I've recently been reading a lot of blogs about, well, blogging as a business. That led me to download TONS of blogging/business podcasts. I have literally been podcasting myself to sleep. Hope it all pays off!

As much as I love my virtual friends, I feel like I've been neglecting my "real-life" ones. Gotta do something about it!

It's election day here in Brazil! Voting is actually mandatory for us, but I'm happy to do it given that people in many countries don't have this right. Let's see what the future holds for us in Brazil!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave me a comment before checking out who else linked up  (click on the image below)!

 The Sunday Scoop