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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.

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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.

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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

October Currently - Loving KG's podcasts!

I can't believe October is here! I'm linking up with Farley and it's always a lot of fun! Let's see what I'm currently doing.

I guess that, by now, every singer has recorded a version of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep", but have you listened to Aretha Franklin's version? What a voice!

Kimberly Geswein has started a "Inspiration for Entrepreneurs" series of podcasts and I love listening to every episode. She's interviewing successful entrepreneurs who will share tips with all of us. KG has an amazing story herself and I love her fonts. In the most recent podcast, Kimberly interviews Deanna Jump. It's great!

 KG's new series of podcasts
This one has nothing to do with TpT, but a lot to do with blogging. Not much more I can say about it right now :)

My whole life revolves around TpT these days… This is not healthy :(

Here's a TREAT: my Halloween Noun or Verb Scoot (70 task cards) will be 25% off until Sunday. Check it out!

 Halloween Noun or Verb SCOOT Task Cards

Thank you for reading and now go check out who else has linked up with Farley!