Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Pumpkin Patch

This week, our pumpkins were delivered! I had yard duty, so I didn't get to set it up (first-time ever that I didn't unload 550 pumpkins. Don't worry! I have always had a crew of parents, kids, and teachers. With the help of a colleague, I did set up the little pumpkin posters though and the scarecrows.
After the pumpkin patch was set up, 5th graders went out to find out about pumpkins and and pick one out.

Although, they have been discontinued by Oriental Trading, someone gave me their set of pumpkin booklets. In the booklet, students have a place to write down data about pumpkins they learn about. 

Students were to write down 10 new things they learned about pumpkins.

Many of the items were about nutrition facts.

Some items were just plain fun. 

I also created a little booklet to use when I thought I would not have the Oriental Trading booklets that you may be interested in.

For more inforation, you may want to see an earlier blog post about this.
or click on the picture to visit my TpT store:


One more product that deals with pumpkin patches and pumpkin writing is 

For detailed information on this product you can visit another earlier blog  titled Pumpkin Patch Practice
Additionally, you can click on the picture or Click Here to visit my TpT store.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Creative Clips Promotional Freebies!

Look what Krista Walden is giving away for free at Creative Clips

BIG CELEBRATION INFORMATION! {Creative Clips Digital Clipart}

FREE Halloween BOO-yah Freebie {Creative Clips Digital Clipart}

If you click on the link above, you will go to my "Freebies Page"

FREE ~ Scoot: Operations and Algebra in Multiplication & Division
Quiz Quiz Trade would be another great variation.

Fall Backgrounds, Frames, and Foldables

FREE ~ Why I Can't Skip My Reading Homework Tonight ~ FREE
I shared this in the beginning of the year with my class, but it is time to review.

Free Sand & Microscope Experiment
If you access to any kind of microscopes, this is easy and free. It is also one of my all time favs.

FREE ~ Near Earth Asteroids PowerPoint
Great information and pictures on Asteroids.

Third Grade Cabbage Contest
This is an awesome deal for 3rd grade teachers because the BonniePlant company will deliver a free plant to your classroom for every student. One year, one of my students won the $1000 scholarship, so I'm a true believer in this. To read more, see my earlier post by CLICKING HERE.

Check out these reward notes!

Super Fun Pumpkins & Party Treats!

Even though the kids are grown and have moved on, my husband is thinking about being creative and carving pumpkins. He just sent me this list of 200 free stencils from Family Fresh Meals

These Halloween Options, or Links are amazing!
When I went to check out his designs, I was amazaed at the variety of Halloween foods and fun that Corry has listed for her viewers. Here is a sample:
Looks healthy to me. I am wondering though how yogart would taste on the fruit to make it even healthier.
Click on the pictures to explore this blog.

Perfect Pumpkin Pudding in the Classy Classroom Crockpot ~ Easy, Nutritious, and Delicious!

I am very excited to stumble onto this perfect pudding recipe!
I found the recipe at Gazzette. you definitely need to check out this blog, because there are all kinds of great recipes and ideas. Here is how teacher Kristen Wideen makes her Pumpkin Pudding with her class:

Just click on the picture of link to Gazette to reach the blog.

In the meantime, here is the recipe for the Perfect Pumpkin Pudding in the Classy Classroom Crockpot:

Perfect Pumpkin Pudding in the Classy Classroom Crockpot


1 can pumpkin pie filling
1 can evaporated milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup bisquet mix
2 eggs
hand mixer
large bowl
small tasting cups
large serving spoon


  1. Spray crock with non-stick spray (I am going to try to use a crockpot bag because I don't like cleaning crockpots. I usually use a bag and then throw the bag away and put the crockpot in the dishwasher)
  2. Mix ingredients in a large bowl with mixer on low until the pudding is smooth. 
  3. Place mix in crock and cook low for 6-8 hours, or high for 3-4 hours.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Wonderful Writing Tips for Students

I just have to share some writing sources that I found!

Writing Sources  Are your young writers looking for a place to publish your work? Authors Teaching Authors have listed some amazing sources that every teacher must check out! Just click on the link, or their logo below.

Teaching Authors--6 Children's Authors Who Also Teach Writing

Free Virtual Field Trip

Here is a FREE virtual Field-trip for Red Ribbon Week
Click on the picture to find out more!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fantastic Freebies are Out-of-this-World!

I just posted Jen's Logo because she has a ton of freebies on her blog that deals with reading for most grade levels. I think it is something you need to check out. I have personally never met Jen, but have purchased some quality products from her. 
Here is one of the freebies I grabbed.  Click on Jen's logo, or the picture above to see what she has available

Passing on Incredible Practicle Google Chrome Tips

This is a quick share, because I am just passing on some amazing tips that were created by Vicki Davis, the Cool Cat Teacher.
Vicki has put together some incredible information with video instructions to help all of us Google users.

I discovered Vicki on Twitter, of all places, and each time I log into Twitter I find some new piece of information that is really helpful to me in the classroom.
To get to this invaluable information, click on either of the pictures, or Vicki's name and Webpage.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Oozing Pumpkin! part 3

Ok! I couldn't resist!

I just saw this oozing pumpkin and it looks so easy.

I have to do this in class. It is such an easy "chemical reaction" to pull off.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Kahoot ~ Technology to Transform the Classroom

I was at a training where Kahoot was introduced. I found it very interesting and something I want to persue for my students. I am also teaming up with Tech Tip Tuesday to share this Amazing Technology!

Wow! Get Kahoot 

This is a great tool for creating game type quizes for practice. 

You can create your own, or use the ones already created!

Click on this Link to see 9 ways Kahoot can be used.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Pumpkins Promote Proficient Pupils ~ Part 2

Can you tell that I love to use alliteration? This is part 2 of Promoting Pumpkins. To see part one click here.

Proficiency in Research and note-taking is a complicated process, but students can learn by actually doing it in centers and mini-lessons. This is one of my favorite activities because the students take it quite seriously as they visit the pumpkin patch. (I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that they can choose their own pumpkin after they get down seven facts.)
Step 1: Get students engaged (see Pumpkin Patch Practice) for information on what students are doing. What's not to love about this? Kids are outside in the middle of a pumpkin patch they helped set up (and will at the end of the day, clean up)
Step 2: Provide many short term projects that include "easy to find" sources.

Let's face it, pumpkins provide the perfect opportunity for research. The kids won't even feel like they are doing work as they create this fun flip-flap book.

On my website, I have a nutrition page with information on most fruits and vegetables grown in the United States.
My theory is- practice makes perfect. As students look up information and record it in fun ways (such as a flip-flap book). Each time they look up information, it gets easier. Each time I also teach another research skill, so they pick up the information a little at a time. In my Columbus, Mega Bundle blog post, I introduce a Research foldable that introduces Bibliographies in a very non-threatning way. Read more about it HERE

 What's Growin' On

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Weekend Web-Work

Huge Shout-out to Educlips for Providng the cute graphics and frame & to Whimsey Workshop for the stain-glass title.

I spent the weekend working! I mostly worked on my thesis, but when I took breaks, I worked on my webpage. That is where the title of this post comes from ~ "Weekend Web-Work" I use Protopage for my webpage, and it has become bogged down on my "Around the World" page, so I finally began to move North America to a new page. To be more accurate, I moved the rest of North America to a new page, because I had already moved the United States to "50 States". 

While doing that I had to add information and pictures for each section. It isn't all the way finished yet, but I think it looks pretty good.

On this page I have included Greenland and Canada, which are both in the left column. The middle column is reserved for Central American Countries, and the right column has the Caribbean Countries. There are links for each country listed.

So, you might be asking why I went to all of this trouble? Well, my students will take a quick look at these countries because we just had Columbus Day and I want to use that excuse to find out a bit more about the world they live in. 
These countries are part of a small research project which the students began last week. I chose one country and read a book to the class while they took notes. They transferred the notes onto this cute little foldable below. (The top two pages make up the inside and outside of the foldable. The bottom two pictures are put on a portolio cover made out of construction paper so students can place all of the reports that they research and create.

This week, my students will study another country on their own and create their own foldable to later share with their group. Each student will create at least three, but I'm hoping that most students will create many more.