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Fun Fall & Halloween Ideas for Middle School, Upper Elementary, & High School Classrooms

As a teacher, I SO looked forward to Halloween.

I’m convinced my brain would erase the exhaustion from the previous year leaving only giddy, naive, anticipation…

There’s something magical about Halloween in an elementary school. From the parade, to the party, some of my favorite childhood memories revolve around them.

Halloween as a teacher is SO MUCH FUN and SO EXHAUSTING. How a day can be looked forward to as the best day, and remembered as the worst day will forever be a mystery.

If this is your first Halloween as a teacher or you’re a seasoned pro… embrace it, and do your very best to enjoy it.

I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts on Halloween from a teacher’s perspective, leave a comment below!

I wanted to share some of my favorite Halloween activities that work great the day of, week of, or even during the month of October. Many work well in elementary, upper grades, all the way up to High School!

***Word of caution: Don’t throw your management out the door. Treat the celebrations and special activities as rewards that are to be earned. DO NOT be afraid to pause or cancel an activity because of inappropriate classroom behavior. Follow through and be just as consistent, if not MORE with your management on a day like Halloween!

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  • If you have students that do not observe Halloween, make sure to check out the Digital Harvest Moon Art & ELA project. It’s lovely💛 CLICK HERE to learn more. 
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FREE Halloween Riddle Word Search & Crossword Puzzle

This is a really fun little FREE worksheet that can be completed DIGITALLY or used as a printable. I’ve included two versions, one with a word bank and one without.

I suggest assigning the version WITHOUT the word bank for an added level of difficulty. This will allow the students to use the crossword spaces and other riddles solved to work as the clues to answer other riddles. The answer key is also included.

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Haunted House for Sale: Digital & Printable Writing Activity

 

This activity turned out so cool! This activity is ready to go and can be implemented as a digital or printable activity in a snap!

Essentially, students work for a real estate company, (they get to name it,) that specializes in selling Haunted Houses. Students will create an infographic using the EASY to use templates I’ve included. Along the way, students will dive deep into figurative language, sensory writing, persuasive writing…etc And will even dip their toe in narrative writing as they attempt a spooky story to explain how the house became haunted. Use one page or them all. This product is extremely adaptable.

My FAVORITE part about this product is that students can actually design and customize the digital illustration of the haunted house… Watch the sped-up sample video! Students do this by adding moveable clipart and details to the scene. As well as adding picture-place holder windows. the cool part about the windows is that students can add images from the web or their device to the windows…or even better… a picture of themselves…or a GIF of them waving from the window of their haunted house.

Click Here For a Quick and Easy Tutorial for adding a GIF (Moving Picture) to Digital Materials that both YOU and your STUDENTS can do!

This activity is FUN, and sure to be a hit in your classroom, all while reviewing and learning critical ELA concepts. You will be blown away by the creativity this type of project can foster!

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

My Witches’ Brew Recipe: Digital and Printable ELA | Writing Activity

I intended for this project to be made with your lower elementary grades in mind… but once I got started it evolved into something much more than that! ***That being said. If you are in the lower grades or looking for a simpler activity, this like the design a haunted house art project mentioned below can be a great option. Both include extension activities for writing narrative, persuasive, or informative essays, however, you can simply just do the art project.

By the time I completed this activity, and added extras like graphic organizers for your students to organize and scaffold their writing, it had become appropriate for your older students as well!

In this Halloween PBL for ELA students work to create their very own witches’ brew recipe for their spellbook. Students will name their recipe while trying to implement alliteration or rhyming. As well as list the limitations, dosage, and details of their concoction. Students will create a visual using the EASY to use template I’ve included. The graphics and art projects students can create are exceptional. Watch the GIF to get an idea of the types of adaptations students can make.

You also have the option for students to try writing a narrative, persuasive, or expository essay about their potion… Whether they are trying to sell someone their potion, describing their potion, or creating a story where their potion creates a problem… This product is extremely adaptable.

The pages are all set up to be used as a printable or digital activity. Students can even complete the project digitally, and then print their final versions to be displayed! I’ve also included fun extension ideas that you can do with your class, like making an ACTUAL witches brew… AKA my favorite Trail Mix recipe, or a fun drink recipe. I also encourage you to introduce your students (depending on their age) to Shakespeare’s Witches’ Song found in Hamlet, the fun song by Hap Palmer, or even the Cat Spell chant by the Sanderson sisters in Hocus Pocus!

This Halloween Activity Includes:

  • Digital & Printable Versions of the Activity
  • Digital Art Page/ Printable Art Page
  • Spell Book: Create Recipe Page
  • Finished. Examples
  • Detailed Instructions
  • Brainstorming Pages
  • Narrative Writing Graphic Organizer
  • Persuasive Essay Graphic Organizer
  • Informational text / Expository Graphic Organizer
  • Final Draft Pages
  • Extension Ideas
  • Literal Trail Mix Recipe for Making a Figurative Witches’ Brew in Class!

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

 

In My Corner Halloween Edition (Digital Would You Rather)

Looking for a FUN Digital Halloween Activity that’s Perfect / Appropriate for Upper Grades or your older students? (Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School or Secondary) This Digital Halloween Would You Rather Game is the Perfect Virtual Activity that can be used in the Distance Learning Classroom, Social Distanced, the traditional classroom, or even a hybrid! Students will LOVE creating their own “In My Corner Slide” A fun Digital spin on the classic Four Corner Game. In this, Digital Activity students will also enjoy interacting and CONNECTING with their other classmates using the questions that THEY thought of!

This product also includes 25 READY TO GO Halloween Theme questions that students can respond to. This digital activity is editable through Google Slides. Not only is this spin-off of 4 Corners a fun way for students to get to know each other, but once you or the students complete the slides these can be a fun way to take attendance quickly each morning, a great way to start your morning meetings, exit tickets, OR use this as a game or center for your Class Halloween party. (Perfect for a Digital Class Halloween Party!) This can also be such a fun way to practice and introduce opinion or persuasive writing as well! Pick a favorite slide, then let students list reasons and debate to back their opinions. Take notes, then try writing a brief Halloween essay!

This product was created for Upper Elementary, Middle School, Junior High, or Secondary Students. It can be completed in one class period, then stretched out and enjoyed. When teaching this lesson I suggest you introduce it and model each step.

I’ve created a template that allows students to simply use a place holder for the image meaning they won’t need to worry about croppings or sizing their pictures to fit the slide! SO EASY AND FUN! This product was created in Google Slides and can easily be edited or assigned in Google Classroom or canvas. *** If using Canvas instead of making a single copy for each student to complete you will share the link to the presentation. This assignment was intended to be completed as a collaborative slide, not individually.

If using as a traditional Four Corners Get to Know you Game, use the pre-made slides, OR have the students create a slide with a question of their choice (I’ve included examples to help students brainstorm). You can then project the slides in your classroom and students will move to the corners of the room to show their response. I’ve included number pages you can print and hang in each corner!

If using as a strictly digital product, students will create a game piece and an “In My Corner” Slide. Students will use their game piece to show their response to each question by where they place it on the slide! Such a fun way to interact and connect digitally.

You can assign this as a collaborative slide and have students interact and comment with each other. Have students present their slide with a brief explanation of their question and a brief defense of their response. This can be done in the classroom or over a Zoom Call or Google Meet. Students can even meet as a small group in a breakout room during a zoom call with their other classmates that answered the same as they did! No matter what type of classroom setting you are teaching in, this activity integrates seamlessly.

This Digital Product Includes:

  • 25 Ready to Go Pre-Made Questions
  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in a Distance Learning Setting
  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in your classroom
  • A Collaborative Google Slide etiquette & Page that students must initial before starting activity
  • A student instruction page with tutorials on how to complete the activity
  • 3 completed examples
  • 2 versions for Student Game Pieces
  • Class slides up to 36 students (Let me know if you need more added)
  • Printable number pages to use in actual Classroom

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

Halloween Snapshots: Digital & Printable

Looking for a FUN Halloween Activity that’s Perfect / Appropriate for Upper Grades or your older students? (Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School or Secondary) This Digital Halloween Snapshot Activity can be used in the Distance Learning Classroom, the traditional classroom, Socially Distanced or even a hybrid! Students will LOVE creating their own “Halloween Snapshots.”

In this, Digital Activity students will also enjoy interacting and CONNECTING with their other classmates! This product mimics the idea of a social media profile, and is based on my best-selling back to school resource, “My Life in Pictures!” **Read the Reviews on this best-seller!

This digital or printable activity is great for Fall, the month of October, the week of Halloween or even as a day after Halloween craft. It was created for Upper Elementary, Middle School, Junior High, or Secondary Students. It can be completed in one class period and incorporates a get-to-know-you activity that allows students to share about themselves. When teaching this lesson you can model each step thus allowing your students to get to know you, and form connections with you in the process!

I’ve created a template that allows students to simply use a place holder for the image meaning they won’t need to worry about croppings or sizing their pictures to fit the slide! SO EASY AND FUN! This product was created in Google Slides and can easily be edited or assigned in Google Classroom or Canvas. *** If using Canvas instead of using this as a collaborative slide back to school activity it is my understanding you will instead make a single copy for each student to complete.

Students will insert 8 pictures plus a profile image and type a brief explanation or think of a relevant hashtag! These templates are so cool because not only are they SO SIMPLE to edit, but they are also BEAUTIFUL and age-appropriate. I’ve included over 10 styles and themes to pick from. Each one fit to a different type of personality. These technically all could be printed, however, I have also included an ink-friendly PRINTABLE version.

You can assign this as a collaborative slide and have students interact and comment with each others. Have students present their pages with a brief explanation in the classroom or over a Zoom Call or Google Meet. Students can even share as a small group in a breakout room during a zoom call, or have 2-3 students share slides each morning as a morning meeting! No matter what type of classroom setting you are teaching in, this activity integrates seamlessly.

This Digital Product Includes:

  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in a Distance Learning Setting
  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in your classroom
  • A Collaborative Google Slide etiquette & Page that students must initial before starting activity
  • A student instruction page with tutorials on how to complete the activity
  • 2 completed examples
  • 10 Different Digital Theme Templates for you or students to pick from
  • 2 Printer Friendly (Still editable through Google) Version

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

 

Mystery Place Value Puzzle: Halloween Edition

These are SO much fun! Each puzzle includes one digital AND printable version. This Halloween Puzzle is available for FREE when you purchase one of the Place Value Puzzle Bundles! Click Here to Learn More. 

This Halloween Place Value Edition Puzzle is set up a little differently than the rest. Students will be given a riddle and in order to solve the riddle they must complete the Place Value equations found on the Tangram Puzzle. In order so solve students will match up the edges of the Tangram Puzzle. As they place the puzzle pieces, it will begin to form a picture! Not just any picture… A picture of the answer of the riddle! This can be completed on Google Slides, or use the printable! Print out the worksheet and cut out the pieces. 

Both printable and digital version includes a reflection sheet and cover the following concepts:

  • Rounding
  • Relationships Between Values
  • Greater Than, Less Than, Equal To
  • Base Ten Models

I love a good tangram puzzle because of the trial and error they lend so well to… (Grit and Growth Mindset Practice) This Place Value Tangram puzzle will add another level of complexity because the students do not know what the end picture will be. Instead, they must work to match up the edges of their puzzle pieces in order to reveal what the final image is! To make it extra fun, the final picture will also solve the riddle posed at the beginning of the activity!

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

 

Design a Haunted House Digital Art Project:

One of my favorite Halloween Art projects is the watercolored sunset, behind the construction paper or black marker silhouettes! I wanted to see if I could create this art project digitally! This turned out better than I was expecting, I’ve been so excited to share it with you and hear what your students think!

The template is SO easy to use and is a great/FUN way to practice digital skills. This product is great as a stand-alone, however, I think it BEGS to be coupled with writing. Couple this art project with the poetry lesson below or even the Sell a Haunted House (above), or simply have students practice writing a narrative about the Haunted House they created! (***My Sell a Haunted House Includes Digital and Printable Planning Pages/Graphic Organizers for writing a Haunted House Narrative)

When students design their own Haunted House, they are able to customize the backdrop, the characters, and silhouettes, colors…etc. One of the best parts about this project is the windows! The windows are actually templates that allow the students to add pictures, images, and even GIFS to!! Consider having your students take a picture of themself in their Halloween costume, and then insert that picture into their haunted house! This project is sure to be memorable and to quickly become a new holiday favorite!

This product is editable through Google Slides and is perfect for Upper Elementary, Middle School, and even High Schoolers. Use it in a traditional classroom setting, distance learning, hybrid, or even socially distanced. You can even print off this digital art project to be displayed!

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

 

Halloween Poetry Project:

Holidays are the PERFECT time to work on language and poetry. Especially with language, and figurative language if gives you a bass to build on and tie into. It also keeps everything fun, exciting, and different. Each holiday I try to have a project that encourages and examines figurative language. Halloween is no different. This project is SO FUN. The kids eat this one up.

Students create a “Flap” Bat book. Here you define the different parts of figurative language and brainstorm different “Halloween” examples. My original book is listed to use as a reference. I glue their flap books in their interactive notebooks to act as an anchor chart throughout the year and during the activity.

Next, we move onto the writing activity. This poem template came from one of my dearest friends and colleagues. It is PERFECT for Halloween. To start we use the brainstorm page to think of as many “Halloween” nouns, adjectives, and verbs we can. You can have the students work in small groups, then come together and share or keep it a whole class activity. They LOVE this part and are so creative! Next, you challenge them to put them all together to create “Halloween” descriptive language, take it a step further by using alliteration. (Warty, witches, wobble…) Give them time to experiment with their list. Have them work in small groups, then share their favorites with the class keeping a list they can use when it comes time to format their poems.

 

I’ve included different poem templates to meet your student’s needs. One basically acts as a guide where they are guided with what type of part of speech to insert. When they are finished they have a wonderful Halloween poem that is sure to please. Once everyone is done I have them rewrite their poem so I can display it in the hall with their Halloween art! Keep reading to see the GENIUS idea I use to create Halloween Art.

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

Roll a Monster Review

I LOVE this one! I feel like this is one of my best-kept secrets when it comes to the products I create. Roll a monster is a review game that is so fun students don’t realize how much work they are doing, let alone the practice they are getting in. I enjoy using this as a whole class review, however, it would work great as a reteach, and enrich activity, individual center, or rotations, test prep…etc!

Students work in teams of 4. Each member is assigned a number 1-4. If you don’t have teams of 4 partner students up that need extra support. Each of the four teammates will solve at least one problem per round, then take turns bringing their answer sheet to be checked by the teacher. If a team answers all 4 problems correctly the teacher gives them the next round of problems to complete. When a round is completed the same teammate that brought the answers to be checked off, rolls a dice and draws the specific body part of their unique monster. After each round, the teammate that brings the answers to the teacher rolls the dice and draws the monster rotates. ***Make sure to watch the video below for a brief explanation of the activity and a tip for splitting your students into their groups!

***To make this review a bit more challenging I simply answer yes or no when the sheets are brought back to me to pass off. If the students answer all of the questions correctly I say yes and hand them the next round. If even one of their answers is wrong all I say is “no”. This requires the students to go back together to determine their mistakes, which results in extra practice and a more solid understanding of the concept.

It’s incredible to see the collaborative art piece students come up with while they work together as a team. Each round is specific to a part of the monster. For example, in round 3 the dice roll determines the type of nose their animal will have. Depending on the number they roll their monster could have a beak, a snout, or even a trunk…etc! The dice roll and drawing keeps things fun, and the kids stay engaged as they anticipate what their final monster will look like!

You can play as many rounds as you choose! Typically, I would play a minimum of 8. However, in the 5th-grade version, I created there are as many as 12. Trust me this one is a winner. If you are a 5th-grade teacher, make sure to check out the Math review I created that goes over Prime Factors, Powers of 10…etc! Anyone else make sure to snag the editable version that allows you to create your own review through PowerPoint. Simply type in the review questions from the boring textbook and watch the problems come to life.

TIP: Before starting the Roll a Monster Relay, I always make sure to have a discussion with the class about the main objective of this activity. Many like to think it’s for fun…Wrong. Though that is a top concern, learning the material is always number one. Everything else comes secondary. To reinforce this I motivate and facilitate by giving 3 awards at the end of the activity. 1 goes to the team to finish first, another to the team with the best artwork (I let the students decide this with a vote), and lastly, I reward the team that worked together the best, where I felt the most learning was taking place. This REALLY helps. Please please please tag me when you use this in your classroom! I want to see the monsters your students create!

         

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YouTube Guided Halloween Art:

***I pair their drawing with their poem from above

This one is genius and will give you a much needed mental break to avoid a mental break down due to Halloween in the classroom overload. After students have finished their poems I turn the time over to YouTube to direct the class in a How-to-Draw Video. Because YouTube can be sketchy, especially in the school setting. I’ve scoured the tutorials and bring you my very tried and true favorites. In the past, I have done the Frankenstein and a couple of Haunted Houses. Both of which the students absolutely love. The Frankenstein especially holds a special place in my heart! When students have finished their drawing I give them time to spruce them up with details, shading, and color if desired. From there, students mount both their drawing and finished Halloween Poem on construction paper to create a treasure that can be displayed in the hall or taken home.

A few tips that allow this to work swimmingly. 

  1. Mute the video. On Halloween, all it takes is the tiniest corny joke from the YouTube illustrator to send your class into a frenzy. I like to play Halloween music, or classical, or a mix of both with the Harry Potter Soundtrack. You’re. Welcome.
  2. Slow the video WAY DOWN. Did you know you can change the playback speed of the video? I’m not too proud to tell you I learned this nifty little trick from my very own 5th graders. You have a couple of different options. As a class figure out a good pace to play the video. 
  3. Play the video all the way through for the class to watch and observe before beginning. This will allow for fewer stops as the students will have a better idea of what to anticipate. 
  4. Make sure students have a good eraser, and more than one pencil before beginning. 

A list of my FAVORITE YouTube Halloween Directed Drawings:

Halloween Stem | Steam Ideas

I’m always on the lookout for fun holiday-inspired STEM | STEAM ideas to try in the classroom. There, of course, are a lot of fun Halloween ideas to try. ***If you do attempt to do a little Stem in your classroom come Halloween day, my only piece of advice would be to structure it as much as possible. The more free reign, the more room for chaos. As a teacher, a teacher on Halloween Day, chaos is your enemy.

One of the ways I structure my Stem projects is by having students complete my STEM | STEAM planning sheet, and reflection page. This keeps them focused on the task at hand and requires them to think. Too often I think Stem projects miss the mark simply because students didn’t quite get there and only saw the fun. Though Stem | Steam projects SHOULD be fun. They should also be a building, learning experience that shapes how students think and view the world. These planning pages help scaffold just that. To learn more click here. 

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Halloween Stem Ideas:

 

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Spider and the Fly:

Make time for a read-aloud. No matter the age. Period. My Favorite Halloween book of ALL. TIME. Is the famous poem, The Spider and the Fly set to illustrations by Tony Diterlizzi. I don’t even know where to begin with this text. This is an ageless story that just screams for rigor. This can be enjoyed and analyzed by 1st graders, all the way up to High Schoolers and beyond. The stage is set for wonderful and meaningful discussion, and the illustrations though black and white, are completely enchanting. Everyone has a handful of books they consider beloved. This is one of mine. If Halloween has been the day it has every potential of being as a teacher and even the thought of a read-aloud brings dread. You’re in luck, though I don’t think it has the same magic as holding the actual book. You can still share the story through the video below.

 

 

Reader’s Theatre

I love a good reader’s theatre and this one is no exception. The Boy who Wanted the Willies, is SO FUN. My 5th graders loved it. Remember when you are printing all those scripts that you can actually save them from year to year. The first time you print them, after assigning roles. Have each student go through with a red pen or marker highlighting their lines. Writing the name of their character at the top of the page. This simplifies things for everyone, including you come next Halloween.

When assigning roles I try to keep things as fair as possible. I begin by writing each role on the board. I make sure the students know which roles require A LOT of reading. This allows students to be more accountable for their choice when they pick which character they would like to read for. After that, I start randomly drawing class numbers. When a student hears their number, they are to write their name next to their desired role. With this specific Reader’s Theatre, I would need two casts for the entire class to have a part. You can also add a couple of roles such as director, and sound technician. The sound technician is in charge of sound effects. With the smaller roles or multiples, you may consider assigning students to more than one role.

With any reader’s theatre, the focus in on fluency. Once mastered let them move to actions, movement, sounds, props…etc. I suggest working on this throughout October and then performing for the grade level, their classmates, or even the school come Halloween!

Click Here for the Script

 

Blackout Math

If you haven’t tried Blackout Math in your classroom. Halloween is the PERFECT day to give it a try. All you need is a black light and highlighters. Use black butcher paper to block out light from the room. You can, of course, add to the effect with glow sticks and anything neon! Consider it a glow day and have a blast with this unique way to add a little zest to your teaching!

Halloween History

Another great way to celebrate Halloween is by learning a little bit about it’s history and origin. One of my favorite ways to do this is through a QUIZIZZ. “Quizizz allows you to conduct student-paced formative assessments in a fun and engaging way for students of all ages.

Benefits of using Quizizz:

  1. Student-paced: Questions appear on each student’s screen, so they can answer questions at their own pace, and review their answers at the end.
  2. BYOD: Can be played by students using any kind of device with a browser, including PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
  3. Lots of options: You can pick from pre-made quizzes that were added by teachers, select applicable questions from different quizzes to create your own, or simply start from scratch.
  4. Reports: Data. Data. Data.
  5. Quiz Customization: You can customize the quiz to the needs of your class.

Click here to see a list of Ready to Go Halloween Quizizzs’

 

Like These? Check out this FREE Halloween Hand-Out Printable!

 

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On September 12th we were one nation under God.
Indivisible.
Seeking justice for all.
Love this beautiful depiction by @paigepayne_creations see her thoughts on September 12th below.
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“ And on September 12th, we all came together. We were one. My family was living in Scotland when 9/11 happened. It was everywhere, all over the news. In school the day after, we had a long moment of silence in remembrance of those who were lost. We continued to have an annual moment of silence every year after that. It was incredible that even thousands and thousands of miles apart, we were mourning with those that mourned. We were one. At that time, we all displayed what we are capable of. Even in the face of incomprehensible tragedy, humans are capable of immense love. Capable of setting aside differences and coming together as one. As we remember and pay tribute to the thousands of lives the were lost that day, let us also strive to be more like how we were on September 12, 2001. Full of love, understanding, and compassion for each other. “

This painting is inspired by a beautiful photo taken by @masseya ❤️

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Tag your #teachertribe and every #firstyearteacher below for this important reminder:
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As you set up your classroom for the new school year, and start divvying out materials… Do no forget to set aside 2-4 new student kits.
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Just like @adifferentiatedclass (shown in picture) I made sets using Gallon ziplocks.
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If you are in a developing community with new housing I recommend a minimum of 4 bags 🙀
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What to include:
🍋Name-tag/Desk-plate
🍋If you adhere the plates to the desk, have a segment of what you use in the pack.
🍋Welcome Treat (same one you’ve given to each student at the open house/back to school...etc.
🍋Whatever else you’ve set aside for students that begin on the first day of school.
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📣📣📣There will likely come a day when without warning you will be notified you have a new student, and the student will start THAT DAY. Save yourself and your poor new student the stress of frantically trying to get everything set up, by preparing NOW.
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Veteran teachers what else do you include in your new student kits?? Share in the comments below⬇️⬇️⬇️
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How satisfying/ beautiful 😻 is this #classroomorganization tip by @the_organized_classroom
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Use paint swatches as a visual to help students sort supplies! Keep this is mind as you set up your classroom for the school year!
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What’s a brilliant #teacherhack you’ve tried or seen done with paint swatches??? Comment below 👇
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I’ll leave mine in the comments!
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A few things to know about me😬
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🍋 My name is Tara, I’m the creator behind @teachingonlemonlane
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🍋 My patronus is a wolf 🐺 #potterhead
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🍋 A piece of my heart will always be in #5thgrade and New Orleans
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🍋 I’m a novice flower gardener and LOVE to experiment with different blooms.
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🍋 Ben and I will celebrate our 10 year this year and have 3 kiddos under 5 💀
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🍋 Go Red Sox ⚾️
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🍋#bucketlist item: New Zealand, Hobbiton, ride the #nevisswing 😳
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🍋 Teaching item(s) I can’t live without…Binder clips😎 You should see what I can #macgyver with a couple clips… also, flair pens. #cliché 🤓
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YOUR TURN: Tell me something about you in the comments!
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To my dear teacher friends still in school, I've got a FREE Father’s Day project I think you will love! Those of you are home with kiddos of your own, consider this fun activity for your Father’s Day Celebration! This is a great #endofyearproject that doubles as a #fathersdaygift 💛🍋💛
This product is available in both a printable and digital version that’s completely editable through Google. If you have a student or child interested in Digital Design, this is a fun way to introduce and experiment with different design tools. Because there are so many different types of situations and circumstances when it comes to a father the words father or dad are never actually used. Which makes this the perfect card to give to any figure that has taken on that important role. Whomever that is, they should be celebrated!
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Need #bulletinboardideas for March.... I’ve got you👊 like almost all of my Bulletin Board Kits, they center around student work and are made up of EASY TO CUT, Editable 🙊, ready to print and assemble slides!
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Make sure to check out the Lucky Because Bulletin Board BUNDLE get ALL this for only $3.99☘️☘️☘️☘️ The Clover craft is the PERFECT craft for tomorrow!
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If you’ve followed me for long you know I love all things March and Irish ☘️ it’s in my blood 🙃
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My love of March shows in my resources, of all the months to have the most projects... March (of all the months???) is at the top of the list!
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I just added this CELTIC KNOT inspired Lucky Clover Craft and it turned out so fun! Use either the DIGITAL version and insert pictures into the leaves that represent why you’re lucky, or pick from one of the 18 different top layer options to create a beautiful clover like the one shown above! If you do go this route make sure to check out the EDITABLE bulletin board kit to really put these beauties on display!
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Do you love March? Why or why not? Drop a comment below 💛💛
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Selection Sunday and PI Day falling on the same day... Somebody pinch me. Two of my very favorites because of the projects you can start in your classroom 😍 Take for instance my March Math Madness PBL
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Think March Madness + Fantasy Basketball + Lots of Math + A sprinkle of ELA = Engagement & Excitement & Learning 💛🏀💛
Students are separated into the 4 divisions then work together to put together a new starting 5 from players in their division. #dreamteam Each round their individual players are awards point values for how they played. At the end of each round students will calculate their team’s total points and decide which dream team comes out victorious! There are some really great opportunities to see Math in action. There’s opportunity for measurement conversion, converting fractions to decimals, ordering decimals, ratios, mean-median-mode, adding and subtracting decimals, multiplying decimals...etc. This is quickly becoming another tried and true favorite in the classroom!
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Also if you think your too late to the table, the only thing you are late for is brackets! The dream team activity can be started before any round! Second round would actually be ideal 👊🏻👊🏻 LOTS of FREEBIE extensions for this product that can stand on their own! Head to the website for more details!
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The most beautiful illustration by @paigepayne_creations Keep reading for some of the most powerful quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King’s powerful, “I have a Dream,” speech:
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“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.”
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“I have a dream that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”
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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
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“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed — we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
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“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.”
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“In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.”
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“When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
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🎉🎉VISION BOARD G.I.V.E.A.W.A.Y
YOU GUYS!!! This one turned out better than I expected 😍😍😍 EVERYONE NEEDS A VISION BOARD.
🍋 TEACHERS
🍋 STUDENTS
🍋....EVERYONE
This became more and more apparent as I created this product and researched the value in having one. Due to it’s late debut in the #goalsetting season you can snag it at 50% off (the lowest price it will EVER be).
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In a nutshell, you and your students will create a digital vision board that will act as a daily reminder when you set it as your computer, tablet, or smart phone’s new wallpaper or lock screen! I’ve created 26 EASY to use templates that create completely customizable and BEAUTIFUL designs, along with over 150 moveable “stickers” to make something truly eye catching (one of the requirements of an effective vision board) If that weren’t enough, I wanted to make sure you had the support materials to provide a really complete and educational project. So I’ve also included over 30 support activities, video tutorials, and extensions. Students will learns about vision boards, what makes them effective, the elements of a wellness, their circle of control, SMART goal setting.... and MORE! I know you are going to love this and so will your students. Even more, I know this has the potential to make a difference and lead to growth, and that is pretty satisfying. I’ve been working hard on this beauty and I NEED to get it in some classrooms!
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Each year our family gives a favorite Christmas book to some of our loved ones. (I wish I was able to get my hands on more of them!😭) With the passing of author Tomie dePaola, it seemed appropriate to give one of his. Reading this book, THIS year, made me cry. I struggled to make it through as it highlighted my weaknesses and put into words what I've been trying to set aside and not deal with. Last year I had great intentions of celebrating a more Christ centered Christmas, December arrived and again my intentions remained only that. Reading this story struck a cord in my soul. I'm old Befana. There may only be a few days left until Christmas, but I'm going to be intentional with them. On that note, I'll be taking a break from social and working to reground myself with the foundation that matters, and refocus my attention on Him. Love you all, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Head to my story for a swipe up of a reading of, ”The Legend of Old Befana, ” by the late Tomie dePaola
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Excerpt from a personal post 💛 Thank you all for your patience as we welcome the newest member of our little family🍓
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2020 the Year of the Poppies
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“... You may not know this about me, but I love gardening, especially flower gardens. I'm no good at it, and again my good intentions out do any action on my part, leaving an often neglected and overgrown sight, however, I still love it and love learning, reading, and experimenting with different blooms. One of my favorite flowers is a poppy. I think there is so much to be said about and learned from these flowers. From the alien-like tubers you plant, to the fury foliage it produces, one would NEVER think that something so weed-like could ever produce such a gorgeous sight... And then... It does. Is that not life? Is that not 2020? This year has been hard for everyone, especially for some that I love the most, and yet despite everything, there has been beauty.

I truly believe that some of life’s most beautiful moments are produced after the hard or ugly. Is that not the Gospel and Hope found in Christ? Through His Grace the hard and ugly things we go through can actually be the source of something really beautiful, something better than we could have imagined, even a better version of ourself? 2020 has been hard, it’s still hard. But because of that hardness I’ve seen growth and light and beauty that I never would have expected. From repaired and renewed relationships, to a new focus on family and what’s really important, to things working out when they shouldn’t, to a beautiful new addition to our family... The increase is through Him. I think for me 2020 will always be the year of the poppies.
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EEK! You guys, I’m SO excited about this one🍋😍🍋 Introducing the Morning Meeting you NEED in your classroom. This one does it ALL.

🍋Digital Daily Attendance
🍋SEL Learning & Awareness
🍋Grit & 🌱 Mindset Challenges
🍋Daily Interaction & Connection
🍋Build Classroom Community
🍋Improve Organization
🍋Daily Challenges & Class Games
🍋Set-Up Routines & Structure
🍋100% Paperless
🍋100% Virtual Classroom Ready
🍋100% Any Classroom Ready
🍋EDITABLE
➕➕➕SO MUCH MORE➕➕➕
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I’m SO sure you’re going to LOVE it, I’m giving ALL of the August slides away for FREE! If you want more information on how and when you can download ALL of August, comment below! Don’t forget to spread the love by tagging a teacher friend that NEEDS this!
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Guys. I don’t even know where to begin.... Except be on the lookout for this fun little DIGITAL project to be added today!
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🍋Students come up with a One Word Goal for the school year/ first term...
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🍋Students then create a “quilt” piece of their 1 Word, using figurative language and pictures to illustrate.
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🍋Students will then upload their piece to a COLLABORATIVE Class “quilt”
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🍋You can then use this Collaborative Class “Quilt” to create a DIGITAL Bulletin Board for your Virtual Classrooms, OR print it off and assemble in your actual classroom!
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🍋More details coming soon! Comment below if you have a Virtual classroom you would like to try this out with!
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