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Friday, September 28, 2012

Here comes October!

I am so excited... October is almost here. A few more weeks of 100 degree temperatures and we will finally hit the 90s. By Halloween... we should be in the 80s and if we have any kinda luck by Thanksgiving we will be in the 70s. That's fall in Arizona peeps!

I remember a story several years back from my youngest son. He came home crying from Kindergarten because he thought his teacher lied to him. When I asked what she lied about he said she kept telling him about all these seasons where leaves change and snow falls but that only happens in the movies. After I stopped laughing, I had to explain where we live is different then planned a trip to a nicer climate to prove his teacher didn't lie afterall.

From that moment on, the child never really like his kindergarten teacher or trusted her despite getting proof that she told the truth. It is one of my favorite memories of fall....

Since I am always HOPING for fall to arrive, I always end up in full decorating mode. You should see the amount of decorations stored in my garage or maybe you shouldn't..... This has carried over to the classroom. I have files and files and files of Holiday STUFF!

But I admit, I forget the digital files exist. I need something all in one. Click... print... go! That theory is what prompted my new line of products. Each month, I will be introducing a new packet with lots and lots of resources.

So this guy here has everything that I need in it for the month of  October. I will probably add to it later but for now it is 39 pages and has everything I need as a teacher to prepare for the month ahead!

Calendar numbers (in both formats!) and letters for my classroom boggle board. Boggle is one of my early finishers options for the month. I have a wide variety of things they can do if they finish early but they are all grade-level common-core aligned activities.

Interactive notebook pages. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my interactive student notebooks... known as Brainy Matters in my classroom. It keeps both me and my students organized, it doubles as a portfolio and review tool. You will notice that a lot of my products are now including these pages as it is what I need and use.

There are also writing prompts that cover retelling, inferencing, and creative writing, 2 sight word lists with words that pertain to the month of October, and 2 word hunts.

Math review worksheets. Again, these are core-aligned and skills that all students need to know. My fourth grader was using this one tonight as he needs a refresher on basic math facts. I use these for my students who finish early during math. This way I know they are still getting those instruction math minutes!

There are also 2 roll and cover math game boards. I use this in multiple ways... matching numbers, creating a problem equal to that number (have students record in math journals), and use that number in a problem and have you buddy solve it (mental math). 

Now while all of the above stuff is awesome... Teachers need things too! So I created a 2 newsletter (1 Halloween & 1 Columbus), labels for this months centers, 2 letters home, and 4 pages of books to read (picture books and chapter books!) for the month.

There are also 3 October calendars which I use in my classroom. I have a plain calendar for behavior and a math calendar that we use with our circle time. None of the calendars are dated as I have my students do this to help reinforce counting skills. On the math one... the right the digital date as part of our calendar time on their math calendar.

The one pictured here is the reading log. Students record minutes on the calendar and books to the right. The rubric is on the bottom. No daily minimums are listed on this calendar so you can use it as you wish. This goes home in our file folders which stay inside out binders. The left side has the instructions and the right the calendar.

We worked on this bundle for 3 days solid and I wanted to get it to you before this weekend so you would have time to use it for the upcoming month. In future packets, I am planning on adding the Family Zebra Quest Challenge and our monthly book project. I just ran out of time and steam this month.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this project. This includes clip art from 5 of Melonheadz Illustrating sets as well as exclusive pieces made just for TWT. Each month's kit will be created in a similar fashion and cover two different topics. This kit covers Halloween and Columbus Day. I will do Fall next month when it kinda feels like it here.

Leave me a comment and I will randomly select a winner!

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At September 28, 2012 at 6:30 PM , Blogger Lili Garcia said...

I'm loving all the great units you've been posting lately, you're doing an amazing job!!!!! Keep it coming :)

At September 28, 2012 at 6:31 PM , Blogger Ms. O said...

Super cute. There are some great ideas in there and yes ... the seasonal sickness that starts with house decorating TOTALLY carries over into school. It's all good. ;]

At September 28, 2012 at 6:31 PM , Blogger Miss Emily said...

This is really awesome. It would be great for the kiddos I tutor. I just started and am still trying to figure out strengths/weaknesses.

At September 28, 2012 at 6:32 PM , Blogger Constance said...

Looks awesome!

At September 28, 2012 at 7:05 PM , Blogger Rachel said...

Perfect for next week! Hoping to win!

At September 28, 2012 at 7:06 PM , Blogger Kaitlyn said...

So cute! The letters and numbers would be perfect for boggle/ math it up!

Smiles and Sunshine

At September 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM , Blogger Mrs. Wathen said...

Love everything in one spot! Great job:)

The Resourceful Apple

At September 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM , Blogger Sara said...

Misty, y'all are so talented! I love that you included Columbus Day, as a lot of teachers tend to skip over it... but I also love that in this packet, there's activities for the students AND things for you, as the teacher!

Miss V's Busy Bees

At September 28, 2012 at 8:20 PM , Blogger Suzy Q said...

I like the range of activities included...hope I am the lucky winner!

tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

At September 29, 2012 at 6:20 AM , Blogger Debbie said...

This is awesome. Is wish we were having some 80 degree weather here! NH is way to fond of the changing seasons!!

At September 29, 2012 at 6:37 AM , Blogger KRISTA said...

This looks fabulous! I love the title for your interactive journals. Can't wait to see all the great things you will create with Nikki. Love her graphics!


At September 29, 2012 at 6:53 AM , Blogger Leslie - The Groovy Teacher said...

This is beautiful Misty! I love it and my fingers are crossed that I will win. Love your story about your little boy, so cute! I actually had to turn my heat on this morning:)

At September 29, 2012 at 10:02 AM , Blogger Tracy McFarland said...

Another wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing your bright ideas with us!

At September 29, 2012 at 2:40 PM , Blogger Jen said...

I really like your idea of making monthly packets! So smart!!

Jen's Kinder Kids
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At September 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM , Blogger Hoppy Days said...

All so cute! I love the reading calendar!

At October 1, 2012 at 6:50 PM , Blogger California Natives said...

SO So Cute! I would love this to use in my classroom!


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