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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wacky Word Problems



Hi All!
I wanted to post a “Fun Freebies” activity for Math.  You don’t see an abundant amount of Problem Solving activities for kids. I made this as a Math Center but students could do this independently too!  All you need are some pre-made snack-size bags of Trix cereal (I use the Trix Swirls!!).  Make sure you have a bag for each student... because when your students are finished, they get to eat their WACKY treat!!!!  Copy the Wacky Word Problems sheets front to back and you’re good to go!

Basically, the kids can use the cereal as manipulatives to work out the word problems.  However, be sure to remind your students to actually draw it out on their paper too (show work)! I usually do this activity around Dr. Seuss’s birthday -  but it can be used around Halloween or whenever!  So keep this little idea in the back of your head!

Have fun with your kiddos and keep checking back for more WACKY ideas!!!

Halloween Hobo Snack and more....


Okay...Moms and Teacher Friends,
My long time teaching buddy and friend, Heather Palmer, made these cute little guys for her son’s soccer team as a snack!  So, when she posted them on Facebook, I had to put them on the Outrageous Fun in Room 321 blog!  But for those that know me well, I couldn’t stop there... my mind went racing... those would make cute little Halloween snacks!!  So, the kids (my own two...not the whole class!) and I jumped in the car and went to Target and grabbed a few more things to make a FUN and YUMMY Halloween treat!!! 
I have posted the pictures and directions for both the “Soccer Snack Guy” and the “Halloween Hobo”.  I hope you have fun and come back soon for some more ideas!


Here’s what you’ll need for the Soccer Snack Guy:
Heather’s Soccer Snack Guy!
1 juice box (body)
2 mini fruit roll-ups (arms)
2 mini boxes of raisins (feet)
1 applesauce cup (head)
1 ping-pong ball (soccer ball)
1 plastic spoon
Low-temp glue gun for assembly
Colored Sharpie permanent markers




Directions:
First, turn each applesauce cup upside down.  Use Sharpie permanent markers to draw a face on each applesauce cup.  Glue applesauce cup on top of the juice box, making sure to center it.  Glue 2 boxes of raisins to the bottom of the juice box for the shoes.  Glue a fruit roll-up to each side of juice box for the arms.  Next, use Sharpie pen to draw lines on the ping-pong ball... to look like a soccer ball!  Glue the soccer ball onto the top of one of the shoes.  Finally, glue a plastic spoon on the backside of juice box for support (and eating applesauce with!)


Here’s what you’ll need for the Halloween Hobo Snack: 
1 grape juice box (body)
2 mini fruit roll-ups (arms)
2 mini boxes of raisins (feet)
1 strawberry/berry applesauce cup OR orange/lime Jell-O cup (head)
1 Halloween toy
1 Halloween ring (spiders work best)
1 Skittles candy (nose)
1 plastic spoon
2 1/2 inch piece Halloween ribbon (knotted in middle)
Low-temp glue gun for assembly
Colored Sharpie permanent markers


 Halloween Hobos

Directions:
First, turn each applesauce/Jell-O cup upside down.  Use Sharpie permanent markers to draw a face on each cup.  Glue a skittle candy for the nose.  Next, glue applesauce/Jell-O cup on top of the juice box, making sure to center it.  Glue 2 boxes of raisins to the bottom of the juice box for shoes.  Then, glue a plastic spoon on the backside of juice box for support (and eating applesauce/Jell-O!)  Glue a fruit roll-up to each side of juice box for the arms.  Next, pick a spot to glue on a small Halloween toy.  Slide the spider ring under one of the armpits and glue.  Finally, glue the ribbon on the juice box to resemble a bow-tie. 
Just in time for Halloween.. So, the question is... What... is... NOT... to... like...??!!
Waa-haa-ha-ha! 
Happy Halloween!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Halloween Writing

Hi All,
Here’s a great little Halloween writing activity (Fun Freebies) for K (enrichment), 1st graders, and 2nd graders that contains adjective and noun practice!  You can even discuss rhyming and sight words.
I, personally, used this activity as a Literacy Center for students after reading The Teeny Tiny Woman by Paul Galdone.  But, you can pick your favorite Halloween story!!
After reading The Teeny-Tiny Woman, have students brainstorm Halloween-type adjectives and nouns.  Chart the words they come up with onto an anchor chart.  Students will be able to easily refer back to the chart for proper spelling and ideas!
Directions for Halloween Writing Activity:
Students will come up with one adjective and noun to write in the blanks on their paper.  The kids are welcome to use words that are written on the anchor chart OR come up with their own words.  Please note: students will write the same words twice on their paper...once at the top and once at the bottom.

In the space provided, let students draw/color a cool Halloween picture to depict the adjective and noun they wrote about. Be sure to encourage your
students to color the sky purple or dark blue... to give it the OPTIMAL Halloween look!  LOL
Click Here for the Halloween Writing download


***One year I cut out a dead tree using black construction paper... and let the kids glue it down on the Halloween Writing sheet before drawing their picture.  Those turned out cute too!!!!

Have some Happy Halloween fun!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"Spook"tacular Fun



Hi Everyone!
Halloween is one of my VERY favorite holidays!  There are so many neat activities that you can do with students.  As time permits, I will be posting more ideas for you to use in your classroom.  So be sure to check back in the next couple of weeks. 
Today I’ve downloaded another “Fun Freebies” activity that can be used during Language Arts and/or center time.  Spook”tacular ABC Order is appropriate for 1st or 2nd graders... hope your students have “Spook”tacular fun!!!