Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tried it Tuesday...Halloween-y fun stuff

It's Tuesday...gettin' closer to Halloween-y.  As you already know, Tuesday is my favorite day because I get to link up with my buddy, Holly, from Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried It Tuesday.  I'm hopin' she won't be too upset with me this week since the Saints vs. Bills game did not turn out in her team's favor.  Shh...maybe she'll skip over that part when she's readin' my post! WHO DAT!

On Saturday, I wrote all about the natives bein' restless and what I'm doin' in my class to keep them motivated...check it out here.   This week I planned many Fall/Halloween centers and ditched any assessments that we might normally have.  We will get back to our normal routines after the time has changed, all the sugar is out of their bloodstream, and their brains magically appear back in their heads.  I might need to be checked into the looney bin for this, but we are doin' "must-do" activities instead of structured centers this week.  THEY, the natives, LOVE this because they get to work at their own pace, choose what they want to work on first, and check it off a checklist. I'll keep my comments to myself about how I feel, considerin' it was my bright idea to introduce them to this way of thinkin' last year. 

Tried it Awesomeness #1:  Wearin' crazy Halloween stuff while usin' task cards.
 Found these at the Dollar Tree for $1 a piece.

 Jeanette at Third Grade Galore.  As always, the kids love doin' QR codes, so this was perfect!

Tried it Awesomeness #2: Readin' with flashlights
Readin' their scary stories with flashlights(Joanne's idea and another one of my "MUST go to Dollar Tree" late at night adventures).  Some of them were entirely too scary for me.  I'm wimpy!

More scary story readin'!

 They read so much their lil' eyes bulged out of their eye sockets.

Tried it Awesomeness #3: Character Pumpkin Book Reports
 The Adventures of Captain Underpants
I can't even take stinkin' cute! Check out the underpants!

 The Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz
Don't you just love him?  So fun and creative with metallic paint and a sequined heart.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Splat the Cat What Was That?

Nerds: National Espionage Rescue and Defense Society

SkippyjonJones in Mummy Trouble

Library Mouse


Snow White & the Huntsman

Star in the Forest

Harold and the Purple Crayon
So adorable and teeny tiny...just like Harold!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Tried It Tuesdays on Holly's blog.


  1. Love your Halloween "get ups" to wear while doing task cards!! My kiddos have been a little on the rambunctious side this week, so who knows what Thursday and Friday will hold for us!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  2. I love the character reports! How adorable. I bet they had a blast!

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  3. I have always wanted to try those pumpkin book reports. I've seen it on pinterest, but have never felt confident that my students would be as creative or pull it off successfully. Your kids did a wonderful job! Please pass along my compliments to them. : )

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  4. What cute and fun ideas! I love how you've embraced the craziness of this week!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  5. WHO DAT?!? We definitely had you scared for a bit, huh? You got me so worked up with your opening lines that I could barely focus on your post! You know Bills fans can be quite the crazies. :) Our time is coming...BILLIEVE!!
    Ok, focus...I love the pumpkin book reports! OMG!! The flashlight idea is so cool too and I am totally trying that on Halloween. :)
    Don't worry, I still love you even if you root for the WRONG team whose fans sound illiterate!! :) LOL
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  6. Those pumpkins are awesome and the Captain wins. So great! Look at all this differentiation and engagement!!!! very cool

    Digital: Divide & Conquer

  7. Reading with flashlights...spooktacular! As you can see on my blog, I love all things halloween! Your newest bloglovin follower...
    Kate's Classroom Cafe

  8. The book reports are amazing. One year I want to have each class create one to decorate the library. It is great that you have incorporated the season into your teaching; I want to create one!

    Technically A Media Specialist

  9. Alison!!! We are two peas! I too did pumpkin book characters, flashlight reading, and you already know my love of QR codes!
    Let's start up our own school ;)

    Short and Sassy Teacher


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