Friday, October 30, 2015

Five for Friday {October 30!}

Happy Friday!
I hope you survived Halloween week!!! :)

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday.
I'm not sure I can pick only five things to share! ;)

We made witches!!!
I made a sample with them, showing them how to use simple shapes to make it.
I LOVE projects where the kids can be creative and make unique pictures!

On Tuesday we made cheesecloth ghosts.
When they were finished we flew them around the room.

On Wednesday, we made Witches' Brew!!!!
The kids absolutely loved it!

During lunch, two of us were in the hall and a little boy walked past and said,
"I like your witch costumes, but just so you know, Halloween isn't until Friday."
It was probably the cutest thing ever. :)
That is why I love first grade!

We made Vowel Bats!!!!!
If you haven't listened to Vowel Bat with your kids, YOU HAVE TO!!!
It's the best vowel song EVER!

The kids guessed what I was going to be for Halloween.
Their guesses make me smile. :)

One kiddo got it...
I was a Ninja Turtle!!

Have a Happy Halloween and enjoy your weekend!

P.S. I blogged over at Teacher Deals & Dollar Steals this morning...
go see what you can grab for only $1!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cheesecloth Ghosts!!

Last year was the first year I made these ghosts.
My kids LOVED it!
I just had to make them again. :)

They're a little messy, but so much fun!!!

To make them you will need:
*wax paper
*plastic cups
*sandwich size ziplock bags
*Elmers glue

I got cheesecloth at the grocery store.
They also have it at Michaels.
I recommend getting it early because they're often out around Halloween!!
I used 8 sq. yards for 17 ghosts.
It's not expensive either...I think I paid about $6.

You'll want to blow up the balloons and cut the cheesecloth ahead of time!!
Cut enough cheesecloth so that it can be draped over the cup and balloon like in the picture below.

Then you'll mix Elmers glue and water in the ziplock bags.
I used about 1/4 cup glue (maybe a little more) and a small splash of water.
You just need enough glue to coat the cheesecloth.
Zip the bag and mix it up! 

I recommend laying everything out for your kids ahead of time -
maybe while they're at lunch or specialist!
I had a meeting during specialist today, so the kids helped me.
It was a little chaotic. ;)

Lay wax paper on everyone's desk.
Give them each a cup with a balloon in it (the tie pointing into the cup).
Then give them a bag of glue and the cheesecloth.

Now comes the FUN PART!!!!!
This is important: EVERYONE NEEDS A PARTNER!!!
It's really hard to do on your own!

Once everyone's paired up, ONE partner puts their cheesecloth in the glue bag.
Zip it up (also important ;) unless you don't mind glue everywhere, hehe).
Smush the cheesecloth (with the zipper facing the sky at all times!) until it's all covered in glue.

Then carefully pull it out!
It will take two people to pull the cheesecloth apart.
It's really sticky!
So pull it apart and drape it carefully over the balloon and cup.
Arrange the bottom to look ghost-like!

Now the next person goes!
Put cheesecloth in glue bag.
Zip it and mix it with the zipper facing the sky. ;)
Take it out of the bag, pull it apart, and drape it over the balloon.
Arrange bottom to look like a ghost! 

Use googly eyes and black construction paper for a mouth.
You can add the eyes and mouth while the glue is still wet OR hot glue it later.
This year I'm going with hot glue.

Let them dry!
We're leaving ours overnight.

When they're dry, pop the balloon.
I found a paperclip works pretty well for that!
Sometimes the balloon does get slightly stuck inside the ghost, 
but just keep pulling and it'll come out.
(Don't worry about caving your ghost's head in.  It'll pop back out!)

Add your eyes and mouth if you haven't already.

Look how cute they come out!!!!!!

I attached a paperclip through the top and let the kids fly them around. ;) :)
Are you scared?

I know it sounds complicated and like a lot of work.
It's really not bad!!!
Make one yourself first.
You will see! :)

Happy Halloween Week!!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Five for Friday {October 23!}

Happy Weekend!!
I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs to share about our week!

We made these adorable skeletons to go with the book Skeleton Hiccups!
The kids had tons of fun posing them!

(Did you feel like that when you left today?!)

Mama hen hatched lots of short e eggs!!!

This little boy told me he put short e names on each egg so they'd all have names when they hatched.
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
I love my class!

Skully the Skeleton joined us for some reading! 
He's a really good listener. ;)

Who wouldn't want to practice doubles with bubble gum?!

These creepy, crawly spiders were super easy to make.
Since spiders make wEbs, we wrote short e words on them too. :)

Enjoy your weekend!!!!
Sunday I'm looking for a wedding dress!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Paint Chip Frankensteins!

My kids had so much fun making these little Frankensteins. 
Although, they were calling the Crankenstein.
Have you read Crankenstein?!
You should! :)

All you need are paint chips and construction paper!
(Thank you Home Depot for all the paint chips!)

I showed the kids how to make everything, step-by-step.

We started with the black paper.
First we made a zig zag line for the hair.
Then we cut four small rectangles and glued them into two "T" shapes for the bolts.
I showed them how to cut "like a snake" to make a squiggly mouth.
Then those eye brows!!!
They thought it was so funny when I showed them how gluing his eye brows in different places changed his expression. :)

With the white construction paper, we cut two teeth and two eyes.
We make the pupils with markers.

I love how they all come out so different!!!!!!

When we finished, we did the Monster Mash. ;)
We also wrote about them, but I forgot to take pictures of those, oops!
Have a happy week!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Five for Friday! {October 16}

Happy Friday!!!
October is such a busy month.
I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs to share about our week!

 Spookley is one of my FAVORITE books!
We made these adorable little Spookleys of our own. :)
She seriously has the cutest crafts ever!

We learned about the life cycle of a sunflower.
Then we got to explore one!
My little scientists!!!
We used magnifying glasses and then counted the seeds. :)

I'm really excited about my newest game!
The kids were too. ;)
Ghosts and haunted houses make doubles +1 WAY more fun!

My friend shared this adorable craft with me!
They came out so cute!
We wrote about our mummies too. :)

Today we decorated pumpkins!!!!!
My friend Alyssa from Soar Into Teaching got them for us.
She's the best. :) 
The kids had SO much fun painting them.

I hope you all had a fabulous week too!

Don't forget to enter to win Reading Recipes by my super friend Carolyn and Dr. Jean!! :)

Enjoy your weekend!