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8 Sep

When doing a unit on pumpkins it is fun to discuss how they grow. In the pocket chart you see sentence strips with  the order that a pumpkin will grow. Watch the pumpkin grow. Plant the seeds. A vine begins to grow. Green leaves form on the vine. Pumpkin flowers grow on the vine. A little pumpkin starts to grow. Time to pick the pumpkin. Now I can make a jack-o-lantern. You could mix these up and have students sequence them as a center activity. You could print a set of these sentence for the students and have them illustrate each sentence and/or... 

2 Sep
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OMG, it is September!!!  Where the heck did summer go?  It went way too fast…  but with that said, I LOVE FALL!!!  It’s my favorite season.  So many fun activities one can do in the classroom or at home.  Plus the colors outside and the light nip in the air is wonderful.  Can’t forget all thing pumpkin; coffee, pie, dip, cookies…  NEED I SAY MORE?  Only bad thing about Fall is that Winter follows.  I really dislike winter… Any-who, this post is about the fall treats on Teaching Heart which will be... 

13 Nov

var addthis_pub="patcollgallagher";We are getting closer on Facebook to 2,000 fans.  When we hit 2,000 fans on Facebook, I will post a free Thanksgiving printable that will be great for PreK-1st center time or to use at home for some beginning sound practice…  So, if you are not a fan…  click here and become one. Until then, check out our Thanksgiving Page for awesome ideas.  Ideas like: Gobbling Good Glyphs…. or Pilgrim, Pilgrim Book Idea and so much more…  

29 Oct

var addthis_pub="patcollgallagher"; Halloween is only a few days away?  Have you had some Halloween fun yet?  Today I had  six of my daughters friends and nine adults over for some fun.  While the kids colored, did a craft, and played; the moms enjoyed good conversation and some treats!  It was a fun way to start a busy Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Halloween fun.  I hope you have a safe and fun Halloween!!! Here are a few links that caught my eye and thought they were worth sharing… Yes, I am watching... 

27 Oct

Reposting!  It is October!  I love October… It is usually the perfect month! Not too cold yet in the Burgh and it is just usually pretty with the mums (my favorite flower) and the orange pumpkins against the blue sky. The cool air rocks… still haven’t put on my winter shoes yet or a coat. Hoping I can wear my sandals till November. I am officially ready for fall. I put out the Halloween/Fall decorations. My kids are at that perfect age, they go crazy over the decorations. I can hardly wait to decorate for Christmas.... 

7 Oct

var addthis_pub="patcollgallagher"; Meet Spookley – the friendliest square pumpkin in the patch! He’s not your ordinary pumpkin. Spookley is different from the rest of the pumpkins.  All of the other pumpkins teased Spookley until he proved that being different can save the day!  Kinda like a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer for Halloween.   ;)  Click Here for a Spookly Coloring Book in PDF Spookly Maze, Word Game, and Word Search Activity Sheets! Other ideas:  Pick out rhyming words in the story. ... 

4 Oct

My kids love the Halloween story, Room on The Broom. It is about a friendly witch that has knack for losing things. Still she always finds what she has lost with a help from a friend. In return for finding what she has lost, the witch always lets the finder hop on for a ride on her broom. From a parents prospective, I love how this book teaches that acts of kindness only do you good. Towards the end of the story the witches broom breaks and she finds herself facing off with a Dragon. Luckily with the help of her friends she is saved from... 

21 Sep

var addthis_pub="patcollgallagher";I updated the fall theme/unit at Teaching Heart.  Got rid of the dead links and added a few treats too.  You can view it here! Some of my favorite goodies on the page include.  Why Do Leaves Change Color? In this book, your class will learn about different leaves and why they change color. As a class, go on your own leaf hunt in a nearby park. Their are instructions in the back of this book for doing leaf rubbings and for pressing leaves in wax paper. ? You can make this into a book... 

25 Oct

I have two sweet treats to share and one la-la-la treat to share… These make great Halloween favors for a party. Also great treats for your kiddos to share with their friends at school. Here are two sweet treats… One is a ricecrispie bar on a stick dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with Halloween sprinkles. The other is a Nutter Butter Ghost. Just get a package of Nutter Butters, dip in white chocolate and place two mini chocolate chips for ghosts eyes… aren’t they cute? Both of my kiddos schools prefer... 

22 Oct

Trick or Treat? Okay, here’s a treat, if you like free printables from Teaching Heart!!! Above is a fun cut and paste graph I created first for my second grade classroom and later used it with my first grade son. You can use this in your classroom for a fun Halloween activity or use it over the weekend at home to keep your kiddos happy and busy. They won’t even know they are learning important graphing skills. First they cut out the pictures. Next they glue the pictures on their graph. Finally they answer the questions about... 

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