Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall and Scarecrow Art and Writing Activities



SCARECROW ART PROJECT FOR KINDERGARTEN KIDDOS.
Scarecrow and Fall Writing for kids. 
Scarecrow Art Project for kids. 

Last Friday the theme was scarecrows. I have a couple of very cute scarecrow stories we started out reading.
I got this book The Lonely Scarecrow last month on Amazon for a great price! It is a darling story. 
 An overview of why we have scarecrows and what they were used for over 2000 years ago is HERE from abc teach. We did a cute Scarecrow Art Project on Friday after learning why farmers needed scarecrows to scare off crows that ate the crops in their fields.
The Little Scarecrow Boy book. 
HERE at Notebooking Nook  I got lots of cute writing stationary pages for kindergarteners to practice writing words about FALL. A Burst ofsFirst also had some cute writing papers. And I used this cute Scarecrow Math Roll and Color for math as a fast finisher today. But at Just Wild About Teaching she had 3 really cute writing papers I chose to use for my class bulletin board for November. I always put writing with my art projects on the board.

Fall Writing "I Like Fall Because..." We brainstormed about 12 ideas on the board to scaffold kids' writing in kindergarten. 
I loved the smiles on these creative Construction Paper Scarecrows.

I also found a cute Scarecrow Bookmark HERE at First Grade Schoolhouse. Bookmarks are a good motivational tool to get kids to do their best and finish their work in a timely manner. A few more FALL ideas I thought were cute and only a dollar are HERE at TPT. I especially loved the Fall writing paper.
Scarecrow art for kids. 
Kids wrote about things they liked about Fall.....
This was another good idea for a prewriting page. I loved the graphics of this one and for kinder it may be enough writing in itself. I like the 4 ways to describe fall. HERE at Educating Everyone for Life is the cute stationary.


Scarecrow Art for Kindergarten 
Fall Writing Topic; I Like Fall because....
SOME SONGS TO SING TO GO ALONG WITH SCARECROWS

("Twinkle,Twinkle, Little Star" tune)

Scarecrow, scarecrow turn around.
Scarecrow, scarecrow touch the ground.
Stand up tall and blink your eyes.
Raise your hands up to the sky.
Clap your hands, then tap your knees.
Turn around and tap your feet.

Scarecrow, scarecrow touch your toes.
Scarecrow, scarecrow tap your nose.
Swing your arms so very slow,
Now real fast to scare the crows!
Touch your head, hop up and down.
Now sit down without a sound.



Scarecrow (Tune: I'm a Little Teapot) I wrote this little ditty! Another Song to this tune is at I Cool Pages.com
I'm a little scarecrow short and fat
Stuffed together with a big straw hat!
When the crows come 'round 
to gobble my corn
I shake and I shout
In the Early Morn!

So Clap and Stomp
and snap and HOP
till (clap) those scarecrows (stomp)  all fly(snap)  OFF! (hop) fly off! 




Fun Scarecrow Art. We should have added a black crow on the scarecrow shoulder lol. 

5 Crows All Shiny Black (Tune: 5 Little Speckled Frogs)


5 Crows all shiny black
Sat on a scarecrow's back
Eating the most delicious corn (caw, caw)
Scarecrow winked and shouted "BOO!"
Scared those crows and away they flew!
Now there are 4 black shiny crows (caw caw)

repeat with 3, then 2, then 1, then none.


To go along with this song, I found some very cute scarecrow and black Crow activities that were great for my class at Teaching Heart.net. Scroll down to the "Crow Arts and Games" and there is the above poem/song with a little cut and paste with crows. Check out these songs at HERE. They are cute and free!
I have to add our scarecrow writing to our Scarecrow Bulletin Board. 


The BEST part was, I used the 5 crows as a math manipulative after the kids cut them out. We sang "5 crows..now there are 4 etc. and after subtracting 1 crow each time the kids started to get what subtraction is all about. I kept referring to my math pocket chart which has addition, subtraction and take away and total and equal as vocab words for math (so far). You could also use dried black beans as counters for the "black crows". They are very cheap at the market.


We added white circle stickers and wiggly eyes and eyelashes. The shirts would have been cuter using plaid scrapbook paper but I didn't have any.  We also added a pipe cleaner bow and stapled it on for a 3D effect. 

Check out this activity at teaching heart.net link above.
It was a great activity. Then we glued the 5 crows onto the book top in the 5 spots. Super cute! Then they colored the scarecrow. I had the kids add 5-1=4  and 4-1=3 on each of the squares with their pencils. It was cute enough to put up on our math bulletin board. Loved it. Loved the song. Thanks Teaching Heart!


Well I had to include these cute little Scarecrow Cupcakes I made. They hats are orange slices (come in multiflavored packages now) and the hair is from chinese noodles (the crunchy kind). The noses are candy corn of course and M & M or chocolate chip eyes. Happy Fall Y'all! 
Check out loads of fun ideas for a fun Family Thanksgiving on my other blog Patties Place. We always have lots of activities planned for the grandkiddos that you might also like! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello Kitty Math Center from Target Dollar Deals


Wow! What a fun TARGET find! I love that dollar area at Target!  I scored a......
HELLO KITTY MATH CENTER! 

I LOVED these self-checking cat flashcards that were FREE! Check them out HERE at Printable Kindergarten.  They will be perfect for my Hello Kitty Math Center below. 


I got some CUTE little Hello Kitty Cat writing boards and some pink and black Halloween CAT erasers for $1.00 each at the Target $1.00 aisle. Aren't they cute? This printable with the self-checking cat flashcards will be perfect for this to use as a math center! 


Target Hello Kitty Math Center I found in the Dollar section.
 I have these 3 Hello Kitty math things at the math center. The marker also has this cute  whiteboard and it has its own eraser!! Woot! I got each of these Hello Kitty things for a buck! And the cute erasers are black cats with pink so even though they are just Halloween cats they match the Hello Kitty stuff.....kind of.....:D
The pad of cute pad of paper is just for me. lol.

Target is my new Favorite Place for finding math counters. These erasers are so COOL! 
 I got these cool little buckets 2 for $1.00 too. They work great to fill with the cats and to clean up the center and put everything inside. I found lots of witch and skeleton and black cat activities online too. Check out a Witch math facts coloring page, HERE at the Home Teacher. 
 This makes a really great math center for this week. Thanks Target! And I know the kids will LOVE the innovation on the "Happy and You Know It" song. 
How many of your students know the song "If You're Happy and You Know It?" Here is a cute play on words using Halloween words instead. Super CUTE!
If you're a black cat and you know it say Me-ow (sing twice
If' you're a black cat and you know it and you really want to show it, 
If you're a black cat and you know it say meow! 

If you're a skeleton and you know it wiggle your bones (shake body)
If you're a monster and you know it say "I'll Get Ya!" 
If you're a witch and you know it say "hee hee"! 
If you're a ghost and you know it just say BOO. (sing twice)
Kids LOVE singing this song! 
Happy Fall Ya'll! 





Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cute Halloween Songs and Math Centers



I had fun at our church Halloween Party and Trunk or Treat Friday night. It was fun to play bean bag toss through the Jack-o-Lantern with my grandkiddos and watch them do a costume parade.
We are all Cowboyed UP! (Jessie from Toy Story.....that's me!)
I'm Jessie from Toy Story. I just forgot my cow chaps! Woops!

Cute footprint ghost I saw on Pinterest! 
How many of your students know the song "If You're Happy and You Know It?" Here is a cute play on words using Halloween words instead. Super CUTE!

If you're a ghost and you know it just say BOO. (sing twice)
If you're a ghost and you know it and you really want to show it
If you're a ghost and you know it just say BOO.
Fun and Easy Ba.t Art project form handprints
HERE is a cute Ghost handwriting sheet to use after this verse of the song.  I usually highlight with green tape the sight words like and and youHERE at Teacher Mama  is a cute Ghost Math worksheet teaching number sentences. My kids are doing great at it already! 

If you're a black cat and you know it say Me-ow
If you're a skeleton and you know it wiggle your bones (shake body)
If you're a monster and you know it say ROAR!
If you're a witch and you know it say hee hee hee

Kids would LOVE this! 


We did these skeletons one year in partners. It was HARD! 

I found lots of witch and skeleton and black cat activities too. Check out a Witch math facts coloring page, HERE at the Home Teacher.  And I LOVED these self-checking cat flashcards that were FREE too! Check them out HERE at Printable Kindergarten.  

I got some CUTE little Hello Kitty Cat writing boards and some pink and black Halloween CAT erasers for $1.00 each at the Target $1.00 aisle. Aren't they cute? This printable with the self-checking cat flashcards will be perfect for this to use as a math center! 


 I have these 3 Hello Kitty math things at the math center. The marker also has this cute  whiteboard and it has its own eraser!! Woot! I got each of these Hello Kitty things for a buck! And the cute erasers are black cats with pink so even though they are just Halloween cats they match the Hello Kitty stuff.....kind of.....:D
The pad of cute pad of paper is just for me. lol.

 I got these cool little buckets 2 for $1.00 too. They work great to fill with the cats and to clean up the center and put everything inside.
 This makes a really great math center for this week. Thanks Target! And I know the kids will LOVE the innovation on the "Happy and You Know It" song. Happy Fall Ya'll! 



Saturday, October 25, 2014

EYEBALL Art Project from Paper Plates



I wanted to find an easy art project for this week that I could hang on the inside of my classroom. I found a pinterest of an eyeball made from a paper plate. I thought that sounded fun and "eye catching" if ya know what I mean.  On the back the kids can paste some funny Halloween jokes to tell their parents.

From Activity Village,  I found a pretty and colorful sheet of 8 jokes with the answers I liked. There were also some Frankenstein Bookmarks HERE and some Mummy Joke Bookmarks and a Halloween Joke Page HERE. Here are some jokes I'll type up for the kids to tell their families. Hee hee.
Here are some more Halloween Jokes:

Q. What do you call a mummy eating in bed?
A. A crummy mummy.

Q. Why are ghosts always hungry?
A. Because the food goes right through them!

Q. What do you call a nervous witch?
A. A twitch.

Q. What do monsters order in fast food restaurants?
A. French FRIGHTS!

Q. Who did Dracula bring to the prom?
A. His ghoul friend.

Q. What street does a vampire live on?
A. A dead end!
These jokes are from Squiglys Playhouse.  We're getting ready for our Halloween Party Friday. What does YOUR costume look like?

Gotta love those little baby chaps Dylan is wearing, now don't ya? 
 Here I am with my grandkids at the church Halloween Party last night. We had a costume parade, played pumpkin bean bag toss, ate some of the chili from the chili cookoff, and went Trunk or Treating. Here I'm dressed up as Jesse from Toy Story. All of the grandkiddos were dressed up as cowboys too!  Yee Hah! 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Art 3D Jack o Lanterns


We stuffed a bunch of pumpkins and made a 3D Pumpkin Patch for Art today. 
The students made their own Jack o Lantern faces out of black construction paper. I drew a few ideas on the board. 


 The Halloween Art looks pretty up on the bulletin board. The kindergarteners wrote about what they are going to be for Halloween.

Zombies were popular. I wonder if they know about the Zombie Apocalypse? 

Hey there's a blue pumpkin! Gotta love an original! 

I might be a witch too! 


 My classroom is all decorated up. I love Halloween. It's my very favorite holiday.
I haven't started reading the Halloween books yet. I have a dozen to put out though. We'll have to read Runaway Pumpkin now that our pumpkin faces are all done. 

These two look kind of sad. It is funny how they almost have expressions!!

There were many girls who want to be Elsa from Frozen of course. She is going to be VERY popular this year! 
Jack o lantern 3D art. 

I think this is Darth Vader. 


The Transformers were popular costume choice too! 
And so were Ninja Turtles. The boys love those Saturday morning cartoons don't they? (chuckle) 

  Happy Halloween Everybody! Hope you get the costume you always wanted! And if not, at least get the candy!
 But the final question is.....what will YOU be for Halloween?

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