Free Halloween Game to Build a Classroom Community 


My favorite time to teach is any holiday season. It gives me an opportunity to bring fun printables and engaging activities with the different holiday themes. 

One of my favorite resources is this free Halloween game to help build a strong classroom community. Ready to download this already, grab it for free here! 


The Importance of Building a Classroom Community 

One of the most important aspects of teaching, even sometimes more or as important as academic growth, is social emotional growth and building relationships between classmates and you (the teacher). Activities that support building a classroom community are so important when teaching the whole child and all students. 

I cannot speak enough about the significance of making students feel welcome and to feel as though they are active Important members of your classroom community.

Creating a positive classroom community with students is so important for a child’s overall learning experience. 

For example, it increases collaboration and teamwork by encouraging students to work together. 

It also enhances social skills and promotes classroom participation as it encourages every student to be an active member of your classroom community in a save positive environment.
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Furthermore, building a classroom community can help increase a sense of belonging among students. They feel more secure around their peers and are more confident which helps with their positive self-esteem which can reduce anxiety. 

Finally, by building a classroom community, it helps enhance your classroom management and makes your life easier. 

Teachers with a strong classroom community often have a class who makes positive choices by following the rules, respecting authority, understands that we all have different strengths which in turn fosters  positive  classroom and individual behaviors.


 Free Halloween Game to Promote Positive Classroom Community


This Halloween game is completely free and 
promotes a positive classroom community. 

For example, by playing charades it encourages teamwork among students. They will need to collaborate, communicate, and support each other.

 In addition, it promotes active participation because students need to move, engage, and can help break down barriers to increase energy level and fun into your classroom. 

Furthermore, charades helps with communication skills and social stills too. 

Finally, playing charades fosters inclusivity because every student can participate. 

In addition to this fun free Halloween game you can turn this into a writing activity and have students write about their favorite part of playing this game or their favorite fall activity. GET THIS FUN GAME HERE 










It is sure to bring lots of laughs and fun moments. To download this for free today click here!

The Best Back to School Elementary Resources and Printables 

Are you looking for the best back to school resources to have in your teacher back pocket? YES?
We got you covered! Here are five of my best back to school elementary favorite resources and printables that will save you time and make the first week of school fun for your class. 

The Stressful Back to School Season

If you are like me, the back to school season is difficult but also full of excitement. This is an opportunity to grow as a teacher adjust your lessons from the previous year and meet a new wonderful bunch of students. 

In addition, there is so much prep work! Setting up the classroom with the best and most functional layout to setting up the new schedule and classroom procedures and rules. 

The amount of tasks can feel overwhelming! I see you and that is why these back to school printables will help you with the procedures, cut your prep work time down, and supply your class with fun and engaging activities. 

The Best Back to School Elementary Resources 

Here is our list of the go-to printables to make your back to school season a little less stressful.     


Are you looking for a quick way to get your kinders or firsties thinking about goals for the new school year? This is a quick, cute way to get your kiddos to think about their Goals or Hopes and Dreams for the upcoming school year and it supports non readers! This is perfect for your whole class and will allow your English Language Learners, Special Ed Kiddos, Kinders and Firsties to choose pictures to support their goals! Snag this resource here! 

Social Emotional and Polite Classroom Posters (insert picture or product cover here and link to TpT product) 

This packet is designed to act out or think about social situations where you should “Use Magic Words” like please and thank you among other words.     


Snag 8 done for you posters on manners and 23 cards with scenarios written on them that you can present to the class or your children to have them think, pair, share to come up what they might do in the situation and what they should say. 

These discussion cards are great for morning meetings and learning how to interact with classmates. 

Back to School Getting to Know you Activities 



Kickstart the first week of school with excitement and Build Classroom Community when you introduce these 'Getting To Know You' activities that spark engagement like no other! 

This Back to School versatile resource, which includes picture supported "Ice Breaker" activities increases friendship and aids in kids' understanding of each other by getting them up, moving, and interacting. 

Consisting of several partner activities, this dynamic resource offers a fully immersive experience that is not only educational, but supports social interaction as well. Easy to facilitate for any educator, this back to school tool provides a variety of activities to choose from, this activity ensures a vibrant and lively start to the school year, fostering a deep bond among classmates from the get-go. Directed towards a more interactive and engaging learning environment, this innovative resource is the game-changer in your teaching routine! 

Editable Name Plates 

Print and laminate these Editable student name tags or name plates and you will be all set for the
beginning of the school year and anyone who enters your classroom will be able to identify your students and call them by name!! 

This 10 page packet has everything you need to create mini offices for math skills and language arts as well as student desk name plates. 

The name plates can be run off and laminated then attached to student desks or placed on tables. There are a variety to choose from to meet student needs. Learn more about these name plates here today! 


FREE First Day of School Activities (insert product image or TpT cover and link to your product) 


This is my favorite back to school elementary resource because I love using these greetings, the morning meeting topics, and these fun first day of school activities. 

Each one helps to understand your students better and makes the first day of school memorable.In addition, this printable pack includes a free writing activity for kids which can help understand how the first day of school went for your students overall. Finally, this freebie includes the best classroom scavenger hunt that will make your first day of school memorable. 





I hope you can use some of these Back to School Resources...BUT...for NOW relax in the sun and when you are ready to start thinking about Back to School, they will be here waiting for you.

Still need some more IDEAS for Back to School?  Take a look here for a bit more fun for Back to School!

When it comes to teaching math, it is important to have a variety of hands-on activities. The more hands-on the more younger students retain the the kills and concepts taugh. I am also a strong believer that all students no matter their age can benefit from concrete hands-on learning..  

When we combine math and art there are numerous benefits for children's development.  

🎲  First of all, it helps them see math as more than just numbers and equations.  

🎲  Second, engaging in hands-on activities that involve mathematical concepts, children can develop a deeper understanding of abstract mathematical ideas. Furthermore, incorporating math into art projects encourages creativity and critical thinking. It allows children to explore different ways of problem-solving and finding solutions. 

🎲 Last, these crafts provide a fun and interactive way for children to learn math, making it more enjoyable and memorable. We understand that time is valuable so we put together these 5 math and art projects/crafts for kids so you can use them , adapt them to differentiate learning for your students

Addition and Subtraction Ice Cream Craft

This addition and subtraction printable craft makes practicing addition and subtraction fun and engaging while practicing this particular math skill. Students will create math family ice cream sundaes. ANNNDDDD...there are two different ways you can use this math craft with your class. 
You can laminate the different ice cream scoops and bowls and use this repeatedly as a math center OR you can print off different math crafts for each student and create as a whole class project to send home, use as an assessment, or even use as a bulletin board! For more information on this fun craft idea for math class click here.   

Mosaic Math Art

Mosaic math art combines mathematical concepts with the creation of colorful mosaic designs. To make mosaic math art, you will need construction paper or cardstock in various colors, scissors, glue, and a ruler. Start by cutting the construction paper into small squares or rectangles of equal size. Then, use these pieces to create a mosaic design on a larger piece of paper or cardstock. Children can arrange the colored pieces in different patterns or shapes, creating a visually appealing mosaic artwork.

This craft incorporates concepts such as symmetry, patterns, and fractions. 
Children can explore symmetry by creating symmetrical designs using the colored paper pieces. 

They can also experiment with different patterns, such as alternating colors or creating

repeating motifs. Additionally, this activity provides an opportunity to introduce fractions, as children can divide the larger paper into equal sections and fill each section with a different color or pattern. 

Mosaic math art allows children to express their creativity while engaging with mathematical concepts...not to mention fine motor skills. We love this math and are projects and idea because it is unique to each student.

Students can also use pattern blocks or magnetic shapes to express their creative mathematical designs!

Click here for amazing math art and drawing games that your students will love!  Karyn is amazing! 

Paper Chains and Patterns


If your students are working on patterns you can easily create classroom paper chains with patterns like ABA, ABBA, ABCA, and more unique patterns

Have a museum sharing time or small group sharing time where students can create their own pattern paper chain and explain to the class what their pattern is and you can use these fun paper chains to decorate your classroom! I don’t know about you but I love when my students can decorate our classroom and take some ownership in the room.
 

Geometric String Art

Geometric string art is a craft that combines mathematical concepts with artistic design. To create geometric string art, you will need a wooden board or canvas, nails, colored string, a hammer, and a ruler. Begin by marking equidistant points along the edges of the board or canvas using the ruler. Then, hammer nails into these points, leaving a small portion exposed. Once the nails are in place, start weaving the colored string around the nails to create geometric patterns. OR SIMPLY USE GEOBOARDS!       

This craft incorporates several math concepts such as symmetry, angles, and patterns. Symmetry is evident in the balanced designs created by the string art. Children can explore different types of symmetry, such as rotational symmetry or reflectional symmetry, as they create their own unique designs. Additionally, they can learn about angles by observing the angles formed by the string as it wraps around the nails. Patterns can also be explored through the repetition of colors or shapes in the string art design.
You can use a simple paper plate or cardstock paper to make this craft even easier prep for you. Furthermore, students can hole punch their own shape and talk about it’s features and attributes as well. 

Button Day Math and Art Projects


Now button day is not something you hear about every day but it is November 16th every year. So why not take that silly national holiday and create a fun day for math and art. This printable and low prep packet is great for graphing. Best of all it includes multiple subjects, lesson plans, and more fun crafts too. Easily turn buttons into a fun art graphing project with this bundle. Find out more here.

Domino Basic Math Skills

If you are looking for an easy end of the year idea or any time of the year idea, your students will love this domino craft! Actually there is a National Domino Day, which is celebrated on November 11th, but you don't have to wait until then to use this adorable Dominic and Dominique craft to create Domino addition and subtraction math fact families

It is easy prep and fun for elementary students because you can make it addition, subtraction, multiplication, and even division. This resource supports counting, writing numbers, and more. The bet part is you can easily differentiate this for your students without taking you a ton of time. For more on this activity click here.


Math Fact Family Houses and Neighborhoods

Are you ready motivate your students to learn their math facts? These math fact houses will have your students engaged in ;earning their addition and subtraction math facts in a snap.

Creating these fact family houses allow math concepts to be tangible and engaging. This can capture students' interest and motivation, leading to better understanding and retention. Being able to see first- hand how these addition and subtraction fact families relate, is a valuable concept to support memorization.

For mor about this activity, check it out here.



So...as you can see, combining math and art projects /crafts has numerous benefits for children's development. By engaging in math-based art projects, children not only enhance their artistic skills but also deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts. These crafts provide hands-on experiences that allow children to explore mathematical concepts in a fun and interactive way. They develop critical thinking skills, spatial awareness, problem-solving abilities, and an appreciation for the beauty of math in everyday life!


I would love to hear some of your favorite math projects!  Please share in the comments!




Getting to Know You ... another fabulous idea that you can add to your teacher toolbox to be ready for the first week of school.     

I am all about building community and making our classroom  a "school family" where we can feel safe, learn about each other, take care of each other and do our best together as a "family". 

The classroom is a place where we can solve problems, feel comfortable and make our environment one in which all students have the opportunity to learn, grow and do their best!
So this activity is just what you need to promote classroom community! 

BUT...before we dive into this Back to School activity, it is important to understand 

Why BUILDING CLASSROOM COMMUNITY IS IMPORTANT FROM DAY ONE

1. Establishing Trust and Comfort:

Building a classroom community from day one helps create a safe and comfortable environment where students feel valued and respected. This trust is crucial for fostering open communication, collaboration, and a positive learning atmosphere throughout the school year.

2. Promoting Engagement and Participation:

When students feel connected to their peers and teacher, they are more likely to actively participate in classroom activities, discussions, and projects. A strong classroom community encourages students to share ideas, ask questions, and take risks, leading to deeper learning experiences.

3. Supporting Social and Emotional Development:

Classroom communities provide opportunities for students to develop important social and emotional skills such as empathy, teamwork, and conflict resolution. By promoting a sense of belonging and inclusivity, educators can help students build healthy relationships and navigate various social situations effectively.


With that being said, this back to school ready to use printable activity can be used the first day of school, first week, as a getting to know you activity or as an anytime activity. 


It also includes a first day activity of “Find Someone Who…” to get your students up and and moving around to meet other classmates. Here is what is included in this packet:A first day getting to know you activity sheets for students to find other students with various attributes. 

This activity is perfret for the first day or week to "BREAK THE ICE" and get students up and moving in a safe and non threatening way!

  • An I LIKE and I can sheet to fill in and see how you and a partner are alike and different.

  • Differentiated sheets to use to meet student needs in writing. 

  • Frames for students to draw self portraits.




  • Directions for use and put it all together and it makes a great Back to School Night display or bulletin board idea


I think it would be safe to say that this Back to School activity is a mini unit for you and your students to get to know each other!




Ideas to extend this activity:

🍎 Have students bring in their favorite book to share with a partner or small group.
🍎 Have students create a ME Bag  
🍎  Have students meet with a partner and share a few things about themselves. After a few minutes, ring a bell and students switch partners. The best way to organize this is to have an inner and outer circle and when the bell rings, the inner circle moves to their right or left while the outer circle does not move. You can use visual directions with hand movements if students don't know which way is left or right or have students wear a rubber band on the right wrist, 
🍎 Have students work with partners and create a partner drawing.
🍎 Have students write an ACROSTIC poem about their partners using their likes and what they can do from the sheets they have filled out.  

These are just a few ideas to extent this activity...I am super positive that YOU have already thought of a few to add to this list! PLEASE SHARAE YOUR IDEAS IN THe COMMENTS!

 


Earth Day: A Special Time to Remember to Take Care of the EARTH


We dedicate this day to raise awareness and promote environmental protection. 

BUT...YOU KNOW WHAT? EARTH DAY SHOULD REALLY BE EVERYDAY!

AND...IT IS SO important to teach our students and the next generation how to care for our earth and the importance of taking care of the land. 

Which is why this blog post on SIX Fun Earth Day Activities for Children was created so our future generations can continue to take care of the world 

Three Printable Earth Day Activities 

We all know Earth Day is important but sometimes the prep work for it all is too much for us already. So we created this fun Earth Day pack of printable activities to make teaching and learning fun and take the pressure off of you to prep everything. 

 πŸŒŽ Earth Day Craft and Bulletin Board: 

Everyone wants to be a Superhero! 

Ignite those imaginations and encourage those young minds to imagine if they were a superhero and could save the Earth. This Earth Day Superhero fun craft and writing frames are great to share after reading a story about Earth Day or any story that encourages positive practices to keep the earth safe and to GO GREEN! 


The Earth Day Writing Frames are versatile and can be differentiated in that you can pick and choose various writing frames to fit different learners. 


Be a Superhero and Save the Earth combines Writing and Science. For more information click here. 


🌎 Printable Writing Craft and Crown 



If you are looking for comprehensive differentiated Earth Day Activities that align with curriculum goals check out this fifty-nine page resource packed with everything you need to have fun on Earth Day or maybe it might turn into Earth Week.


These resources have been used with Kindergarten through 2nd grade. To snag this writing project click here. 





🌎 Printable Earth Day Math Games   

                                                                                                                                                   



This fun and motivating addition and subtraction Earth Day themed roll and cover die or dice games are ready to print, laminate and use.


If your first and second graders are like mine, then they love to play games! When a game teaches fact fluency it is even better. Your students will be learning while they have fun playing a game with their classmates. Snag this here today!


🌎 3 Fun Earth Day Activities for Children 

Not only do we use printables to teach our students how to take care of the world we also complete these fun Earth Day activities too. 



🌎 Recycled Art Projects



Each student brings a variety of stuff from home that they would normally throw away. 


We ask them to bring at least 10 different items into the room instead of throwing it away so that they can share supplies with other students. We also save objects fro our classroom and cafeteria (of course we clean them up before adding them to our recycled collection).


They bring in plastic water bottles, milk jugs, cereal boxes, etc and use those to create something beautiful by upcycling. 



Personally, this is one of my favorites because students get to use their own creativity, devise a plan, and get in front of the class and share their idea. 


I have seen kids turn their recyclables into plant holders, book boxes, and more. 


The possibilities are endless. Recycled projects are fun Earth Day activities for children because they get to be so creative and it works with all grade levels.




🌎 Community Clean-up  


It is important for students to take care of the world and one way to do that is a community or school wide clean up. 


Our classes go out at different times of the day and pick up trash to make the world better. 

We also talk about what we find and how long it takes to decompose naturally. Some of the stats will shock you






🌎 Energy Efficiency


Not only do we learn about how to take care of the world by recycling, reusing, and cleaning it up but we also talk about natural resources and conserving energy. 


For example, turning the water off while brushing teeth is a great lesson for students to learn to save water. Also, turning off the lights when the leave a room is also a great lesson for conserving energy too. 


Not only is it good for the world but also their parents will thank you for talking about this with kids too. 


These ideas and more are included in this Earth Day BUNDLE  


Recycling and upcycling household items, cleaning up the environment, and these fun printable crafts and activities are great ways to celebrate Earth Day with kids. These fun Earth Day activities for children will have a great impact on the world in the future and can make all the difference.