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Friday, October 7, 2016

My Dilemma...DO you Teach Halloween? October? Fall? Want a FREEBIE?

So my dilemma.
We have a two week vacation
 from Oct. 1-Oct. 17.

(NO COMPLAINING HERE!)



BUT...

We return on Oct. 17.

 MONDAY

14 days (exactly ) until....

YOU  KNOW  IT

MONDAY, October 31, 2016


HALLOWEEN!
Parties,
CANDY,
Kids who can't wait to get home ( highly DISTRACTABLE!)
(some schools...not mine....)
COSTUMES!

So ...
My  dilemma.

When we go back,
Do I put out HALLOWEEN themed centers?
Do I keep it OCTOBERish with Columbus, Halloween, Fall, Pumpkins,etc?
Do I just "touch" on the "HOLDIAY" stuff...and Promote the FALL  stuff?
Do I  add  THANKSGIVING?

Should I keep it ALL going until THANKSGIVING?

What to do?  What to do?????


BTW...   I  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE   FALL!
My favorite  season.


YUMMY!


But...
CONTENT is EVERYTHING!
My student's MUST take a BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT in December.
I want them to do well.

( I don't tkink there will be a HALLOWEEN question on it.)
Unless it's about 

HOW MANY CANDIES DID YOU EAT ALL TOGETHER?

So ..what to do?   What  to do?

INTEGRATE!

I must teach SCIENCE and SOCIAL STUDIES!

( Living things...life cycle...Plants/animals...Lifestyles Long Ago..)

So here is MY plan:

Reading:
  • Nonfiction about pumpkins, apples, plants
  • Biography about Christopher Columbus, Squanto
  • Fiction about Fall, Halloween, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving
I am checking my district curriculum ( yes, we have one )
for REQUIRED (Tested )  Skills & Strategies for this quarter.

As we delve into our reading...I make SURE to incorporate TESTED strategies.
Questioning? Sequencing? Retelling? Etc..etc...

Vocabulary?   Again...check NECESSARY vocabulary for success!
I spend A LOT of time on necessary vocabulary. I have 10-12  English Language Learners.
They need visuals, modeling, & practice before they can "TAKE ON" the new information.

Phonics?   Spelling?   Grammar? 
 Required phonics skills for this quarter.
What to use for  Spelling? 
BOTH!
  Required spelling skills AND  thematic vocabulary words. 
WHAT?      WHY?

Because...I want them to have some  INTRINSIC vocabulary to use easily in their..
WRITING!

I want MY Mummy!  :)
Sorry....couldn't  resist.

Writing:

  • "How To"..grow..carve...etc... about pumpkins, apples, plants
  • "Informative"  about Christopher Columbus, Squanto,Pilgrims
  • "Narrative"  about Fall, Halloween, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving
  • Thank You cards, Invitations, Lists, Etc.
Again....I am checking my district curriculum 
for REQUIRED (Tested )  Skills & Strategies for this quarter.

Whatever our REQUIRED writing prompt will be
( I already know mine  is INFORMATIVE)

We will practice, practice, practice!
I won't skip the other genres.
Just FOCUS on the INFORMATIVE!

BUT wait!
I want crafts! I want CUTSIE! I want products! 
I Love BOOKS!

And so...we will make CUTSIE lapbooks, paintings, charts, stories & crafts
 about???

Fall, Halloween, pumpkins, apples
, plants, Christopher Columbus, 
Squanto, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving

DON'T  tell  our FIRE MARSHALL..

I might HANG THINGS UP!
Definitely!

I won't tell,  if YOU won't tell.

MATH:
  • addition / subtraction
  • missing addends
  • place value
  • graphing
  • story problems

And MATH??
Lots of Graphs, addition & subtraction, problem solving, story problems
ALL ABOUT THEMES!

How many apples, pumpkin seeds, candies, turkies, indians, etc, etc.
(Math Journals are GREAT for this!)

and, yes..

I will need to keep it going until Thanksgiving.
And I will need to use EVERY MINUTE of EVERY DAY!
And yes... it will take planning, and prepping...

BATS! 


Black  Cats


Growing  Pumpkins


Making APPLESAUCE!
Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed!


And YES


I WILL LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!

You see...
FALL IS MY FAVORITE SEASON OF THE YEAR!

To those of you who hung in there to the bottom of this LONG POST...
A FREEBIE FOR YOU!

Happy FALL!




3 comments:

  1. I loved reading this - the dilemma is real and you did a great job of modeling problem solving!

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  2. We have a week long Fall Break so our Oct. is cut short too. I don't complain because I love it! But the struggle to use all the cute Fall resources is real!!

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  3. I think you're wise to focus on the fall-themed items and give the crazy-inducing Halloween stuff a miss. Some families downplay it others avoid it all together, and bringing it into the classroom is setting kids up for a difficult dilemma--how to maintain control and stifle their obvious excitement!

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