Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Addition Doubles Book/Movie Activity

PhotobucketLast year there was a great post by What The Teacher Wants.  They posted a doubles rhyming book that is amazing!  I used it with my class this year and had a great time.  We used gestures (Whole Brain Teaching) to create a movie about each doubles fact.

Awesome doubles rhyming book for Halloween

Orginal post by Rachelle over at What The Teacher Wants with the link in it

Check out our Double 4 clip:

Want to learn more about Movie Making in your classroom?  Check out some of my older posts here and here on green screen/Chroma Key.

You can also hear me present live at the upcoming Tennessee Educational Technology Conference in Nashville November 30 - December 2, 2011.

Sorry I've been MIA from the blogosphere for so long.  Our new evaluation system has me working overtime (to the benefit of my classroom and students) and I'm still trying to work out my schedule.  I haven't implemented writer's workshop yet and my word work/literacy activities need a serious upgrade. All of that coupled with the passing of my step-mother has left me playing catch-up.  I'll try to be on here more in November.  :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011


My stepmother Barbara passed away this week.  She was a wonderful Christian woman and she will be dearly missed.  Please pray for my father (it's his birthday too) and family this week.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Owl & Bat Nocturnal Animals Ceiling Decoration

Handprint wings :)

Haha my favorite!  I think it is supposed to be a scary bat, but I think it kinda looks like a lady bat... too cute.

Ok, now here's the bad news... I don't have a pattern.  I got it from one of the veteran teachers and I have no idea where they got it from.  But, I have a plan!  To make your own, find a clipart image of an owl.  Print and cut out the large sections onto a manilla file folder to make a pattern- then cut out the individual pieces for your kiddos.  It takes a little while to cut out, but I think the results are so worth it!  Also, use colored hole punch protectors to add some colors to the eyes.  And googly eyes are a must.  :)

 Also, the bat pattern is very simple- just the body!  The students trace their hands (twice) on 1/2 a sheet of black paper for the wings.  The moon is just a 10" circle from the die cut.  Owl on one side, bat on the other.  Looks great from the ceiling!

What do you do for fall decorations?