Thursday, September 27, 2012

Halloween Books--A Linky Party

Even Monsters need Haircuts, by Matthew McElligott

This is a great book.  It is my new favorite Halloween book!  The little boy uses his father's barber shop to cut all types of monsters' hair.  The illustrations are wonderful! There are so many different kinds of monsters taken from classic literature and legends, as well as from the author's imagination.

Go Away Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

I love this book--and am currently working on writing: Come Back Green Monster.  So stay tuned--hopefully I can get it done this week!  It is a great book for preschoolers and beyond.  

Little Witch, by Anna Elizabeth Bennett

I recommend this book purely for nostalgic reasons.  As a girl, I read this book every Halloween.  It is a a classic story of a girl being brought up by an evil witch mother, but the girl rebels.  She goes to school, showers, and tries to free the witch's captives.  In the end, she finds out she is the daughter of a good fairy, who was imprisoned by the witch.  She frees her mother, and they of course, live happily ever after.  Sadly, this book is no longer in print, and no longer at my local library.  I might just have to hunt it down on amazon!

Matilda, by Roald Dahl

Matilda is basically the same story line as Little Witch, but a bit more modern.  It is still in print and easy to find in the library!  A fun book to read.  Of course there are so many of Dahl's  books you could read this time of year.  

The Little Scarecrow Boy, by Margaret Wise Brown

This is a coming of age book--for a scarecrow-- that is.  The scarecrow wants to go to work with his dad, but he has to work on his scary face!  At the end, he is able to scare the crows away.  As always, with Margaret Wise Brown, the writing is superb, and it is a wonderful way to lead into making a scarecrow!

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum
 I finally read this book for the first time this summer.  I read it to my second grader--and he loved it!  I did voices for all the characters, and my scarecrow voice was, by far, the best!  The book is about finding a heart, brain, and courage.  Attributes we all need in this life!

The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin, by Margaret Wise Brown
This book is about dreams coming true!  The little pumpkin dreams of becoming fierce pumpkin. Luckily, children pick him from a pumpkin patch and turn him into a scary jack-o-lantern!  A great book to partner with Gail Gibbon's The Pumpkin Book.  

Too Many Pumpkins, by Linda White
I love this book!  Rebecca Estelle loves to garden--but she never plants pumpkins until . . .    a truck splatters pumpkins all over her yard.  The pumpkins grow and grow--so eventually she picks them and makes wonderful pumpkin treats!  The entire town comes over to eat with her.  It is a nice story about turning lemons into lemonade--or in this case broken pumpkins into a wonderful fall festival!  Every year we get the sound recording from the library and listen to it as we are driving around going to apple orchards and pumpkin patches!  We never get too much of this book!


To find more great Halloween Books--check out the linky party!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Base Ten Sculptures

The only rules: only nine ones, nine groups of ten, and nine groups of 100s.  Then create!



Same sculpture, just taken at a different angle: 567





593  again--just at a different angel


Oh No!  Hi has too many groups of ten--what can we do to fix it?  Create a new structure with the right ten base blocks!


You could also give students a number, have them gather the right amount of 10-base blocks--then create!

Have fun!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Suzuki Saturday

Emily loves playing Mary Had a Little Lamb.  She loves hearing the minor chord.  I love hearing her play!

Friday, September 7, 2012

My Favorite Color Books!

Children's Picture Books About Colors!

The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse, by Eric Carle

Coloring Page for Artist who Painted a Blue Horse

Eric Carle colored his horse blue--what would you color your horse?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sight Word Tower: Monday Made-It

I found these foam blocks at Target about a year ago.  I keep hoping they will resurface--but I haven't seen them yet!  They make for a fun sight-word-spelling word game!  

The students pick a block--read it-write it-stack it!  They want to have the tower get as high as possible!    

This could be done independently, in small groups, and even whole group with bigger blocks.  I hope Target sells these again--and soon--I have lots of ideas for these blocks!

In the meantime--you can get lots of other ideas at 4th Grade Frolics!

September Currently

Over Labor Day weekend, I took the boys to Ohio to spend the weekend with cousins.  It was fun to see my brother and sister--and their kids.  I also had fun playing with my boys! We came up with a new swimming game: Dive, Dive, Dive! The boys would get a piggy back ride as I would dive into the water.  They would take a ride, then swim away!  I think I need to start swimming again--my body was so stiff after playing this game with the boys.  When I came home, Emily was so excited to see me!  I am a tired from our little trip!  Still haven't finished unpacking--but it was so nice for my husband to stay home with Emily--she would have been so stir crazy at the hotel--and so nice to spend time with the boys.  I just feel like I need a vacation from my vacation!