Halloween Resources for your First Grade Classroom

With Halloween around the corner, I've made a few updates to my Hands on Halloween pack.

You can get this here.

I also made a few of the centers editable because I found myself going back and changing things to fit the needs of my students. I wanted you to have that same option!

This center originally had circles you could cut out. Then I realized that these circular math counters were way easier! I love using these circles for making words!

I added an editable version of this center. 

I also added an editable board for this one so you could type in any vowel or vowel pair in that middle spider. Right now I'm focusing on short e but you may be onto vowel pairs. Now you can choose which vowel you want to focus on. 

Also an editable version of this board. 

I added a long vowel version to this center. 

You could use these as centers during Halloween week or you could use them during your guided reading groups.

I also have a printable Halloween pack. I love the activities in this pack! Perfect for morning work, homework, and seat work. I use the reading passages in reading groups, too! The writing prompts are perfect for a mini-lesson because they include planning pages and rubrics. Skill building pages (phonics and grammar) are great for extra practice and for an informal assessment.

You can get this here

I made a COMBO pack in case you wanted both hands-on and printable Halloween activities. :) 

I posted this freebie a couple years back. Enjoy!

And here's a picture of a simple activity you could do this week!

2nd Grade Literacy Centers for October

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great school year so far! I know I'm terribly late with posting this, but I figured better late than never. A few weeks ago, I updated my 2nd grade October literacy centers. I'm so happy with the make-over! I was motivated when a new teacher at my school asked me for centers. I looked over them and realized they were in need of a 2015 update! 

I know I printed this in color, but when I taught first grade and used these menus, I didn't bother with the color. I just printed black and white and it looked great still. :) 

Just like the first grade menus, there are four categories and four centers under each category. 

This is the easier version of the Read and Sequence. In this pack, there are two different choices for Read and Sequence AND two levels of difficulty with both choices. 

There are three different versions with varying levels of difficulty for the Read, Visualize, Draw.

Read and Comprehend probably takes a bit longer than the other two. There are lots of options. you can have students do an Anticipation Guide where they answer questions before and after reading. You could have them simply write four facts or do a comparison chart. Either way, they are reading and showing their comprehension. 

On to Word Work. Students will see how many words they can make out of the words scarecrow and harvest

This is a simple real/nonsense word sort. There are three different sets of words (oo, ee, and -dge)

This is one of my favorite activities: matching the two syllables of a word. 

Here, students will sort short and long e words. It's extra tricky though because I use ea words so they really have to read the word to determine if it is short or long. 

One of the biggest changes to this menu is the writing section. I wanted to align it better to Common Core, so I added an opinion writing center. There are two choices of prompts, both with a planning page. 

This is another favorite! Who doesn't love writing a real letter to a friend or family member. This spinner gives them some guidance though. :)  Some prompts call for descriptive writing,  one for "how-to" writing, and one for persuasive writing. 

These writing prompts are the same but I added some planning pages for more guidance for kids. 

Sticker Story is always a hit in my classroom. Halloween stickers are everywhere! I always encourage them to add detail to their picture so it's not just a flood of random stickers. Yes, I definitely made that mistake in my early years. I would get papers with TONS of stickers on them and no real picture. Putting a limit on stickers definitely helps!

I also added Fill a Sentence to the menu because I remember at the end of first grade this was always a great center. I thought adding the adjectives gave it an extra challenge. 

Super sentence is the same but always a fun one. :)

There are four sentence scramblers. In the 2nd grade edition, I leave our the capital letters for an extra challenge. They have to write the sentence with the capital letter though. I would make a big deal out of this so they remember!

Last, is Word Endings. Students will add the correct word ending to the sentences. 

In case you haven't seen this before, students color the menu to show they finished a center. The picture on the cover of the folder that holds that activity matches the picture on the menu. The folder goes into the magazine holder with the reading, word work, writing, or sentence building label (just like the menu has those labels.)

Since October is half over, I've put this on sale! Grab it now and have it ready for next year or introduce it now so your students get the routine for November!

You can get my October centers for 2nd grade here:

You can see my 1st and kinder centers by clicking on the pictures below.


Haunted Hop Giveaway

Fall is in full swing and maybe your planning could use a little perk up!

Well lucky to your, some of your favorite TpT sellers have gotten together to make your Fall a little bit easier to plan with the Haunted Halloween Hop!

You can score ALL of these goodies if you complete the hop by October 25th!

Here’s what you need to do: 
1. Visit each blog on the loop for directions to snag the Secret Word. 
Make sure to follow each seller - we’ll be checking before we send out prize packs!

2. Write down each seller’s word on the Cheat Sheet!

3. Submit all of the Secret Words on the Google Form {and wait for the prize pack to be emailed to you!}

** Please note: Because some Sellers have their word waiting for you on their TpT Banners, you will need to visit their store using a computer, not a mobile device! **

Now onto my part of the giveaway. :) I'm giving away the product in my store that I'm using a ton so far already this year! This is a big hit with my students. :)

With this Guided Reading pack, you'll give your students engaging, interactive activities to use during guided reading groups. These activities could also be used as centers! Students will get plenty of opportunities to work on fluency, comprehension, decoding, and reading strategies. 

You can read more about this here

Don't forget to "like" me on Facebook for your chance to win this and all of the other awesome goodies from my blogger friends! You'll find my secret word when you visit my Facebook page. :)

After that, head on over to my sweet, talented friend Andrea at Always Kindergarten for a look at her amazing goodies!