Halloween Excitement & Geography Freebie

There is just something about this time of year when I start getting excited about Halloween, Thanksgiving, and even Christmas!  I love, love, love all of the fun and craziness that the holidays bring.  Like most of you, my school is in a Common Core Standards craze, so I wanted to create something fun for Halloween that was specifically aligned to the Common Core Standards.  I decided to incorporate the Operations and Algebraic Thinking standards to create a collection of Halloween math lessons that can be used as center activities.

I’ve created one center activity for each of the nine
operations and algebraic thinking standards, so there is a total of nine activities. 

The cover page for each activity includes the Common Core Standard and can be glued to a file folder.

There are also student directions that can be attached to the inside of the file folders.

You’ll also find all of the task cards and materials, as well as a recording sheet for each activity.

I have to say that I’m REALLY excited to start using these centers in my classroom!  We still have to get started on our multiplication and division unit, but we’ll be ready when October is here!  You can check it out for yourself here.

Geography Freebie
Last week on a whim, I decided to survey my students on a few basic geography ideas.  I gave them a pretest, and I was shocked at the results.  ~Grab your copy here!
I was blown away to discover that half of my students could not name the country they live in, so needless to say we backtracked a little and studied some of the basics.  We ended the week with a little activity to reinforce where we live.  I cut out six different size and color squares of construction paper and had students glue the squares on top of each other.  Then, they labeled each square starting with the city where they live and moving on to the county, and then state where they lived.  They loved this activity!



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