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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Monsters & Mummies & Super Heroes! Oh My!

I've been boo'd.
Not in real life.
That would be sad.

But here in bloggy land... I'll take it as a sign of love. Thanks all of you "boo'ers".

I'm confused about the rules - I've seen a wide variety of them. Each explaining something different to do. Name 3 blogs. Name 5 blogs. Share something on your blog. Share something via email. {Is booing normally this difficult?}

So, I'm doing what I tend to do when I'm unclear - my own thing. :D

First of all, there are far too many wonderful blogs out there for me to just mention a few. Check out my blog roll on the side to see a list of my bloggy friends who I visit ALL the time. They always have fantabulous things to share.

Second, I'm including a treat for all of you - cuz that's the way I roll. :D

Third, I don't do much with Halloween in my classroom. It's limited to a day, maybe two if I'm feeling desperate... at the most. And even then, its a sporadic item or game interwoven with all of the normal routine. So I really don't have a lot of Halloween-type things to share.

If we use the word Halloween at school, some of our parents tend not to send their kids to school. I don't like it when that happens. I find it so upsetting that the kiddos don't get to have the same fun I did as a kid, pretending and using silly imagination to explore monsters, witches and goblins... oh my! I certainly don't want to offend anyone - but pretend is just, well, pretend! And FUN! Besides... there's c.a.n.d.y.!!!

Anyhoo, I prefer the kids come to school. AND I prefer not to get upset letters from parent concerned that we are learning about the "dark arts" Harry Potter style while at school. So I refrain. Mostly. And only do a little bit. A super duper tiny amount. And I tie it all into reading, writing and math.

And then I whip up a magic elixer to cast off any unwanted ... "Hey we'd rather you not talk about Halloween." notes, letters, email or phone calls. ;P

October 31st is called Literacy Day on our campus. Children are asked to come to school dressed as their favorite character from a book. They MUST bring the book with them to school. Otherwise... they will... uh.... their teacher must quickly come up with a book for them to hold. {hrmpph}
The entire school does a parade around the campus. We all take our chairs and sit outside our rooms. (No halls here... all doors lead outside.) We watch as the parade passes us and then join the end of the line. Each group sits back down on their chairs as they complete the full route so they can watch the rest of the parade go by. It's lots of fun. Completely adorable. The kids have a blast.

Some of the teachers dress up, too. Many are very creative.

I've been "The Giving Tree", "The Teeny, Tiny Ghost", "Dorrie, the Witch", "Miss Spider" and I can't remember what else. Last year, I came up with a being a super hero. "Teacher Woman". I wear a mask and a cape and a T-shirt with a big ol' red T on it that says "I Teach. What's Your Super Power?" that I had made last year. I know. Boring. But comfy. Very comfy. I'm pretty sure I will be that Super Teacher again this year. {Are you booing me for real now?}

I LOVE Halloween and have quite a few books that make their way into my reading center during that last couple weeks of October.

One of my all time favorites is:

 

I have the kids make this:
You can read my post about it {here}.

We made an adorable monster glyph last year. I created it after seeing this on Pinterest. I LOVE everything about this picture. The kiddos could easily make all of those little penant pieces!
I cut out basic construction pieces and the kids used this glyph sheet:
...to create these little "monsters".

I plan on making these again this year. I will be adding a writing element to it wherein the kids will turn all of those glyph components into complete sentences to tell about their monster.

{CLICK} for a copy of the Monster Glyph sheet. 

Another thing I try to do this month is read Where the Wild Things Are.

Have you seen the Where the Wild Things Are unit from Vicky at Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After?
The pack is huge. There are many fabulous ideas. I know my kids are going to love the writing activities. Adorable.

So... what's it like in your neck of the woods? Do you step lightly around "Halloween" or can you go nuts with it? Do you dress up?

❤I LoVe your comments!❤
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17 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness--I just love your Monster Glyph! I also love the idea of Literacy Day on Halloween at your school--very clever. I'll be in the middle of hosting a book fair during Halloween, which is a scary enough event by itself!
    Swersty’s Swap Shop

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  2. What an adorable mummy craftivity!!! And that pennant banner is absolutely adorable. Think I'll have to make that as well! :)

    Kelly
    Beg, Borrow, Steal

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  3. So cute!! I can use that for my Halloween Party. Yay!! Thanks for sharing. :)


    Kate
    Second Grade Sparkle

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  4. Aww thanks for the shout out traci,
    I love your mummy guy,..so adorable. We can't dress up during school hours and our school is similar in regards to spending time on Halloween. The PTA puts on a monster mash Friday night and we can dress up then...it's super fun. I will dress up as an 80's girl. My go to outfit for several things LOL. Have a fun week. ;)
    Vicky

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  5. I LOVE the Mummy..too, too cute! I really like the banner also!

    Kathy
    First Grade a la Carte

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  6. The mummies are creatively cute! Would love to make them. We don't get to dress up, but wish we could!! Loved reading your blog, especailly the part of, "mixing up the magic elixer..."
    AmyHowbert

    Little Miss Organized
    amyhowbert1@gmail.com

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  7. Omg, I love the monster banner! I love the idea of your monster glyph, so adorable! My kiddos will love it:)

    Aloha,
    Corinna
    Surfin' Through Second

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  8. OK too stinkin cute! Love it! Think the book character is a great idea and if I were a momma at your school that would also have to be my kids costume because having to do 2 costumes would do me in!!! So whatcha goin as...
    ~Christy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

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  9. Aw, too bad about the Halloween thing, but the litracy parade sounds fun!!
    Those monster pennants are SO cute:)

    Barbara
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers

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  10. I love the super teacher idea because you ARE a SUPER TEACHER!!!!! I've always wanted to dress up as the pigeon (from Mo Willems) but could never pull it together in time. Piggie and Elephant would be cute too!!! Have fun!!!!! :)

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  11. We pretty much go nuts with it! The kinders dress up and trick-or-treat down every hall, and the rest of us party all day and do Halloween type activities, because the kids are so hyped up anyway...might as well roll with it!

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    1. That's the way to do it! I WISH we could just have an all out... nothing but fun... kind of day! Your kids must LOVE it!

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  12. I love that idea of a literacy parade with students dressing as a book character AND having to bring the book! Your monster glyphs are adorable!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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