Monday, October 29, 2012

Witch "craft"

Ok, I've been working on this cute little witch "craft" for the past week and we finally finished it today.  I'm so excited to show the final product because I LOVE the bulletin board display.   Maybe next year I will have a Halloween pack that will include this whole thing, but I'd have to start working on that :)

Maybe I'll just keep it up all year long ---- the witch could always wear a Santa hat or a green top hat for St. Patrick's Day!!!!

Wishing everyone a Happy Halloween!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Biography Pack

I just uploaded a new product - a Biography Pack for intermediate grades.  It is free for a limited time.  If you like it, I'd love to hear what you think.  Also, message me if you have any questions about it so I can improve my products for you!

Click Here to get it

I will be working on a Biography Pack for primary grades as well.  If anyone has suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Last minute Halloween Crafts

Since I've switched grade levels this year to first grade (after the last 9 years in 3rd) I feel like I am only able to plan minute by minute.  I guess I didn't realize it was almost Halloween and I should probably change my bulletin boards.  Especially since I look down my hallway at school and see all of my fellow teachers with such amazing bulletin boards - I have to step it up!  :)

So I thought of a couple cute projects to do in the next few days and put up outside.  The first one is these cute word spiders on a glitter web.  It ties in with this week's spelling words in Treasures - consonant blends with "l".  This is a whole lot better than the T-charts or foldables that we've been doing.  Here it is:

(I realized after doing this that I REALLY like glitter.)

The second idea I had are these adorable witches that will be sticking out of the bulletin board.  I still have to make these with the kids, but here is my quick example.  Stay tuned for student pictures!

(These aren't the best pictures and I can't decide if they should be legs out to the side or sticking out from the bulletin board.  They will be much cuter when the kids do them.)

Here's to Pinterest for this quick math craft:

Saturday, October 20, 2012


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Best Part of Teaching

What could be better than the little gifts we get from our students.  This one was even more important than just a drawing or quick note.  One of my little first graders wrote this "book" for me and brought it in with a HUGE smile on her face.  This is by far, the BEST part of teaching.  Now I have a book written about me :-)  Here it is (I wrote underneath what it is supposed to say):

The book about Mrs. Machan  By Caitlyn  You are the best teacher in the world.
You are really nice.  I love the things you teach us.  

When I play on the playground I like to think about school.

When I'm on the bus I think about school.

AND HERE'S THE BEST ONE......I miss you when I'm at home.
Awwww - how sweet - right?  

So, I'm wondering from those of you out there ---- what is the best thing you've ever gotten from a student?

Love those little First Grade Smiles!!! <3

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Math About Me

In honor of my new blog, I thought it might be nice to post a new Freebie item on TpT.  Click on the picture to get it now.

Here is what it looks like hanging up right now outside my classroom.  Although I used it as a Back to School activity to hang up for Open House, you could really use it at any time of the year.

If you download it, I'd love to hear what you think about it!  Leave me a quick note :) 

***If you like this freebie, then you should check out these other items in my TpT store:

Building number sense is all about making math meaningful and interactive.  Here are some more math activities that will help you improve your students' number sense.

Check out these common core aligned Math Centers.  These can help your students practice Common Core with some fun centers and activities.  There is a ton of variety so that you can use and reuse these all year long.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

I've been BOO-ed!

I've been BOO-ed by Learning with Mrs. Leeby (who was nice enough to add me by request).  This is my first Linky Party and I am honored to be a part of it.  So check out her site (because it's GREAT!) and then check out some Halloween ideas below!

#1  I used this quick, fun, Halloween activity when I taught 3rd grade.  It is on sale right now in my TpT store until Tuesday.  I always loved how the students writing turned out and it was a great way to review parts of speech.

Here is a 3rd grader's example of their poem:
So cute and fun!!!

#2 The Day After Halloween --- this is something I will be using with my 1st graders this year.   We all know the students are tired and hyped up on sugar, so here are some hands-on, fun activities for the day after Halloween.  This is also ON SALE right now until Tuesday.

#3 A FREEBIE from Games 4 Learning.  Who doesn't love freebies AND games!!!!

#4 The Candy Corn Bandit by Babbling Abby is SO CUTE!  I can't wait to use it with my first graders this year!  If I were you, I'd check it out! 

Here are the people I BOO-ed.  Check out their blogs too because they have some awesome ideas!!

Lori Smith at The Reinspired Teacher