Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Favorite Halloween Books for Kids

12 favorite Halloween books for kids, with companion activities and book studies for each one!
Halloween will soon be here, and it's time to use some fun Halloween themed books and activities in the classroom to engage students in literacy learning!

I have created a list of 12 favorite Halloween themed books and activities...and some are great even if you don't 'celebrate' Halloween in the classroom. In fact, many include great lessons on character and inclusiveness!

 Poor Oscar gets teased by the other dogs about his silly Hallo-Wiener costume. Even though they don't deserve it, Oscar chooses to be kind and help the other dogs when a 'monster' scares them on Halloween. 
 Find The Hallo-Wiener companion activities {here}

 Spookley looks different than the other pumpkins in the patch- he's square! He gets teased, yet chooses to help the others when they are in trouble. The pumpkins learn a lesson in celebrating differences!
 Find Spookley the Square Pumpkin companion activities {here}

 No matter what The Little Old Lady hears and sees on her evening walk...she's not afraid of anything!
 Find The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything companion activities {here}

 The Ugly Pumpkin is never picked for Halloween, because he looks so different from the other pumpkins. An 'ugly duckling' story featuring pumpkins/squash!
 Find The Ugly Pumpkin companion activities {here}

 Jasper Rabbit LOVES to eat carrots, and helped himself...until the carrots came up with a creepy plan to keep him away!
 Find Creepy Carrots companion activities {here}

 Little Boo wants very much to be scary, but needs to be patient until he grows up and becomes a jack-o-lantern!
 Find Little Boo companion activities {here}

 A story about a witch riding her broom...and adding passengers as she goes!
 Find Room on the Broom companion activities {here}

 Farmer Brown hates Halloween, but the farm animals find a way to get him to come to their Halloween party in the barn!
 Find Click, Clack, Boo! companion activities {here}

 Junie B. Jones doesn't like Halloween...there are so many things to be afraid of! So she decides to wear a scary costume to keep the creepy things away!
 Find Junie B. Jones First Grader Boo...and I Mean It! companion activities {here}

 A great book for religious schools that don't cover Halloween in the classroom. This book shows how Christians are like pumpkins...Jesus removes our 'yucky stuff' so our lights can shine! 
Find The Pumpkin Patch Parable companion activities {here}

Little Baby Mummy and Big Mama Mummy play a game of 'Hide and Shriek'. Your students will love the things he is, and is not, afraid of!

Find Where's My Mummy? companion activities {here}

Nate the Great is on a mission to find Rosamond's missing cat. His hunt takes him to a haunted house, and Sludge helps Nate solve the mystery.

Find Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt companion activities {here}

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Fall Freebie: Pumpkin Life Cycle Lapbook!

Well, Happy Fall!

I just wanted to pop in to share a FREE resource that I've just completed. It's a pumpkin life cycle lapbook!
FREE Pumpkin Life Cycle Lapbook where students can show what they have learned about how a pumpkin grows.
This lapbook offers a unique and hands-on way for students to show their learning about a pumpkin's growth.
Free Pumpkin Life Cycle Lapbook where students can show what they have learned about how a pumpkin grows.
Printables, suggestions for use, and photographs of a completed lapbook are included in this *free* download.
Free Pumpkin Life Cycle Lapbook where students can show what they have learned about how a pumpkin grows.
The foldables and writing paper provide opportunities for differentiation of learning.
Free Pumpkin Life Cycle Lapbook where students can show what they have learned about how a pumpkin grows.
You can snag it {here}

Monday, August 21, 2017

TPT GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

Contest closed- congratulations Jaime!
Thanks to all who entered!
I have a $10 gift card to spend at TPT...and you could win it!
Just answer my {super simple} question to win.

QUESTION:
Name any back to school themed book study in my TPT store.
Begin your search {here}

When you have your answer, email it to me at mrsbremersk@gmail.com by 9AM tomorrow, Tuesday, August 22.

If your answer is correct, you will be entered to win the gift card. I will forward the gift card via email to the winner tomorrow after 9AM. 

Good luck!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Primary Writing- Tools to Make It FUN {Not Scary} the Whole Year Long!

I have taught in the primary grades, and I know that writing is not everyone's favorite thing to do. In fact, some students really dread it! I believe it's because they are fearful of making mistakes. I created some primary writing packs that are filled with tools that take the fear right out of writing. I bundled them up for use in Kindergarten and First Grade.

Let's start with Kindergarten, shall we?
Here are some tools that will have your primary students in Kindergarten LOVE writing...and have YOU set for the full school year!
This pack is chock full of writing options to provide differentiation. Students can choose to trace letters or work on name printing. They may feel ready to copy word lists {especially those who fear making mistakes in their writing}. Maybe your little learners need to move about the classroom, and so they choose to write-the-room. Maybe they are creative and just need a little nudge with some writing prompts or sticker pictures. And there are always those who LOVE to make books, and can use some of the stationery or book-making templates to get their stories out. Editing tools are included too!
Here are some tools that will have your primary students in Kindergarten and First Grade LOVE writing...and have YOU set for the full school year!
 sample word list pack
Here are some tools that will have your primary students in Kindergarten and First Grade LOVE writing...and have YOU set for the full school year!
Find out more about what's included, and to check out a detailed preview {here}

Here are some tools that will have your primary students in First Grade LOVE writing...and have YOU set for the full school year!
The First Grade pack includes many of the same components, but branches out to include story builders, story starters, and poetry.
Find more about this pack {here}

I have used them in my classroom, and know that kids find them FUN...and no longer complain about 'having to write'. And as a teacher, I am loving that the activities are spiraled, kid-friendly, and will take me through the WHOLE YEAR. Who doesn't love that! 

Monday, July 31, 2017

BACK TO SCHOOL...Are You Ready?

 
Well it's time to stock up with Back To School goodies, because everything is on SALE!

Get some EDITABLE resources to organize AND personalize your entire classroom
...and some FUN Back To School read alouds
...some fun first day activities
...some year long resources that will ensure you have everything you need for the entire year


...and something to ensure you are ready in case you need a sub!
Don't forget to use the Code: BTS2017 to save an extra 5% on your purchase! Sale dates are AUGUST 1 & 2 ONLY!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Anita-Bremer

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Communicating With Parents

Communicating with the parents of your students is an essential component in building up the teacher-parent relationship. And a strong partnership will allow you to work together in the education of their children. But communicating with parents can also be a little daunting!

Many teachers utilize a variety of ways to touch base with parents. Here are just a few:
-phone calls
-emails
-parent/teacher conferences
-sending notes home
-social media
-class websites
-school websites
-Google classroom
-information nights
-classroom newsletters

I wanted to share that I have recently made some FULLY EDITABLE resources that are perfect for keeping parents informed about what is happening in your classroom!

EDITABLE CLASS INFORMATION PACK
This class information pack is perfect to send home at the beginning of the year, or to distribute on a meet-the-teacher night. 
EDITABLE class information pack to help communicate with parents!
Simply type over the text boxes in the product to add relevant information about you and your class. It's great for sharing classroom expectations, wish lists, communication information, school policies, class supply lists, and anything else you want to share! Include as many (or few) pages as you wish. It's completely customizable, so you can personalize everything...even the headers!  
Find the editable classroom information pack {here}

EDITABLE MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS
I have also created an editable monthly newsletter pack, where you can share more detailed information with your students' parents.
EDITABLE class newsletters to help communicate with parents!
You can customize each month's newsletter by typing over the text boxes. Even the headers and month names are editable! They can be one or two sided...the possibilities are endless!

Find the editable newsletters {here}

Find even MORE editable classroom resources {here}.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Getting the Classroom Organized!

As teachers we know it helps to be organized. 
Here are some ways to help organize your classroom...and maximize learning!
organize your classroom...and maximize learning! Use fully editable binder covers with matching spines, name tag labels, job cards and schedule cards!
These binder covers {with matching spines!} are for your teacher binders. They will help you keep your curriculum, notes, and program resources on every subject organized. And they are fully editable, so you can change up the binder covers and spines to say whatever you want!
Find them {here}
organize your classroom...and maximize learning! Use fully editable binder covers with matching spines, name tag labels, job cards and schedule cards!
 Consider keeping your class informed about the day's events using schedule cards. This is especially helpful for students who experience anxiety as well as for those may not speak English as their first language. The graphics will help students piece together the day's schedule. The cards are fully editable, so you are able to change out any heading to the subject name of your choice!
Find them {here}
organize your classroom...and maximize learning! Use fully editable binder covers with matching spines, name tag labels, job cards and schedule cards!
 It's important for all students to take turns contributing to the classroom. These class job cards provide opportunities for students to get involved. The job titles are completely editable so you can create any jobs you wish!
Find them {here}
organize your classroom...and maximize learning! Use fully editable binder covers with matching spines, name tag labels, job cards and schedule cards!
 Name tag labels are useful for SO MANY things in the classroom! Desks, cubbies, pencil boxes, books, portfolios, charts...you name it! These rectangular and circular name tags are fully editable so that you can add your students' names. They can be used on anything at all!
Rectangle name tags {here}
Circle name tags {here}
organize your classroom...and maximize learning! Use fully editable binder covers with matching spines, name tag labels, job cards and schedule cards!
Find EVEN MORE editable items {here}!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Back to School Read Alouds

There are SO MANY great read alouds for back to school time! I thought I'd share a few of my favorite here. These are great picks for PreK-2 classrooms :)

YOU'RE FINALLY HERE
Back to school read alouds for the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classroom. Includes book list and book activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt, David Goes to School by David Shannon, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, and A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.
 This is a class favorite! 
The bunny has been waiiiittttiinngg for the students' return to school, and tells about all the boring things he's been doing during his long wait.
Back to school read alouds for the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classroom. Includes book list and book activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt, David Goes to School by David Shannon, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, and A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.
Click {here} to find some fun activities to go with this book!

DAVID GOES TO SCHOOL
Back to school read alouds for the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classroom. Includes book list and book activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt, David Goes to School by David Shannon, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, and A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.
All students just LOVE David...because he never follows the rules! In this book David goes to school. He and his teacher learn a few things about obedience...and forgiveness.
Back to school read alouds for the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classroom. Includes book list and book activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt, David Goes to School by David Shannon, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, and A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.
Click {here} to find some fun activities to go with this book!

CHRYSANTHEMUM
Back to school read alouds for the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classroom. Includes book list and book activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt, David Goes to School by David Shannon, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, and A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.
In this classic by Kevin Henkes, Chrysanthemum goes to school and finds that not everyone loves her 'perfectly perfect' name as much as she does...until the teasing students are won over. This book is a great springboard for work on learning student names while teaching about respectfulness.
Back to school read alouds for the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classroom. Includes book list and book activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt, David Goes to School by David Shannon, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, and A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.
Click {here} to find some fun activities to go with this book!

THE KISSING HAND
Back to school read alouds for the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classroom. Includes book list and book activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt, David Goes to School by David Shannon, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, and A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.
Chester raccoon is anxious about leaving his mom to go to school. This book is great for easing into the transition of beginning school and being away from parents/caregivers for a time.
Back to school read alouds for the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classroom. Includes book list and book activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt, David Goes to School by David Shannon, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, and A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.
Click {here} to find some fun activities to go with this book!

THE RECESS QUEEN
Back to school read alouds for the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classroom. Includes book list and book activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt, David Goes to School by David Shannon, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, and A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.
'Mean Jean' is The Recess Queen who bullies the other kids and bosses them around...until a new student arrives at school and shows how to win this bully over!
Back to school read alouds for the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classroom. Includes book list and book activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt, David Goes to School by David Shannon, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, and A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.
Click {here} to find some fun activities to go with this book!

A BAD CASE OF TATTLE TONGUE
Back to school read alouds for the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classroom. Includes book list and book activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt, David Goes to School by David Shannon, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, and A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.
This book is great for primary grades in that it teaches students to differentiate between tattling and reporting. A must read for classes where there are lots of 'tattle tongues' :) 
Back to school read alouds for the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classroom. Includes book list and book activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt, David Goes to School by David Shannon, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, and A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.
Click {here} to find some fun activities to go with this book!
Find even more book companions {here}!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale

Teachers, we APPRECIATE you!
Save lots by using the PROMO code: THANKYOU17
Sale runs today and tomorrow only...so get shopping {here}
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