Celebrating Day of the Dead in the Classroom!

Hi everyone! It's Kim from Elementary Antics. Today I'm going to be telling you a little about how I have celebrated Day of the Dead in my classroom in the past. Don't be afraid of el Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead)- this is a happy holiday!

Engage your students with this fun sugar skull directed drawing freebie!

In years past, during our report writing genre I chose to study the country of Mexico.  My class learned so much about the country to become experts for their reports.  One aspect we studied and really enjoyed were the holidays, particularly Day of the Dead. This unique holiday (celebrated November 1 &2) is a celebration to honor and remember people's friends and loved ones who have died. There are many wonderful traditions and symbols of the holiday that I think your students would really dig!  Along, with learning all about the holiday we've made an altar in our classroom to honor our loved ones that have passed, made paper mache sugar skulls and made paper marigolds and papel picado.

Pet Pumpkin Writing Project

It's pumpkin season and the weather is FINALLY starting to feel like here in the South!
I'm so excited to share with you one of my new favorite fall activities!
Pet Pumpkin writing project...get your kids writing all about pumpkins! Plus some free pumpkin poetry writing pages.
I wanted to share this great idea that I actually got from Mrs. O Knows.  I did this last year and it was a HUGE success!  This is happening next week in our class and I, for one, cannot wait!

Websites for Scheduling Conferences

Hello everyone! It's Anna from Hanging with Mrs. Hulsey, and today I wanted to share a list of websites that I hope will come in handy! 

I have always hated scheduling conferences with pieces of paper and trying to work around everyone's schedules. So this year I decided to try the online route! 

Best Sites to Listen to Books for FREE

Hello darlings!  I'm Amy from That Teaching Spark and I have some great sites to share with you for kiddos to listen to books online for free!  These are also perfect for projecting on your whiteboard to read together as a class!

Why would I need books read aloud for 3rd graders?
1. Brainbreaks
2. Interactive Read Alouds
3. Fluency/Expression Modeling
4. Modifications for IEP students
5. Listening center
6. much more...

Making Social Studies Engaging with Technology and Hands-On Activities

Okay, I am definitely not like the other teachers..... I love teaching Social Studies!  I guess maybe it is my upbringing.  My dad taught junior high Social Studies and published several local history books.  Most students don't find it engaging though.  Challenge accepted!  Here are my best tips on how to get your students excited about Social Studies (with a bit of help from some teachers in the All About 3rd Grade Facebook Group).