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Have a Spooky Halloween!

31 Oct

Happy Halloween!

After having the day off from school yesterday because of Hurricane Sandy (a.k.a. Frankenstorm), my students are energized (maybe a little too much!) and 100% ready to celebrate Halloween. Since they were jipped of an extra celebration day, I am changing my plans to include Halloween FUN for the rest of the week! (Why not?)

For those of you in school today and not home picking up storm debris, enjoy this free Fill-in-a-Story Halloween writing activity I used with my RtI students to practice sentence structure and parts of speech!

Download your FREE Fill-in-a-Story Template here!

Your students will love filling in the blanks with the words from their word lists to create silly or spooky stories. For parts of speech practice and to make the story more of a surprise, have the students fill in the word lists BEFORE even previewing the story! If you want to make this activity more of a cloze activity, skip over the word list page and have them write directly on the story page.


If you want the students’ stories to be more Halloween-focused, consider brainstorming Halloween words ahead of time using an ABC Graphic Organizer or on chart paper. If your students are unfamiliar with these kinds of stories, you may need to model the whole fill-in-the-blank story process… especially for younger students! Teach them by creating one story together before letting them work in partners or work independently.

If you have time for students to share their stories, with the whole class or in partner pairs, use this activity as a chance for students to practice oral reading fluency. Spooky stories are great for adding extra expression to our voices! I modeled what their voices should sound like  using a fill-in-the-blank story I created while they were working so hard on theirs.

Be prepared though, the stories could be very silly and the students may not be able to read them because they are giggling so much. Not that I would know from experience.. 🙂

Happy Teaching!

What did YOU do for Halloween today?

Fall Literacy Fun!

29 Sep

Are you ready for FALL?

Fall is by far my favorite season!

Seriously… how can you go wrong with pumpkin picking, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin-smelling candles, and pumpkin pie?  All. Wonderful. Things. I love pumpkin (can you tell?), but most of all, I love the changing leaves and the smell of autumn. Fall is in the air, and I can’t wait to start celebrating with all my students! 

Just a quick update… Life has been busy, but a “good” busy, filled with many new and exciting things! Despite the 101 not-so-fun initiatives, mandates, programs, and responsibilities that are part of this new school year, my colleagues and I are still trying to embrace the joy of teaching and have fun while meeting all these demands. I have a fun group of students this year and am looking forward to helping them grow as readers and writers. My head is spinning, but I am still determined to make more time for blogging and sharing this year. I promise. 🙂

To kick-off a new  year of sharing, here are some Fall-themed products I just finished up. Feel free to download my FREE pumpkin poem for October. I’ll be using this poem with my groups this week and can’t wait to see how my students do with it. Let me know what you think!

Fall Poetry {FREEBIE!}

(Download your FREE copy here or by clicking the image above! If you happen to like it… be sure to check out the complete Poetry Packet here!)

Featured Fall Products

My November Roll-a-Story is finally complete!

Thank you to everyone who’s been patiently waiting!

(Click here or the picture above! If you missed the October one, it’s not too late to scoop it up!)

Additional Fall-related products (from last year!): 

Still Looking for More Ideas???

Check out additional fall activities and ideas at a Fall Linky Party hosted by 2nd Grade Pad! Click the badge below to explore the many other Fall resources that are linked up!

Happy Teaching!

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