MEGA Monday Make-and-Take


This is going to be a crazy week.  My brother-in-law in getting married in Maine this weekend, so we are traveling up there on Wednesday.  I've never been to Maine before, so I'm really looking foward to it!  {Any Maine readers out there?  What's the weather supposed to be like this weekend?  Are your leaves changing yet??}

But for now - it's a special edition of Monday Make-and-Take - MEGA Style!

I couldn't decide on just one idea to share with you this week because I came across so many good ones - so I decided to share them ALL with you :)

Be sure to click on each picture below to visit the blog where the idea came from!  Awesome ideas!


Supplies:  Pumpkin(s) and sharpie

Steps:  Write sight words or math questions (or anything else you can think of!) on the pumpkin.  Students sit in a circle and roll the pumpkin to each other.  Where ever the students thumb lands when they catch the pumpkin is the word they say or math problem that they solve.



Supplies: Paint sticks, clothes pins, sharpie markers

Steps:  Draw a "rule" (don't worry about it being drawn to size) on the paint sticks.  Then, write different fractions on the clothes pin.  Students will clip the clothes pin on the rule where it matches up.  For example, a student would clip the 3 1/2 clip on the second like after the 3. 

Supplies:  Large square box, Large piece of butcher paper (any color), black circles cut out of construction paper.

Steps:  Wrap your square box in butcher paper (as if you were wrapping a present), Then place black circles on each side to create each side of a die.  Use this "life-size" dice when playing whole-class games!  Students will get such a kick out of rolling such a gigantic dice!

Supplies:  3-sectioned paper plate, word cards with prefix, suffix, and roots written on them (of course, you can change this game to match any skill)

Steps:  Write "root,"  "prefix,"  and "suffix" on the three sections of the plate.  Students will read each word card and place it into the correct category. 


Now the real question is:  Which one do we make first???

I hope your week starts out awesome!


More Monday Make-and-Take Games:

Create-a-Number (Place Value Game)

4 Games Using Paint Chips

Spider Web Toss (Class Game)

Types of Sentences (Sort)


Sunday Save-Day {Johnny Appleseed Compound Words}


If it's Sunday - then why do I feel so exhausted?  Isn't Sunday the "day of rest?"

My morning was super busy -  it was our big kick off to our Sunday School year (which felt like the first day of school to me - so hectic, but awesome!).

I hope your weekend felt a little less crazy :)

Now - being Sunday, you're probably busy watching football or planning for the week - so I'll only take a minute of your time to share this weeks "Sunday Save-Day" Freebie Game!


It's a simply matching game for compound words with a cute Johnny Appleseed theme.


{There are a total of 36 apple cards}

And this easy recording sheet for assessment :)


Easy enough, right?

{Download at the bottom of the post}

If you need another Johnny Appleseed resource, feel free to check out this game for practicing incomplete vs. complete sentences - another good skill to cover at the beginning of the school year.

Enjoy the last few hours of the weekend!

Anyone watching football today/tonight?  Favorite team?


Have you seen these Sunday Save-Day Freebies?

Football themed - Noun Verb and Adjective Sort

Gumball Subtraction Challenge 

Synonym Pumpkin "Bump!"

72 Fall-Themed Word Cards

Fall-Themed Game Board (Create Your Own Game!)











Download this file (johnny_appleseed_compound_words.pdf)Compound Words[ ]2649 kB

9/12 :: Friday Favorites

Just another nice fall-feeling day in store for us here in NY.  I don't hate it :)

I'm looking foward to the weekend as we don't have too much going on, so hopefully it will be relaxing.  
Anything great going on for you this weekend?

I've got some goodies to share with you today:


This fun twist on Scrabble.  3-D Scrabble cubes!  I like how each cube has several letters on it, giving students more chances to come up with words!


{Do a few students' names come to mind???}


Take an old puzzle and create a matching game out of it like this sight word puzzle.  I can see math facts, synonym/antonyms, and compound words working well this idea too! (See a similar idea here...)


{Don't act like this doesn't happen to you!}

How cute is this spelling center?  

Have a great, great weekend!


National "Talk Like a Pirate" Day Comin' Up!

Hey everyone!

How's your day going?

First and foremost, I want to take a moment to remember 9/11.  It's so crazy that it has been 13 years already.  I was a senior in high school and I remember the day perfectly.  It's hard to believe that most of our students (if not at all) were not even born then.  So, to them, the day may not make sense.  I found this website that might help you teach your kiddos about the day.  It has age-appropriate lessons that you can check out.


After I taught a class at the gym this morning, I had a nice little breakfast date with this cutie:


{Who just happens to be turning 6 months today!!}

P.S. There's a pumpkin spice latte in that cup :)  I love me some Panera - I usually run all my errands via passing a Panera Bread :)  Ain't no shame!

It's in the 60's today and is such a yummy fall day :)  Love it!

Did you know that September 19th is National "Talk Like a Pirate" Day (which is next Friday).  How fun is that?

A couple of years ago I made this context clue game for a friend of mine that teaches 4th grade.  If you've been following the blog for a while, then you've probably have already seen this game and maybe have even used it in your classroom.  It was a perfect skill to practice while talking like a pirate.  The kiddos got such a kick out of figuring out words and phrases like "sea rovers" and "doubloons." 



Fun for everyone!  Click on any pic above to download your FREE copy :)


More on Context Clues:

Context Clue Tic-Tac-Toe

Con-TEXT Clues 

Have no fear - Friday is near!

Enjoy your day!


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