Monday "Make-and-Take" {Pumpkin Races}

I feel like it shouldn't be Monday yet.  It feels like I was just sitting here typing last week's Monday Make-and-Take.

I got home late last night from my in-laws, so the Sunday Save-Day went up a little late.  Be sure to check it out if you missed it!  It's a good one :)

Moving on - 

are you pumpkin-ed out yet?  Pumpkin food, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin games...etc...

Well - hopefully you're not at the "pumpkin-over-kill" point yet, because I have a pumpkin Monday Make-and-Take for you today!

If you haven't been to the pumpkin patch yet, then here's the perfect excuse to go!

And that's it!

So here's how you can play.  Divide students up into 2 teams and place the pumpkins on a table side-by-side.  One pumpkin per team.  Have one student from each team come and stand next to their pumpkin.  Now - depending on the skill you are practicing, you will play a little different.  For example, shown on the pumpkins above you see math problems and sight words.  If you were playing the math version, you can call out an answer and the student from each team races to put their finger or hand over the math problem that matches your problem.  For example, you call out "12" and students race to find "7+5".  You can do it the other way around too, by writing the answer on the pumpkin and calling out the problem. 

If you're doing the sight word version, then you call out the sight word and students race to find the sight word on the pumpkin.

You can also write vocabulary words on the pumpkin, or any other skill!

If you want to get a little fancy - you foam stickers instead of marker on your pumpkin like shown below:


Alright, friends - Rock out your Monday!

Give me a shout out if you give them Monday Make-and-Take a try in your classroom! {Or have already done something similar in your classroom} I'd love to hear how it went!


Sunday Save-Day {Spooky Alphabet Code Words}

Oh man - Sunday is almost over!   This post is going up a little later than usual.  We just got back from dinner at my in-laws.

I hope you had a fabulous weekend.  Date night with the hubs on Friday was wonderful and relaxing and pumpkin carving yesterday night was so much fun!

Take a look at this awesome-ness that is my pumpkin:


And apparently my husband is a closet profressional pumpkin carver - look at how his turned out:


Here's the whole lay-out of everyone's pumpkins :)

{creepy one on the far right!}


This is my favorite pumpkin. though :)

I really loved how this pumpkin turned out :)

I know it's not Halloween yet -but I couldn't resist putting her in her pumpkin costume!


Anyway - Sunday Save-Day

 I'm gonna make this quick!  This week you might be starting some Halloween activities, so I thought I'd make a game that could spice up your teaching this week and next and be used in a variety of ways:


It's just a fun way for you to introduce new words in your lessons.  Or it could be a quick morning activity.  As mentioned above, each morning as students arrive, have them decipher a new word.

I've provided large picture cards (seen below) so that you can "spell" the word out on the board by placing the picture cards up.  Students use the alphabet code to solve the word!

Fun, right?

Download the activity at the bottom of the post and pin and pass it along to your friends :)  


More Halloween Activities:

Trick or Treat Rounding Game

Haunted House Story Elements -Graphic Organizer {FREE!}

Happy Haunting Amelia Bedelia - Idiom Center {FREE!}

Pumpkin Pattern Task Cards {FREE!}

Fun with Pumpkins {Science Activity}

Spooky Sorting {Math and Literacy Activities}

Do you carve pumpkins?  Fancy design or old school?


Download this file (Spooky_clues.pdf)Spooky Alphabet[ ]2322 kB

10/17 :: Friday Favorites

I'm so glad it's Friday!  You too?

It felt like a long week, with not a lot to show for it - fail. 

Well - we won't focus on the bad - let's focus on the favorites of the week!

Free Halloween APPS for your kiddos!



This article on 10 things your child's teacher want to say to parents...yes and yes....especially #4, 5, and 7


This great idea for math class - I like how it forces the students (and teachers) to practice explaining an answer in different ways.

{Plus - you add a dice to any task and it instantly becomes more fun, am I right?}


I'm a visual learner - so I love when you can use manipulatives to SHOW students why something is the way it is...this is a great visual for kiddos!

{Plus - it gives the wiggly kids something to do other than just write the answer down}


Wack-a-Word!  You get the idea :)

{Watch out - your boys will love this!}


Get yourself a garbage pail, wiggle eyes, pom-poms, and some sticky letters for this easy-to-make game!  Of course you could use this game idea for any skills!


And if your a mamma of a little one like me - then perhaps this idea is more your style :)

Any big plans for the weekend?  I've got date night tonight with the hubby and pumpkin carving tomorrow.  Hope your weekend is fun as well!

Throw Back Thursday {My 4th Grade Journal and a Fall Freebie!}

Yesterday, I found me a little gem:

My mom was doing to some cleaning out and came across my 4th grade school journal.

Friends - I can't even tell you how hard I was laughing reading through my entries.  It was like I had a peek into my 4th Grade mind and as I read it, I could remember at times what I was thinking when I wrote it.

Two things I found:

1 - I was DEFINTELY a teacher-pleaser.  "Mrs. Marinucci is soo nice....Mrs. Marinucci does such fun projects....blah blah blah..."

2 - I was/still am a TERRIBLE speller!


Here are few snap shots of this wonderful blast from the past:

{copyright - bahhhhaa!}



{this must have been one of those mornings where I argued with my mom about why we had to make our bed before getting on the bus - that was the rule - and I apparently thought was a waste of time..ha}



{I'm guessing the writing prompt of the day was:  "What do you think a teacher would write about in his/her journal?"  A little foreshadowing of my future career perhaps???}


I read the entire journal last night and loved every minute of it!  Oh - 4th grade me ....

Anyway - keeping with the throw-back-Thursday theme, I'm posting a little Throw Back Thursday Freebie:

If you didn't snag it when I originally posted it- Good news! It's still ready for the takin!

It's 72 Fall-themed word cards.  There are endless possibilities of how to use them - but here are 7 suggestions:

You can head to this post to grab your copy :)

Have you ever come across any of your old school projects, writings, journals..etc...?  I'd love to hear about it!


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