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We are loving pumpkins!

Oh my word I love this time of year. It has actually been chilly here in Southern California. This, of course, means that all the children will be sick soon because our bodies can’t handle the shock!!! {Sadly this includes my sick little guy, wrapped up in a blanket next to me. Every October I miss at least 4 days of work due to Jackson getting the stomach flu.}
But fall has arrived and we are ready to go with it! Last week we were in full on pumpkin mode on our hallway!
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Are you dying? How cute right? An entire hallway of pumpkins!!!! Every single pumpkin was different! But they were all adorable! Not one “Funky” pumpkin in the patch. My grade level knows how to make learning fun, and our hallway was filled with amazing student writing!image
In preparation for our walking field trip to the pumpkin patch, I wrote a pumpkin life cycle book. It is just like “My Apple Tree Grows”, and my students are enjoying the quick interactive activity on each page!
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Teacher to the Core has a new Science unit on pumpkins- informational reading that is accessable to first graders- can I hear an amen
Plus, we are having a whole bunch of fun graphing, rhyming, and doing addition to 10! They even love the tests!
Teacher to the Core has a new Science unit on pumpkins- informational reading that is accessable to first graders- can I hear an amen (3)
But I have to tell you, first grade readers need support. They need vocabulary cards, real photographs, and most importantly they need it to be fun! The art in this unit delighted them and got them writing great descriptive sentences!
Teacher to the Core has a new Science unit on pumpkins- informational reading that is accessable to first graders- can I hear an amen (2)
The book for the class library is so cute. The kids are so excited to get their hands on it!
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Don’t miss out on these amazing freebies!!! Click the pictures to get to the blog posts and download the fun!
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The little baby above is from me and works with any behavior system you already have going in your classroom!
Lisa from Growing Firsties is my just the best. I “lub” her. We are planning to get together soon, and I am a little worried that the “Fun Police” will throw us in the slammer.  We are going to have all kinds of fun. She created a great Columbus day freebie! I love it and I know you will too!
This page is my favorite. It gets my students writing complex sentences and they love sharing their opinions!Who am I kidding? I love sharing opinions too! So what’s your opinion on Halloween?
Is Halloween a dirty word?
{ } yes!
{ } no!
Sorry you can’t actually click your answer, but I am dying to know what you think! Should we be allowed to say the “H” word at school. I have worked in two schools with two extreme views… One school had an annual “H” parade, and my current school is a no “H” zone!
What are your thoughts?
Leave your email with your opinion and Random Sampler will pick a winner to win my new unit!
Roxanne Comment #15 is the winner!

40 comments:

  1. Katie, Katie, Katie! I lub ya right back! And we should DEFinitely be worried about the Fun Police!

    Our school generally stays away from Halloween as far as projects, craftivities, read alouds and parties...but when you're mining for writing topics, how can you avoid Halloween??? It comes up naturally for sure. And I casually chat with the kids to find out what they're wearing, etc. :) In the years that I've had students with religious beliefs that do not consider Halloween at all, I avoid it coming out of my mouth entirely.

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  2. We don't do big celebrations for Halloween, but the topic is not forbidden either. We encourage everyone to their beliefs and if they choose not to celebrate Halloween, but rather a Fall Festival we acknowledge that as well. Either way is cool with me.

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  3. I like the "fun" part of Halloween- pumpkins, bats, etc. but not the yucky evil part (when kids dress up with blood & yuck, etc.). Right now we have no kids who celebrating Halloween is a problem with- but we have in the past. I think it would be fine to celebrate fall & not Halloween- mostly that's what I do anyway (except we'll do Jack O' Lanterns which I guess are Halloween). Carol cpolston3@yahoo.com PS- your unit looks great!

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  4. We have a "Fall Party" instead of a Halloween party. We are allowed to read books and do activities during October though. If I have a student that doesn't celebrate then I do more fall stuff instead.

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  5. When I first started at my school 15 years ago we would have a Halloween parade each year, the kids loved it. The past few years we have not done so for various reasons. I have mixed feelings as I think it is important to let kids be kids, but at the same time the kids get so excited it is very difficult to teach!
    But I like doing little activities with the kids. We have not heard what we will be allowed to do this year yet.
    Carla
    bcc_carla@yahoo.com

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  6. There should definitely be Halloween. We are allowed to have a classroom party and the students can bring in a costume to wear during the celebration. In the upper grades they bring in one piece of the costume and students guess what it is. We used to have a schoolwide parade, but that has gone by the wayside,

    Deb

    debinderry@gmail.com

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  7. We do Halloween....even though our administrator is super Bah Humbug about it. But he has kids too and knows what it means to them. It's always a crazy day with the parade and all but we work so hard its fun to have a day to play!
    -Andrea
    alwayskindergarten@gmail.com

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  8. We are allowed to talk about it at my school. I had a child who was Jehovah's Witness last year and so we didn't talk much about it. The kids do most of the talking as I generally try to keep it fall themed. We have a "harvest party" where the kids are allowed to dress up for part of the day.

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  9. In the classroom, I like to call this time of year our Fall Festival. Personally, I like celebrating Halloween. Growing up I loved dressing up like some kind for princess and counting my candy when I got back home. I have fond memories. With that being said I want to respect people who maybe weren't raised the same way. I live deep in the south and some people believe that Halloween is a celebration of the devil. With religious beliefs so strong here in the south I want to honor and respect their views as well. So as a teacher I plan fun science experiments with pumpkins and talk about nocturnal animals. We also talk about hayrides and the leaves changing colors. That way everyone's beliefs are respected and we can still have fun! :)
    Sam
    rigbys2014@gmail.com

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  10. I do not care for the scary "Halloween" part of October. I do love to incorporate all things fall "pumpkins, scarecrows, bats, owls, etc. I do not mind a book character parade as long as you have a book to go with your costume and you have read it. Can't be dressing up as vampires in 1st grade by using the book "Twilight". I really don't think school is the place for Halloween but I leave it to the home and how they celebrate holidays.

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  11. Since I teach at a small private Christian school, I don't discuss it or bring it up. I skip over the pages in the pumpkin or fall books that talk about Halloween. I would probably avoid the scary stuff and do the cute fun stuff.

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    1. Forgot the email. . . Lnabors@kingwoodchristianschool.com

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  12. This is a tough one. I personally love Halloween and the fun that goes with it. On the school side, you have students who do not celebrate but you still need to involve those students. I try to keep things "fall" centered and go drom there. We do have Fall parties but no dress up...just fun!!

    vheydenreich@yahoo.com

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  13. Because of our school population I say no Halloween. Since I have started teaching I have had either Jehovah's Witnesses or Muslims who don't celebrate along with Ukrainian & Russian students who don't celebrate it so to be safe I shy away from it.
    rlelr@verizon.net

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  14. We do celebrate Halloween at my school. But it is a huge distraction with all the costumes. I know it is a fun day for the kids but not much gets accomplished. robandroxcleveland@yahoo.com

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  15. I have taught at 5 different schools over the past 9 years, and every school has had a Halloween parade., but our district leaves it up to the principals. I know of one school nearby that doesn't allow costumes or a parade, and my neighborhood school does a carnival or something.... But no parade either. I have been lucky and have never had kids that can't participate in Halloween events. I think it's a fun day and love it as a teacher!

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  16. This is a hard one. I don't love all the craziness and honestly by the time I got home every year I was so over it I felt like I cheated my own kids. I don't have issues with the celebration but as our nation becomes more diverse I know schools have been getting rid of it because many cultures don't celebrate it.

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  17. At my school everyone comes to school in their Halloween costumes. Including the teachers and principal. Then we have a Halloween assembly put on by the teachers and the kids vote on what grade level has the best costumes. We end the day with our Halloween party. It's a day the kids will never forget!!!
    Borrorm@fox.k12.mo.us

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  18. We are allowed to use Halloween centers, etc at our school. We are careful to respect anyone who may not celebrate Halloween by providing an alternate art project, etc. We have a Halloween party. I usually use this month to do bats, bones, spiders and pumpkins and downplay the Halloween part.
    bartramsbuccaneers@yahoo.com

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  19. We have a carnival at school. It is rare that we have a student that isn't allowed to celebrate, but we just adapt the activity to "fall" rather than Halloween...

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  20. We not only have a parade but we also have a shortened day so we can have a carnival in the afternoon. It is a huge event at my school and the biggest money-making fundraiser for our PTA!
    ahenry4443ah@gmail.com

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  21. We have a parade and parties, we even have quite a few families who don't celebrate. They just leave early that day or don't come at all.
    Amberlaue13@gmail.com

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  22. We have a parade and parties, we even have quite a few families who don't celebrate. They just leave early that day or don't come at all.
    Amberlaue13@gmail.com

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  23. We have a parade and parties, we even have quite a few families who don't celebrate. They just leave early that day or don't come at all.
    Amberlaue13@gmail.com

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  24. We have a parade and parties, we even have quite a few families who don't celebrate. They just leave early that day or don't come at all.
    Amberlaue13@gmail.com

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  25. We don't really have a rule against it or for it. We have "Harvest Parties" on Halloween. The students aren't allowed to dress up or anything like that. I tend to do more fall themed activities during this time of year. It's just easier to plan those, and the kids still have a ton of fun.

    butler . erica @ gmail . com

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  26. We have Fall parties. Halloween is neither encouraged or discouraged. I like it that way. I feel if teachers are respectful to those who choose not to celebrate, we should all be able to get along.

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  27. We can say Halloween, but we can only make pumpkins and we don't have a Halloween party. We do have a fall party.
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  28. Oops, email katelyn.wray@gmail.com

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  29. We are full-on "H" at my school! tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

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  30. Our school tends to "avoid" Halloween (it's not taboo, but it's not celebrated at school, either), but I think that's OK. We know so many kids LOVE to dress up, trick or treat, and have fun, but we also know that there are kids who don't celebrate and so we don't draw special attention to that! I love to do lots of pumpkin activities with my first graders even though the kindergarteners study the pumpkin life cycle for science...it's a great review and who doesn't love pumpkins? :) lori.heydt@gmail.com

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  31. We don't have any rules about Halloween but we always avoid it. Fall break is always scheduled on that day. Half of our school is Amish and they don't celebrate it. We still do fall, pumpkins, bats and spiders. I love that your unit comes with a reader!
    wiardmolly@yahoo.com

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  32. What an adorable pumpkin unit! I also read your "Eye like what I see" post yesterday and pinned it. I can't wait to start using it, thank you so much for the great idea!
    I work at a private school, and we don't have any rules against Halloween. We don't celebrate it though, because Nevada day in also October 31st, so we celebrate that instead. They all love talking about what they're going to dress up like, and I try to incorporate some fun Halloween centers too. junglelearners@gmail.com

    Melissa
    Jungle Learners

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  33. TRICK OR TREAT???? I LOVE Halloween!!! We read lots of books and do Halloween/Fall crafts. We do not have parties, costumes, or festival:(
    Jprowell11@gmail.com

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  34. We can read, write, do FALL crafts. NO CANDY! HARVEST festival...no costumes! We talk about trick or treating safety....kinda sad...We will make it happy! :) wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com1stgradefireworks

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  35. Those little pumpkins are so cute! At our school we are allowed to use Halloween activities, centers, etc. However, we do not have Halloween parties or dress in our costumes. I wish we did :) When I student taught 7 years ago, {same district, different school} they did a book character dress up day {on Halloween}. The kids got to go on a parade through the school in their costume, carrying their book.

    Simply Second Grade

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  36. Adorable! I am actually about to go to school to become an elementary teacher. Seeing things like this just excites me :) So adorable and I will have to come back to this when I finally get a classroom. The whole acting like Halloween doesn't happen jazz is a little beyond me, but that's just my opinion. I'm new into blogging and would appreciate if you took a look at my blog :) Thanks so much!
    http://theultimatehope.blogspot.com/

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  37. Oh my gosh that all looks fabulous! I'm jealous about the pumpkins hanging from the ceiling. I can't do that because the air kicks on at night and the movement sets the alarms off. :) Not that I know that from experience or anything.

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  38. Love the classroom book idea. I have made several books for my kiddos in science. However, I have never used the rings. Easier than comb binding. Love the ribbons, too. Love the pumpkin craft idea! Cute, cute, cute.

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