Thursday, October 30, 2014

Candy Corn Experiment and Freebie

What would Halloween week be without a little candy corn? You couldn't pay me to eat it, but it sure does make for one great science lesson! You can even whip this one up for tomorrow if you wanted to add some science fun to your crazy day! This is one activity the class will remember!

All you need for this one is a small cup, some water and one piece of candy. You can give one to each student or just use one demo for the whole class to come to observe. 

The students asked the question...What will happen when I place a candy corn in water? Most students thought it would dissolve ( YES! They didn't say melt!). Others thought it would get bigger like our gummy bear did in the last experiment, and some thought it would get mushy. 

The changes happened quickly as the students exclaimed that the candy corn was shedding its skin! There is a candy coating that gives the candy corn its shiny smooth texture. That part separates and floats away first.

We waited for about ten minutes and then observed our cups again. 

What was left looked like orange Kool-Aid with a white floaty blob. 
Not a very scientific description, but it works! 

I made a recording sheet for this experiment. 

You can download a copy {here} if you like!
 There's an all black and white version too.

Are you all set for the big day tomorrow? It's the perfect set up for little angels to be transformed into ghouls, isn't it? Kiddos are so excited and going bonkers right now. Something like this might be the perfect thing to keep the calm for at least a little while! 

Here's a throwback this Thursday of my sweet little trick-or-treaters when they were little! 

I wish we could do it all over again!

Whatever you do tomorrow, have a very happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Boo to You! Halloween Freebies!

Kids get so much candy on Halloween! One of my gift ideas this year is to keep it simple and give my students something that I know they will really treasure once the Halloween hoopla ends. A night without homework! YIPPEE! 

If you are still working on an idea for your students, you can grab this little freebie {here}. 

Tonight I am off to spread some holiday hauntings in my neighborhood as I BOO the two teen girls who live down the street. It is great fun to go ring their doorbell at night, run away and hide behind a bush, have a good laugh :) and watch them open the door to find their surprise on the porch!
This is what I got them this year:

No candy, but something from Bath and Body Works I'm pretty sure they will think is very SWEET anyway! 
All of the kids in my neighborhood are growing up, but I refuse to give up this tradition!

I made a new sign and directions so I thought I would share it! 
If you want to start a fun tradition in your neighborhood this Halloween week, you can grab the Boo sign {here}. 

We also BOO at our school. 

You can find the signs for classroom to classroom fun {here}.

I just need another non-food item gift to pair with the homework coupons.
Any great ideas???

Monday, October 27, 2014

Are You on tsu?

I just discovered this great social media site! It's a little like Instagram and Facebook rolled into one super package! Are you on tsu? Lots of folks are jumping on board! Come and join in the fun with my teacher friends there!

You need a referral code to sign up, so just enter the short code CreativeLessonCafe and you are all set to easily create your profile and begin posting. To find other teacher friends, use the hashtags #teacherfriends #teachersofinstagram or #teachersfollowteachers. Add me as a friend and I'll add you back! You can find me{here}.

Click on the image above to get started with your posts. They make it incredibly easy. I'm sure you will love it! You can earn a little cash for your posts, likes and shares. I have earned a penny for my thoughts! Ha!

Speaking of cash, you can save a bunch! My Primary Powers friends and I have joined in with Educents for a spectacular deal! There is just one day left to get in on the exclusive bundle. Don't miss out!

Check out the previews below...  

Hurry on over before the deal is gone! 

Have a great day!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Weekend Warriors: Classroom Storage Ideas

It's a fact. Teachers have a lot of STUFF. It can seriously take over the room and bury us alive if we let it! I am back today to share another tip that really helps with classroom organization. My Weekend Warriors friends are also here to share some swell October Organizing ideas with all of you.

This post is all about...

When I found out I would be getting oodles of math centers and manipulatives with our new math series, I honestly had mixed feelings. I am excited to have all of these great materials, but I am pretty much out of storage space without new STUFF coming into the room. If you have storage issues too, you might try what I did!

 If you need to conquer the clutter...hide it and stack it up!

 For storage solutions for my math manipulatives, centers, craft pieces or just about anything... 
 I now look for stacking tubs with lids.

I purchased lots of these beauties at Lakeshore. They were a bit pricey, but SO worth it. They last for years and come in a variety of great colors. I picked up two different sizes. One set is shallow but wide enough to hold recording sheets, game mats and all center materials. Because they have lids, they stack and that saves space!

The other set is deeper and perfect for manipulatives, card sets and other things. 

What I love best about these tubs is the fact that they are so colorful and fun.

 My new bins are great except for the fact that you cannot see what is inside.
 It really helps to have some clear containers for things too.  

I like everything in its place and prepped way in advance.
Here we have my crafts for the rest of October and into November prepped and stored away in Sterilite containers from Target. All of my turkey project pieces are copied, cut apart and ready to assemble!

When our Fun Friday crafting begins, I simply pull out a project tub! 

My goal is to continue to add to my container collection and eventually label everything. It will be a work in progress!

You will find these and other ideas STORED away on our Pinterest Board! 

You can follow our board by clicking on the image above. 
As always, feel free to Pin any ideas you see here to your boards.

I wonder what tips the other Weekend Warriors are sharing today... Let's head over and check it out!

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