Monday, October 27, 2014

Currently FREE Tricks and Treats for Red Ribbon Week and Halloween

Linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy Fourth Grade for the October Currently.

Listening: I've been listening to a local pop station whose Morning Show is hosted by Carson Daly from the voice and they have been playing the song "Dangerous" by David Guetta & Sam Martin. If you are looking for some upbeat and energetic music especially for working out to, David Guetta has a few dance music albums where he has collaborated with many different artists so there is tons of variety.  This song is quickly becoming a work out favorite, next to David Guetta's and Sia's song "Bulletproof" from his previous album. 

Loving: I so excited that the holiday season is here! I love to decorate, bake and cook for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! Can't wait for all the good eats.

Thinking: I love dressing up for Halloween and our school does a story book festival where students and staff may dress up as long as it is a character from a book.  Last year my team and I dressed up as characters from Alice in Wonderland, and the year before that I dressed as the Paper Bag Princess. This year I'd think I might be a character from Hunger Games. I'm deciding between Katniss Everdeen or Effie Trinket. It will depend on what items I can gather together in time. 

Wanting: I'm waiting for it to cool down a bit more so I can break out my boots with skinny jeans tucked in for fall without feeling too hot. Right now we've had mornings start in the high 50s which is pretty chilly for us in Southern California, the only thing is the afternoons are still warming up to the high 80's.

Needing: With the holiday season upon us and all the yummy food I definitely need to make more time to work out or I won't be fitting in to any skinny jeans, or pants for winter. Lol!

Trick or Treat? Does your school require healthy snacks and treats? My school emphasizes healthy eating and has an approved snack list for parents to use as a guideline especially when donating food items to share in the classroom and/or for individual student snacks. However some treats are still allowed to celebrate the holidays (in moderation and teacher choice) if they are tied to a specific lesson. As we strive towards making more healthier choices for our kids it got me to think outside the box. So last year I picked up these Clementines for a healthier Halloween treat option. 

The kids used a sharpie marker or you can use Wilton's Food Writers to decorate their "mini-pumpkins". I even had a kid come back the next day and say, "My sister didn't believe it was a pumpkin." I was like "Uh, remember I told you they were small oranges." Kids say the darndest things! I guess this guy got tricked instead of treated.

I also bought pumpkin seeds for a math estimation games last year. I've tried digging them out of a fresh pumpkin before but I don't like the mess so I just buy the pumpkin seeds already roasted. This year I plan to use them with Laura Candler's Pumpkin Seed Multiplication since we are in now in our multiplication unit. Just click the pict to go to her TpT store and pick up this awesome FREEBIE.

 Laura Candler's Pumpkin Seed Multiplication FREEBIE

More Treats! 
Here you will find my FREE banana template I used for my Red Ribbon Week door.  I just printed the bananas on yellow copy paper then I made a hand written sign that says "Don't monkey around with drugs. They'll make you go bananas." I also added the monkey graphic you can get in the free download. For the tree I scrunched up some brown butcher paper then rolled it for the trunk, cut out some green leaves after looking up a picture of a banana tree and drew a huge leaf that was my template for the others. I then clipped both ends with heavy duty magnets to hold it on my metal door. Packaging tape might also work well.  Click the pic to get the monkey graphic and banana template for student to write a brief anti-drug messages and their signature on.

Red Ribbon Week Drug Free Monkey Poster and Banana Templates

I've also uploaded this drug-free pledge (bookmark sized) to TpT that I use each year and copy on red card stock.  Click {here} to get the Drug-Free Pledge Bookmark. 

I've been wanting to share this picture of the crazy pumpkin house that I happened upon last fall down in Santa Monica! I was astounded by all the pumpkins in what could only be Pumpkin Hoarderville! This is just the right side of the house. There left side has way more!!

Finally, here's my lone light-up pumpkin that I will hang to surprise my students on Halloween. I will need to see if I can get my new TA  to help bring the kids in while I hide. Then I'll jump out near this lighted pumpkin saying"The Great Pumpkin is here!" and scare the kids like I've done the last few years.

I hope you have a wonderful Halloween! I'd love to hear in the comments below how you celebrate Halloween in your school or classroom.

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