Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Halloween Cooking and Crafts

As you may know from following my blog, when we celebrate in class - we celebrate hard! We do themed weeks for holidays - the kids absolutely LOVE it!

Here is a quick look at some of the crafts and cooking that we have done this past week for Halloween!

One of our kiddos loves pacman, so we made pacman style ghosts. We used some glue to draw out the shop of the ghosts then used glitter over the glue and added some googly eyes.

This year we decided to do something a little bit different and we made these funky skulls. The kids loved looking at different designs of funky skulls.

We always like to include a bit of sensory so we use some cotton wool balls to make these fun, 3D ghosts. We attached some ribbon to the top of them to hang them up around the classroom to make it feel a bit spooky!

All the Frankenstein crafts we were looking at were just too complicated for our kiddos, but this one went down perfect. They were able to do a lot of it with just some verbal prompting and really enjoyed making these.

We do a lot of baking, but we decided to include some different types of treats too. These are cheese strings with some chocolate icing added on to make a ghost face.

We like to include some fruits too - so we made these spooky ghosts bananas. Simply cut bananas up and use some chocolate icing to make the ghost face.

And finally - please excuse the messy table, this was the best place for a photo to show you our scary grape monster cups! Simply use some bananas for eyes in the middle of all the grapes then draw on the outside of the cup the eyes and a spooky face!


Monday, 24 October 2016

Bonfire Night: Word to Picture Matching

The word to picture matching activities are a fantastic resource for the autism classroom, especially with non-verbal students although can also be used within Spec Ed or General Ed Classrooms to promote reading.

This specific word to picture matching activity is linked to the theme of Bonfire  Night / Guy Fawkes which is celebrated in the UK and many other countries on the 5th of November.

All the images and vocabulary included in this pack are linked to the theme of the Gunpowder plot and is a great way to encourage students to work on their Guy Fawkes vocabulary as well as their reading skills.

It will allow you to be able to monitor if your students are able to recognise and understand different words and link them to the appropriate, matching picture. Many students may learn to just read words but not understanding the meaning behind them, this will help to promote that.

This resource contains 3 different activities boards in total. 

The first page in the PDF is the instructions page to help you use these to their best potential.

Comes in colour/color or black and white option for your preference.

Check it out here or click the images above for more details.


Saturday, 22 October 2016

Bonfire Night: Ten Frame Task Cards

Bonfire Night is just around the corner, and these ten frame task cards have proven to be a big hit with our kiddos. 

Students have to look at how many fireworks are in the ten frame then select the correct answer below. You can either have students circle the correct answer with a dry wipe pen or use a peg or similar object for them to use.

I'd highly recommend laminating each of the individual task cards so that they will be stronger, longer lasting and re-usable - meaning you can store them away and pull them out each year, ready made with little prep.

All main images are linked to the theme of the Gunpowder Plot for Bonfire Night and also come in b/w and col option for your preference. Check them out here or click the images above.


Friday, 21 October 2016

Halloween Comprehension

Halloween is just around the corner. We have been so busy in our class doing lots of fun and different Halloween activities as well as celebrating in different ways with the School. This week there's even a disco - our kids love the disco and playing all of the different games, it's going to be Halloween themed, the students are invited to fetch in their costumes which staff help them get into in the afternoon ready for the party/disc and there's even some very talented staff on hand ready to paint their faces and give them some glitter tattoos!

Anyway, today I'm going to share with you one of my most popular Halloween resources, my Halloween Comprehension Pack.

This comprehension pack contains 8 different comprehension worksheets with accompanying question sheets.

Each pair of worksheets is linked together by image and title. There is a short passage on one page and then 5 questions on another page for students to answer on what they have read in the first passage.

These worksheets are a great way to encourage students to slow down and pay closer attention to detail. The worksheets are all linked to the theme of Halloween and are fun and engaging for your students - I'm sure they're just going to love them!

These were a huge hit last Halloween, with many teachers getting in touch about how much their students loved these comprehension packs!

You can find out more information here on this resource and how you can use it in your classroom, ready to bring the Halloween feeling into your class.

If you really love my comprehension packs, you can find a huge year round growing bundle here.


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Bonfire Night: Fact Flip Book

Guy Fawkes (Bonfire Night) is a celebration that takes place every year on the 5th November in the UK - however, many other countries around the World also celebrate as well.

This fact flip book comes with 2 pages of reading passage for you to use for students if they are unsure of the facts, it comes in two difficulty levels depending on student's individual abilities.

This is an interactive book where students can cut, stick and colour/color the different pieces for each page. 

There are two options for the cover page; color/colour or black&white. 

Each page has two options for students to choose the answer from. They cut out the correct answers and stick them onto the page. 
Put it together and make a flip book!!

There are instructions included on the first page of the document 
There are also small instructions included on the bottom of each of the pages, as well as photos of the finished style on the last page for you to see it finished.

This resource works great in both British & American classrooms.

Check it out here or click the images below.

The following images show the fact flip book completed.

This is a great way to see if your students are able to pay close attention to detail for the reading passage included to be able to find the answers for the questions. At the end of the task they will also have a 'finished piece' where they are able to view their finished resource and be able to use it for any future activities and to reflect upon.


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Halloween Symbol Support Cards

We all know how hard it can be when our non verbal students aren't able to communicate with us what it is they're trying to say, especially when it comes to seasonal events such as Halloween.

This is why, on my TpT, you will now find this great Halloween Symbol Support Cards Pack which is full of symbols all related to the theme of Halloween that will help your students to communicate with you what they want.

This download contains symbol support cards in the theme of Halloween. There are a total of 73 different symbol cards included.

Plus it comes in US and UK versions.

Symbol cards are a great way to support students with communication, especially great when working with Spec Ed, or Autism Students.

This comes in col only option and as a PDF document.

The symbol cards are in alphabetical order to make it easier for you to find which symbols you are looking for.

Plus, if there are any symbols that you are specifically wanted related to this theme that aren't included in the pack, you can just drop me a line and I'll get it added, if relevant, right away for you! Just click here to be re-directed to the page to find out more about this resource.

If you use symbol support cards regularly with your students, or wish to use them more often, then you can find my huge Symbol Support Cards Bundle which contains over 1100 individual symbols, plus it's a growing bundle, so more symbols will keep on getting added to it!

Symbol support cards are usually used with Special Needs students and students with Autism, they are a great way to enhance and expand student vocabulary and communication, or a pure source of students to communicate with.

Or, if you are looking to introduce the use of individual symbols to your classroom/child and like the look of these style of symbols, you can find out more here (aff link).


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Halloween Write the Room

As Halloween approaches, the weather seems to get colder and wetter, students spend less time outside, which means more time inside - and we all know that this leads to some very frustrated and bored kiddos! Being cooped up all day can be hard and it usually means that your students just can't cope with anymore sitting down at a desk and working - so why not mix it up a bit, keep them learning while getting them moving!

This Halloween Write the Room activity is a great way for students to work on their vocabulary, spelling, writing, exploring skills and while keeping active by moving around the classroom.

This activity includes 20 different write the room flashcards. All images and vocabulary are linked to the theme of Halloween.

It comes with 2 levels of difficulty to differentiate for your students individual learning needs. Students can either use flashcards 1-10 or 1-20, depending upon which you think is most suitable/relevant.

There are 2 different recording sheets to accommodate the 2 different levels. One uses 1-10 and one uses 1-20.

All flashcards are ready numbered. 

An answer key is also provided on the bottom two pages of the recording sheet PDF file.

Instructions are also included on first pages of each PDF document. This download includes two PDF documents - one for the flashcards and one for the recording sheets.

I would highly recommend laminating each of the individual flashcards so that they will be stronger, therefore longer lasting.

You can hide these flashcards anywhere you want to get the students active and moving about. Some example are:
♦ Around the classroom
♦ Outdoor play area
♦ In a tough tray
♦ In a sensory tub

This is a great way to keep students motivated and engaged while practising their vocabulary and spelling skills.

To find out more about this resource, simply check it out here or if you are a big fan of getting your students active while learning and want to grab a large, growing bundle of year round write the room activities, visit my great bundle here.

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