Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Classroom Pumpkin Projects

October and Halloween give us the best opportunity to add a little bit of art to our classes. It's time for the Great Pumpkin Classroom project. Here's a peek at some of our classroom pumpkin projects.

I love this classic idea. We happened to be reading the Reading Street 3 selection Top & Bottoms and I'm all about integrating subjects. We used the characters in the book for our pumpkin project. Here's a pumpkin decorated to look like Hare.

 classroom pumpkin project
Here's our science lesson and art lesson combined. This is my Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Craftivity. I'm so proud of how this pumpkin project turned out. I'm going to use this one as a table centerpiece through Thanksgiving.
classroom pumpkin project

Here's another pumpkin decorated to look like a black cat. It's fun to create other Halloween themes with pumpkins too. Ask kiddos to turn their pumpkins into bats, cats, spiders, or monsters. I'll let you in on  secret, we're keeping this pumpkin.  (It's plastic.)

I'm linked up at the It's The Great Pumpkin Classroom Project Linky hosted by, yep, me--Sweet Tea Classroom!! Click {Here} to check out my other post and add your pumpkin projects from school or home to the pumpkin linky party.

 classroom pumpkin project linky 

Robin Sellers @ Sweet Tea Classroom

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Eek! My Favorite Halloween Classroom Freebies

We're celebrating the Halloween season with class this week! We're having a ball with my Halloween Story StartersLife Cycle of a Pumpkin Craft, and my super hilarious and fun Spider Hat.

I also decided to sweeten the pot and add a few more Halloween resources, and I'm excited to share my super sweet and FREE finds with you!  

halloween freebies

Here's what else we're working on. Please visit the blogs from these ladies and you'll find a link to the products or their TpT stores where you can download the free Halloween classroom freebies. Just look for a link like this one. (You can use this one to visit my store too.)

Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschooler, Staff -

I think this group of resources works well for grades 2-3. They cover other grades too, so check them all out.

Robin Sellers @ Sweet Tea Classroom

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Tops & Bottoms Reading Street Resource

I'm always on the lookout for additional resources to supplement our Reading Street selections. I ran across a site called Study Stack that looks a bit promising. I was able to access the materials without signing in or registering. There was an option to embed the resources onto my site, so I thought I'd give it a try.

If it works, here's an interactive supplemental resource to go along with Top & Bottoms. It looks like the spacing is off, but I cannot adjust it.

Vocabulary Match


 It may be worth the time to give the site a look and use the search field to see what else is available.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Teaching Cursive Writing Strokes with Watercolor Paint

Learning should be fun, but when you're teaching cursive writing, it can be a challenge to make learning cursive writing fun. Today, we threw in a bit of art (shame on all you administrators for taking it out of classrooms) and we learned how to write cursive letter strokes using watercolors.

cursive writing strokes

A student will make more fluid natural strokes using a paintbrush, so this is a super way to connect watercolor painting and cursive writing.

We started with the basic cursive writing strokes: undercurve, downcurve, overcurve, slant, and connector.

 cursive writing strokes
Using a paintbrush, it's easy to work with moving the brush and holding the brush in the right way to make the strokes.

cursive writing strokescursive writing strokes
The kiddos used different color paints and practiced their strokes across the sheet of paper. Oh, did I mention that they had fun learning cursive too? Art belongs in the classroom. It's a super teaching tool.

cursive writing strokes
Thanks for stopping by,
Robin Sellers @ Sweet Tea Classroom

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pumpkin Art Kids: Kids Pumpkin Painting

It's that time of the year. While the pumpkins fill the fields and even street corners, go ahead and create some pumpkin art for kids to adorn your classroom and homeschool walls. Here's a super sweet and fun pumpkin painting technique for kids for you from Sweet Tea Classroom.

kids pumpkin painting
First, draw two lines across the paper. Think of making an X. The lines should intersect, but they can do this anywhere on the paper. The lines can be straight, curvy, or even zigzag lines.

Then draw a shape for the pumpkin on one of the corners. You can have either a landscape or vertical picture, but the pumpkin needs to be in  a corner. Then draw a few curved lines on the pumpkin and add a stem.

 Next, break out the paints. Use only three colors: red, yellow, and black or green. All colors in the pumpkin painting need to be mixed from these colors.

Start painting. Each section of the pumpkin should be a different shade orange and each section formed by the lines should be a different color--white is fine too.

pumpkin painting

pumpkin painting

pumpkin painting
 You then should paint the black or green outlines on the painting. Follow the lines and pumpkin outline from earlier.

pumpkin painting

Then choose two of the colored sections and create a dark pattern on top of it.  Woo-hoo, you've done it. Enjoy your super sweet and easy pumpkin painting.

If you liked this art project, check out my art project with a science connection {HERE}
life cycle of a pumpkin activity

Friday, October 19, 2012

My Friday Weekly Kid's Co-op Linky Party

Come join the fun and check out the great ideas and activities for kids in this week's Weekly Kid's Co-op. You can also join in the fun and add your link to your great ideas for kids too. I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with this week, and I hope to be able to feature your ideas real soon.

Friday, October 12, 2012

My Friday Weekly Kid's Co-op Linky Party

Come join the fun and check out the great ideas and activities for kids in this week's Weekly Kid's Co-op. You can also join in the fun and add your link to your great ideas for kids too. I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with this week, and I hope to be able to feature your ideas real soon.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fine Motor Skills Activities, Color Recognition, and Dinosaur Themed

If you know me, I'm big on fine motor skills for the little ones. I created this dinosaur themed activity for all who love to teach about dinosaurs. My main goal was to create an activity that promotes fine motor skills in a fun way.

fine motor skills activities
Plus, plus special education students and students with autism often need help developing fine motor skills and I think that this activity is a good fit too.

dinosaur learning center
Learning Center Folder
This is a super way to teach color recognition as well as get students to work with letter and word recognition. Why just teach one topic when you can teach more at the same time, right? Integrate fun!

fine motor skills for pre-k

Here's how it works. Let your little ones paint a set of clothespins. Paint one clothespin for each letter in the words for the colors that you'll use. So you will paint three red for R-E-D. We used tempera paint cakes. This is one of my classroom must-have items. Forget the jars or even the... gasp..powder. Use tempera cakes.

clothespin activities

Then add the letters to the clothespins with Sharpie markers or any type of permanent marker. You'll need to do this step.

color recognition activity
Now, what the kiddos will do is match or clip the clothespins to the stegosaurus that is the same color. Older kiddos will match the letters too. Notice how I left the letters off of the orange and yellow clips. This is for students who will have difficulty matching the letters too. 

One student can work on this dinosaur folder center or you can make a dinosaur train for a small group activity. Place the dinosaurs in a circle and put the clothespins in the center.

This is a perfect way for little fingers to work with fine motor skills as they clip each clothespin to the dinosaur's back. Plus, they'll have fun learning. You can find out more about this activity at my teaching resource store {here}

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Fire Truck Craft: {A Color, Cut, and Paste Shapes Fire Truck Shapes}

I'll let you in on a secret. I love to integrate subjects when I teach in a fun way. It's time for a fun fire safety activity for kids. 

fire truck craft

Here's how you add a craft, a social studies lesson about community helpers like fire fighters, a math lesson on shapes, and work with fine motor skills like coloring, cutting and pasting. 

fire truck printable pattern

 Create a Shapes Fire Truck Craft and work with coloring, cutting, pasting, and shape recognition with your little ones.

fire truck craft

This So Sweet Craft is perfect for fall or Autumn or during Fire Safety Week. It also works well when you are teaching about the Letter F. This fire truck craft includes photos, directions, and patterns.

You can find out more {Here}.

Friday, October 5, 2012

My Friday Weekly Kid's Co-op

Come join the fun and check out the great ideas and activities for kids in this week's Weekly Kid's Co-op. You can also join in the fun and add your link to your great ideas for kids too. I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with this week, and I hope to be able to feature your ideas real soon.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Printable Spider Hat Pattern: A So Sweet Craft Spider Hat

Are your little ones studying spiders? If so, I have a perfect spider craft. Check out my spider hat craft. This is the first product in my So Sweet Craft series, so be on the lookout for more sweet printable crafts from Sweet Tea Classroom. 

printable spider hat

spider activity and craft

You can create a spider hat craft this fall or throughout the year when you are studying spiders in science. This So Sweet Craft is perfect for fall or Autumn, Halloween, and even as a craft to go with any spider book you're reading in class. 

spider hat
Click {here}to learn more.

Printable Fraction Book {Halloween Themed}

This fraction book has been so useful to help the kiddos compare fractions. With Halloween coming up, I realized that a great way to compare fractions is to use the concept of a candy bag. Students can use this fraction book and compare fractions to decide which fraction would be more.

fraction book

fraction book

fraction book black and white

Plus, they learn so much about fractions when they write the fraction on the top of each sheet and then on each strip. To learn more, please go {Here}.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Four Seasons Tree Craft: A 3D Foldable Seasons of a Tree Craftivity

I love hands on learning and I'm adding more foldable teaching resources to my teaching bag. We teach about the seasons changing throughout the year and one of the best ways to do this is with trees. In fact, if your students can see a tree outside of your class window, ask them to draw and color a picture of that tree throughout the school year.
seasons tree craftivity

I just created my Four Seasons of  a Tree Craft where students use sequencing cards of the seasons and make them into a 3D craft. It's a perfect tree craftivity for little hands to learn about the seasons and it makes a great class decoration too.

I printed the tree top on green paper, but you can use any color that you'd like and maybe even find some cool printed paper too. I even created a four seasons classroom poster.

four seasons of a tree posterfoldable tree craftivity

If you're interested in this foldable four seasons craft, you can learn more at my teaching resource store {here}.

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