Lots of craftiness in November!

Of course, two of my FAV linky parties are done in the first week of the month! So it's time for another post this week!:) This is going to be a long post because I have been teachery/crafty these days so bear with me... I promise there will be goodies :)

I love linking up with 4th grade Frolics for

#1 Halloween Haunted Houses
Now this one is a little late, but I have to share! I printed off the template for a haunted Halloween house and read my kiddos a Halloween story last Friday. They made the BEST haunted houses. We used each flap for a different story element (characters, plot, setting, and theme.) It was a great review and they LOVED making them. Here's some pics!


#2 Class election
Kristi over at Stellar Students had a great idea for election that I just had to use! We began electing our class mascot this week. I made cute bags for the mascots to go home in every Friday with the student to record in their journal their adventures with the class mascot. We are holding our election on Friday, and currently campaigning. The poses they put them in for their photos crack me up! Here are a few photos!

#3 Point of view
We have been working tiredlessly on identifying Point of View in a story. It's a big one for fourthies, and they have been doing SO well on it! Now, not to make myself sound all wonderful, but I had created a common core aligned unit for this before teaching, and let me tell you.. it has worked! After just a 3 day lesson on it, the students are identifying point of view in every book we read! Even when I don't ask them! PHEW... that makes me one happy teacher :) Included in this common core aligned pack are lesson plans, notes pages, whole class activities, small group activities, homework, and mini posters. Here's a preview
Click on the picture to download this product from my TPT!
#3 Thanksgiving Spelling Unit
I got a lot of great feedback from my Halloween spelling unit, and I love doing holiday spelling weeks, as do my fourthies! So I decided to create a Thanksgiving pack as well. My students are ECSTATIC about it. You can pick up your own pack just in time for Thanksgiving if you click on the picture preview below!

#4 Portable Word Wall
I don't use a bulletin board area for a word wall in my classroom. We use a vocabulary bulletin board to "expand" our vocabulary. I still wanted my students to have frequently mispelled homophones and tricky words at their fingertips, so I created this portable word wall. Students staple it into their writing folder as a reference. They absolutely LOVE it. So do I.. so much less editing for me, which I love! Here's a preview below and just for still reading this long post, you can pick up yours for FREE by clicking the picture.
I hope you enjoyed all of these classroom made its! Here's two at home made-it's to share! If you want the recipes, feel free to email me and I will gladly email them to you :)

#5 Zuppa Toscana Soup
This is a staple in my house during wintertime! My husband loves it and so do I! I make a large batch and freeze it every few weeks for lunches and dinners. YUM
#6 Chicken Paprikash
This has been a recipe in my family my whole life. It is ALWAYS what I requested for dinner growing up. Now I make it for hubs, family, and friends. I just made it last weekend and had some leftovers for lunch yesterday. If you have never had Hungarian Paprikash, you are missing out!
Thanks for hanging in there with me through this long post! Off to teach my fab fourthies today. It is going to be a crazy day with our Veteran's Day assembly that fourth grade is in charge of! Wish me luck :)


  1. Hello! Thanks for checking out my blog and leading me to yours! I'm excited to look around!

  2. Found you through Tara's Monday Made-It linky. I think your point of view product looks great. I'm your newest follower :)
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