Monthly Archives: October 2015



Welcome to our "Trick or Treat Blog Hop" hosted by Rachael Partlett, author of The Classroom Game Nook Blog. Rachael has organized a dynamic collection of blogs with lots of fun tricks to use in your classroom as well as some awesome treats.  At every stop along the hop a blogger has featured a resource to giveaway. Be sure to enter each blogger's Rafflecopter for a chance to win some great resources.  As an additional sweet treat, each blogger has posted an exclusive freebie just for you--our blog hoppers. Download them all and they are yours. (Of course, the copyright belongs to the original teacher-author).  Please keep in mind that most freebies will remain free only for the duration of the Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop and will convert to paid products when the blog hop is over on Halloween, October 31st. So be sure to do lots of hopping before then to grab all the freebies and enter all the giveaways.

Happy Trick-or-Treat Blog Hopping!



At the beginning of every year I would write a class list of names on a piece of graph paper with large boxes. Then I would photo the list and keep a pile of them in my side top drawer.  These lists were invaluable to me every time I needed to keep track of whether each student had whatever.  Who brought in money for a class trip?  Who returned a permission slip? Who had a turn at the new math center? It is so easy to grab a list and just place check marks next to students' names instead of writing names on a piece of paper and then trying to figure out who is still missing.  Also, every once in a while the front office or another teacher would ask for a class list. No need for any time-consuming tasks, just hand them a copy.

In my self-contained Special Ed class, I stapled a copy to the bulletin board where we did our morning routine. Every morning I would give a one-minute "news" report, about something that happened in my life since the day before i.e., made a special dinner for my family, took my kids to soccer practice, etc. Then students could volunteer to give their own news report. Everyone who gave a report colored in a square next to their name.  A bar graph began to develop. Soon the most reluctant speakers, (a few in this class rarely, if ever, said a sentence aloud), wanted a colored square and were asking to give a news report. Seeing classmates be successful helped some students be willing to take a risk and participate. It was worth every second of class time. The list could be used as a quick reference for any student assessment, i.e., learning those times tables. It was a motivating factor because it was actively used each day.

The list is a small thing, but so helpful.



And about the sweet treats . . . 



Click this image to see Monster Math Scoot at A+ Kids.

Monster Math Scoot is my brand new game made especially for the Trick-or-Treat blog hop. It is a 3-games-in-1 resource. The 36 cards in this game can be used as task cards, a scoot activity, or a kaboom game. The adorable monsters clip art was done by Ashley from Watson Works. Objectives are: 


1) addition and subtraction of multi-digit whole numbers, 2) greater than, less than, equal to,


 3) place value, 4) numbers in written form.





Click this image to see Know Your Math Facts at A+ Kids.

Know Your Math Facts is an activity to promote math fact fluency in multiplication and division. There are 120 cards in all, 30 task cards for each of the following: 1) multiplication facts for the 7, 8, and 9 times tables, 2) multiplication story problems, 3) division facts for the 7, 8, and 9 times tables, 4) division story problems.


Notice the kid on the right is using his fingers to get the answer 63.

Just for fun kids select answers to multiplication and division problems from a list on the side of the game page. Then they write one number in each bubble. As they solve the problems on the task cards, they color in the bubble if they chose to write that answer in a bubble. The game is over when one person has colored in all of his bubbles. This activity is great for differentiated instruction because the teacher can have each player choose only from the deck of cards that meet his personal objective--working on just the facts or solving story problems, multiplication or division or both. Or all of the cards can be mixed into one pile to play.

Enter the giveaway now for your chance to win this festive resource.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Click on the button to trick-or-treat at the next blog.  Be sure to hop to every blog to collect your tricks and delicious treats. When you get back to my blog you will have completed the entire blog bop!  Invite your friends to trick-or-treat here as well! Remember the fun only lasts until Halloween.

Have fun and Happy Halloween!

Kathleen in 8 Apples


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So exciting! I am happy to be participating in the "Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop" organized by Rachael Partlett that begins this Saturday! Only 2 more days before the fun starts.  Over 50 bloggers are participating to give out helpful tricks for your classroom and lots of treats too. There will be Halloween freebies and chances to win some great festive resources.  You can begin the blog hop right here on my blog, so be sure to stop in and go trick-or-treat at each blog to collect a bagful of Halloween goodies!

Kathleen in 8 Apples

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The Jets were down 10-13 at the end of the first half, but after an explosive 3rd quarter the second half was all Jets. Love my Fitzmagic whose eyes almost popped out of his head when he scored! It was an exciting games for Jets fans and I am so happy for the win. The Jets are now   4-1! Enjoying the win and not thinking about facing the Patriots next Sunday.

I'm celebrating the win with another flash freebie. So for the next 34 minutes, one minute for every Jets point, my Idiom Bingo with a Halloween theme will be free to my followers. If you do download the game, please leave some nice feedback so I can continue to celebrate Jets wins with freebies. SHHH!  When leaving feedback, please don't mention the freebie.

The Idiom game with a Halloween theme is a fun game for kids to create their own Bingo cards and have fun trying to determine the meaning of 24 different idioms presented in context. Enjoy!


Visit my store to get your free resource.

Kathleen in 8 Apples

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I am joining Rachael from The Classroom Game Nook to share ten pictures of recent days. I missed Ten on Ten last month so this month I am catching up.  Life has been extremely busy and lots of fun. Lots of family fun going on!

1.  Had a great time at our granddaughters' dance recitals.  The two sisters each performed in different shows on the same day. Abby was in the morning show and Alexa performed later in the 4:00 show. So it was a day of dance for our family.


Alexa and Abby


2. Six days later our granddaughter Mia performed in an afternoon dance recital.




3. Our family was lucky enough to get everyone together for a week at Disney. We can never get enough of this. Here is a picture of our "Fab Five" being greeted by Pluto at EPCOT.

Pluto and Fab5

Our Fab Five


4. Olaf cupcakes were a favorite dessert in Disney. Yummy!

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5. Darth Vader is a family favorite villain, the guy you love to hate. He was really scary during the show at Star Wars in Hollywood.

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6. This is the new business card I had made for the TpT conference in Las Vegas. Laine from A Little Piece of Africa designed it for me. The coolest thing is I met Laine at the "Cool Kids Meet and Greet" in Vegas. Laine traveled a long way to be there and share ideas with everyone. It was great to finally meet her.


7. My friends thought it was funny when I shared this vacation photo with them. It was taken in Vienna. Yes, it is a hot dog stand. However, they do not have frankfurters. They serve sausages on rolls.


8. We visited a butterfly house with lots of bright-colored exotic flowers that butterflies love.
9-11.  Oops! I have 11, but I need to show you the bees and the honey that was served at breakfast.  We were lucky to be at a hotel in Prague when they were having a special demonstration of getting honey from bees. This is the third year they are hosting this demonstration. It is for one weekend only.
It is hard to see but these are the bees in their enclosure.
A screen-like grate is taken out of the bee "hive.' Honey is scraped into a pan.
The honey is placed on crackers with the consistency of an ice cream cone. Fresh honey!  Very yummy.
It's your turn!
Here are the rules to participate:

1)  Choose ten pictures that show your readers what's been going on in your life lately (a peek into your classroom, getting ready for fall festivities...etc...).  The pictures can be both teacher and non-teacher related.
2)  Place the pictures in post on the tenth of each month. You can include a small caption with each picture if you'd like.  You must include the blog button from Rachael's  The Classroom Game Nook (below).
3)  Come to the Classroom Game Nook and link up your post to the linky party.  Check out other bloggers who have linked up and leave a comment or two on their blogs to share the love!

The Classroom Game Nook
Go ahead - link up 🙂  Have fun reading comments from other bloggers!
Kathleen in 8 Apples
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Final Score 27-14

So happy to celebrate a Jets win. They dominated division rivals Miami Dolphins. The NY Jets are 3-1!!   J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! So happy! To celebrate I am offering a flash freebie. My fall Know Your Math Facts (multiplication and division) activity will be a FREEBIE for the next 27 minutes--one minute for each Jet point scored!  It is a perfect activity to help your students master those difficult multiplication/division facts and develop math fluency. It comes complete with 30 multiplication and 30 division word problems. If you do download it, please leave some nice feedback and SHHH--please don't mention the freebie. Run over to my store right now to grab your copy before the freebie expires!


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Next week the Jets have a bye. Let's see what happens Oct. 18th when they play Washington at 1pm. Enjoy the rest of the games today, good luck to your favorite team, and have fun with your new math activity!


Kathleen in 8 Apples

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October Pick 3 Main Graphic

Welcome to October's Pick 3 Party hosted by Inspired Owl's Corner and PAWSitively Teaching! The last few days have been rainy and very humid. The leaves are beginning to turn and we're expecting tropical storms all weekend. It's good weather for the Pinterest Pick 3 Linky! This month I am sharing some fun seasonal Pinterest pins. Enjoy!


October Pick 3 Number 1

Pumpkin TossGame

This pumpkin-toss game could be fun in the classroom or on the play ground.  For use in the classroom:  I think I would have kids pick a math fact card and if they answered it correctly they could earn a toss at the pumpkins. A successful toss would earn a point. What team would have the most points?


October Pick 3 Number 2

My Pretties

I love this cute classroom door decoration. Just the right amount of a spooky feel to it.


October Pick 3 Number 3

Halloween Treat

Mmmm. What a great party treat! Ingredients: crumbled Oreos, orange sprinkles and vanilla pudding or ice cream. Would work well with plastic see-through cups. Best of all the kids could help make these. Click on the picture above to see the original post. The parfaits are topped with cute witch hats. A perfectly bewitching treat! The kids will love it!!


Check out my Pinterest feed for more great holiday ideas. If you have a fun October holiday activity, interest, recipe or October-anything-at-all pin, feel free to link up.  Visit other participating blogs for more creative ideas!

Kathleen in 8 Apples

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