Saturday, November 14, 2015


Welcome to what promises to be an awesome Swap Meet Product Swap/Blog Hop and Giveaway hosted by the darling Hanging Around In Primary and Momma With A Teaching Mission.  I'm so happy you are here :-)  
I had the privilege to be matched up with Brooke Brown from Teaching Outside The Box.  I knew we'd hit it off since both of our first names start with the letter B aaaaaand my last name is switching to a B too at the end of this month #bridetobe #cantwaitfornovember28

I was a tad bit overwhelmed with how many amazing products Brooke has in her TPT store.  She was kind to direct me to some of her awesome looking STEM products.  Have you seen this one for the holidays?  The three challenges in this product are so adorable and motivating.
The only problem is...I don't teach Science.  Booooooo :-(

Instead, I decided to try out her Spooktacular Halloween Literacy Centers for 2nd and 3rd Grade.  Lemme tell students loved it!
The product includes 6 centers.  The first one we tried out was "Top Tricks and Treats" as a whole group activity.
The students brainstormed all of their favourite Halloween candies. As you can see from my chalkboard, it was a long list.  I had never heard of Airheads before...does that mean I am one? LOL
Number 1 is candy corn?  Noooooo thank you.  Funny how you either love it or hate it.
My students were so motivated to write their lists.  I also gave them a plain piece of paper to draw some of their treats in their Halloween bags.  We glued both together and created a bulletin board display.
The second activity we did with great success was "Letter to a Creepy Critter."

I introduced the activity by reading Lucille Colandro's "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat!" as there are lots of creepy critters in the book.
Of course, some of my students pulled a Sarah Palin and went rogue. They asked if they could write to a favourite movie character instead of  a creepy critter.  Here's a cute letter to Joy from Inside Out.
And here's another one to the Wizard that got swallowed by the old lady.
I was really impressed with how motivated my students were to write on both occasions.  Well done, Brooke for making my job easier!

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  1. What a great post Bryn. I love the lettters, especially the one to Joy. Kids definitely want to go their own direction! I will be heading to her store to look at the Christmas STEM project. Thanks so much for sharing .

    Hanging Around In Primary

  2. Thanks for introducing me to Brooke's store. I'm always on the lookout for great STEM projects!