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CF-WHY...also known as, I survived my first school Halloween!

Last year, the "frankenstorm" aka Hurricane Sandy, took our Halloween - and a whole lot more. It was devastating for those who lost homes, lives, belongings. That Sandy also took our Halloween! My student teaching site lost power for the week, so there was no Halloween revelry for the kiddos. Cut to this year, I'm working in a waterfront community that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. They didn't have a Halloween, so they brought it this year! I was psyched to celebrate my first Halloween in school, but I was even more excited that these kiddos got to have an awesome Halloween after going through so much!

So what did we do this week to prep for the super awesome Halloween extravaganza?? Take a look...

As I've shared before, I have the ability to cook and eat in my Speech room! I started to get ready for some Halloween cooking with these great books! They were gifted to me by one of my Fairy Speech Mothers :) I hit a little snafu (aka, I caught a bad cold) this week and we didn't end up cooking. The good news is, there are tons  of recipes for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, etc! The kids were bummed, but they understood - I also handed out candy, pencils, and erasers in lieu of being chefs. LOL When in doubt, give gifts!

We continued work on our "Web of Books" activity (see left). "Halloween Hustle" was our second book that we were reading, the first being "Room on the Broom" and the last being "The Night Before Halloween". The vocab was tough in this one - scatter, clatter, jive, etc - so I wrote up some vocabulary cards for the kids. We went over the words, then they each got 2-3 word cards. Every time they heard their word they had to hold up the card and tell what was going on with their word in the book. They were really into it!

THEN it was Halloween! We were "Speech Soldiers" or "Fatigued
in Speech" LOL. The kids loved it, except they kept asking where my helmet was!?? LOL We had a parade at school, and took part in a Speech Scavenger Hunt. Kids used inferencing skills to find where the next clue was, the last clue led them to the candy! It was great to get up and moving in Speech, and we are lucky enough to have a room big enough to do so! The kids keep asking when we're going to do it again - little do they know that a Turkey Trot is in store!

We had a blast this week being Spooky in Speech! How was your Halloween? What activities did you do? Did you dress up!?

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