That's right my friends... we here in the blogging world seem to do what the local stores in AZ here do... and that is bring out the seasonal stuff early! I guess for teachers that's a good thing because we need to plan! (Just annoying when it's still 100 degrees and all you can find is long sleeves and jackets.) OK - hokus pokus I need to focus!
So... one of my favorite things to do with kids is make hats! I try to make one hat a week! The kids LOVE them and I feel like my students can go home and explain a story or talk about a math concept because they were so excited to make them! And the even better thing is that in Kindergarten they never get old!
So... my Fall / Halloween Freebie is forms to make pattern hats. I know patterns are no longer an explicite standards, but we all know they need practice with concrete patterns before they understand the completity of patterns in numbers. So I don't teach patterns, but I do talk about patterns and in that regard this activity is appropriate.
So... what I do is pick one or two graphics I like for the kids. It honestly depends on the kids - I may do pumpkin and jack-o-lanterns, or maybe spiders and webs, or even bones and pumpkins. It depends on what I can get away with with the specific group of kids I have.
After I decide what graphics I do, I simply copy that page (if I have 20 kids I will copy that page 30 times just to ensure I don't run out of pumpkins or skeletons, there is nothing worse than not being able to finish your pattern hat!) Then I cut them with the paper cutter. I don't allow my students to cut because that would take forever! Then they just glue them onto a sentence strip!
Do you do pumpkins? While you are there, check out my Pumpkin Observation Form! I do this each year with the kids. It definately makes bringing pumpkins to school academic and students observe and record the many educational aspects of pumpkins!