Halloween Archives - Tales from Outside the Classroom
Halloween Word Problem Integration Project

An Art Filled Halloween

I work at an arts integration magnet school.  We’re all at various levels of comfort with our art integration and I am often looking for new and different ways to incorporate the arts into our day.  Part of our job as classroom teachers isn’t just to have the arts present in our classroom, but to also teach relevant concepts with the arts.  I have learned a lot in my first couple years in this building,

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Apples, Pumpkins, and Spiders, Oh My!

A few weeks ago we went to the local apple orchard and got ourselves some apples and a pumpkin.  We were studying apples as part of social studies (way more than you might just think).  I knew I wanted to spend a bit of time doing the standard math and science that they experienced in the younger grades with them when we swung back around to science.  The way things worked out, we hit it

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Spider rings as multiplication manipulatives

Spider Math

A while back, I was walking through Wal-Mart and saw 50 packs of those Halloween spider rings for $1!  $1!  And I was struck with an idea, for this price, they’d be a great manipulative when we introduce arrays and multiplication!  Our kiddos were introduced to arrays last year in second grade and they aren’t brand new to them, but I knew they’d help solidify things as we’re expecting students to master many areas of

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Hi! I'm Tessa!

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I’ve spent the last 15 years teaching in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, and working beside elementary classrooms as an instructional coach and resource support. I’m passionate about math, literacy, and finding ways to make teachers’ days easier. I share from my experiences both in and out of the elementary classroom.

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