Monthly Archives: October 2014

Halloween Activities and Ideas for Your Classroom

Evan-Moor has published a great blog re: Halloween ideas for both teachers and parents! Check it out –

The Joy of Teaching - An Evan-Moor Blog

From candy science to pumpkin poems, these activities will help to keep students engaged and learning amidst the Halloween excitement and festivities on October 31!

Free Downloadable Halloween-Themed Lessons

pumpkin shape colored by student for story bookTry these Halloween-inspired activities that also integrate reading, writing, and science skills:

  • Pumpkin Shape Book, Grades K–2: Pumpkin shape book forms, plus directions for student writing, a cute poem about pumpkins, and literature connections.
  • Halloween Thinking Skills Activities, Grade 1: Activities include writing about three things that scare you, adding up pumpkins, drawing a jack-o’-lantern, finishing a pattern, and making a picture.
  • “Pumpkins” Poem, Grades 2–3: A read and understand unit includes a poem, comprehension questions, and a page that asks students to identify how rhyming couplets & repetition are used.
  • Halloween Language Activities, Grades 3–5: Five Halloween-themed activities, including reading and drawing, solving a word search, answering a riddle by solving the code, and making words…

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Don’t create a Pinterest contest until reading this

Don’t create a Pinterest contest until reading this.

How to Take Free Courses from Top Universities


You can continue your education with some amazing and free online resources available from top universities. These institutions offer many of their courses in the form of video lectures, audio transcripts and online quizzes. And some universities give you access to the professor and let you interact with other students taking the class.

Want to give these free online courses a try? Here are the online education offerings from the top U.S. universities that we think are worth checking out.

Stanford Free Courses

Stanford University, located in Stanford, California, offers an especially rich bounty of material for its amateur online learners. Classes are offered on multiple platforms, letting you watch videos lectures, participate in discussion forums and chats, complete quizzes and even participate in group projects. A wide range of courses are available, from Cryptography to Game Theory to Writing in the Sciences. There are courses on stock market investing…

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