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Martin Luther King Jr. (plus a freebie)

There are few people I admire more than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was such a brave man and the essence of collaboration. Martin Luther King Jr. was able to get others to follow him, peacefully to stand up for what was right. He paid with his life and we owe him so much. One of my most favorite activities (of pretty much ALL TIME) is the collaboration group poster I create of him with my kids. I have two versions of this project–both are very fun!

The first version is really easy and requires that each student color a piece of their MLK poster according to a color provided to them. Each student has the important task of finishing their piece. photo 2 copyOnce all the pieces are finished the poster is put together and the final work is that of Martin Luther King Jr. Students see that through their individual efforts the entire poster comes together –it is essential that EVERY student does their part, or else the poster would not be complete! MLK image 1.001

Students that are more advanced or are in an art class will enjoy the second version of this poster. This is great for middle school and high school students.  In this option students each  draw their part of the poster. They have to work really closely with their “neighbors” on the poster to be sure their designs will line up. This poster doesn’t always look as good as the other one when it’s finished but it’s truly about the collaboration that goes into it–it’s VERY hard to make it look exactly like him when that many kids are working on it. However, the kids are always very impressed with their work in the end. These examples were created by two of my fourth grade classes–I’d LOVE to see some middle school or high school students do this project!

MLK.001I’ve had so many teacher who really “get it” when it comes to this poster and the deep meaning behind it. Many teachers leave me comments about how meaningful this project was to them and their students. I made sure the colors were all different to again represent the diversity in which MLK fought for. Rosa Parks is my next poster and it’s almost finished–I can’t wait to share it with my students!


I wanted to share something with you for taking the time to read my post and visit us at The Teaching 2 Step. If you click HERE or on the image below you can get a free worksheet that you can use on MLK day with your students. I let older students draw the image and younger students cut out and glue the pieces.

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Do me a favor…if you snagged a free copy of this woksheet please leave a comment below and share what grade level you plan to use this activity with…if I see there is a lot of interest I’ll try to provide more freebies like this in the future!

Debbie Clement is hosting a wonderful MLK linky party on her blog…so I’ve decided to link this article up to her site…she’s amazing…if you don’t already know about her check her out and you’ll find many other great resources in her link up! Click on the image below to see the other great MLK resources and link up. Blog Signature

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A few of our favorite things

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We at The Teaching 2 Step would like to wish all of our readers and colleagues a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. We would like to share some of our favorite things from this time of the year with you. Family photographs, family traditions and more. We thank you for following us on this journey and we look forward to what 2015 has in store for all of us!

a few of our favorite things blog post.001favorite things images for blog post.002Its the most wonderful time of year, with lots of holiday cheer. I truly love spending those precious moments with my family. With every changing year there is always so much to be thankful for. I am delighted to share with you a few of my favorite things during the Christmas season…

I love watching the Hallmark Channel movies during the holidays, my DVR fills up with all my favorites. My little ones fill the DVR with their holiday movies and we watch them together with cozy blankets, usually there is popcorn too. We enjoy a little holiday baking. Cookies  are a favorite desert around here. I love finding new recipes and the kids love trying them. My mom has tons of cookie cutters so they always come out unique with icing and sprinkles. Then a favorite during the holiday is decorating the tree it brings us all together, with Christmas music blaring and hot chocolate, we pull out each ornament and reminisce about family highlights.

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Hello everyone! I have to admit, I’m not an over-the-top Christmas person. My husband and I buy gifts for the kids, and then decide on a set amount for ourselves. We buy our own gifts. For me, the best part of the holidays is resting and just spending time with my family. I commute eighty-five miles to work each way, so when I get a break I am plain ole’ tuckered out. Over the break, we will probably take in a movie or two. My son and I both really want to see Exodus.

We will probably make a quick trip up to Oklahoma to visit my mom and step-dad, my sister, and all of the nieces and nephews. (My goal is to take them some of their favorite home-made jalapeno jelly & apricot jalapeno jam-I need to get cracky-lackin’ if I’m going to get all of that made!). Pretty much my whole family lives in and around a small town (If you blink, you’ll miss it) called Wapanucka. It’s about two hours from my house and lies in the Chickasaw Nation. My mom’s family settled there well over a hundred years ago on land they received back when Oklahoma was Indian Territory. In fact they received their land as part of the Indian land grants.

Finally, we will eat, eat, eat. After that, I’m making some changes (New Year’s Resolution maybe?). My small family has a tradition of letting the kids pick what they want for Christmas dinner. One year they wanted bacon cheeseburgers, so that is what we made. This year they want a traditional holiday dinner with ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, mac & cheese, and who knows what else.

Like I said, we’re a bit laid back! I hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday season!

Merry Christmas!

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I love EVERYTHING about the holiday season. However, one of my all time favorite parts is designing our family christmas card. Before my daughter was born, I will admit, I was one of those people who put my dogs on our christmas cards (because they are so dang cute). Now that I have my sweet daugther I scour Pinterest for great ideas  and then play with them in my own way.  Here are the results from the last three years.T2S_favorite things post.001T2S_favorite things post.002

favorite things images for blog post.005One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to ride the Christmas Train with my daughter. She gets so excited to see all of the lights and riding the train. I love just watching her. The look on her face truly brings me joy!


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My holiday traditions are fresh and new these days as this is my second Christmas with my husband as a married couple! This is also my first Christmas in our new home! There are a lot of changes this year as well since my brother (whom I am very close with) has moved across country and will not be home for Christmas. This is also my first year in about 6 years that I am NOT working retail! I get the next 16 days off from school and I do NOT have a second job, people! I am enjoying my fur babies, my wonderful mother, stepdad, and mother-in-law, my fantastic husband, all in my new home.

I am loving our tree and OUR ornaments on OUR tree. (Can you tell I’m fairly new to this living in my own HOUSE thing?!) ❤



I am thrilled this year to begin a new list of favorite things and favorite holiday traditions that are my own. I’m sure these things will change when I have kiddos of my own one day, but for now, I’m going to enjoy my simple life and the simple pleasures of staying home for the holidays with my husband. Merry Christmas everyone!

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Wow…what a magical time of year!  Everything is rushed and life is moving at a faster pace.  All I really want to do is relax in the warm glow of my fireplace and sparkling Christmas lights.  Here’s a picture compilation of a few of my favorite things this time of year.  I hope this wonderful season finds you healthy and happy.Meredith Christmas

favorite things images for blog post.008My favorite thing to do in celebration of this time of year is go to the Christmas tree farm and pick out a tree.  It’s the same farm that I went to as a child.  So, finding a tree there with my family feels especially meaningful.  My boys love it because there’s fun tree carts to ride on (not sure if that’s technically allowed), hot chocolate, cookies, and even an autograph wall where we track our boys’ growth each year.  Getting a tree signifies the start of this magical time of year.

Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays and a fantastic new year!

Check out the fun we’ve had through the years (and how many years we got out of that blue coat!)…


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Living in South Africa, our Christmases are anything but white!  It is summer here and we spend our holidays at the pool or beach.  On Christmas day we go to my parent’s home.  It is a big gathering and all the in-laws are also invited – as far as I know, we will be 23 this year.  All of us milling by the poolside, eating a delicious roast lunch and then (hopefully, if the weather  permits) take a walk down to the beach to “make some space” for an feast of puddings on return.

Even our dog, Jack, gets into the Christmas spirit.
Even our dog, Jack, gets into the Christmas spirit.

I love baking and use this time of the year as an excuse to bake (and eat) lots of treats.  My daughter also loves being in the kitchen so this is our special quality time together. We have been so busy with trying new recipes that I think that this year is the year to give baked goods as Christmas presents!



I couldn’t help but think of the lyrics to “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music while I created my list of a few of my favorite holiday things! Creating this list was a nice way to reflect on the season and how grateful I am for the abundance of good in my life . . . I am blessed with many truly good people, good moments, good memories, and good living! Wishing you a beautiful holiday season with an abundance of good!

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I am such a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas!Santa Garland

I decorate with cones and evergreens, and with things that take me back to my childhood.Hurricane Vase with Candle

After finishing up the last of my Christmas shopping, I’ll be sewing gift bags. I buy fabric on sale after Christmas and pack it away until the next year. Then during the week before Christmas (or sometimes the week after depending on how busy things get) I sew and sew and sew. I make simple drawstring bags in a lot of sizes.  Drawstring Gift Bag I do still wrap presents that I’ll be taking to our family celebration at my sister’s house, but the presents that we open at home will be in gift bags. They are such a time saver, and reduce the waste of wrapping paper. But they also bring a homemade touch to gifts and can be used again and again. I just give them a quick laundering after the holiday and pack them away with the other decorations. I have a feeling I’ve started a new Christmas tradition – one that I’ll be happy to see passed on. I hope one day they are pulled from boxes with love, as treasured as the decorations that have been passed down to me.

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Special thanks to The 3 am Teacher and Winchestor Lambourne for the wonderful clip art used in this post.

Manic Monday with Jenny K.

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Manic Mondays–ain’t that the truth! (sorry english teachers I had to). There are some things about Monday that just never change. First and foremost, you need a large cup of joe. Make-up is optional and usually doesn’t make the cut and, last but not least, it comes again every week (darn it). Of course, if we had a three day weekend we’d be calling “Monday” terrible Tuesdays! So we just have to face it–real life happens each week whether we like it or not.

The Bangles pretty accurately captured the Manic Monday feeling…

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 1.43.20 PMSooo… I don’t know about you, but having something fun and easy to do to ease back into the week is awesome. Attach FREE to “fun and easy” and it might actually start to feel like a  Friday!( I know, I’m talking foolishness for a Monday).

By now you might already know that the Holiday TPT eBooks are out. These eBooks are a THANK YOU to all the teachers who support other teachers on their Teachers Pay Teachers journey. The amazing Rachel Lynette dreamed these up and now it’s a holiday tradition going on 4 ebook featured image.001

My gift (did you see the group blog post on Friday?) is a paid product I changed to a forever freebie and involves shaving cream! You can get the product HERE or you can find it in the eBook for grades 3-5 along with resources from 49 other teachers.

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 1.43.20 PMMy free product is my all-time favoriate “magic trick” that uses shaving cream to create marbelized paper. And then, I show you how to create Christmas ornaments with the beautiful marbelized paper. If you don’t have time to make the ornaments, you can use the same technique to make snowglobes for January to celebrate winter. (Did I really just say celebrate winter? –I need to go to bed!) You can find that lesson HERE (it’s also free).

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This post is a link up to Classroom Freebies for their “Manic Monday” blog posts.

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2014 Holiday eBooks

holiday ebook featured image.001As a thank you gift for the holidays, Rachel Lynette and others collected, organized and compiled teacher tips and resources from sellers all over Teachers Pay Teachers.  These books are full of FREE resources to say “Thank You” to all of the teachers out there that support other teacher-authors on Teachers Pay Teachers. The books are a holiday gift to all of you from all of us!

Some of the authors here on The Teaching 2 Step were lucky enough to be featured in these books. We’d like to  give you a peek at those free products and make sure you have all the links you need to find these amazing eBooks! We are sure you’ll find a ton of great FREE resources in this book . If you find some new favorite stores, make sure and follow them to keep up with their TpT journey!

Art with Jenny K. made one of her paid products FREE just for this book! She says, “It’s one of my all time favorite “magic tricks” that I’ve used in the classroom, at birthday parties, and even with my niece. I wanted to share it with teachers to say thank you for all the support I’ve recieved for my store.  Using shaving cream, I  teach you how to make marbeliezed paper and then create original Christmas ornaments with the paper.” Click on the image below to see this product featured in the grades 3-5 eBook.

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Literary Sherri is giving teachers the gift of 12 holiday writing prompts that commemorate winter holidays around the world, including  Hanukkah, St. Nicholas Day, Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Winter Solstice, Festivus, Christmas, Boxing Day,
Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Omisoka, and New Year’s Eve. “These writing task cards are unique because they provide a bit of background information about each holiday, so they can be a teaching tool as well as a writing tool! Pique your students curiosity about traditions around the globe and give them the gift of a broader worldview by using these writing prompts to introduce them to the beauty and diversity of cultures around the world!” Click on the image below to add this free product to your December repertoire of resources!

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Brain Waves Instruction featured her newest freebie.  It’s an end-of-the-year reflection and infographic.  “I’m totally nuts about infographics, so I thought I’d share the love with students and other teachers.  This freebie includes reflection questions about the calendar year for students and then an infographic template that students can present the events of their year on.  This is such a fun activity to do on the day before the holiday break or even the day they return to school.”  You can check out this freebie by clicking on the image below.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed looking through the books to read all the great tips and see the creativity of the teachers while they share their gifts with you!

Here is a list of all the eBooks. Please consider sharing them with your teacher friends and on your different social media sites — there is something here for everyone!

Grades PreK-K

Grades 1-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-12 ELA, Humanities, and Social Studies

Grades 6-12 Math and Science

Be sure you check out Rachel’s tips and gift! It’s so gracious of her to spend her time putting together these eBooks for teachers. And a huge shout-out (with a truckload of thanks!) to  Addie Williams, Rockin’ Teacher Materials, Mrs. Miner’s Monkey Business, and Julie Faulkner for compiling their books, as well!

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Meet Our New Authors!

The Teaching 2 Step bloggers has grown by three new, amazing teacher authors! We are excited to announce all three of them today in this blog. To have some fun we asked them a few questions so you could learn a little bit about them.  Read below to see their answers. Then enter our TpT Giveaway and snag a copy of our ebook.

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Meet Mary Beth from Brain Waves Instruction.

What do you love about teaching

Mary Beth:  These days I’m actually not in the classroom.  A devastating budget cut meant that I had to leave my beloved middle school classroom.  However, I’ve found Teachers Pay Teachers to be the perfect outlet for staying connected to the profession I dreamed of doing since I was a child.  While in the classroom I loved two things – 1.  Laughing with my students and 2.  Helping them to feel smart and important.

What are your hobbies?

Mary Beth:  I turned some of my interests – real estate, interior design, and decorating into a new career (you know, after that job cut).  I started a Home Staging and Design business.  For over two years now I’ve had a ton of fun helping homeowners prepare their homes for the real estate market and others turn the spaces in their homes into  spaces they love.

What makes a good blogger

Mary Beth:  I love bloggers that have voice in their writing.  I’m also a sucker for pictures.  So, I’d say a good blogger has personality and a camera.

What's on your reading list?

Mary Beth:  I’ve just started Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.  By “just started” I mean I read the same three paragraphs every night before falling asleep.  Maybe I should switch up my reading routine and read in the daylight…

How long have you been in education

Mary Beth:  I taught middle school for over ten years.  I also spent time teaching in Africa, Belize and England.  While teaching I pursued an advanced degree in Educational Leadership.  I had my heart set on writing curriculum.  That’s why TpT has been so wonderful.  I absolutely love creating fun and engaging resources for students (and teachers).

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

Mary Beth:  I always wanted to be a teacher.  Always.  I set up classrooms in my basement.   I begged my elementary teachers for extra worksheets that I could use in my “classroom”.  I insisted that my neighbors be my students.  I never wanted to do anything else.  When I’m teaching, I feel so happy.  I have a feeling that more classrooms are in my future.

Thanks for the fun questions ladies.  It’s amazing to be blogging with you all!

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Meet Sherri from Literary Sherri.

What do you love about teaching

Sherri: I especially love helping students prepare to succeed in life! You know — saying hello when someone greets you, including everyone at the table in the conversation, smiling when you pass others in the hall, drying the bathroom counter with a paper towel, helping others pick up their dropped books. I love teaching academics, but when I watch my students become thoughtful, caring, and inclusive — absolutely nothing beats that!

What are your hobbies?

Sherri: I love to travel (especially any place historical), I enjoy live theatre, I craft wreaths, I’m always  reading a few good books, and I make the best spaghetti sauce ever! I don’t quilt, but I adore quilts and have a small collection of them!

What makes a good blogger

Sherri: I especially love reading posts that weave an engaging story with practical information, so I think good bloggers are those  who find the right balance between offering wonderful tips and ideas and personalizing their writing so you feel as if you’ve just had a  cup of coffee and a great conversation with a good friend!

What's on your reading list?

Sherri: Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini, An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff, Cherry Ames’ nursing mysteries (first published in the 40s), and Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix (because I always have a YA novel in the works)!

How long have you been in education

Sherri: I taught school for 23 years and I  have been a Teacher-Author for 2 years (with a bit of subbing on the side) .

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

Sherri: I started saying I was going to be a teacher when I was in 4th grade. I was the kid who cried on the last day of school prior to summer breaks and holiday vacations because I wanted to be in school, not at home. (Trust me — no more crying on those days now!) I loved school, I adored my teachers, I enjoyed learning, and I couldn’t imagine spending my life anywhere other than in a classroom!

I’m really excited about 2-stepping with you all! Thank you for inviting me to this dance!

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Meet Margaux Langenhoven.

What do you love about teaching

Margaux: I absolutely love it when a student who is struggling with a concept, suddenly has a light bulb moment.  The expression on their face when they experience success is priceless.  I also thoroughly enjoy the interaction with children; the chats, the laughs and the special relationships that are formed.

What are your hobbies?

Margaux:  I have a four year old daughter and my son is one.  I resigned from teaching when my son was born.  At this stage in my life my hobbies are my children.  I spend as much time interacting, playing, and laughing with them.  When I have a free moment, I really enjoy reading, knitting and of course, working on my TpT store.  Creating teaching resources has now become a hobby rather than a job.

What makes a good blogger

Margaux:  It is important for a blogger to be able to connect with their audience.  Communicating freely and easily makes the reader feel like it’s a conversation and that a relationship is being formed.  Eye-catching pictures are also a must!

What's on your reading list?

Margaux: Wow, I have read some amazing books, namely The Book Thief, Room and The Girl you Left Behind.  Unfortunately, since my son was born, I have not been able to really get into a book ( mainly due to a bit of sleep deprivation).  I am looking for a good book to catch my attention (especially seeing that December is summer vacation for me – I am in South Africa), so any suggestions are welcome.

How long have you been in education

Margaux:  I have taught Middle School for 7 years, mainly Math and English.  I am also Special Needs trained so would like to get into that field once my children go to school.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

Margaux:  Both my parents were teachers (although my dad stopped teaching before I was born).  I used to ‘help’ my mom mark (oops, that’s a South African term that slipped in) grade papers as a child and when she moved from Upper Elementary to Preschool, I would spend my vacations ‘teaching’ her students.  Teaching is all I know, it is something I have always wanted to do.


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Thanksgiving Placemats for the Salvation Army

A few years ago, the family advocate at our school told me that if the kids made placemats for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas, we could donate them to the Salvation Army for their large holiday dinners. The first year I created placemats with the kids we donated almost 600 of them. The folder looked like this (this is only a portion of them)!DSCN3477

Teaching art, I work with Kindergarten through 5th grade, so I wanted to make different placemats designs for all different grades. Then, when I started sharing my products on teachers pay teachers, I re-designed some of my placemats for my online product.

Featured in my Thanksgiving placemats product are 6 different designs including, “Pop Art” turkeys, draw-your-own turkeys, graphite transfer technique, “finish your plate,” placemat weaving, and “I’m Thankful For…” thanksgiving placematsSometimes I decide which activity classes will do and sometimes I let them decide. Each design is fun and unique and they all make for special pieces of artwork, for donation, or for a personalized Thanksgiving table setting!thanksgiving placemat thanksgiving placemat I always like to imagine the conversations these placemats spark at the Thanksgiving meal at the Salvation Army when the adults laugh (lovingly) at the kids artwork! If you are looking for a fun, unique and meaningful lesson for Thanksgiving–this is it! Check them out HERE.

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It’s Halloween…help!!’s Halloween and I need a fun project QUICK!

Halloween door posterThis will save the day…Haunted House Classroom Mosaic Door Poster

Materials: haunted house mosaic door poster (click HERE), copy paper, colored pencils, markers or crayons and tape.

I wanted to design something that would make your life as the teacher really easy for Halloween. I know teachers love the “idea” of decorating their doors for holidays but the thought of actually coming up with an idea, gathering the supplies and then making the door often gets marked off the “to-do” list before it’s created or just never even makes it on the list. This project is very easy for the teacher and allows all the kids in your class to be involved. There are two variations to this poster (making for even more easy options). The first, foremost and MOST easy is to just print the colored pieces of the poster, have your students cut them out, put it all together, and hang it up! Easy-peazy-lemon-squeezy!!! Here are a few pictures of what the door looks like if you like this option (or are crunched for time). This poster is a product available in my Teacher Pay Teachers store

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The second, and funner, version is to have the kids color the poster themselves.  This makes for a great classroom cooperative activity. In this variation of the door poster students (also included in my TPT product packet), the kids will color the pieces, cut them out and add their faces to the windows (this makes it extra fun) and then put the poster together and hang it up! There are 30 places to add kid faces but if you don’t have that many students (hallelujah !!!) then just have the kids color the blank windows yellow. Take a look at this detail…haunted house door poster

With both posters I’ve left room for kick plates at the bottom of your door and soft close hinges at the top. If you want the entire door to be covered, I recommend using butcher paper to cover the entire door and then add the poster to the paper. Once the poster is up simply cut around the door knob and be the envy of your hallway! Here are some “action shots” of the coloring version of the poster…haunted house door poster

click HERE to view this poster in my store.

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Monsters, haunted houses and more…

Halloween is fast approaching…but there is still time for some fun  art activities with your students. You won’t even need to spend a lot of money, because many of the things you need are already right there at your school (or free in my store)! Below you will see some of my monster related games and also some of my haunted house related lessons–you’ll never look at milk jugs the same! These ideas are from a larger blog post I wrote for my personal blog called, “10 Halloween Art Lessons for Kids” I hope you find some fun things to engage your students next week!

“Create a Creature” Group Project

Materials: 8.5″ x 11″ paper, pencils, crayons/markers/pencils, and Handouts download FREE lesson HERE

This lesson is an adaptation from the popular Exquisite Corpse game made popular by Surrealist artists like Salvador Dali. I for one, don’t like using that name with students so I’ve always done my own version called, “Create a Creature.” I’ve made an easy handout and directions so you can use this lesson as an “I’m done” activity, with a sub, or with your entire class. There is also a writing prompt included to give students more time to practice developing their writing skills. Your kids are going to L-A-U-G-H with this project!!! It’s a great group project.

Get your FREE handouts and directions to this lesson HERE.

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Monster Matching and Memory Game

Materials: colored ink and printer, copy paper, laminator, scissors, envelopes.

While we are talking about group activities like the “Create a Creature,” let me share with you these fun monster games. I love having centers in my room so I can work individually with other groups of kids on clay and harder painting projects, so I like to have games like this one available in my room.  Classroom teachers could use this center for when they need to individually conference with students or to allow the kids some fun game time. For this lesson you, the teacher will print out and laminate the pieces to the game and then put all the pieces in large envelopes (all directions are included).

Both of these games are ones your students will recognize –  matching and memory games. I’ve just made them fun for Halloween by making the games with monster images.  You can get them HERE.

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 Haunted House with Milk Cartons

Materials: empty milk cartons, construction paper, scissors, glue, masking tape. milk carton haunted house recycle

Have you ever been in the lunch room at the end of lunch to witness all the milk cartons that get thrown away (or maybe recycled)?

One year I decided that we should make little haunted houses with those empty milk cartons. Luckily I have a super cool custodian and he was kind enough to save the milk cartons for me. He even rinsed them out–what a guy!

To start this project I opened up all the tops of the milk cartons and rinsed them one more time.

Originally, I thought each kid would make a haunted house using one milk carton (like the house on the right up above), but you know how kids are–they have WAY better ideas then I ever do.  They of course, wanted to build multi-level haunted houses. I had a TON of milk cartons so that was a great idea! Students started building and designing their haunted house however they wanted to. They used masking tape to hold everything together as they were designing.haunted house with milk cartons

Once they had their house designed then they started covering their milk cartons–er, I mean haunted houses, with paper. I didn’t require them to do this any particular way, I was more interested in letting them “solve” the problem of how to cover the house. Not all kids were successful in creating a “perfect” haunted house–but so what, it’s a haunted house! I wanted them to think for themselves and not rely on me to tell them exactly how to cover their house. I also hoped they would work together to figure out the best way…many kids did!

Some students measured the house and measured paper and glued it on. Some wrapped the house in paper…all kids solved it their own way–perfect!

Once the house was covered then students added details like windows and doors from scrap construction paper. Students were completely engaged in this project and truly enjoyed taking something they use everyday, like their milk carton, and transforming it into something completely new. That’s the beauty of art!

 Haunted House with Brown Paper Bags

Materials: brown paper bags, mix of colored construction paper, scissors, glue, shredded paper, markers, crayons and pencils. 

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My second grade students love how easy and fun this project is. Each student got one brown paper bag and was asked to design a haunted house. I provided students with an assortment of construction paper and very little “how-to” so they would dream up their designs (just like on the milk carton haunted houses).  First students designed the front of their bag and then I showed them how to flip the bag over and fold the flap so they could design the back of the house (if you don’t show them they’ll draw on the flat, which later becomes the bottom of the house). Once windows and doors were glued on and any other decorations were added then we opened the bag and filled them with shredded paper. An easy place to get shredded paper is from your front office. They often shred materials and have more shredded paper then they know what to do with. You might give them a little heads up that you’d like them to save you the next bag of shredding. Use a piece of construction paper and staple it to the top to create the roof and to seal the bag. brown bag haunted house halloween

The kids loved the playfulness of this projects and so did I. However, the best part had to be the end when we lined up all the houses on the floor to see. I was amazed at the way the kids would sit by them and look at them. I felt like I was standing at an art gallery watching the people “experience” the art. My second graders would just come, sit down and “look” at all the work and notice all the fine details kids came  up with! halloween haunted house brown bags haunted house brown bags halloween

Variation: If students needed trick-or-treat bags you could leave off the roof and leave out the paper shredding and add strings to the bag so they could use them on Halloween to receive their goodies.

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Breast Cancer Coloring Sheet

Yesterday I got the very good news that a friend of mine, whose 5 year old boy has been battling cancer for months on end was declared “Cancer FREE.”  In honor of this little boys fight with cancer I wanted to share this post with you from my personal blog..

October is breast cancer awareness month and to honor and support all those fighting this terrible cancer (and all other cancers as well) I have created a cancer ribbon interactive coloring sheet that is completely free to use with your classes. Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 7.08.41 PM

Use these ribbon coloring sheets to raise awareness of breast cancer and support those fighting it. I have created a fully interactive sheet for older students and a pattern filled sheet for younger students (along with additional activity for older students at the end of this post). Start the conversation with your students about what cancer is and let them talk about the people they know fighting this terrible disease. This packet was made for breast cancer using shades of pink but can be used for any cancer (or cause) simply by changing the colors you use. Think about this…the children we are teaching right now in our schools could possibly be the ones that will help find a cure for this terrible disease. Let’s inspire them to care about people fighting cancer and to honor them.

Interactive coloring Sheets: How-to

 1. Using the patterns in the five small boxes at the bottom of the page as suggestions, fill in the different parts of the picture with patterns. Every time you run into a black line you need to change the pattern. You don’t have to put patterns in all the areas, you can leave some blank. It’s okay to repeat the patterns in different sizes in different areas or make up your own.breast cancer ribbon coloring


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 The finished product might look something like this (computer generated example).

interactive coloring sheet breast cancer

Below is a “work in progress.” Notice how many shades of pink are being used. I pulled pinks, reds and light purples from boxes of crayons, markers, and colored pencils in order to create a variety of hues. By overlapping mediums, I was able to create texture and visual interest. This lesson is great for introducting the art concept of monochromatic (one-color). You could use these ribbons for any cause awareness and just change the colors accordingly. I included a few simple writing prompts in with these sheets as well.
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Here is a finished sheet.

breast cancer coloring sheet

This project could easily be adapted from 1st grade to high school. Since drawing in the patterns can be challenging, especially for the early grades, I have also created a coloring sheet (included in this packet and all my coloring sheet packets) that already has the patterns included in it. This way you so you can differentiate for younger or less advanced students. For older students I’ve used my interactive coloring book to have students first sketch out their ideas for a Pop Art image and then I have them create paintings from them.  Here you will see images of students working with the summer ice-cream cone to first design their image, then draw it on larger paper and then paint it.

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ice cream cone pop art paintingI did these ice cream cones with 3rd graders and they looked amazing, can you imagine how great these would be with middle school and high school students???  (If you do them please tag me on Instagram (@artwithjennyk)  or send me an e-mail because I’d love to see this done with older students too). This variation can be done with any of my interactive coloring sheets. If done with the ribbbons there would be so many unique and beautiful images to share with your school community. Maybe you could even have kids do all different colors for all the different kinds of cancer.

To get these FREE breast cancer ribbon interactive coloring sheets please visit my TeachersPayTeachers store and download. If you like these, maybe you could “Follow Me” on TPT as well! Click on the photo below to go to my store and get the ribbon coloring sheets.

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I have many variations and themes of these interactive coloring sheets available in my online TPT store. My coloring book has over 80 images for all major holidays and season. You can view it HEREinteractive brain based coloring sheets art with jenny k

Thank you for all you do to motivate, teach and inspire our students all over the globe!.


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