Graham Cracker Buildings – Social Studies Activity

Social studies lends itself to tons of cool cultural and historical activities. We recently created historic buildings using graham crackers and frosting. It was a bit messy, but it was a blast and some of the buildings turned out really well!

Here’s Big Ben in London England:

Graham Cracker Building - Big Ben

Here’s the Santa Catalina Arch in Antigua, Guatemala: Graham Cracker Building - Santa Catalina ArchFirst we wrapped cardboard in tin foil (secured with tape). Then we put tons of frosting in ziplock baggies and cut a small corner off. We had some candy for decorations, but I don’t think it was necessary. We also used straight pretzels and other edibles as building materials. It was educational, but also delicious!


Halloween Syllables Worksheet

Halloween Syllables

Pump-kin. Spi-der. There are tons of easy Halloween words you can use to teach or practice syllables.  Here’s a free printable Halloween worksheet for you all about syllables!

Download the full size printable: Halloween Syllables [PDF]

Giveaway Winners!

I’m pleased to announce the winners of my most recent giveaway for the hit science book, Candy Experiments 2! The winners are:

Trina F.
Lauralee W.
Angel F.

Check back later for another giveaway! Thanks again for supporting my blog!

Giveaway Ends Today!

If you haven’t entered by Candy Experiments 2 giveaway, you’d better hurry! It ends today at midnight PST! Click here to check it out!

Candy Experiments Giveaway 1

Get to Know Your Reading Buddy/Neighbor

My Neighbor sticker When I was in elementary school, my class was always partnered with another class so we could do “Reading Buddies.” My school always partnered a younger grade class with an upper grade class so we could get together and read each month. This provided us a unique opportunity to read to/listen to another student. Each kid was assigned a kid from the other class and we were partners the whole year. We occasionally did a craft or something with our reading buddies as well. Anyway, it was fun to get to know my partner as the year went on.

My Buddy sticker

This inspired me to make 2 little “get to know you” pages that teachers can use within their own classroom or between classrooms of students in an arrangement like “Reading Buddies.

Click here for the free printable: Get to Know Your Buddy and Get to Know Your Neighbor. Enjoy!

Math Vocabulary Sort

Do you speak math? Use this free printable from my post over at We Are Teachers to help you and your students keep all those math vocabulary words straight! Click here to see the printable.

I Speak Math preview


Giant Spider Web (Classroom Halloween Decoration)

Check out this cool Halloween decoration idea submitted by a reader! She purchased a cheap spider web (the wad of web in a bag for a few bucks) and then stretched it out  around the legs of student desks. Have your own cool idea! Send it to me at squareheadteachers at gmail dot com!

Giant web with desks

Science Book Giveaway: Candy Experiments 2!

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Happy Halloween! (It’s October now, so I can start thinking about Halloween, right?!) How about doing some science with all of that trick-or-treating candy?! Perfect timing for this fun science book giveaway!

Candy Experiments Giveaway 1

Yup, I’ve scored 3 more copies of the hit science book, Candy Experiments 2, by Loralee Leavitt, and I’m giving them away to 3 lucky readers! If you haven’t checked it out, it’s a must! Click here to read my last post about doing one of the candy experiments! I also suggest asking your school librarian to purchase a copy for your school’s library collection.

The Prize: A copy of Candy Experiments 2 by Loralee Leavitt

Participating is simple! Tell me your favorite candy by leaving a comment below. (Scroll all the way down to the very bottom of this post to see the comments section. No sign in required to comment, but if you’re not a WordPress member, please leave your first name and a way to get a hold of you so I can contact you if you win!)

 This giveaway ends at midnight (PST) on Thursday, October 8, 2015. Don’t wait! **This giveaway has ended. Check back later for more giveaways!**


The Fine Print: Participation is optional. Only one entry per person. No purchase is necessary to participate. Available to US participants only. There will be three winners. The winner will be randomly selected. I will email the winner between Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11, 2015. The winners will have 72 hours to respond and provide me with contact information so I can get their prize to them.  If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, the winner forfeits the prize and another winner will randomly be selected (in which case the new winner will be notified and the same terms apply).  The winners will be announced on this blog once eligibility has been confirmed. This giveaway is solely sponsored by Squarehead Teachers and Loralee Leavitt. It is not affiliated with WordPress or any other sponsor(s). Void where prohibited. If you have additional questions, please contact me!

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