Friday, October 13, 2017

Bone Soup Math and Literacy Unit

Are you looking for a new Halloween activity for your classroom? This cute October unit is based on the book Bone Soup and includes games and writing activities that are sure to scare up some great writing with your students! 

Last weekend my son came into town to visit for a few days from Texas (I only get to see him a few times a year because he lives across the country so YAY for the visit!) and we went shopping together.  He likes to shop just about as much as I do, lucky me, and so we stopped at one of our favorites - Barnes and Noble.  Ahhhh....every teacher loves a good bookstore.

Of course I had to take a look at the children's book section and found the cutest book!! Have you seen it?  It's called Bone Soup.  You can pick it up here.

This adorable story is about a little goblin who comes into town and tricks everyone into giving up all their goodies (eyeballs, toenail clippings, bones, etc💀👻) to make his soup.  It's a great book for sequence of events and also creative writing!  What kid doesn't like a book about eyeballs and toenail clippings????? Soooo, I donned my best witches hat and creepiest voice and read the story aloud to them.  To make it more enticing I made a little table and a cauldron full of creepiness....

We started off with a Shared Writing.  If you read my blog regularly, you know I ❤️ Shared Writing. I told my firsties that I wanted to make Bone Soup and asked them what I should put in it. Since we have been studying about adjectives lately, we used our best describing words to make it more interesting. 

Next, I told them that I needed to create a recipe from all of these ingredients.  I told them that a good recipe always includes the amount needed, so we used number words in our recipe (more adjectives....Yay!!)

Finally it was time for the Fab Firsties to create their own Bone Soup recipe.  They each had a turn at reaching into my cauldron and choosing five creepy ingredients! They made a cauldron craft and completed their own recipe, making sure to use adjectives in their recipe.  

I put their recipes on display in our hallway and made it into a mini station for the rest of the week.  My class and the other first grades can visit it during center time and create Magic Potions and write in our potion book! 

If you'd like to do this activity and so much more with your kiddos, click here to see my complete "Bone Soup Literacy and Math Unit".  Your students are sure to have a spook-tacular time with all of these fun activities!