Friday, October 14, 2016

Differentiated Halloween Stations

Let me start by saying - I LOVE STATIONS.  I could write an entire blog post just about the importance of stations in an elementary classroom (and I probably will!) but for today I'm just going to focus on the Halloween stations I'm using in my classroom this month.  The kids are loving them! Lately, I've been working on making all of my stations differentiated....that is currently my personal goal on my growth plan. My firsties visit stations during guided reading time.  They have a log that they use to keep track of which stations they have visited each week.  Each day, they visit a different station and put an X on their log when it is complete.  So here's what we have going on for the month of October:

Spelling Station
I like to add a few props to my stations to make them more fun for the kids.  You would be surprised at how excited they get with a fancy pen or silly hat! Something new at spelling this month is "Spooky Spelling" - my firsties write their words in white crayon and then paint over them with watercolors.  And just like MAGIC they appear!! This activity is differentiated into three levels - this picture shows the "on level" activity.

Math Station
This month, in math, we are working on addition skills.  My struggling firsties are still working on some number recognition so they have a counting activity. 

My on level firsties are working on addition.  I found the cutest little drink holders at Dollar Tree...removed the straws and filled them with different halloween goodies that we are using for the counters.  Spider rings, halloween erasers, mini pumpkins, etc all make great manipulatives for this type of activity! For a challenge, I made another worksheet where the kids use the same monster drink holders and they make an addition fact and also the related fact, by changing the order of the addends.

Library Station
My firsties ❤️ to sit and read in our cozy library!  Add a few new Halloween books, a witches hat and witches fingers for pointers and you MAGICALLY have some engaged kiddos reading books!

Big Book Station
We have been learning about adjectives and I found the cutest poem on Pinterest to use for this activity!  I added it to our big book station along with some great October books, a monster hat and a fuzzy monster hand to use as a pointer! 

Word Work Station
This month my firsties are building their sight words with letter tiles and working on the "ck" ending. I found these cute little plastic pumpkins at Dollar Tree.  Each pumpkin has the letter tiles to build one of our sight words.  The kiddos have to dump them out and arrange the letters in the right order, then write it on the worksheet.  I also made some cute Haunted Houses with "ck" word families. .  Match the correct ghosts to the house that they live in!

Art Station
I like to put a simple craft at my art station each month.  I keep it simple so that my firsties can finish it in about 15-20 minutes, the time I spend with each reading group during guided reading. This month they are making "candy corn".  If they finish the task early they can use some of the other materials at the art station like playdough, markers, fancy scissors, etc.  

So that's what is happening at our stations during the month of October.  If you would like to use these stations in your room, they are available on my TPT store here.  I'd love to hear what you are doing in your room during the month of October! Do you use stations?? Leave a comment and let me know! Hope you have a Happy Halloween  🎃!!

🍭 Firstieland


  1. When do you introduce all these centers

  2. Hi Kelli....whenever I put something new at a center I make sure it is a skill we have been working on in class. For instance, we've been working on addition and changing the order of the addends for quite some time in our Math lessons so I was able to put those addition strategies at the center. We've also been working on adjectives in our Grammar lessons and we did that little poem together at whole group. I just transferred it back to the big book station, after we had done it whole group. I usually only add new activities to my stations once or twice a month. I have other activities at the stations besides the ones I posted in my blog, so there are always things for the students to work on. I usually put new activities out on a Friday and then I will introduce them to the kids before they go home that day. They have something to look forward to on Monday morning. Then, usually on that first day I will walk around quickly and remind them of the new activities. Hope that answers your question :) Do you do centers in your room too?

  3. Could you please add the candy corn art project to your TPT Halloween bundle? :)


  4. Hi Lindsay....I would love to add the candy corn to my bundle but that particular station was not my original idea. I have had it so long I have no idea to even give credit to! I found it or was given it by a colleague many years ago! Can't even remember....however I found a template for a free candy corn online that you could use to make your own pattern. Hope this helps! Here it is:

  5. Love the "invisible ink" option. I think kids would really get into this!