Tricks and Treats for Teachers Blog Hop



It's October, which means Halloween and Trick or Treating are just around the corner.  I can't wait to dress Madelynn up and take her out for her first Trick or Treating adventure, but that's still a few weeks away. So for now I'm  super excited to share an awesome weekend of Teaching Tricks and Treats with you!  There are over 4o amazing teachers linked up to share their tricks and treats with you too!
Going to a pumpkin farm in the fall is always one of my favorite things to do and I just love sharing that experience with kindergarteners on our annual field trip.  Field trips are tons of fun but definitely require a lot of planning and thought to make them a worthwhile educational experience for students. Here are some tips for making field trips an engaging addition to your curriculum.

1. Decide on your trip.
Check with other classes in your school to see what trips they have planned. You may not want to repeat the same trip year after year unless you see additional benefit in the having the experience again. You will also want to consider your units of study, the cost, the distance, and number of chaperones needed. Consider visiting the site before booking the trip if you have not been to the location before. Here are some examples of primary field trips that you may want to consider:
2. Get your trip approved.
Districts have to ensure that all field trips are safe, age appropriate, and designed to enhance the curriculum. Check for policies regarding chaperones, costs, money collection, and transportation. Be sure to have safety precautions in place. Use the following checklist to help you prepare:
3. Prepare your students.
Finally, make the most of your trip by preparing students ahead of time. Build background knowledge and read lots of books relating to your location/topic. I love when field trip guides are impressed with how much my students already know! Have a plan for students when they return to summarize their experience.  Here are two pages I created that you can use for any field trip.

1. Freebies
My first little treat for you is all 4 of the field trip resources above FREE. Click here to find the Google Doc.
2. Sweet Deals
I'm marking down all of my fall products to 20% off for the next 3 days, so pick them up quick! Below are just 3 of my most popular items that are on sale, but you can see them all here.
3. A Giveaway
And finally, I'm having a fun giveaway just to thank you all for reading. Here is what you can win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you will check out more amazing tricks and treats from these teachers!

66 comments

  1. Apple science is a favorite! Thank you for organizing the blog hop and the giveaway!

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  2. We are going to our district farm in a month. Thank you so much for the awesome ideas and freebie! Thank you for organizing this fun blog hop and letting me be part of it! :)

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    1. Oooh I LOVE taking my class to the farm! I teach in the city, so watching the kids ride a pony and milk a cow is so much fun! Have a great time!

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  3. This is a great resource! Thanks so much from organizing this blog hop!!

    Kinderdoodlez :)

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  4. Your little girl's first Halloween; how precious! My kids and I still love Halloween.
    Thanks for the info!
    Lori

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  5. What a cute blog hop. I need to check in with TpT more frequently to join some blog hops! Great ideas.

    Sara

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    1. Thanks! I'll let you know next time I set one up. Maybe in December?

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  6. Thank you for organizing this Blog Hop! It is so fun to see what everyone is offering with Tricks and Treats! Super idea!
    Carol
    Teachers Are Terrific!

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    1. Thanks! I'm having so much fun hopping around to check out the awesome ideas everyone is sharing!

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    1. Me too! Thanks for stopping by to check out this blog hop!

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  8. Fabulous tricks and treats :) Thank you for organizing the blog hop .... so many useful ideas. You rock!

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  9. Awesome post and darling daughter! It's my baby's first Halloween too! I'm so excited to dress him up! When is your next blog hop? I'd love to be a part of it! :)

    Marine :)
    Tales from a Very Busy Teacher

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm thinking of setting one up for December. I will let you know!

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  10. You are awesome! LOVE your thorough field trip freebies. Thanks for planning the blog hop. You did an awesome job.

    Best wishes!
    Jen :)
    TeacherKarma.com

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  11. Thank you for the great field trip planning tips!!

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    1. Thanks for checking them out and joining the hop!

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  12. Thank you for hosting this! Your materials are so cute and very helpful. We don't take field trips in the fall, but in the spring I enjoy the field trip we take a local park with historic buildings and seeing how we once lived in simplier times. :)

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  13. Thank you for hosting the blog hop! Planning a field trip can be a stressful undertaking, thanks for the tips and freebies!

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  14. I enjoy doing our apple tasting, graphing, writing, etc. during the fall. The kids love it! Thanks for hosting the blog hop and doing this giveaway!

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  15. Your freebies are perfect! We went to the zoo today so I am going to use this with my kiddos on Monday! Thanks!! My favorite fall activity is making applesauce.

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    1. Great! I love when timing works out like that :)

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  16. Thanks so much for hosting this blog hop! I hope to be adventurous enough to host one someday too. I love your fieldtrip freebies. There are always so many little details that are too easy to forget. Especially the one at the bottom... planning for kids who stay behind. I always brought those teachers who took my kiddos their favorite Starbucks drink and a Starbucks gift card. I was in Seattle and we speak Starbucks. :) Looking forward to the next blog hop! Enjoy Fall and Madelynn's first Halloween! It's still 92 here in the Bahamas...
    Joya
    -liveloveserveteach

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    1. I'm a bit jealous of you in the bahamas,92 sounds fabulous! I love summer, but I do love fall too, until it turns into a ridiculously long wisconsin winter...

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  17. Thank you so much for including us in this amazing Blog Hop! Such great ideas and deals! This is our first blog hop and we had so much fun writing the post and now hopping through everyone's posts! Thank you!!!!

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  18. I found an activity where you can vote on how you want to decorate your class pumpkin. This is always so much fun and very competitive. The kids want their choices to win.

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    1. That sounds so fun!! I'd love to see pictures :)

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  19. Thank you for the giveaway!
    This year, I'm incorporating sensory bins into my intervention block (1st grade Special Education). We focused on fall themed books and had a coordinated bin (leaves, acorns, pine cones). My students loved it! Jen

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  20. Thank you for the goodies!!! So many amazing tricks and treats :)

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    1. Seriously these bloggers are fantastic! So many goodies :)

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  21. The field trip forms look great! I can't wait to use them. Thank you!
    Melissa

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    1. Awesome, I hope you get to take your kiddos on some fun adventures!

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  22. We love the sensory table that has leaves and candy corns in it.

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  23. Thank you for organizing this amazing blog hop! Your field trip form is perfect!

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  24. Thanks for hosting a super fun blog hop! Love your idea about organizing field trips...which is never fun! Hope you have a great first halloween with your daughter!!
    Elyse :)
    Proud to be Primary

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    1. Thanks for participating, and I hope you get to take a fun trip or two this year with your kids!

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  25. All of the kindergarten teachers are getting ready for the Pumpkin Patch at my school, too!! Fun times.. but I don't know if honestly I would want to take 24 5 year olds to the patch.. I bow down to all of you! I used to do daycare and took 8 and that was a blast, but a challenge at the same time! Thank you for the blog hop organization and hard work that it took to make this such a fun success!!! Loving this... make sure you let me know for the December one!!

    Susan
    LopezLandLearners

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    1. And my favorite activity with 5th graders is creating spooky stories! They absolutely LOVE them!!!

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  26. I love doing pumpkin science and measurement- weight, height, sink or float, feeling inside, etc.! :) Great blog hop!

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    1. So many great things to do with pumpkins for sure! Happy fall :)

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  27. Thank you so much for organizing this blog hop! Loved it and look forward to the next one! :)
    Gloria
    2 Scoops of Kindergarten

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  28. These are great! We felt pumpkined and appled out this year, so we are taking our kiddos to a science center in a couple of weeks, as well as to a really cool castle park before the weather gets too cold!

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  29. I enjoy using reader's theater in my room (reading specialist), and I have several really fun scripts for this time of year.

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    1. LOVE reader's theater too. I really want to start creating my own scripts for the little ones though because it's so hard to find ones for emergent readers.

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  30. I love to carve a pumpkin with my firsties!! :o)

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    1. The year that I taught first we did the same. We were learning about space so my kiddos created a pumpkin solar system! So fun :)

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  31. My favorite fall activity is our fall STEM Day: bats, spiders, rainbow foods, & healthy hearts!

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  32. This is so great! I do not teach kindergarten I teach middle school math and found a GREAT field trip (Math at the Zoo) That I am planning on taking 150 students to. Yes I am crazy but how often do you find a MATH field trip? This is exactly what I need. I love the reflection tools too....Simple for them but it means they will actually do it!

    Thanks so much for the resources!!!! Printing now!

    Cheers,
    Jameson
    Lessons With Coffee

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    1. Fantastic! I hope you guys have a great time!

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    2. We sadly do not get to do many Fall Activities in middle school math. :( However my homeroom of 6th graders has requested that I do "seasonal crafts" with them as we are working on our read aloud ("Wonder" by the way). I just got some fake leaves at Jo-Ann and students are going to trace them with glue and let them dry, the next day they are going to do water color resist on them! I also got some foam halloween pencil topers they get to make. I am so out of the realm of "crafts" it is not even fair!

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      Jameson (again!)

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  33. Thanks for hosting this bloghop! I had so much fun thinking of my little trick and treat! If you ever host anymore, I would love to be apart of them! You were so organized and made it so easy and I SO appreciate that! I'm excited to read through all the posts finally! I love your field trip ideas and the writing part. I'm off to pin them so I remember to use them for our field trip this school year :)

    Thanks again!
    Alisha
    Missing Tooth Grins

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  34. I love the blog hop! It is fabulous and fun - if you ever host anymore I would love to take part! I just found your poetry notebooks on TPT - I am in LOVE. I have been looking for poetry notebooks that have room for their illustrations and are catchy for kinders and I think I have found them! yay! :)

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