Solar System and Halloween Five For Friday... and Mentor Sentence Freebie! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Solar System and Halloween Five For Friday... and Mentor Sentence Freebie!

Happy Friday! I'm linking up today to share some random things from my week! :)
We have started our solar system unit and, to make it even more fun, we have some songs that we listen to and sing along! My kids love the songs by Mr. Parr! Here is the Solar System Song. And here are my kiddos singing along with it! :o)

Of course, you know me. I have to tie in my science to all of my content areas! We are learning about non-fiction text features so, as a way to get them to tell me what they already knew before I really "taught" the features, I made this poster, and they came up with all the features they knew about and their purpose. They did a great job actually! I won't have much work in that arena, thank goodness.

Sooooo of course, we have to write about the solar system too! I'm using Joanne's (from Head Over Heels for Teaching) Important Book Template and this will become their introduction paragraph of a bigger piece later, as well as a class book!
Students used their Science textbooks to find details about a planet of their choice. Come back next week to see their final published pieces! :o)
It took me a while this year for some reason, but I'm finally all decorated for Halloween! Here are some of my favorite decorative pieces:
And since I'm finally in the Halloween spirit, I'm planning some fun activities for next week in the classroom- all PC of course. ;-) One of the books we'll read next week is The Widow's Broom by Chris Van Allsburg.
It is a suspenseful story that'll have the kids on the edge of their seats! Here is a lesson guide I found online with some ideas if you're interested, as well as a great summary of the book.

And HERE is a mentor sentence FREEBIE to go along with the book, too! I'll be using this next week with my kiddos. :o)
This freebie is offered as part of the Friday Fall Freebie Blog Hop!
Click here to go to the next blog for another freebie!


  1. Thank you so much for the freebie!!! I can't wait to use! Also...thank you for the tip about the songs for the Solar System!! I can't wait to use those in my class. Have a wonderful weekend! :)


    Mrs. Patton’s Class

  2. Thanks for the freebie! Your science lessons always look so interesting. I think I would have enjoyed science if I had been in your class!
    Forever in Fifth Grade

  3. The freebie is great. I am loving the idea of mentor sentences!

  4. I adore The Widow's Broom! It's one of my favorite Halloween-ish books. Thanks for the freebie to accompany it!

    Sarah Beth
    Miss White's Classroom

  5. I was so excited to see you did this book! It's favorite for "Halloween".

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late
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  6. Thank you so very much for the freebie! I tried mentor sentences for the first time last week with my middle school special ed students and it was like magic! Grammar made sense for the first time! I am your newest, biggest fan!!


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