"Owl" Sorts of Fun!

I am so excited to be able to share one of my favorite fall/Halloween themed ideas with you today. Even though it's not really math related, it's still something I love to do!

This fun craft can also be tied into reading and writing, so you're safe if anyone (you know, ANYONE) pops in while you are crafting away. I may have ranted a little lot about kids being kids on my other blog {here} if you are interested....

This activity is super easy and the kids love it!

For read aloud on Owl Fun Day, I pick Owls by Gail Gibbons. She's a great nonfiction author...I love her books!

Owls by Gail Gibbons
Click the picture to get yourself a copy!
We usually use a few sticky notes to write down a few facts we already know about owls. This is especially great when you are working on activating schema or background knowledge!

As we read, they wrtte down facts they learn about owls from the book. They use small stickies again. I use the Sharing Board from Laura Candler's Graphic Organizers for Reading to help them organize and keep track of their sticky notes.

Graphic Organizers for Reading 
This is a great book! Check it out!

After we read and write facts on our sticky notes, we use this awesome graphic organizer to collect the facts! Christina from Bunting, Books and Bainbridge made this awesome organizer.

The first part asks them to write what they already know, and the second part asks them to write what they learned. The very last part asks them to write a question they still have. It is perfect to go with our owl fact sticky notes from earlier!

These are amazing graphic organizers...go get yourself a copy!
If you are interested in the graphic organizers, check out this great product from Christina!

After we get all the research and reading strategies out of the way, the really fun part can begin. (Although who can argue that reading strategies with awesome graphic organizers aren't fun?)

We make walnut owls! :-)

They are so fun and easy! We just attach the graphic organizer to the bottom and then hang them up for a cute bulletin board.

We always have fun making this cute owl craft! It's great for Halloween, fall or just for a quick fun Friday activity.

If you are interested in another fun fall activity, check out my post about making crockpot applesauce and writing apple poems with my third graders! There's a fun freebie! Click the picture below to take you to the blog post...

If you make Walnut Owls, I'd love to see how they turn out! Have a great week!


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