Trick or Treat Blog Hop

Hey, y’all! I have been missing in action for a while (again-thanks to a mountain of work-related stuff), but I love linky parties, so I had to join Rachael from The Classroom Game Nook for this one! Are you ready for some tricks AND treats? I know I am.

My school system has really focused on integrating technology (specifically Google) into the classroom this year. It seems like anything and everything can be done with a laptop, interactive whiteboard and/or a tablet. I think new technology is awesome, and I understand the need to use it in the classroom, but sometimes kids just need to have access to good, old-fashioned books. The kind that have actual pages to turn. Often my students are much more intrigued by things with screens than paper books, though, so it is a challenge to motivate them to listen to a story or look at a book. Luckily, I have found a way to help with that. Curious? Ok, here is my trick: I have been using many interactive books lately. 

By adding elements to books to make them interactive, I am providing a way to keep kids engaged and hands-on while using actual paper books. Most of my interactive books consist of velcro and pictures added to the pages, but sometimes I just give the kids picture cards to help sequence the story while I’m reading it. I have also used props like stick puppets and small toys. They love these activities, and I love that they are learning without “screen time.”

Many sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers offer interactive books for a wide range of ages and themes. I use those and make my own. To get you started, or add to your collection, I am offering a treat for you. My Language Mini-Pack: “Where is Little Monster?” will be FREE through November 1st on Teachers Pay Teachers.

I am also having a giveaway for my Story Companion: “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.” The story was written by Linda Williams and lends itself to interaction without extra materials, but I have made some fun activities to go with it. Good luck!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

For more tricks and treats, click on the picture below. Have fun!


  1. Replies
    1. I haven't heard of that one, but it sounds fun. I'll check that one out!

  2. I love your ideas! The freebie is great! My children are currently into Clifford, so Clifford's First Halloween is what we have been reading lately at home!


  3. I have so many favorite Halloween stories... I love the little old lady who was not afraid of anything, room on the broon, little boo... seriously, I don't have enough room on my wire book rack to hold all of my Halloween books!

  4. I love Room on the Broom and Spookly the Square Pumpin!

  5. My favorite book is Spookley the Square Pumpkin! It's such a fun story and the message is great for my kinders. Thanks for a wonderful freebie!

    Shifting Teacher K-2

  6. We love Spookley the Square Pumpkin; I also have the video & the stuffed Spookley toy. My special ed kiddos adore Spookley!

  7. My kids love The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything. We have the props to go along with the story to make it more exciting for the kids!

  8. I love your use of interactive books! I'm going to try that to get my older kiddos with special needs more interested in reading!
    The Vivacious Teacher

  9. I like to read The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything! he kids love the repetition and movement I include. :)


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