The Tuesday 12: 12 Remarkable Remembrance Day Resources (November 11)

remembrance day

In this week’s edition of The Tuesday 12, we are providing you with 12 resources (crafts, poems, displays, activities) that can be used to teach your students about the importance of Remembrance Day.  On November 11, we are provided with the opportunity to pay tribute to the brave men and women who sacrificed everything in order for us to enjoy the freedom that we often take for granted.

1. “In Flanders Fields” on YouTube from AdPaylor (includes excerpt from “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon)

2. Remembrance Day Toolkit from the Canadian War Museum

3. Remembrance Day Huichol Yarn Painting from (click on image for instructions)

4. Special Education Language Program—Remembrance Day Unit (free download on TPT by Matthew Hackney)

5. Beautiful for the Canadian flag (I’ve linked this to the Pinterest source, but I can’t find the proper attribution…if you know where this is from, please leave the info in the comments section. Thanks! Thanks to Patrick who left us a comment informing us that this beautiful piece of work was created by Brian Espiritu)

6. Remembrance Day Canada (“Soldiers Cry” by Roland Majeau) video on YouTube

7. Poppy Mixed Media from (for instructions, click on the image)

8. Teachers’ Resources on Veterans Affairs Canada

9. A worksheet to accompany the story “What Does Peace Feel Like” by Vladimir Radunsky (free download on TPT by Vanessa Steunenberg)

10. Tons of Teacher Resources from Saskatoon Public Schools! Interactive sites, multimedia, poems, and links to tons of sites.

11. Beautiful Bulletin Boards

12. Veterans’ Week and Remembrance Day (tons of resources from the Government of Alberta)

On November 11, please take a moment to show your gratitude for those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom and way of life.

Poppy - ''Lest we forget''

Click on poppy for information regarding Remembrance Day services in Toronto.

The Tuesday 12: 12 Frightfully Fantastic Halloween Poetry Clips from YouTube!

12 halloween clips

Last week’s edition of The Tuesday 12 provided 12 terrifyingly terrific Halloween poems!  This week, I will be providing you with some excellent YouTube clips that will bring these poems alive in your class! Prepare to be spooked!

1. Johnny Cash reciting “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert Service

2. 8 minute short 35 mm film of “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert Service

3. “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe on The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Terror

4. Shakespeare’s Three Witches from Macbeth on Sesame Street (too cute and a great lesson on co-operation!)

5. Jack Prelutsky Presents It’s Halloween

6. Animation of “I’m not afraid of the dark” by Kenn Nesbitt

7. “The Scary Song” by The Learning Station

8. “Five Little Pumpkins” by kdpteacher

9. “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe

10. “Halloween Song” by KIBOOMU

11. A-Z of Halloween by RandMPublishing

12. Ten Little Monsters by TheLearningStation

Have a safe and happy Halloween! Check back next week for another edition of The Tuesday 12!

Halloween activities on Bitstrips!

In one of our previous posts, we discussed Bitstrips – one of many great programs that you can engage in online with your students. This site allows you and your students to create fun, personalized characters which you can then further create a comic strip for. I was just recently updated that Bitstrips now has some cool, fun and interesting activities for halloween that you may definitely be able to introduce to and engage in with your students. Anywhere from creating a scene from your favorite halloween movie or story, to making greeting cards, sharing safety rules and fun ‘trick or treat’ stories – you can find it all on Bitstrips! Yet another fun thing to do with your students during this years Halloween! While you are there, I am sure you will find many other great uses for this program, especially once you see just how much your students enjoy it!

The Tuesday 12: 12 Terrifyingly Terrific Halloween Poems

12 halloween poems

In this week’s edition of The Tuesday 12, we’ll be looking at 12 terrifying terrific Halloween poems! I’ve tried to include spooky poems for various grade levels, so that this can be a resource for any teacher (or parent)!  Just click on the title to be taken to the source.  Some poems are quite long, so I’ve included the first stanza and a link to the complete poem.

1. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visiter,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
            Only this and nothing more.”

Click to continue reading…

2. The Pumpkins Are Here (Tune The Farmer in the Dell)

The pumpkins are here;
The pumpkins are there.
The pumpkins, the pumpkins
are everywhere.
The pumpkins are up;
the pumpkins are down.
The pumpkins, the pumpkins
are all around.
The pumpkins are in;
the pumpkins are out.
The pumpkins, the pumpkins
are all about.
The pumpkins are low;
the pumpkins are high.
The pumpkins, the pumpkins
all say,”Goodbye!”

3. House With No Windows by Richard Jones

(I can’t copy the poem here, as I need permission to do so, but you MUST click on the poem title to be brought to the page…all three poems are so creepy and spine-tingling!  My grade 8s would love them!)

4. Halloween is Nearly Here by Kenn Nesbitt 

Halloween is nearly here.
I’ve got my costume planned.
It’s sure to be the most horrific
outfit in the land.

If you should see me coming
you may scream and hide your head.
My get-up will, I guarantee,
fill every heart with dread.

My costume may cause nightmares.
Yes, my mask may stop your heart.
You might just shriek and wet yourself,
then squeamishly depart.

And yet, I won’t be dressing as
you might expect me to.
I will not be a vampire
or ghost that hollers “boo!”

I won’t look like a werewolf
or a goblin or a ghoul,
or even like a slimy blob
of deadly, dripping drool.

I will not be a zombie
or some other horrid creature.
No, this year I’ll be much, much worse…
I’m dressing as a teacher.

Copyright © 2010 Kenn Nesbitt
All Rights Reserved

5. Song of the Witches By William Shakespeare

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

NOTES: Macbeth: IV.i 10-19; 35-38

6. The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.

click to continue reading…

7. Mr. Macklin’s Jack O’Lantern by David McCord

Mr. Macklin takes his knife
And carves the yellow pumpkin face:
Three holes bring eyes and nose to life,
The mouth has thirteen teeth in place.
Then Mr. Macklin just for fun
Transfers the corn-cob pipe from his
Wry mouth to Jack’s, and everyone
Dies laughing! O what fun it is
Till Mr. Macklin draws the shade
And lights the candle in Jack’s skull.
Then all the inside dark is made
As spooky and as horrorful
As Halloween, and creepy crawl
The shadows on the tool-house floor,
With Jack’s face dancing on the wall.
O Mr. Macklin! where’s the door?

8. Hallowe’en is Coming Soon
(can be sung to the tune of London Bridge)

Hallowe’en is coming soon, coming soon, coming soon,
Hallowe’en is coming soon,
Oh, what fun!

Black cats sitting on a fence, on a fence, on a fence,
Black cats sitting on a fence,
Meow! Meow! Meow!

Owl’s a-hooting in the trees, in the trees, in the trees,
Owl’s a-hooting in the trees,
Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!

Witches flying on their brooms, on their brooms, on their brooms,
Witches flying on their brooms,
Eee! Eee! Eee!

Jack o’lanterns grin at you, grin at you, grin at you,
Jack o’lanterns grin at you,
Oh! Oh! Oh!

Hallowe’en is coming soon, coming soon, coming soon,
Hallowe’en is coming soon,
Oh, what fun!

9. Skeleton Parade by Jack Prelutsky

The skeletons are out tonight,
they march about the street,
With bony bodies, bony heads
and bony hands and feet.
Bony bony bony bones
with nothing in between,
Up and down and all around
they march on Halloween.


10. Three Black Cats

Three black cats, three black cats,
In black hats, in black hats.
They all jumped into the Halloween brew,
They teased the ghosts and the goblins too.
Did you ever hear such a hullabaloo
On Halloween?

11. This is Halloween by Dorothy Brown Thompson

Goblins on the doorstep,
Phantoms in the air,
Owls on witches’ gate posts,
Giving stare for stare.

Cats on flying broomsticks,
Bats against the moon,
Stirring round of fate-cakes,
With a solemn spoon.

Whirling apple parings,
Figures draped in sheets,
Dodging, disappearing,
Up and down the streets.

Jack-o’-lanterns grinning,
Shadows on a screen,
Shrieks and starts and laughter–
This is Halloween!

12. What Witches Do

The witches don their pointed hats,
The witches croak and croon,
The witches ride their broomsticks,
Away beyond the moon.

The witches don their flowing cloaks,
The witches stir their brew.
The witches chant their magic spells,
All the dark hours through.

The witches stroke their big black cats,
They comb their locks of gray,
Yet when the first faint daylight comes.
The witches hide away.


Check out the Halloween section on because it has tons of spooky poems, ideas for poet costumes, a poetry haunted house and a special educator’s section!

Check back next week for another installment of The Tuesday 12! Next week, I’ll be sharing 12 YouTube clips of some of these Halloween poems…perfect for you to share with your class on Halloween!

The Tuesday 12: 12 Spooktastic Halloween Crafts Your Students Will Love!

12 spooktacular crafts

In this week’s edition of The Tuesday 12, we’re looking at Halloween activities that your students will love! It may seem a bit early for Halloween, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to plan ahead and get everything ready to create a spooky and cool classroom! Click on each image to be brought to the original source (many of these sites have great tutorials!).

1. “Name” Skeletons…I love the personalized touch!



2. Characters made from toilet paper or paper towel rolls…I love how this is an upcycled craft activity! Just use any leftover materials that you have handy!

toilet paper monsters

3. Colourful bats! These bats are so cute and the supplies are probably already in your classroom!

Plastic-Plate Ghoulies

4. Painted paper rolls…another upcycled craft! Instead of using felt, fold and paint toilet paper and paper towel rolls to create these cute characters.  This could also be a great way to make characters for reader’s theatre or puppet shows.

5. Beautiful pumpkins! Can you believe these pumpkins are just strips of patterned paper? So simple, yet so creative!

6. A great collaborative project for the class! I can see students each taking on a different scene from a Halloween story or poem! They look stunning together!

7. Monster can heads…another upcycled craft! Have students bring in an empty, clean can and transform that can into a cool Halloween character with just a few supplies! Students can each make different characters…vampires, mummies, witches, goblins, ghosts…

Halloween Craft - Recycling Craft - Frankie the Friendly Frankenstein Can

8. Craft stick mummies! So cute!



9. Such an awesome ghost! I especially love how it can stand on its own! Step-by-step directions are included:


ghost by love and laundry

10. Paper pumpkin ornaments! These would be beautiful to hang all over your class..if your fire code permits, mine doesn’t allow this 🙁

DIY Craft: Paper Pumpkin Ornaments

11. Glass jar Jack O’Lanterns! Another great upcycled craft! Instead of cutting open a messy pumpkin, students use tissue paper, glue, construction paper, and paint to make their very own Jack O’Lantern!

glass jack o lantern


12.  And, of course, some hand and foot print crafts for the little ones!

Create these easy halloween crafts using your children's handprints and footprints.

I didn’t realize how many of these crafts recycle and reuse materials! An easy way to remind students to be more environmentally conscious when making crafts!

Don’t forget to visit next week for another edition of The Tuesday 12!

The Tuesday 12: 12 Thoughtful Thanksgiving Poems

In this week’s edition of The Tuesday 12, we’re looking at Thanksgiving poems.  In Canada, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Monday, October 8th.  So, here are some poems to use with your students! Click on the poem title for the source.

1. Thanksgiving
Gina Marie Lauchner

Our blessings are endless
and too many to name
but on Thanksgiving Day
we try just the same.
We want to be sure that
we show the love
that is given to us
from up above.
We smell the aroma
of the feast we can share
and spend Thanksgiving Day
with the ones who are dear.

2. Funny Turkey

The turkey is a funny bird
Its head goes bobble-bobble;

And all he knows is just one word…
And that is GOBBLE-GOBBLE!

3. Thanksgiving

The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest is all gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain.
So open wide the doorway-
Thanksgiving comes again!

4. Thanksgiving Prayer
Mary Fairchild

Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day
We bow our hearts to You and pray.
We give You thanks for all You’ve done
Especially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son.
For beauty in nature, Your glory we see
For joy and health, friends and family,
For daily provision, Your mercy and care
These are the blessings You graciously share.
So today we offer this response of praise
With a promise to follow You all of our days.

5. For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

6. Thanksgiving
Ivy O. Eastwick

Thank You
for all my hands can hold–
apples red,
and melons gold,
yellow corn
both ripe and sweet,
peas and beans
so good to eat!
Thank You
for all my eyes can see–
lovely sunlight,
field and tree,
white cloud-boats
in sea-deep sky,
soaring bird
and butterfly.
Thank You
for all my ears can hear–
birds’ song echoing
far and near,
songs of little
stream, big sea,
cricket, bullfrog,
duck and bee!

7. Thanksgiving Delights
Joanna Fuchs

On Thanksgiving Day we’re thankful for
Our blessings all year through,
For family we dearly love,
For good friends, old and new.
For sun to light and warm our days,
For stars that glow at night,
For trees of green and skies of blue,
And puffy clouds of white.
We’re grateful for our eyes that see
The beauty all around,
For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
And ears to hear each sound.
The list of all we’re grateful for
Would fill a great big book;
Our thankful hearts find new delights
Everywhere we look!


Be thankful for home
Be thankful for food
Be thankful for birds that fly
Be thankful for sleep
Be thankful for flowers
Be thankful for clouds in the sky.
Be thankful for friends
Be thankful for rain
And the rainbows that follow close by.

9. We’re grateful for our eyes that see.
The beauty all around,
For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
And ears to hear each sound.
The list of all we’re grateful for.
Would fill a great big book;
Our thankful hearts find new delights.
Everywhere we look!

10. We Thank Thee
Ralph Waldo Emerson

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.
For blue of stream and blue of sky;
For pleasant shade of branches high;
For fragrant air and cooling breeze;
For beauty of the blooming trees,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

11. Thanksgiving Ghost

The last piece of apple pie is gone;
How did it disappear?
The bowl of delicious stuffing
Has also vanished, I fear.
It happens each Thanksgiving,
When leftover goodies flee,
And each of us knows the responsible one
Couldn’t be you or me.
The only way it could happen
Is readily diagnosed;
It must be the crafty, incredibly sneaky,
Still hungry Thanksgiving ghost.

12. The Thanksgiving Day Parade
By Jack Prelutsky

Thanksgiving Day is here today,
the great parade is under way,
and though it’s drizzling quite a bit,
I’m sure that I’ll see all of it.
Great balloons are floating by,
cartoon creatures stories high,
Mickey Mouse and Mother Goose,
Snoopy and a mammoth moose.
Humpty Dumpty, Smokey Bear
hover in the autumn air,
through the windy skies they sway,
I hope that they don’t blow away.
Here comes Santa, shaking hands
as he waddles by the stands.
It’s so much fun, I don’t complain
when now it really starts to rain.
The bands are marching, here they come,
pipers pipe and drummers drum,
hear the tubas and the flutes,
see the clowns in silly suits.
It’s pouring now, but not on me,
I’m just as dry as I can be,
I watch and watch, but don’t get wet,
I’m watching on our TV set.

Don’t forget to check back next week for another edition of The Tuesday 12!