Friday, October 14, 2011

The Candy Corn Bandit–A Making Predictions Activity!

Do y’all love candy corn as much as I do?  Those waxy little wedges make my mouth happy, and taste *amazing* when paired with slightly salted peanuts.  Seriously, if you haven’t tried the ol’ candy corn/peanut combo, you need to hit up Wally World right now and getcha some.  But only if you’re on the West Coast and it’s only 9pm instead of midnight like it is here.  I need to go to bed.

Anyway!

Spurred on by my love of candy corn and the fact that making predictions is an excellent skill for improving comprehension and enhancing imagination, I made a little seasonal activity that incorporates both. 

Meet: The Candy Corn Bandit. 

002“He’s climbin’ in yo’ windows. Snatchin’ your candy up. Tryin’ to hide it.  So you better, hide yo’ Kit Kats, hide yo’ Whoppers. Hide yo’ Kit Kats, hide yo’ Whoppers.  And hide your Snickers ‘cause he’s takin’ everthing up in here!”  So sorry.  I couldn’t resist.  And, at midnight, this is ENORMOUSLY funny.  Google “Bed Intruder Song” if you have no idea what I’m talking about!

And we’re back!

Okay, so this activity is a fun way to incorporate making predictions with a  little scavenger-hunt-like lesson that leads your class throughout the school building in search of clues that will lead them to a missing treat.  {I was careful to say “treat” for those of you who aren’t allowed to hand out sweets in school.}  It doesn’t necessarily have to be candy corn, though that’s what I’m using.

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The clues are all found in common places in school buildings, including your classroom, the gym, the lunchroom, the playground, and the library.  Each clue is little poem {my very talented little sis helped me write them!}, and provides hints about where they Candy Corn Bandit may have taken the treat. 

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The activity comes complete with a detailed lesson plan, as well as extension activities – the craftivity pictured above, writing prompts, and sequencing (pictured below).

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Also, let’s do a *GiVeAwAy*!!!!  Check out the picture below, specifically the candy dish.  Can you *PREDICT* how many pieces of candy corn it is holding?!  I’ll give away 3 copies of this activity to the closest {or spot-on} guesses! Guessing ends at 11:59pm tonight, October 15th. 

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Happy, happy weekend to you and yours!

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S. Parker said...

I say 35 pieces of candy corn.

Kristen Danielle said...

Loving this lesson plan idea!! Thanks for sharing!

My guess is 94!

Xoxo,
Kristen

Sherry said...

My guess is 54 pieces of candy corn! thanks for making my late night stalking a bit more fun!
http://sherry-matheson.blogspot.com

Gracie said...

You're so creative!! Your students are very lucky! Hmm I say 117.

Caroline Brantley said...

50 pieces! I would love to win a copy.

Kimberly said...

My guess is 33...it is midnight here too and my eyes are crossed, one shut, double-vision...need to go to bed! Maybe if my guess is waaay off, this will be my cover. : )
Love your awesome creativity...keep it comin'!

Brenda said...

My guess is 72 pieces of candy corn. I laughed at the Candy Corn Bandit, especially the little ditty hide yo Kit Kats, hide yo Whoppers...too funny! I would love to win a copy! :)

Married to First said...

Soo cute! My guess is 46.

Married to First said...

Soo cute! My guess is 46!

Lisa G. said...

My guess is 42!! I hope I'm not too late!

Rachelle said...

I guess 76 pieces of yummy, yummy sugar candy called Candy corn! :) I'm loving this lesson!
-Rachelle
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Mrs. Sienknecht said...

I say, 48 candies!

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing 65 pieces! :)
Thanks!

lhirchert@rbusd.org

Carrie Greer said...

My guess is 32!!!!

Kristin said...

My guess is 83. Super cute activity and I LOVE candy corn!!!!!
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Jamie said...

This is so cute! My guess is 37 pieces of candy corn :)

Unknown said...

I guess 53 pieces of candy corn! Yum, I love em too!
Tonia
Tvento1313@msn.com

Sass Class said...

I am guessing 42 pieces of candy.

Unknown said...

My guess is 51 pieces of candy corn.

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The Ball Babies said...

I bet there are about 55 pieces of those delicious goodies! :)

AbbyS. said...

I'm going to go with 53. Candy corn, peanuts, M&Ms combo mixed while drinking a Diet Coke is quite possibly perfection. Cute stuff Abby. Going to need a Becks/house/life update soon. Been missin' ya!

MJ @ Teaching in Heels said...

I'm thinking 32. Love the lessons!!

Andi said...

I am AWFUL at estimation, but my gut says 52!
Andi

Brightfield Farm said...

Please be 57!!!

Sarah said...

I couldn't sleep...so of course I sign on to read the most recent posts. I'm sitting in the dark CRACKING up!! As soon as you wrote, "he's climbin' in yo windows", I lost it! How funny. (It's early.)
My guess is 42 pieces!! Thanks for the great lesson and laugh!
Sarah
www.mrstfirstgrade.blogspot.com

Rebecca said...

My guess is 49!

Courtney said...

I think there are 40 pieces of candy corn. Such a cute activity!

Swimming into Second

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Jenn said...

What an adorable activity!!! My guess is 27! :)

Michelle said...

52 candies! Great lesson!

Danielle said...

My guess is 53 delicious pieces!!! This is such a cute activity!!

Mrs. McKown said...

Love this!

I predict there are 34 pieces of candy corn!

❤Mrs. McKown
Little Literacy Learners

Kim said...

super cute!! I say 37!

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Kerri said...

I say 43 as I'm laughing my rear off about your candy corn bandit song. Too funny! Love this idea though.
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Shelia said...

Love this activity!
I'm going to predict 52!
sdavis6281@hotmail.com

meadowt said...

I would say 40! I don't think I am late on my prediction.
Barbara
meadowt@msn.com

Rene said...

What a cute activity. My prediction is 24 pieces of candy corn. Thanks.

Geri said...

I'm guessing 43 :) Cute idea!

Mrs Harper said...

My guess is 43 pieces!

Melissa said...

I guess 52!

Christina said...

Very cute!!! Love candy corn & peanuts! My guess is 36.

ashleyelizabeth said...

37 is my guess Ashley.e.McMahon@gmail.com
Love all your stuff and this is awesome!!!

Christy Jenks said...

My guess is 59.

Holly said...

I'm guessing 47 and what a cute, cute, cute idea!!!!!

Criss cross applesauce in first grade

Jessica said...

38?

Rachelle said...

My guess is 38.

Rachelle
http://sweetkindergarten.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing 45 pieces! Love your blogs, Abby! :)

-Ashley

Ahancock3@sycamores.indstate.edu

Jessica said...

My guess is going to be 48! Thanks for sharing :)

Melissa Mayoral said...

I'll say 69! Love this idea! My kids lives your inferencing ideas so I'm sure they will love this predicting activity!

Elisabeth said...

My guess is 60. This is too cute!

Elisabeth
www.missdelk.blogspot.com

kinderdi said...

My prediction is 31 pieces of candy corn. Cute idea! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

Mrs. McHaffie said...

I'm going with 43. LOVE this idea and my obsession with candy corn is enormously growing!!! I JUST tried the candy corn/peanut combo last week and, sadly, have already ate a whole bag all by my lonesome! ha

Love it!
Beg, Borrow, Steal
www.mchaffiek.blogspot.com

Mrs. Kindergarten said...

My guess is 53 and 1/3. I mean come on, there has to be a broken "tidbit," in that dish! What a fantabulous idea as well as blog you have. I adore it!

Love,
Mrs. Kindergarten

{kbell23.woh.rr.com}

Anonymous said...

So yummy and fun!! My 'prediction' is 57!! :)

Kelly
knbf2003@yahoo.com

luckeyfrog said...

86!

Safaris, Sparkles, & Sweet Tea said...

So cute! I'm guessing 30. :)

Mindy said...

34

Courtney said...

I love this idea! My guess is 43.

Aimee said...

I guess 63!

Leka DeGroot said...

I have to say 43 pieces.
Thanks for the great ideas!!

Jessica Harrison said...

My guess is 54.

lkellen said...

Cute lesson. Thanks for sharing. My guess is 56.

Katie said...

37 pieces :) And this is such a cute lesson!

Danidem said...

I'm going to guess 62?! This is a great idea! Thank you!

Jess said...

My estimation is 55! I hope I'm correct or the closest!

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Janisbrede said...

I'm guessing 64! I think I'm right on! The power of positive thinking! LOL

Mrs. Garrant said...

Great lesson! I say 65

Jess said...

Your activities are very cute! I'm going to estimate....43!

Deidre said...

45's my number. Fingers are crossed!!

Anonymous said...

I'm going to guess 61.

Marianne

msmahani@yahoo.com

penny w said...

My guess is 38 pieces of candy corn.
This lesson is so adorable. Each year the Great Pumpkin delivers a goodie basket to my youngest daughter's classroom. I'm going to have to purchase this lessons to put in this year's basket.

Jennifer said...

I guess 45 pieces.

Jennifer A.

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Samantha said...

How cute!!! I say there are 37 pieces of candy!

Samantha
http://msbeattie-samantha.blogspot.com/
pooh08292001@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

L.O.V.E. your ideas! My prediction is 31 pieces of candy!

Rachael Johnston
reddins@mail.usf.edu

Delighted said...

I guessing 39.

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Heather McKeough said...

{LOVE} all of your ideas! The correct number is 51. Happy Fall!

laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

I'm thinking maybe 45? Thanks and love the lesson!
Jennifer
aughinbrunette@hotmail.com
First Grade Blue SKies

Heather McKeough said...

Fogot to give you my email.

heathermcq@comcast.net

Emily said...

Awesome! Love the song! 44 pieces?

Miss C said...

I say 52!

Love this!!!!

Miss C
Lizacteach@gmail.com

Ali said...

This unit is so cute!!! Already on my wishlist :)

I guess 57 :)

Ali
alischepis{@}gmail.com

Erin said...

My guess is 48! I am in LOVE with this activity idea--the WHOLE thing! Everything is so cute and I love how you went all out in making the notes and clues so adorable too!!!

Creating & Teaching

Chrissy said...

So cute! And the Bed Intruder Song is HILARIOUS. I like your rendition!

My prediction is 50 pieces of candy corn!

www.chrissyandnathan.blogspot.com
chrissyjohnson86@gmail.com

:)

Kelly S. said...

I'm going with 66! Very cute activity!
kwelnicke@hotmail.com

Jess said...

I absolutely love this idea! Perfect activity to do for Halloween activities! My guess is 42.

Ms. Thomas said...

I am going with 27!!

-Ms. Thomas

The First Grade Jungle

Jess said...

My guess is 47the pieces of sweet candy corn!

First Grade Frolics said...

So cute! I read my class The Candy Corn Contest every year, so this activity will go along perfectly! My guess is 48...

Liz
First Grade Frolics

lrobb85 said...

My guess is 45 pieces of candy corn!

I love this activity. You are so creative.

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Linda Romana said...

53! soooo cute!
Lnetzeband(at)gmail.com

first and forever said...

I'm guessing there are 47 little yummy candy corns. :)

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Anonymous said...

I guess 41.

mgallagher06@gmail.com

Miss King said...

Very cute! My guess is 49.
meesh1213@gmail.com

Elena Maxfield said...

63! Not sure why, but I'm going with it! :)

mrselenaortiz@gmail.com

Fitbecky said...

My prediction is 33. This is a very cute activity!

Becky
http://ep2ndgraderocks.blogspot.com/

Tricia D. said...

My guess is 48. Thanks for the fun ideas!

Jessica said...

I'm predicting 33 pieces of candy corn!

Laura said...

I love the late night crazy song! My guess is 55
http://laura-armstrong-martinez.blogspot.com/

Teacher Laura

Anonymous said...

68! So cute.

raven82@gmail.com
Juana

Ms. Martin & Friends said...

I'm going to say 58 pieces. Love this!

Mrs. D said...

52! Too cute!

http://thesilverlininginteaching.blogspot.com/

Amanda said...

I'm predicting that there are 32 pieces of candy corn in the dish! I'm a first year teacher and I'm obsessed with everything that you do, thanks for helping me survive so far this year!

x0_amanda@hotmail.com

Lauren Morse said...

What a great lesson! Candy corn and peanuts are a great combo! I'm guessing 46 pieces.

Lauren
justaddclipart.blogspot

Anonymous said...

I think there are 40 pieces of candy in the dish. I LOVE this idea!

Cheers,
rmdirk@aol.com

Randee said...

87 pieces?!?!
randeeschatz@hotmail.com
How about them apples?

Lauren said...

I just found your blog today and thanks to you I will be spending even more time on the computer now! :)

I am going to predict there are 44 pieces of delicious candy corn in the dish.

-Lauren-

Mrs. Johnson said...

Love this idea! My guess is 37 pieces.

Andrea said...

My guess is 39.

diedra said...

I am taking a guess of 39 pieces of candy corn. Thanks for such a cute idea. Diedra

Anonymous said...

My guess is 48 pieces of candy corn. I love these with peanuts too. On my way to wal mart right now
JoVona. matthiesenj@ hotmail.com

Becky Mitchell said...

Love candy corn too!!! Yummy! I love doing estimation Friday in our class! My guess is 67! Thanks for all that you do!!! :-)

terep said...

I think there are 34 pieces.
Very cute unit! I can't wait to use it!

Brandy said...

Love the idea...My guess is 43 pieces.

Jackie P. said...

Cute idea! Plus, I did get the song. My guess is 37 pieces.

Jackie P. said...

cute idea! My guess is 37.

Jennifer Knopf said...

I'm going to say 38 pieces! This looks like a great activity!

Jennifer @ Herding Kats in Kindergarten

Karen Stamp said...

Haha!! I LOVE it! My guess is 65.
Thanks for sharing,
Karen :o)
Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

taniceto said...

My guess is 49!! I love the bandit craft!!

taniceto said...

I guess 49!! I love the bandit craft!! Too cute

Erica said...

My guess is 45 pieces of candy corn.

And I LOVED the song!

Mom of two said...

My guess is 47.

Danielle said...

My guess is 39 pieces! Love this activity! :)

Krista Wallden said...

What a cute, festive idea! Nothing says "Fall" like some candy corn :) My guess is 44!

Miss Kaitlyn Park said...

My guess is 53! =)

txteach said...

I guess 43...

Amber said...

Love it!
My guess is 29

AppleGirlAmber

Mary said...

I predict 50 :)

Megan Ortega said...

Adorable! My guess is 41.

Miss D'Amore said...

38 Pieces! :)

Deb said...

VERY cute!

Deb
luv2teach77@yahoo.com

Deb said...

So cute!

My guess is 75!

Deb
luv2teach77@yahoo.com

Deb said...

so CUTE!

My guess is 75. :)

Deb
luv2teach77@yahoo.com

Hadar said...

I love these games!! But I am SO bad at estimating! Like I have NO concept! hahah. So I'm guessing 27 but I'm most likely totally off!

Hadar
Miss Kindergarten

Andrea said...

Love love love this! My guess is 42 pieces! :)

Audrey Henderson said...

L.O.V.E. This!!!!
My guess is 58 delicious pieces!!!

Mrs. Barham said...

My guess is 49.

Chrissy said...

Cute! My guess is 46 pieces of candy corn.

ReadWriteSing

Mrs. Federico said...

My guess is 40. Thanks for the chance to win.

Chrissy said...

Cute! My guess is 46 pieces of candy corn!

ReadWriteSing

Chrissy said...

Sorry, Abby--I guessed twice!

The Fantastic Frogs said...

I'm gonna go with 62.. Very cute idea! LOVE IT!

Jen Sykes said...

Super cute! My estimate is 28. :)

Erica said...

I guess 35 pieces! I love all of your cute ideas, Abby!

sspeller said...

I am going to say 47 pieces...

Doodle Bugs Paper said...

I guess 62
:o) Kacey

Melissa said...

maybe... 38 pieces of candy corn? You are too funny with the candy corn/bed intruder song... I recognized it right away (maybe I shouldn't admit to that... lol) Cute mini unit!

Mrs. Plum said...

My guess is 44!

Ms. McMillan said...

I say 34!

Mrs. Carter said...

I guess 79!
Such a cute activity!

Mrs. Carter said...

I say 79.
Neat idea!

mrswimsett said...

My guess is 42. I love your blog, by the way. Checking it is part of my routine now!

jennifermeyer1 said...

I think 45 pieces

Jessica said...

My guess is......64!!!!!

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Jessica said...

My guess is.....64!!!!

Run529@aol.com

Danvi said...

My guess is 45.

CRACKED UP over your candy intruder song!

Dave and KayDee said...

40 pieces of candy?? Love this idea! Love your blog!

Miss Foote said...

Such a fun idea! My guess is 27 and 1/2 pieces:-)

Anonymous said...

My guess is 49 pieces of candy corn ;-)

Kelly H

Allison said...

My estimate is 49.

Reina said...

I guess 44!

Reina said...

I guess 44!

Reina said...

I guess 44!

kmrahtz said...

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Kari said...

I guess 71. Thanks for the giveaway this is a cute idea!

Kari :)
Karianne1120@gmail.com

Mrs. B said...

I'd guess, hmmmmm.....39!!!
betsy824@cs.com

Mrs. B said...

My guess is hmmmmm....39!!!

Jennyfer said...

LOVE this! My guess is 51 pieces.

Jennyfer from www.teachinginthecouv.blogspot.com

Laura said...

By now I suppose there are 0 candy corn left (I can't resist them either!!). My estimation is 51 pieces of candy corn in the dish.

www.tattlingtotheteacher.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

What fun!! My guess is 51 :)
Thanks for the excitement!

starlitee2@aol.com

barbkibler said...

My guess is 46, love the idea.

julie said...

I say 51.

Staci said...

New reader here :) I am back to teaching first grade after taking 4 years off to stay at home with my kiddos (was expecting #3 when I left and ended up having #4 during my "time off" too)! I am excited there are so many first grade blogs out there to get fresh ideas from :) Thanks for sharing and I "predict" there are 54 pieces of yummy delicious candy corn in that dish.

Mrs. Jones said...

Love this idea. My guess is 70

Sandra said...

My guess is 54

I hope I am close because I would LOVE to do this with my kiddos!!! :):):)

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Tiffany said...

I predict 51!!

Rachael Sterling said...

My guess is 44 candy corns! rachaelrsterling@yahoo.com I love candy corn too!

aes17 said...

I am guessing 53. The bandit is so stinkin' cute! I hope I win!

amysponn@gmail.com

mteer said...

I think 52??

Mrs. Policastro said...

ADORABLE!!!!!!! 49?!

Lisa said...

My guess is 49. Love ALL your ideas! ~Lisa

JOJO said...

I LOVE it! My guess is 27 pieces! =)

Mary said...

My guess is 32 pieces of candy corn.

Thanks!
Mary
adventures-in-kindergarten.blogspot.com

*FARMERS* said...

So cute!! My guess is 28 :) Thanks for the great activities!

Tracey said...

25

Nissadawn said...

48! Please oh please let there be 48!

Becky said...

My guess is lucky 57 cause tha's my age!

marissagraves said...

I think there are 47 pieces of candycorn in the bowl. :)

marissagraves said...

I say 47 pieces of candy corn. :)

Anonymous said...

I say 57 yummy morsels! Lauriebirt@smsd.org

Ms. Simoneaux said...

I think it is 41!
Morgan
http://firstgradefresh.blogspot.com/

L_La_Lau_Laur_Laura said...

I am guessing 58 pieces:)

Suzanne said...

The guess I want to say has been said so I will go with 100 :)

abxmomof3 said...

My guess is 28 pieces of candy!!!

Carolyn S said...

I am going with 44! What an adorable idea. Just give me the candy corn and no one gets hurt!

Amazing Amanda said...

My guess is 49.
amandaabean@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Love your stuff! My guess is 37
Cara

Lee Ann said...

My guess is 54. I LOVE this idea. Such a cute and creative idea for getting the kiddos excited about learning!

Amazing Amanda said...

My guess is 49.
amandaabean@gmail.com

Ms. Hastings said...

Too cute!!!
73 candies?
thanks, Abby!
Erin:)

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