I’m A Te-riffic Student T-shirt Writing Prompt.
This is a really fun end-of-the-year activity, but could also be a wonderful way to get to know your students at the beginning of the year too!
The hands in the photo are neon orange. The feet are much larger, but I took the shot with Elliot upside down, so they look smaller, they are actually much bigger than the hands.
Because this artwork is so big, when I took the photo feet fist, the head looked shrunken. LOL.Anyway, you get the idea. I know yours will turn out really cute and be a great keepsake that your students will enjoy making.
I've included 2 different headings on the shorts so you have that option to use at the end or beginning of the year.
The end of the year shorts say: My short shorts of what I want to do this summer, The one for the beginning of the school year says: My short shorts of what I did this summer.
Run off copies of the t-shirt and shorts on a variety of brightly colored construction paper.
Students will fill in the writing prompts and cut the clothing shapes out.
Buy a few pair of sunglasses at The Dollar Store in bright colors. Have your students put a pair on and take a head shot of them.
Print the photo off in black and white and enlarge them on the copier. Students color the sunglasses in with a magic marker to compliment the color of their T-shirt or shorts.
Students trace their hand and foot on a folded sheet of bright or neon-colored construction paper. By cutting on a folded piece of paper they will get a pair of hands and feet.
Children glue their hands to the cuffs of the T-shirt and their feet to the bottom of the shorts.
These paper kids make an adorable wall display. Run them under the ceiling, as a border in your hallway.
For another writing extension, I’ve also included a T-shirt where students can list all the Te-riffic things they’ve learned during the year, jotting down the thing they feel they are the most terrific at.
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Scroll down for a cute note to send home in your students' backpacks, on the last day of school.
Even though we were not in school for Father’s Day, I did not want to leave dads out of my Y5’s keepsake things that they did, so the last week of school I always plugged in some sort of “craftivity” that they could easily do in a short amount of time.
I save cans that chicken came in all year long, (tuna cans, or cat food cans) also work well.
I have a Magic Chef tool that you run along the edge of an opened can and it flattens the sharp edge down so that it is smooth. I then don’t have to worry about little fingers getting cut.
My students rip and tear masking tape and slap it on the cans. When they’re done they don a pair of rubber gloves and rub brown shoe polish over the tape.
The cans have the look of leather and make a wonderful coin/key holder for daddy.
I write their name on the bottom, and they set them in the sun to “dry” for a day.
I’ve also designed some “paper love” as well. These make great activities for your writing center or Daily 5 time.
There’s nothing like a special coupon to give dad.
My students enjoy using their imaginations to dream up their own, as well as trace and sign the pre-made ones, stapling them into a coupon booklet and then tucking them into the I love you card.
These items can be found in Fun Stuff To Do For Summer Click on the link to view/download it. Also included in this packet is a cute writing prompt about dads that makes a sweet class book.
Comparing themselves to their dad is an interesting and fun activity. Have students do it with a Venn diagram, which can be found in Summer Fun Writing.
Click on the link to view/download it.
Finally, since the easy reader My Mom booklet, that reinforced adjectives and verbs, was so popular for Mother’s Day, I revamped it for Father’s Day.
Click on the link to view/download the My Dad easy reader booklet.
I hope you find time to remember the daddies in your students’ lives and plug in some of these fun activities.
May the rest of your time with your students be filled with sweet summer sunshine and smiles!
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In The Good Ole Summer Time
When I think of summer I think of sunglasses.
I found this cute clip art and I thought what could I do with this?
As Dr. Seuss would say, A few “thinks” later, and I had several new things for you to do with your students!
My Sunglasses is an easy reader where students trace and write the color and number words, circle the number in the sequence and then color the sunglasses.
Number 10 has a twist. I’ve also included a graphing extension.
Click on the link to view/download My Sunglasses.
Do a few of your little ones still not have a handle on those 3-D shapes, or have you just begun to introduce them for next year’s kindergartners?
Then Seeing 3-D Shapes Through My Sunglasses is perfect for you.
Click on the link to view/download Seeing 3-D Shapes with sunglasses!
Next, there are a variety of ways you can use 20-Summer-Sun Compound Word Sunglasses.
You can run off and laminate the puzzle cards and have students put them together as a center.
I’ve included directions for a variety of games that you can play with them such as Memory Match Concentration or “I Have; Who Has?”
They are great as worksheets. So that you can program the glasses with other lessons, to reinforce more report card standards and practice other skills, such as skip counting, subtraction or addition equations, shapes etc. I’ve included a blank set of sunglasses.
Have students cut the sunglass pages apart, put them in alphabetical order, trace the words, collate the pages and make a booklet.
Click on the link to view/download Summer-Sun Compound Word Sunglasses
Finally, ABC Sunglasses are traceable upper and lowercase letter pages that can be made into a booklet or used as separate worksheets.
Again, there’s a blank set of sunglasses so that you can program your own skillsheets. i.e., Write only the uppercase letters in and have students fill in the lowercase letters, or write in the lowercase letters, and have students fill in the uppercase ones.
I’ve also made the sunglass letters into puzzles. Color the sunglasses, laminate them and cut the pieces apart on the puzzle lines.
Besides a puzzle center activity, I’ve also included a list of game ideas you can use the pieces for as well.
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For your convenience, I reposted 3 of my visitors "favorite" articles from last year:
Let's Have A Pet Parade, Sweet Summer Dreamin' Pillowcases, & Thanking Volunteers.
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Read To Succeed!
One of the most requested items from teachers is “easy readers.” They say that they need more little booklets for students to work on during Daily 5 as well as ones to send home so that students can practice reading them to their families.
I like to make up easy readers that also reinforce additional standards like math, science, colors, etc. so that I get more “bang for my time buck” so to speak.
I also want my students to have an opportunity to write some of the main words in the easy readers to get practice with those skills too.
I dabble with goofy endings, or ones with a unique twist, and sometimes allow students to think of an alternative ending, so that they can use their imaginations.
One of my biggest pet peeves with many published easy readers was that they abruptly ended with no real conclusion.
This week I completed several.
My Mom is perfect for a Mother’s Day writing prompt and reinforces the use of adjectives and verbs. Make it even more of a keepsake by having students glue their school photo to the last page.
Click on the link to view/download My Mom Mother’s Day booklet.
Several teachers wanted a booklet that reviewed the seasons.
Since many of you also study trees, I thought it would be nice to combine the two.
The Seasons Of My Tree (photo top right) does just that, with a cute twist at the end, that I’m sure your students will enjoy dreaming up.
Click on the link to view/download The Seasons Of My Tree
Who Invited The Ants To The Picnic? (photo bottom right) is a sweet pre-summer, easy reader that reinforces number words and counting to 10. It provides an opportunity for students to write two alternative endings to the story.
Click on the link to view/download Who Invited The Ants To The Picnic
I just finished story cards for the old-fashioned tune, The Ants Go Marching. So if you'd like to incorporated these with the picnic booklet, or teach your little ones this fun counting song, click on the link to view/download
The Ants Go Marching story cards.
I’ve found that if one teacher needs it, there’s sure to be many more out there who do too! i.e. I only had 1 request for some activities with an Angry Bird's theme and Angry Birds Activities & Angry Birds Shapes, are two of my most popular downloads!
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Spin A Story Wheels
Looking for a way to spice up your Writing Center or add something different to your Daily 5?
Include a Spin A Story Wheel and help motivate your students to WANT to write!
Students spin the wheel 3-4 times and write sentences or a 1-paragraph story and include the picture ideas in them.
Challenge students who are writing sentences to try and write one sentence incorporating ALL 4 picture prompts!
Click on the various links for the Spring-Summer Spin A Story Wheels.
For your convenience, if you’d like the entire collection, I’ve bundled them up in one download as well.
Write on and happy spinning!
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