1-2-3 Come Write About Summer With Me!
If you visit often, you know I enjoy dreaming up things with an interesting "play on words." "Orange you glad it's almost summer?" "I am because..." seemed a perfect fit for a fun writing prompt that I think your students will enjoy.
Make your own sample, so that you can share it with your students. Mine always enjoyed hearing a bit about me and my life, and the example was a quick and easy way to explain what I wanted them to do.
Afterwards, brainstorm with them about all of the things that they are looking forward to doing during summer vacation.
During our brainstorming sessions, I jotted their ideas on the board to help my kiddos with spelling.
Here's What To Do:
Run off the orange slices on orange construction paper. Rough cut them so that each student gets a "topper" to trim.
To add a bit more pizzazz, students can color the outside edges with a dark orange crayon, or add some sparkle with orange glitter glue.
Students glue the oranges to the top of their writing prompt paper and write about what special things they can do during the summer. Completed projects make a nice end-of-the-year bulletin board, especially if you add a school picture.
They also look nice hung back-to-back from the ceiling. Click on the link to view/download the "Orange you glad?" summer writing prompt.
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While diddling with the "orange you glad" idea, I thought it would also make an easy and rather inexpensive end of the year gift for your students. To see what I did, scroll down to the next blog article.
"The purpose of life, is a life of purpose." -Robert Byrne
1-2-3 Come Make A Special Treat With Me
Make these treats for your students at the end of the year using the summer "Orange you glad summer vacation is here? Have a sweet one." template, or pass them out at the beginning of the year for Open House or the first day of school using the "Orange you glad you're in __________ grade" header.
I've included headers for kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade + a blank template for you to fill in for whatever grade you teach.
You can make your treat bags filled with a few orange candy slices that look like smiles, or slice up real oranges or tangerines.
Since Capri Sun juice bags were a favorite with my Y5's, I thought it would be cute to attach the header to an orange juice bag or orange juice box.
You could start your year with the juice box, and end it with the candy. Click on the link to view/download the "Orange you glad..." treat bag headers.
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"Everyone has talent. What is rare, is the courage to follow the talent to where it leads." -Erica Jong
1-2-3 Come Do Some "Souper" Craftivities With Me
This "craftivity" packet is very versatile. I have templates that you can use at the end of the school year, where students write about the"souper" summer they are looking forward to, or the "souper" year they had; or they can make one for your next year's kiddos explaining why they are going to have a "souper" year in __________ grade.
Simply run off which ever pattern you need. Students color the template and then trace it on a sheet of construction paper.
I used red to blend in with the soup can, but you could offer a variety of colors.
This will become the "inside" section of the can where they'll complete the writing prompt and then "hinge" it at the top with a small piece of tape or a staple, in such a way that it flips up to reveal what they wrote.
If you've incorporated the popular "Bucket Fillers" program in your classroom, the "souper" compliment flip up or windsock, fits in nicely, and goes a long way in building a child's self-esteem. For this prompt, I prefer the windsock as it's a nice way to review the 3D cylinder shape as well as ABAB patterning.
Here's How To Make One:
I didn’t have a big sheet of red construction paper, so I had to tape two smaller ones together. The “compliment strips” are the width of a ruler and the length of the paper. I chose two colors for more pop, as well as a way to review a color pattern.
Students each get a stack of 10 strips (5 of each color). Have them glue the strips to the bottom of their large sheet of paper that has their soup can glued to the front. I left 1/2 an inch of space in between the strips.
Put students in groups of 9. Review what an adjective is and then brainstorm nice things (compliments) that they could write about each other.
Children write something about themselves on one of the strips, and then pass their paper to the next person.
Passing continues within the group ’til everyone has written something on each person’s windsock. The teacher visits each group and writes something for each child on the 10th strip.
Students gently curve their flat “souper can” into a cylinder shape and staple the ends together. Punch a hole on either side, attach a 12 inch piece of yarn and dangle from the ceiling.
Having students make a windsock for your next year's kiddos would also make a wonderful back-to-school welcome display. After the first day, take them down and pass them out to your new students. They read and share with the class. Hopefully these will help ease first day jitters and get your students excited about the year ahead.
Finally, to help celebrate special holidays, there are patterns for a "souper" mom or dad, as well as one they can make for Grandparent's Day, plus a blank one to fill in with whatever.
Keep in mind, that any of the 2D writing prompt options, can easily be turned into the 3D cylinder shaped windsock craft too.
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"My greatest strength is common sense. I'm really a standard brand like Campbell's tomato soup." -Katherine Hepburn
1-2-3 Come Make A "Tee-rrific" Father's Day Card With Me
As I stated in yesterday's article, I tried to make time so that my Y5's could create something for their dads for Father's Day. I know the end of the school year is often hectic, so I wanted to make several quick and easy "craftivities" that you could choose from, that would easily plug into your day.
A bit of interesting fun, but also educational. (Heaven forbid that we can't justify every little thing we do!) I'll be making several other Father's Day cards this week in the hopes that you can give your kiddos more than one option, as not all dads golf etc.
You could make up 2 to 3 examples and ask them what they want to do, then run off the appropriate number of each "craftivity". If you're lucky enough to be out of school, you can hopefully file these away for next year.
As with yesterday's "dynamite dad" card, the "My dad is 'tee-rrific' golf card" is also a writing prompt. Explain the "tee-rrific" play on words to your students. Brainstorm why they think their father is a terrific daddy.
List their ideas on the board as you review spelling. When students have completed their final draft they write it inside their golf ball card.
Run off the golf ball and inside circles on white construction paper or card stock. Run the tees and pennants off on a variety of colors of construction paper. Students choose, trim and assemble them to make their Father's Day card.
Younger students can simply do the craft or dictate their thoughts to a room helper, while older students complete the writing prompt. Adding a student's photo makes things extra special.
So that my card flipped open to reveal the writing, I hinged the 2 circles together with a small piece of tape stuck to the left side.
Glue the ball card to the top of your tee. You don't really need the pennant, but I thought it added extra pizzazz and fit right in with the golf theme. I glued the flag at a diagonal slant to the back of the ball.
Likewise, you don't need the grass, but I thought the 3D effect gave it that finishing touch. Simply fold a small piece of green construction paper in half.
Have students make cuts at the top, being careful not to slice all the way through; crumple the edges and then glue the tip of the tee inside.
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"I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well." -Alexander the Great
1-2-3 Come Make A Father's Day Card With Me
I feel a bit sorry for dads when it comes to making special cards and keepsakes at school. We seem to go all out for Mother's Day, and then because things get quite hectic at year's end, we often don't have the time or energy to whip something together.
Because we usually had a coupple of snow days to make up, and I was looking for a few things to plug in for that last week of school, it was easy for me to make time for my Y5's to create something for their daddies.
Ever mindful that these creative endeavors still have to be standard-based and educational or some teachers won't be able to do them "just for fun," I designed the dynamite dad card.
It's a wonderful way to review the cylinder shape and includes a writing prompt.
Younger students can simply do the craft portion, or dictate why their father is a dynamite dad, while older students can complete that writing prompt on the stationery provided, trim and glue to the back of their card.
Have them add some color with crayons or makers. Before hand, you may want to brainstorm with students, some of the reasons why they think their daddy is dynamite. Write them on the board to help with spelling.
For the finishing touch, punch a hole in the top and attach a piece of yarn to the back. Tape the Kaboom "fire" to the end of the yarn. I added some gold glitter for a bit more pizzazz.
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"It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was." -Anne Sexton