1-2-3 Come Make A Slideshow With Me
Whenever May rolls around, teachers are always left saying: “I can’t believe how fast the year has flown!”
With just a few weeks left, there is still so much to do, especially if your kiddo’s are graduating, or you want to plug in all of the pictures you’ve taken throughout the months, in a sweet end-of-the-year slideshow.
I think it’s especially heart-warming when little ones sing a few songs and a slideshow is also presented. (I recommend IMovie for this, as it's pretty user friendly.)
I feel this is most effective at the end of the program, with perhaps one quick, happy and uplifting or humorous song that your students sing to complete the show.
You certainly want to end on a joyous and positive note, so mom’s are not overly tearful that their baby is growing up too fast, as some “graduation” songs, are sure to have parents asking: “Do you have a Kleenex?”
I spent countless hours searching the web, for lists of songs that teachers have shared in chat rooms and on their blogs that they felt were great choices for their graduation programs and end of the year slideshows.
With the latest update there are now 150 songs! For easy reference, I listed them alphabetically, and included the artists. To find any of the songs, simply Google them.
I also included several different singers for a few of the same songs. I love Judy Garland's original Over The Rainbow, but my personal favorite is IZ rendition singing it with his ukulele.
I also spent several hours on YouTube looking for memorable performances from children singing a variety of songs at their graduations, and included the links so you can get the words.
While searching, I found some cute songs creative teachers made up, to popular tunes, like New York New York, The Adams Family, and even an Army Drill Echo Chant. They are so cute. I've included the lyrics, along with a few other poems and their links.
I hope this makes your May a bit less hectic for you. Remember to relax and enjoy the day, it really does zoom by!
On a less crazy note, I also discovered that many teachers simply had their students sing a few of the songs they sung everyday, as a sort of “Welcome To Our World” this is what we do every day idea.
Several commented that parents really enjoyed this, and they didn’t have to teach their little ones a bunch of new songs for one day.
Others chose to have students sing a patriotic song that they already knew from a Constitution Day activity or could easily teach them.
Whatever you decide to do, I hope you have a wonderful time.
Click on the link to view/download the list of 150 slideshow songs for the end of the year or for kindergarten or preschool graduation + extra's.
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"You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend." -Paul Sweeney
1-2-3 Come Make A Puppy Pal With Me
This puppy "craftivity" is really versatile.
You can use the slider template and review upper or lowercase letters, 2D flat shapes, counting to 30, or skip counting by 2's, 3's 5's, or 10's, by cutting slits and inserting the appropriate strip of paper (slider).
These make a nice end-of-the-year activity, to send home with students as a fun way to review and practice over the summer, so they don't forget what they've learned.
Likewise, they are a terrific way to introduce your new students to these concepts at the beginning of the year as well.
Sliders are an easy way to whole-group assess and a fun way to review standards via playing "I spy" games.
Children can also make a keepsake card for Father's Day or Mother's Day, or to give to anyone else, by simply writing the recipient's name on the bone.
What makes this puppy extra special, is that you trace a student's foot with their shoe on, to make the puppy's ears.
Add a school photo for even more pizzazz.
I made the card on the right for my daughter, from baby Kaiden.
Finally, you can also use the Puppy Pal as a topper for a variety of writing prompts.
I've made writing prompt "bones" for the beginning of the year as well as the end. i.e. "I'll have a dog-gone great school year because ..." or I had a dog-gone good school year because..."
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"The best teachers teach from the heart, not the book." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Review Upper and Lowercase Letters With Me!
I liked to make up a summer fun packet for my students to take home at the end of the year. It was a nice review of everything we had learned.
This packet was also handy for parents to have their child work on, if they complained of being bored, or an easy thing to give children when they wanted to play "school," while on vacation.
I designed this KnOWLedge Owl "craftivity" with that in mind. You could also make it at the beginning of the year, so that students can practice their letters, with their families at home.
Here's How To Make Them:
Run off masters on a variety of construction paper. I chose funky color combinations, but you could also do more realistic owls in various shades of brown.
Rough cut so that students can get their pieces and trim.
You may want a room helper to cut the beaks and feet, just to expedite things.
If you’re having someone cut these for you, it’s easier to trace a template on an old file folder. The helper traces once and then cuts 3-6 at a time.
Pre-cut long envelopes so that students have a pocket to put their extra letter wheels in.
Set up this “craftivity” as a center. When students are done with other work, they can come up and get the color owl pieces of their choice.
Students glue the wings to either side of the owl. They can add some crayon details for more pizzazz.
Student glue the feet to the bottom of their owl so that the tops are glued to the back. I also added crayon details here and then traced the belly of the owl with a white crayon so that the writing “popped.”
Students cut out their white alphabet wheels. Older students can cut and poke their own holes in the eyes; younger students will need this done for them.
To expedite things, I used a circle paper punch to make the letter “windows.”
Poke a hole through the owl’s head and attach whatever wheel you want your students to work on; fasten with brass brads.
Students glue their beak on, after their eyes are in place.
If you want the beaks to be 3D, simply cut a 4-inch wide strip of yellow construction paper, and fold it in half. Trace the triangle template so that it butts up against the fold, then cut the triangles out
Students glue their envelope half to the back of their owl and write their name on it.
Close the open side with a piece of Scotch tape.
This is a safe place where students can keep their extra wheels, so that they don’t lose them.
There are lots of activities you can do with the KnOWLedge owl.
Use as a review game. Choose a quiet child to call out a letter from a-j, k-t, or u-z.
Students spin the top eye wheel ‘til they find those letters. You can also have students partner up and play this game with each other.
You can play “I’m Thinking Of A Letter.” Give clues about the letter and students spin the wheels ‘til they find it. i.e. “I’m thinking of a letter that is a vowel. It comes after the letter N and before the letter P.”
Play “Speed.” You call out a letter and see who can find the upper and lowercase letters the quickest.
Use as an alternative or additional fun way to assess upper and lowercase letters.
These are terrific sent home at the beginning of the year, so that students can practice with their parents.
They also make a nice end of the year activity, so that students don’t forget what they learned over the summer, or preschoolers can practice before they come to kindergarten in the fall.
Click on the link to view/download the KnOWLedge Owl Alphabet Wheels.
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"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn." -Unknown
1-2-3 Celebrate Mother's Day With Me!
I'm so excited. My mom and twin are coming from Wisconsin for Mother's Day weekend.
Since I live in Michigan, and they don't get to visit very often, it's a big deal for me.
That said, I just wanted to post a note to let you know that I'll be taking the weekend off, so I won't be designing anything new, answering e-mails, or blogging 'til later on Monday.
I hope all of you moms and moms-to-be, and teachers who are like an extra mom for little ones, have a wonderful weekend.
See you Monday.
As always, thanks for visiting.
"You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream." -C.S. Lewis
1-2-3 Come Work With 10 Frames With Me!
My Ten Frame templates, 10 frame booklets and activities have been top downloads since I designed them, so I wanted to make a set of 10 frame cards that you could easily cut into puzzles, for a fun way to review a variety of Common Core lessons.
You can also use the bottom set of cards for assessments or a math center. Simply print, laminate and have students fill them in with a dry erase marker.
Run off copies and do a number a day. Students keep their work and when all 20 number "worksheets" have been done, they collate them and have a nice review booklet to take home and share with their families.
The completed top cards can be used as flashcards, an anchor chart-border, and quite a few games.
There's a 2-page tip list of what else you can do with the 10-frame cards, and I've also included a page of greater and less than cards, as well as "kaboom" bomb cards to play even more math games.
Click on the link to view/download the 10 Frame Puzzle Packet.
If you're looking for more 10 Frame Activities click on the link to zip on over to that section of my website.
You'll find 30+ ten frame 1-2-3 Count With Me booklets, a whopping 101-page Ten Frame Monthly Packet, lots of ten frame templates, and a super helpful set of number posters that include ten frames.
Simply scroll down to see everything that's offered and choose whatever helps you.
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"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." -Joseph Chilton Pierce