1-2-3 Come Appreciate A Teacher With Me!
During teacher appreciation week, I liked to give my grade level and other teacher friends a little something in their mailboxes to make them smile.
I designed this particular "I've Got Everything Done!" poster, with that idea in mind.
Any teacher can certainly relate and hopefully chuckle.
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I just want to say thank you to all of the teachers and teacher-parents who have visited my site.
I appreciate the fact that you are on the Internet trying to find fun, yet standard-based lessons for your kiddo's, and I'm delighted you stopped here.
Thanks for all of the energy, enthusiasm, and effort you put into helping a child learn.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Day, Week, Month.
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"The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas, as in escaping from the old ones." -John Maynard Keynes
To add writing in with your reading, I’ve designed 3-end-of-the-year class books that will jump-start your students’ imaginations.
- These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things...
- In The Summer I Like To... and
- Whew! It's Hot
To find these class books, in the End of the Year Class Books packet click on the link.
Since the “Spin A Story Wheels” were so popular for the other months, I whipped one together for summer as well.
Click on the link to view/download the Spin a Story Wheel for Summer.
I hope these things help you fill in the last few days/weeks that you have with your students.
Isn’t it wonderful that they now know their standards and can work well independently?
Congratulations to them, and especially to you, for a job well done!
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"In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less." -Lee Iacocca
1-2-3 Blast Off Into Summer With Me!
Are you tired of being asked: "How many days 'til summer vacation?" or..."How many more days of school do we have left?"
Solve that problem and get some math skills in, by hanging up this cute countdown paper chain.
Make the chains into a color pattern and review patterns and colors. Have students say the color words in English and Spanish.
Review a variety of number skills too. Count in English and Spanish; blast off from 10-0 when you have 10 links left, skip count by 2's and 3's, review greater and less than, + addition and subtraction concepts.
Wow! So many things you can do with a simple paper chain.
You can simply make one for your class and suspend it from the ceiling close to your calendar, making this part of your calendar routine, or have each child make one to take home and keep track of the days there too.
Click on the link to view/download Summer Countdown Paper Chain
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Have fun counting down the days...they do go by so fast don't they?!
"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Emerson
1-2-3 Come Make A Mother's Day Gift With Me
Mother's Day will soon be here. I designed this sweet tweet writing prompt which makes an adorable card.
Here's how to make one:
Run off templates on construction paper.
Cut yellow strips for the legs, the length of the construction paper. I made mine half the width of a ruler.
Make a template for the beaks from an old file folder. Trace and cut out 6 at a time.
Set up the various pieces on a table.
Students come to the center and choose their bird color and other pieces.
They return to their desk to cut out and assemble the pieces.
Students accordion fold the legs and glue them to the back of their bird.
They cut on the tail lines and fold a few “feathers” up, and glue the beak to the head, drawing a smile and nose dot.
Children fold the left edge of their wing and glue it to the center of their bird.
So they don’t write outside the wing, children can trace around the wing before they write I love you and sign their name under the wing.
To expedite things, pre-cut the Happy Mother’s Day hang-tags and punch a hole in them.
I ran then off on white construction paper and then for more pop, glued them to pink construction paper. You could save the extra steps, and just run the tag off on pink construction paper.
Cut lengths of yarn, ribbon or jute to tie the tags to the birds.
Before hand, brainstorm with students why their mommies are special.
List these on the board to help with spelling.
Students write why their mom is special on the back of the bird. I ran off an extra template for this so that it looks more finished, as it stands out and also covers the leg tops.
Print off your class composite. Cut students’ faces in an oval so that they can glue them to the head on the back of the bird.
When students have completed their prompt, tie their tab to the bird and finish with a bow.
If you have time, have students share their work with their classmates, by reading what they wrote.
Click on the link to view/download the Mother's Day Writing Prompt craftivity.
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"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Make Some "Fin-tastic" Treat Bags With Me!
If you're looking for a quick, easy and inexpensive little something to give your students the last day of school, I think you'll enjoy whipping these together.
You can buy Goldfish Crackers at Sam's or Costco for $9, and have more than enough to fill 20-30 Snack Baggies.
Simply run off the "I hope you have a 'fin-tastic' summer!" template on yellow or orange construction paper. Lime green, hot pink, turquoise and purple also look great.
Cut them out, add each child's name to the top and then sign the fish at the bottom. For a bit more pizzazz add a wiggle eye with a glue dot.
Fill the Snack Baggies and stick the fish to the top with a piece of tape, (I don't like using staples on snacks.) and you're done!
I've also included a sweet bookmark you can clip to the baggie as well.
This packet includes templates for a back-to-school fishy treat bag as well as a bookmark for the fall.
Click on the link to view/download the "Fin-tastic" Fishy Cracker Snack Bag and bookmark packet.
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"Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten." -B.F. Skinner
1-2-3-Come Write With Me!
Are you looking for some quick, easy, and fun writing prompts for the end of the year, or perhaps a sweet bulletin board to end with a bang?
If so, I think you'll really enjoy this "Fin-tastic" End of the Year Writing Prompt packet.
Run off the large fish on a variety of colored construction paper. Students choose one and cut it out.
They can glue it to the top of a sheet of writing paper, or add more pizzazz by letting them choose a strip of colorful construction paper to write on.
Before hand, brainstorm with students why they think they will have a fantastic summer vacation.
To help with spelling, make a list of things they are going to have fun doing and list them on the board.
For more "pow" have students add a wiggle eye and include their school photo on the fin.
Sprinkle their "fin-tastic" work on a bulletin board covered with blue paper.
To make it 3D add twirled creape paper "seaweed" in a variety of lengths and shades of green, to the bottom of the board.
Your caption can be: "We're Wishing You a Fin-tastic Summer!"
I think your students will also enjoy making the other fish and writing about why they had a "fin-tastic" school year.
This prompt can also be brainstormed. It's quite gratifying hearing all of the reasons why students enjoyed the year.
This "craftivity" can be hung back-to-back from the ceiling.
Finally, have students choose a partner to make a special card for.
They write that child's name in the blank and then write why they think they have been a "fin-tastic" friend, classmate, student etc.
When they are done, they give it to their partner. Add a photo and wiggle eyes to make it even more special.
Click on the link to view/download the Fin-tastic Summer Writing Prompt Packet.
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"It is not the IQ, but the I Will, that is most important in education." -Unknown
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Remembering To Be True To The Red White And Blue
Are you looking for an appropriate activity to plug into your lessons for the Friday before Memorial Day?
The My Flag booklet is perfect for your Daily 5 or a whole group reading/writing activity.
Students TRACE and then WRITE key words; learn important facts about the flag as they cut and glue matching pictures to the appropriate sentences.
Numbers that are associated with the flag are also reviewed and practiced.
There are 3 endings to the booklet, which allows you to make it appropriate for a variety of patriotic holidays including Memorial Day.
I’ve also included:
- 36 word-wall word flashcards, that you can use as such, or have students make into Itty Bitty booklets.
- 2 certificates of praise.
- 2 different graphing extensions
- An achievement poster
- A flag coloring page and
- 12 skill sheets
Click on the link to view/download My Flag booklet/packet
Also helpful, is the Flag Activities Packet, which covers the history of our flag, information about the flag, and includes links, articles, art projects, worksheets and writing activities, perfect for a patriotic-themed activity for the Friday before Memorial Day.
Click on the link to view/download Flag Activities Packet
Whatever you’re planning, I hope you have some extra time for yourself, so you can rest, relax, and rejuvenate, as well as reflect on the importance behind this special holiday.
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"Encourage spontaneity...by regularly scheduling creative activities." -Art Peterson
1-2-3 Come Study Shapes With Me!
This 40-page packet will help you review Common Core Standards: K.G.1, K.G.2, RF.K.1a, RF.K.3c, L.K.2a, L.K.2b, L.1.2b, RF.1.1a, K.MD.3, 1.MD.4, 1.G.1
with quick, easy and fun ways to review 2D shapes.
The packet includes:
- Easy reader pig shape booklet using over 40 Dolch words. Nice for Daily 5 Word Work.
- Attributes worksheet
- Matching shapes to shape words worksheet
- Spatial direction worksheet
- Graphing extension
- Craftivity: Nose Shape Matching Game or center activity
- Craftivity: Piggy shape paddles. Use as a manipulative for assessing, or make several sets, pass them out to students so they can show you the correct shape when you ask for it.
- Craftivity: Color shape mobile
- 10 color word cards with 10 "color me" piggy cards. Use to make Itty Bitty booklets or play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.
- Shape word cards with matching piggy shape picture cards in color and in black and white. Use to make Itty Bitty booklets or play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.
- Craftivity: Feed the Pig assessment game. Use the above cards, pass them out to students and then have them feed the pig as you call for the various shapes or colors.
- A certificate of praise
Click on the link to view/download the Pig Shape Packet.
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