Help build your students' self-esteem, with this sweet end-of-the-year activity. Students color their cat, glue on the blank template(s) to include a space for X number of students to write a compliment on, and then accordion fold it. Includes bookmarks.
1-2-3 Come Make A Memory Booklet With Me!
Since I truly enjoy designing stuff, I like to give all sorts of options to my visitors. Because the Memory Books I've created have been such popular downloads, I thought I'd putz with some more memory-making activities.
I wanted to come up with something a little less involved for teachers who are in a time-crunch, so I used my "flip for facts file folder" idea and designed something that would be perfect for a mini memory booklet.
I call it "These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things..." and even included the first musical bar from the sheet music, for that finishing touch on the template.
I've included templates for preschool through fifth grade, plus a blank one to fill in with whatever. Make a sample to share with your students to help explain what you want them to do.
To save you time, I've included the inside page that I dreamed up, if you want to use it. To expedite things, especially for little ones, pre-cut the folders, so that the templates fit nicely on the page.
A room helper can assist little ones, or send the page home for parents to work one-on-one with their child to fill in and then send back to assemble.
Students glue the "These are a few of my favorite things..." page to the front and then cut on the lines so that each of the 9 sections flip open to reveal their answers.
To add a bit more pizzazz, have students choose a different colored marker/pencil to write each answer. Adding a school photo at the top adds the finishing touch.
I've included an autograph template that students can glue on the back. If you're really pressed for time, have everyone sign one paper and then run off a copy for everybody. (This way you can easily get signatures from the principal, secretaries, librarian etc.)
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"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." -Henry Miller
This packet is a great alternative to the usual end-of-the-year memory book. Students glue the templates to a file folder and cut on the lines to create a flip booklet. An autograph page is included that can be glued to the back.
The packet includes templates that you can use at the beginning of the school year to get to know your students, as well as one to use at the end of the year, plus bookmarks you can give to your kiddos, plus one they can make for your next year's students.
Define what an adjective is and have your students describe themselves at the beginning of the year. Collect and save 'til the last week of school and have them use adjectives to describe themselves now. Have they changed?
1-2-3 Come Have A Blast With Me!
Now that Mother's Day is over, it seems that attention has turned to looking for end-of the-year activities, as school begins to wind down for many. With that in mind, I designed the "I Had A Blast In School" packet.
I've included writing prompt-templates for preschool through 8th grade, plus a blank one to fill in with whatever.
Students can simply fill in the page, or they can wrap a toilet paper tube with scrapbook or wrapping paper to make a "firecracker" and add some 3D pizzazz. I mounted everything on a sheet of scrapbook paper to make it more colorful as well.
I've included a fireworks pattern that students can sprinkle glitter on and then glue to the top of their firecracker, or tuck in a wad of tinsel for a sparkling effect. Add a school photo for that finishing touch.
Completed projects make an awesome end-of-the-year bulletin board and are a nice alternative to a school memory book.
After your students share their creation with their classmates, give them a choice of the four bookmarks. "I hope you have an absolute blast this summer." Teachers write a student's name at the top and then sign the bottom.
You could also ask students if you can keep their "blast" craftivity to give to your next year's kiddos.
Have them fill in the "I hope you have a blast too." note and glue it to the back of their work.
What a nice surprise for your new class to find in/on their desks in the fall.
If they want to take their work home, but would still like to make something for next year's class, have them color and complete the writing prompt bookmark: "You're going to have a blast in _________ because..."
As with the above prompt, I've included templates for preschool through 8th grade, with a blank one (pictured) to fill in with whatever. Encourage students to write more on the back.
Click on the link to view/download the I Had A Blast In School packet.
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The packet includes stationery for the writing prompt: "I had a blast in _________ grade!" with templates for preschool through 8th grade. Add a toilet paper tube "firecracker" for 3D pizzazz, plus a school photo to turn this "craftivity" into an interesting bulletin board.
1-2-3 Come Make A Cupcake With Me
Since the end-of-the-year writing prompts have been such popular downloads, I decided to make a few more. I hope you enjoy these new FREEBIES.
"Sweet!" has come to mean wonderful, awesome, great, as well as a sugary taste, so I thought I'd create the prompt: "_____________ (fill in your grade level) was really sweet because..."
It didn't take long to decide that a cupcake would be the perfect "craftivity"for this June writing prompt.
Your students can make the cupcake for themselves or for one of your new students who will be coming in the fall. What a nice surprise for them to find this cute card in/on their desk the first day of school, with a note from a former student.
I've included templates for preschool through 3rd grade, plus a blank one to fill in with whatever.
If you don't want to do the cupcake craft, I've also included a simpler option.
Run off the black and white cupcake bookmark that says: "Wishing you a sweet year!" Students color the cupcake and write something underneath the greeting.
If you'd like to give your students more practice, have them write why they thought this grade was sweet, on the back. To make this even more personal, print off your class composite, cut the students' heads into ovals, and have them glue their photo somewhere on the bookmark next to their name.
The packet also includes 4 different, full color, cupcake bookmarks from the teacher, that say: "Wishing you a sweet summer."
Write your students' names at the top, and sign yours under the note. You may want to include the bookmark with a mini muffin as a special treat.
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"Striving to be a beautiful and sweet cupcake, in a world full of muffins." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Interesting "Craftivities" With Me
Congratulations! You're heading down the home stretch. The first and last month of school arrive quickly and seem to be the most hectic.
One of the things that helped me check a few more things off my "to do" list, was several "Welcome Back To School" activities and bulletin boards that my current students made for my next year's kiddos.
This served a dual purpose, as it gave my Y5's something to do when I was running out of ideas for make up snow days, plus accomplished decorating and making a few things, so I didn't have to do them by myself come August.
Here's a photo of my completed apple back to school bulletin board, with a close up of my sample. I made sure that all of these children were still in our school before I passed out the apples to my kiddos.
Since Kindergarten and Y5's had the same lunch hour it was fun for them to look for their older new friend. Simply use any apple dicut. We ran ours through a crinkle machine.
With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to design several things that your current sweeties could make for your incoming kiddos, as well as a keepsake for themselves if you wanted to do the entire packet.
The "Tree-mendous" Year craftivies include the writing prompt: You're going to have a "tree-mendous" year in ______ grade, where students cut and color a tree and then flip it up to reveal their message to the new student. What a nice surprise for them to find on or in their desk, on the first day of school.
The packet also includes a tree that they help design by tracing their hand (fingers spread to make the branches) plus part of their arm (which becomes the trunk).
The caption here is: I had a "tree-mendous" year in __________ grade.
The treetop is 3D as students cut out two, fold them in half and then glue one side of them together. Add some red circles (apples) to the flat side and have students write some of their very favorite things, people, and places that revolved around that grade. Add a photo for the finishing touch.
Click on the link to view/download The "Tree-mendous" Year packet.
Another option, with the same idea, is The "Bee-utiful" Year packet. Students make a bumblebee out of a toilet paper tube using yellow construction paper, black electrical tape (stripes), cupcake liners (wings) and a pipe cleaner (antennae).
I've included a bee pattern with a face drawn in for them to color, or they can use the oval and design their own. Add wiggle eyes for a bit more pizzazz.
Students complete the writing prompt page that says: I'm wishing you a bee-utiful year in __________. Here's the buzz about what you'll learn and then roll it up and insert it inside the TP tube.
For an easier writing prompt, I've included 2 bookmark options that can also be rolled up and put inside the bumblebee, which say: "You'll have a great year bee-cause..." or "My favorite things about 'bee-ing' a first grader:" (Fill in the blank with your grade level.)
Click on the link to view/download the "Bee-utiful" Year packet.
Along the same lines, is the larger bee craftivity, where students make a big bee with wax paper wings and complete the writing prompt: "You're going to have a great year 'bee-cause'"... in a little apple booklet that they glue to the bee's tummy.
This makes a sweet back-to-school bulletin board as well. A caption could be: What's the buzz about kindergarten?
When your own students have time to get some work done for their own bulletin board, take this one down and give everyone a bee. Click on the link to view/download the "Bee-cause" packet.
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"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." -Muhammad Ali