1-2-3 Come Get Your Groove On With Me!
Since the end of the year activities have been so popular, and since some of us have a lot of snow days to make up, I continue to design some interesting things to keep your energetic kiddos occupied, and your sanity in place.
Friday was hippos; today it's all about cows. Have you heard the "moos?" "We're Moo-vin' To A New Grade!" I know that's a bit corny, but I really like diddling around with word play. Once my older students caught on to my craziness, they enjoyed it too.
There are several ways to do this "craftivity." You can simply have your students color the cow, cut him out and mount him to the writing prompt, or for a little more hands-on, run off the patterns on construction paper.
Students trim, glue their cow together, and add details with crayons. For extra pizzazz, I glued my sample to a sheet of checkered scrapbook paper.
Since students are moving on to a new grade, I thought it would be a good idea for them to reflect on that for awhile, before they complete their writing prompt page.
Later, have them share their cows, so they get a chance to air their feelings, and you have an opportunity to reassure them.
If you didn't catch the hippo article, I suggested that a great way to share, would be to ask a teacher in that grade, if your kiddos could come visit and read their work to their students.
This gives them a chance to meet a new teacher, see that room, (perhaps even a different section of your school) and hear from the students in that grade, what they enjoyed the most about it. Your students could also ask the older kids some questions. I think it would be a wonderful experience for all.
Afterwards, give your students a bookmark celebrating their accomplishment. I've included templates in color as well as black and white. There's a set for kindergarten through 3rd grade, plus a blank one to fill in with whatever.
Completed projects look great hanging on a hallway wall, or on students' lockers.
I've included a poster to hang by their work or print two and glue them back to back and suspend from the ceiling.
Click on the link to view/download the Moovin' and a Groovin to a New Grade packet.
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"Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best." -Bob Talbert