1-2-3 Come Do An End-Of-The-Year Writing Prompt Craftivity With Me
I’m always looking for some quick, easy and fun things to plug in at at the end of the year, that I know my students will really enjoy, help practice the standards we’ve learned, and involve minimal prep for me.
With these things in mind, I designed the “When School Is Out I’m Going To…” writing prompt craftivity.
Just “print & go!”
The schoolhouse is actually a flip-the-flap “door”, which opens to reveal another picture underneath.
There are 6 picture options, which come in black & white, as well as color; so that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.
There’s also a blank pattern, if your students opt to draw their own illustration.
To make things extra special, kiddos write their school’s name on the roof, and glue their school photograph inside one of the windows.
Besides the end-of-the-year, this writing prompt craftivity would also work for any other holiday or vacation breaks as well.
Completed projects make a really cute bulletin board too.
Another super-fun, end-of-the-year writing prompt is "Taco 'Bout..."
As with the first writing prompt craftivity, this is very versatile too.
I love putzing with a play-on-words, to create cute writing prompts that I think students will enjoy.
“Taco ‘bout” is one of them, which will add a few Spanish words to your students’ vocabularies, as they have fun making a paper “taco”.
For that finishing-fun touch, run some green paper through a shredder to make the “lettuce”.
I’ve included writing prompts for back to school, as well as the end of the year, some of which can also be used whenever you want.
The packet includes:
* 4 black and white writing prompt bookmarks
* 2 full-color bookmarks from the teacher
* 3 “Taco ‘bout fun!” writing prompt worksheets
* 5 different writing prompt taco templates, including one where students work in a group and write a compliment strip (taco filling) for everyone in their group. These make great “bucket filler” activities that help build community and self-esteem.
* 8x10 letter templates to spell out “Taco Talk” for your snazzy bulletin board display
* An 8x10 Taco Talk poster
* An 8x10 poster that says “Ola” to welcome your students with a friendly hello in Spanish
Since Mother's Day is justs around the corner, today's featured FREEBIE is a special card: "A Keepsake Bouquet For Mom"
"These flowers are my fingerprints, that I know is true. It's a Mother's Day bouquet especially for you."
Children pick a partner and take turns tracing each other's hand, plus a bit of arm that will be trimmed and glued on the paper as if holding the "flowers".
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
The spring showers have passed, and my "garden of weedin'" is in some serious need of attention. Wishing you a sunshine-happy day.
"Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Whale-Themed Craftivities With Me
Ever since I visited Sea World, I've become a big fan of whales. I know that an ocean-theme is really popular with a lot of teachers, and since children of all ages love whales, I decided to design a whale-themed writing prompt craftivity packet.
It took a lot longer than I thought it would, but I truly believe that making an example of everything that I design, plus including samples, great directions and lots of photographs, really helps teachers and parents. What say you?
Any hoo, this packet serves double duty, as I included writing prompts for back to school, as well as the end of the year. The poor gals across the street from me, who teach in a charter school, go 'til June 23rd! Maybe some of you late-vacation bloomers, can use a few of these activities now.
This packet is very versatile and uses the idioms “I had a whale of a great . . .” and “Spouting off about . . “ where students complete the writing prompt, with something appropriate for back-to-school or the end of the year. Such as ”I had a whale of a wonderful summer because . . .” or “I had a whale of an awesome year in ________ grade!”
The simple prompts make these activities suitable for little ones, as well as older kiddos, whose writing will be longer and more descriptive. Choose a whale topper for your students or give them a choice. These activities make terrific independent literacy centers and plug in nicely with Daily 5 or your writing block.
Students really enjoy the “craftivity” portion of their writing, which makes them really want to get started and keeps them focused. Completed projects make beautiful bulletin board displays too.
The packet includes:
9 bookmarks: 5 are “writing prompt bookmarks” where this year’s students write a note to your in-coming students, or pick a partner and make one for their current classmate, or “spout off”.
There are also 4 “from the teacher” bookmarks, appropriate to welcome your new students, or say farewell to this year’s bunch.
Create a “teachable moment” about homonyms/homophones with the “Whale of a ‘Tale’” whale’s tail topper. Students can write a tale about anything they find interesting, or you could narrow things down and have them write a tale about school or summer.
The “Tiny ‘Tales’ of School” as well the “Tiny ‘Tales’ of Summer” are mini-flip booklets. The “tiny tale” could be the most exciting, embarrassing, fun, scary, or funny thing that happened to them during the school year, or over summer vacation.
Another booklet option, is “Wally”. He’s the “standing tall” blue whale. Behind his “face” are oval pages. This too could be done individually, in a small group, or as a whole group activity.
Run the silhouette whale off on a variety of colors. Students trim and complete whatever writing prompt you choose right on the whale. For that finishing touch, add a school picture.
There are also 4 “Spouting Off” activities: a writing prompt "color-me" worksheet, a writing prompt bookmark, a writing prompt craftivity. and a definition-anchor chart poster.
For one of the activities, I made a "speech bubble" that represents the water being squirted from the whale's blow hole."
As with the other prompts, I've included a sample for you to share.
4 different whale toppers, with 7 different writing prompt worksheets to go under them, make especially cute bulletin boards.
Caption Ideas: “We’re Going to Have a Whale of a Great Time!” “Having a Whale of a Wonderful Time in PK.” “Making a Splash in Kindergarten!” “So Glad You Swim in our School.” "____________’s 'Fintastic' 1st Graders." “Fintastic” Writing or "Looking Forward to a Whale of a Super Summer/School Year".
I’ve included black & white, as well as full-color worksheets, so that you can easily make an example to share. Don’t have time? I’ve included samples too.
There are 5 cover options for a full-page class-made booklet, with 6 inside page options for students to choose from.
A simple, “color-me” writing prompt worksheet, is easy-peasy for little ones.
Finally, I’ve included several pages of my top picks for kid-friendly websites, which have interesting information, games and facts about whales, plus links to video and audio clips of real ones. These sites offer a quick, easy & fun way to toss in some science & geography that there never seems to be enough time for.
I play the whale sound “music” while my students are working. It’s soothing and they are amazed by the sound that whales make while communicating with each other.
Just like a whale, this whale-themed writing prompt packet is “whopping”, with 80-pages, and on sale today (June 9th through Friday the 12th) for just $3.19. Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT store to check it out. Sales help support my clip art & font habits, as well as pay bills to run my TeachWithMe FREEBIE site. (It's averaging a little over $200 a month to do so, thus the need for a bit of income).
And now for the FREEBIE, as I always like to provide at least one with each packet. I chose “Walter” because he was my first attempt at whale drawing, and my personal favorite. Click on the link to take Wally home.
He comes complete with a large and small wave pattern (write your prompt right on the large one) or glue the smaller wave to one of 4 traceable-writing prompt worksheets.
Well that’s it. Thanks for visiting today. Apologies for being long-winded. Whether you’re winding down the year and counting down the days, or making your own vacation-splash in the ocean, I’m wishing you a whale of a wonderful summer!
"We owe it to our children to be better stewards of the environment. The alternative? A world without whales. It's too terrible to imagine!" -Pierce Brosan
1-2-3 Come Do Some Frog-Themed Craftivities With Me
Woo hoo for some of you lucky duckies who are now basking in the sunshine, enjoying the start of your vacation. For those of you who are still in school for a few more days, or even weeks, boy have I got a super-fun, frog-themed packet for you!
Even the vacationers can enjoy it, as this whopping packet not only features end-of-the-year stuff, but matching back-to-school activities as well!
The versatility continues because it includes templates for Pre K4 through 3rd grade, so you can make things specific to your grade level!
Getting students to WANT to write and really enjoy it, is one of my hot buttons. With that in mind, I stuffed the packet with lots of creative writing prompt choices with an adorable frog theme that encompasses "leaping" into summer, a new grade, and a new year in school.
There are 18 writing prompt craftivities in all, with lots of options for both the end of the year, as well as for back-to-school. I enjoy drawing frogs; and had a fun time creating some real cuties. "Ferdinand" is a fat and sassy frog that's a "peek-over".
Run him off on lime green construction paper. Students trim and add colorful details with crayons, then glue him to the top of their "I'm leaping" writing prompt for the end of the year, or choose another topic and use the blank frog pattern, for back-to-school. I've included a "Look Who's Leaping" poster to use in the center of your bulletin board when you display your students' finished projects.
"Fred" is another fun-frog craft. Here the writing prompt is written on his "tongue". You can display Fred with a "flat tongue" or include some great fine-motor practice, and have students curl it, by rolling the paper strip on a crayon.
For that finishing touch, I've included some "flies". There's a "This stuff stuck. Look what I learned!" end-of-the-year pattern, as well as one that says: "I had a delicious summer.This is what I did..." for back-to-school.
"Jose'" is a "belly flipping" writing prompt frog. There are 8 cover options. Four for the end-of-the-year, and 4 for back-to-school.
Jose' can be done as a whole-group, class-made book, where everyone contributes a "belly page" or as an independent writing prompt, where each child makes their own booklet. The "Before We Go We'd Like You To Know" booklet gives advice to next year's kiddos.
The "Frogtastic Memories" can be turned into a quick, easy and fun end-of-the-year Memory Book, by simply having students write pages about the favorite things that they did in school or during the summer.
"Frankie" and "Fern" are the cute Frog Face Flip book twins. Frankie sports a bowtie, while Fern wears a bow on top of her head. Their "face" flips up to reveal a writing prompt.
There are 5 to choose from, plus a blank one to program with whatever, and a sample for you to share to help explain to your students what you want them to do.
As with "Fred" this too can be done independently, or as a whole-group, class-made booklet. The back-to-school "I'm 'hoppy' to be me" writing prompt is a personal favorite.
I've also included a "We're flipping over leaping into a new grade!" poster that you can use for the center of your bulletin board display.
There's a poster for pre k4 through 3rd grade, plus a blank one to fill in with whatever.
If you've followed me, you know that I like to incorporate things with a play-on-words. It's a fun way to expand horizons and build vocabulary.
Since a frog says "Ribbit!" I decided to make a "Ribbit, Write It, Read It" writing prompt using the word "riveting" as the twist.
Students write about their "ribbiting" summer or "ribbiting" things that they enjoyed during the school year, inside "Rodney's" circular-frog belly.
I've included a definition-poster for introducing the word riviting, along with a "Ribbit; Write It; Read It" poster for the center of your display.
If you're not into "craftivities" I've also included lots of quick, easy and fun coloring-page, writing prompt worksheets. Simply print and go.
There's a sampling of some of them in the photo. The "So long school, hello summer" or "So long summer, hello school" worksheets, where the froggy is opening a 3D school door to reveal the writing prompt are especially cute.
There's a similar writing prompt with a different frog, that may be more appealing for older students.
I've included samples for both, and each one has prompts for both seasons. Completed projects make darling bulletin boards too.
One bulletin board display that's especially adorable, is the frog on a lily pad. I made the water lily flower out of a coffee filter. In the top photo I simply scrunched the filter.
In the bottom picture I folded it into 1/8ths, then folded it one more time, snipping the end to create scallops. When you open it, it looks just like a large flat water lily.
I edged it with a pink watercolor marker, then spritzed it with water so it smudged into the paper. Easy-peasy with awesome results.
You have a nice teachable moment to discuss fractions, while children are following your step-by-step directions and folding their filter. The final writing prompt craftivity features "Fritz". This frog sits on a pail of sand.
I cut an oval out of sandpaper and glued it to the bucket, so that it looks filled! Children write things they'd like to do over the summer. The back-to-school writing prompt option tells what they've done during the summer and what they'd like to do in school.
I realize this "bucket list" idea is all over Pinterest, but I've been doing it way before TpT or Pinterest came into being. Click on the link for my original "Summer Bucket List" FREEBIE. It's in a FREE summer writing prompt packet with 6 other fun "craftivities".
Besides writing prompts, there are lots of end-of-the-year AND back-to-school themed "goodies" stuffed into the packet, with templates for Pre K4 through 3rd grade.
One group features another play-on-words using "toad-ally" for totally, which fits in perfect with my frog/toad theme.
I had fun designing a few writing prompts, as well as goodies using this fun word. There are color, as well as black & white covers for the mini-flip booklets and notes, as well as 2 posters and some labels.
"Brag Bracelets" are another "goodie". They are super-fun to make and wear. I designed one that says: "I'm Leaping!" and another with "Welcome!" on it.
Simply run off the pattern and trim using a paper cutter. Slit a toilet paper roll up the side and cut it into sections, the width of the pattern. Children glue to their "slap bracelet" folding the edges under. It's the perfect size for little ones, and the bent shape keeps it on their arm! When other kiddos ask them about their bracelet, they can "brag" that they made it and are "leaping" into a new grade. Nice little self-esteem builder!
If you're looking for a quick, easy and inexpensive little end-of-the-year, or back-to-school treat to give your students, take a look at my "tiny tags".
These are sweet little notes from the teacher, that you can attach to a "Flavor Ice" Popsicle (They sell them 50 to a pack for only $2.95!).
Putting them on a Fruit Roll Up (sticky frog tongue!) or attaching to a Snack Baggie is also fun. The Dollar Store sells a package of 12 gummi rainbow frogs that would also work.
I've also created a cute, keepsake-photo magnet. Laminate them for durability. The Dollar Store also sells magnet strip. (I'm a frequent shopper there; can ya tell?)
I've also included a variety of bookmarks suitable for the beginning, as well as the end of they year. They come in color, as well as black and white.
One is a writing prompt that students complete (nice bucket-filler activity), while another they color for one of your in-coming students.
My personal favorite is the keepsake photo bookmark, but the foreign language (Hello-Goodbye) ones are also really cute.
Another "goodie" in the packet are the "color-me" certificates for pre K4 through 3rd grade, (there are 4 styles to choose from, or give your kiddos a choice), plus there are 2 word-art frog-shaped posters that I created using Tagxedo.com. I've included my silhouettes, so that your kiddos can also make their own.
Well that about covers this frog-themed packet, which is a whopping 201 pages (!) and on sale now for just $6.95 (regularly $8.95). It took me a zillion hours to finish, but I think it was well worth the time. Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop and let the fun begin.
As always, I try to include a few FREEBIES from the packet as well. You can get the frog-word art posters, the word-art certificates (for pre-K4 through 3rd grade) stars and labels, plus the brag bracelets by clicking on the link: frog-themed end-of-the year mini packet.
To grab the FREE frog back-to-school banners, click on this link. The end pennants come in color as well as black line, and have templates for Pre K4 through 3rd grade. The frog-face pennants spell out "Welcome" and are in black and white, so that your kiddos can color them, taking ownership of helping to decorate their new home-away-from-home classroom.
This year's kiddos can make the banner to welcome your new students in the fall, or the new kids on the block can do it. Either way, it's kid-made and will look awww-dorable. Well that's it! Whew! That's a lot of frog stuff!
I apologize for such a long post. Thanks for hanging in there if you've read to the end. I'm just so excited to share my latest "mess-terpiece". You should see my office; it's a pile of craft supplies and samples...everywhere!
Thanks for visiting today. It's clean up time. Maybe I'll hum the "clean-up song" that my Y5's used to love singing. On second thought, the sun is shining and a warm breeze is beckoning to me to come play. I think I will. Wishing you a delightful day, crammed with creativity.
"For life to get easier, you have to get better." -Billy Cox
1-2-3 Come Do Some "Souper" Fun 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,by simply having them write on the strips of paper.
Click on the link to view/download the "Souper" Writing Prompt Craftivity Packet.
Thanks for visiting today. Even though it's Sunday, and typically my day of rest after church, I have some very tempting "souper" craftivities in the works...
Does anyone else out there get excited about making things and designing lessons for their classroom? After all, it is actually our home-away-from-home.
"Good manners: The noise you don't make when you're eating soup." -Bennett Cerf
1-2-3 Come Make A Writing Prompt Craft With Me
Summer is an especially wonderful time to ride a bike, so I thought I'd make a "craftivity" using a bicycle. If you're a frequent visitor, you know that I enjoy designing things involving a "play on words".
As I putzed with a writing prompt I thought substituting the word "wheel" for real would be fun. Thus "I had a 'wheel' great summer!" was born.
There are two templates to choose from. One is for back to school, the other for the end of the year. Use as an interesting icebreaker for the first week of school, where students write about the places they went and the things they did over vacation.
This is a fun way to find out about your new students, as they complete the prompt inside the spokes of the wheel.
For added pizzazz, and to learn a bit more about your kiddos, have students write using their two favorite color markers.
Simply run the bike off on a variety of colors of construction paper.
Students trim and glue to the wheels. (I ran off on white card stock.) If you want them to spin, poke a hole in the center and attach with a brass brad.
For that finishing touch, have students attach a school photo. Children read one or two items from each wheel, as they share it with their classmates.
You can do these in class; as an activity for open house; or send home on the first day of school for children to complete with their family.
While I was at it, I thought this idea could also be used at the end of the year, where students wrote about their favorite things, activities, subjects, etc.
There are six wheels they can choose from, including a blank one to fill in whatever prompt you want.
Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board.
Click on the link to view/download the bicycle writing prompt craftivity.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Writing "Craftivities" With Me
My students really enjoyed Laura Numeroff's "If You..." books, particularly If You Take A Mouse To School. Since it's especially popular as a back-to-school book, I wanted to dream something up that your current kiddos could do for your next year's students that had a mouse theme. Thus the Nice Mice Advice packet was born.
The packet is perfect for some end-of-the-year fun, as children write some helpful advice to your in-coming students.
I've found that children really enjoy giving advice, as most of them feel that they are experienced experts on a variety of things. I'm sure you'll also enjoy reading what they have to share.
During the last week of school, I had my current kiddos make something for the new students that would soon be in my class. I scattered their completed work on a bulletin board.
They were really excited to do this, and I could check off one more thing that I didn't have to get ready for the start of school.
With that in mind, I wanted to design a quick and easy "craftivity" with a mouse that you could do, that would make a cute bulletin board.
Use my mouse pattern and make a template out of an old file folder. Trace once and then cut 3-6 mice out of a variety of colored construction paper.
Students choose one and fold the "head" portion down so that it will "flip up" to reveal one piece of advice that they have for next year's kiddos.
Have them glue on the ears, and add some wiggle eyes, a pom pom nose, and a yarn or ribbon "tail", for those finishing touches.
Scatter them on your bulletin board and use the "If you take a mouse to school, he'll want to give you some advice" poster, as your center.
A cheese border would be cute, as this advice comes from your former "all-knowing" students, who are now "big cheeses" in a higher grade.
After they have shared their projects, give them a bookmark from you, wishing them a nice summer. Write students' names at the top and then sign the bottom. You could jot a note on the back that says something like "Keep reading!" as your summer advice to them.
I've also included a black and white bookmark, if you'd like to have your students color one to leave inside their desk, as a sweet surprise for your new students.
Click on the link to view/download the Nice Mice Advice packet. This FREEBIE is part of my 58-page Mice Advice packet in my shop on TpT. Click on the link to check out all the super-fun activities, goodies and crafts. It's currently on sale for only $3.95.
Thanks for visiting today. I hope you have a simply wonderful last-week-of-school with your kiddos!
"Summer vacation is a time when some parents realize how grossly underpaid teachers are!" -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some End Of The Year Activities With Me
As you're winding down the school year, and looking forward to a well-deserved summer vacation, are you still in need of a few things to plug into the last days of school?
Because of the crazy winter, and the necessity for quite a few make up snow days, the home stretch may be a bit longer for some, so I've been busy designing lots of interesting end of the year activities.
Today it's all about hippos. I love drawing them. Since being done with another school year is certainly something to cheer about, I thought the play on words "Hip Hippo Ray!" would be appropriate.
I used it for a 100 Day packet and I'm revisiting that theme with "Hip Hippo Ray I'm On My Way!" where students complete the writing prompts about the next grade that they'll be in.
Here's How To Make One: Run off the hippo's head on a variety of colors of construction paper, along with the matching mouth section.
Students choose a color and then add some finishing touches with crayons. Wiggle eyes also look cute. Give students a color choice for the bows as well. Girls can put their bow on top of the hippo's head, boys can use it as a bowtie.
There are 3 pages to choose from for the writing prompts. Personally I would do all of them, as they are pretty simple.
This would be a nice Daily 5 activity. There's also a blank page to use for autographs.
Staple the pages together at the nostrils and then glue just that portion to the hippo's head, so that their "booklet" flips up.
After students have shared their work with the class, hang them in a row along a hallway wall. Your caption could be: "Hip Hippo Ray! We're Looking Forward To 2nd grade in a big way."
A fun way to have your students share their hippos, would be to ask a teacher in the next grade if you could visit their class for 10-15 minutes and listen while your students shared their feelings about being in that grade.
The older kiddos could then talk about what they enjoyed about being in that grade and dispel any worries or anxieties your students may have had. It also gives them a chance to meet another teacher and see the room they might be in next year.
I've also included a "Hip Hippo Ray it's the last day alphabet hunt. Students "spy" something that begins with the various letters of the alphabet, and color that letter when they find it. On the back of their paper they write the numbers 1-26 in a list, so that when they find a letter, they can write down the word associated with it.
After students have completed their activities, you can give them a bookmark. I've made them in color as well as black and white. They write their name on the top.
If you teach preschool or kindergarten, and have a graduation, I've included patterns to make a "Hip Hippo Ray! It's graducation day hippo.
Their writing prompt is why they are proud of themselves. Include a graduation photo for that finishing touch.
As with the above packet, I made matching bookmarks. Click on the link to view/download the Hip Hippo Ray packet.
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“What a teacher writes on the blackboard of life can never be erased.”
1 2 3 Come Make Tacos With Me!
I'm not sure about you, but my "teacher hat" never really comes off. I'm forever putzing with design ideas, crafts, research and reading. Whenever I'm out and about junking or stopping at a garage sale, my mantra has always been: "What educational thing can I do with this?"
I'm also an avid people watcher and while at the grocery story noticed a young person wearing a T-shirt that said: "Let's Taco 'Bout It." written on a colorful taco shell with a smilie face on it.
I LOVED the play on words. Right a way my brain was going 90-miles-an-hour of how I could incorporate that idea into some sort of "craftivity." Thus Taco Talk was born!
I hope you have as much fun making these with your kiddos as I did designing templates and making samples. Taco Talk is very versatile.
I made patterns for the end of the year, (there are several options here, including one where this year's kiddos, make a taco note for your in-coming students in the fall) as well as "tacos" for back-to-school. Since the bucket fillers that I recently posted, have been so popular, I also made a compliment taco too.
Here's how to make a compliment one:
These "tacos" work well for the beginning or the end of the year, and are especially appropriate if you do the "Fill a bucket" program, as they are a wonderful way to build a child's self-esteem and reinforce the concept of being kind.
Run off the “taco shell” on light brown construction paper. Students cut it out, fold it in half and write their name in the blank. For extra pizzazz add some dots with a brown crayon or marker.
To make the “lettuce” I put a few sheets of green construction paper (one at a time) into my shredder.
Have students rub some glue on the top and bottom of the inside of their “taco shell” and glue on some “lettuce”.
Cut strips of red, yellow, and orange construction paper. Have students make an ABCABC pattern by gluing the strips INSIDE their “taco shell.” Open up the shell, so that you can see the front and rip the ends of the strips at various lengths, so just a bit of the "taco stuffing" is peeking out around the edge.
Put students in groups of 8. Children exchange their taco with someone in their group, who writes a compliment inside their taco on one of the colored strips. They continue to pass the tacos around ’til everyone in the group has signed everybody’s taco. Seven strips will have been signed. The 8th strip is for the teacher to write something on.
Give students a few minutes to read their taco and then collect them. Scatter them on a bulletin board, with bright yellow background, and a colorful fiesta or chili pepper border, or place each one on a variety of hot-colored paper plates and then scatter those, or use them as a border with the caption: “Taco Talk” in the middle.
So that you can spell Taco Talk, I’ve included large 8x10 letters in the packet. Run them off on a variety of colors of construction paper, trim and then arrange them to spell Taco Talk!
For that finishing touch, hang a piñata from the ceiling, on the side of the board. There's also a "Taco Talk" poster if you'd rather use that instead, plus a poster that says "Ola!" so that you can welcome your students with a friendly hello in Spanish.
The end of the school year or summer writing prompt taco is a little different than the compliment taco. Give students a pile of "lettuce" and a strip of red, yellow and orange construction paper.
Students rub glue around the top edge of the inside of their taco, then rip and tear the colored strips into various lengths.
They fold their taco back up and flip it over, gluing the paper pieces in an ABCABC pattern around the TOP of the shell, so that a bit of “taco stuffing” is peeking out.
Use the circle pattern to make a template for the inside "taco". Trace once and then cut 3-6 circles at a time. Students glue the blank circle inside their taco shell, so that it covers the ragged edges of the “lettuce”. This is where they write about their excellent year in school, or about their fabulous summer.
After students have shared their taco with the class, make the bulletin board. That's it. Easy breezy, and a fun way to start or finish the year.
Don't feel crafty? I've also included 3 "color me" writing prompt worksheets. No prep, just print & go.
There's a generic "Taco 'bout".... prompt where you are the students decide what you want them to "talk about" as well as a "Here's a red-hot list of things I'd love to do, if price were no object and I could do anything!" so that you could also do this simple activity for Daily 5 or during your writing block.
For another easy-peasy writing prompt option, I've included 4 black and white bookmarks for students to color, then complete the prompt on the back.
There are also 2 full-color ones for teachers to give their kiddos for back-to-school and at the end of the year. That's it. A nice variety-filled packet with lots of options.
You can find the 30-page "Taco'bout" writing prompt packet in my TpT shop for just $2.00. Click on the link to pop on over.
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"What we learn becomes a part of who we are." -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
A little bit different twist to the "Bucket List" activity in the first article, is to use a beach ball instead of a sand pail. Run off my master and have students fill in the writing prompt: "I'm going to have a ball this summer doing..."
Children have the option of writing their list on the balls and then coloring them, or cutting out brightly colored pieces of construction paper and gluing them to the beach ball like a puzzle and then writing on them.
The easiest way for them to do this, is to give them two copies of the white beach ball and three 5x7 sheets of 3 different colors of construction paper of their choice.
One of the white beach balls will be their template, the other one they will lay on top of a piece of construction paper and cut out the desired colored piece and then glue it to the white template.
After they have glued all of their pieces down, they write their prompt: "I'm going to have a ball..." and then cut out their beach ball. Students write their name in a pretty colored marker around the small circle on the ball.
Put royal blue paper on your bulletin board, gently scrunch up some light blue tissue paper and arrange it in long rows to look like waves and then staple it across the board.
Tuck the beach balls in and on top of the waves. Purchase 3 beach balls at The Dollar store, blow them up and suspend them with fish line from the ceiling.
Write: Having A / Ball This / Summer! on 3 different index cards. Use a thick black magic marker. Put scotch tape on the back of the index cards and stick them to the beach balls.
If the balls spin around so that you can't read them, make another set of cards for the backs of the balls.
If you want to do the pail as well as the beach ball, then have the beach ball be about friends they are going to do things with.
To add to the fun, and to get some gross motor and verbal acuity activities in as well, toss around a real beach ball.
The student who catches it shares what they will do this summer. When they catch the ball have students write their name on it with permanent marker.
After everyone has had a turn, pull a student's name out of a basket of names. That student wins the beach ball!
Click on the link to view/download Summer Fun Writing Packet
Scroll down for yet another summer writing prompt: Having A Whale Of A Good Time...