1-2-3 Come Do Some End Of The Year Activities With Me
As the year winds down and I had all of my assessments done, I was always looking for some fun things my students would enjoy doing, for those last few weeks of school.
With that in mind, I designed some cute writing prompts with a little bit of craftiness, to grab their attention and get them excited to write.
I'm featuring 3 on the blog today, along with a sweet treat for today's featured FREEBIE.
First up is a cow-themed craftivity, great for anyone, but especially perfect if you had a farm or animal theme for your classroom.
"Moo-vin' On Up To A New Grade!" has several options. Students can simply color the cow, (there are 3 options) cut it out and glue it to the top of their writing prompt, or you can run off the cow parts on construction paper.
Children trim, glue their cow together, add some pizzazz with crayons, then glue it to the top of their writing prompt.
(There are 2, plus a blank template to program with whatever).
Preschoolers can dictate their answers to a volunteer, or send the paper home for parents to help complete the writing prompt portion, then do the cow craftivity in class.
Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board.
I’ve included 2 posters for your display, as well as a cow bell pattern.
For that finishing touch, have students sign their name & glue a school picture on the bell.
There are color as well as black and white bookmarks for you to give your students as well, with patterns for preschool-3rd grade, plus a blank template to fill in a different grade.
Next up is a self-esteem "Compliment Cat!" "Filling buckets" or being a "bucket filler" seems to have really caught on in a lot of schools.
We have this program in ours. The idea is to encourage positive behavior. Children catch on fast and see how easy and rewarding it is to express sincere kindness, appreciation, and caring about others on a daily basis.
With that in mind, I wanted to think up a quick and easy end-of-the-year "bucket filler" so to speak, that would help promote a child's self-esteem.
Thus, the Classmate Compliment Cat Craftivity was born. I chose a cat not only because of the alliteration, but because my kiddos absolutely love Pete the Cat, so it was no surprise to me when many of them colored their kitty various shades of blue.
Students accordion fold the template following the lines, which provides wonderful fine motor practice, then they color and glue their cat to the top of their folded paper.
Decide on a direction, and have children pass their "compliment cat" to another child to write something nice about them on one of the accordion-folded sections.
They continue passing 'til everyone has signed all of their classmates’ cats, and end up with their own.
So students get a special compliment from their teacher, make sure you are part of the signing, or write a personal note to each child on the colorful, (4-on-a-page) note. Add the finishing touch by having students glue a piece of colorful border to the top.
The cats make a wonderful bulletin board, or look cute hung as a border along a hallway wall. I’ve included two posters for your display.
The packet also includes 5 colorful bookmarks that you can pass out to everyone after they have completed their projects.
I’ve also included a different, black and white bookmark option, if you want this year’s students to color it and then write a note to next year’s kiddos wishing them a “purr-featly wonderful year”.
Finally, when I think of summer, I think of picnics, and anticipate a wonderful vacation. Thus, the ANTicipation writing prompt craftivity came about.
Anticipation is very versatile, as I’ve included a variety of writing prompts suitable for the beginning and end of the year, as well as a summer prompt entitled “The Perfect Picnic” which can be a short story, or simply a list of things that a child would want to have, take, eat, and do on a picnic.
There are also blank patterns for you to program with something else, as well as a completed sample so you can quickly and easily make an example to share.
Completed projects make an awesome and interesting bulletin board or border along a hallway wall. I’ve included 3 posters for your display.
Children cut out their ant head, add details with crayons and then glue it to the other 2 body segments. I purposely made this ant with 3 parts because I wanted to reinforce science information about insects.
Because of limited time, it’s often difficult to plug in some science, so I try to incorporate it with our reading and writing.
I’ve included “Parts of an ant” posters (realistic & cutesy) plus worksheets, as well as a writing prompt and posters for “Ants can: have: are” if you want to do that too.
Share the poster, write the vocabulary on the board, then have students label these parts on their ant with a white crayon.
Adding pipe cleaner legs and antennae will also give you the opportunity to explain more science vocabulary, at the same time giving the craftivity a 3D look.
I also read the informational, non-fiction book, Ants Ants And More Ants, which we discuss afterwards.
This book is a level G, 1st grade reader, if you want your students to read it themselves & get in that non-fiction genre requirement.
To test their comprehension, I write some of the facts on the board as they share them, then they fill out their “Ants Can: Have: Are:" worksheet.
Today's featured FREEBIE serves a dual purpose, as you can use if for the beginning or end of the year.
To turn it into an inexpensive treat, stick on a pencil, pen, marker, glow stick (bracelet), pixie stick, (filled with powdered candy), or an individually wrapped piece of licorice as the mast, to add that little something extra.
There are two sail patterns. One is for the end of the year:“Have fun sailing into summer. I hope it’s fantastic!”
The 2nd one is for back to school: “Have fun sailing into a new school year. I hope it’s fantastic!”
Well that's it for today. I hope you found something useful to make those last few weeks of school fly by.
Everything is finally greening up here in Michigan! Woo hoo; the sunshine is calling me. Wishing you a fun-filled day.
"In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson." -Tom Bodett
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!
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' 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.
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.
Students write about their "ribbiting" summer or "ribbiting" things that they enjoyed during the school year, inside "Rodney's" circular-frog belly.
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.
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 Make A Sweet Keepsake Card With Me
I really enjoy designing things that incorporate standards at the same time creating a keepsake that families will enjoy. With that in mind, I came up with a "berry" special packet.
Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits, and were also popular with my Y5's. They are fun and easy to draw and provide a great play on words.
In the "Berry" Special Packet, I've included templates for both a mom and dad, so you can use this "craftivity" for Mother's Day or Father's Day. There's also a generic one that says: "You are 'berry' special" so students can make this for another significant person as well. This would be fun for Grandparents' Day too.
I've included a pattern to make the leafy portion. Add a bit more pizzazz by making the leaves 3D. Have students cut out two and then fold one in half. Match up the leaves and glue only one section on top of the other.
If you look closely at the photo you'll be able to see how the leaves pop up. Adding a stem and strawberry blossom, gives the card that finishing touch.
Older students can add a second strawberry and "hinge" their card with a small piece of Scotch tape. Children complete the writing prompt, add a bit of color, trim and glue to the inside. Younger students can simply complete just the sentence on the front.
To make things extra special, have students glue on their school picture and make a heart using their thumbprints (see photo).
Leaves can also be made by tracing a child's handprints. I made an example of both, so you can see how they turned out. Click on the link to view/download the "Berry" Special Craftivity.
While I was making my sample, I thought that a mini version of this would make a quick, easy and inexpensive end or beginning of the year gift for students.
"I hope your summer is 'berry' special. Just like you!" or "I'm wishing you a 'berry' special school year!"
Turn this into a sweet treat by attaching your card to a berry-flavored juice box, or package of Wild Berry Skittles and you're set!
Click on the link to view/download the "Berry Special Summer/School Year Gift.
Thanks for visiting today. If you'd like to see more Mother's Day FREEBIES, click on the link to pop over to that section of TeachWithMe. I also have a "pinteresting" pin board with more free Mother's Day ideas, crafts, and activities.
"When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child." -Sophia Loren
1-2-3 Come Sail Away Into Summer With Me!
Are you in the home stretch and dying to scream: "Woo hoo! School is out for summer!"? I always liked to give a little something to my kiddos on the last day.
If you'd like to do something that won't break the budget, I think you'll enjoy the Sailing Into Summer pencil fan-boat. I've been making little fan boats since I was a child (some 50 years ago-oh my!)
In those days, I’d use a Popsicle stick for the mast, but I thought it would be sweet to include a pencil, marker or candy pixie stick, as the pole, to add that little something extra.
I doubt many little ones will catch the play on words with "fantastic" but I just had to include it.
I've also made a template for the beginning of the year, (Sailing into a new school year...) if you'd like to make these treats for your open house or the first day of school. You could also have your current students make these for your next year's kiddos.
Run off the boat template on assorted colors of construction paper.
Cut them out; write your students’ name on the front and then sign them. Run off the “Have fun sailing into summer. I hope it’s fantastic!” sail, on white card stock and cut them out.
I colored the mast brown, but you can skip that step and use a glue dot to fasten a wooden pencil, marker, or candy on top.
If you don’t have glue dots, simply cut 2 slits and insert your treat. For a bit more pizzazz, I colored the sunshine with a yellow marker.
Fold a sheet of white copy paper 6 or 7 times. I made my width a little less than an inch. Cut off the excess leaving a 1 inch margin.
Glue the “sun” sail to the top of this tab. Pinch the top of the folds and staple them together so that they come to a point at the top of the mast.
Place on your students’ desks or tuck in their backpacks on the last day of school.
Click on the link to view/download the Sailing Into Summer (or a new school year) "craftivity." Thanks for visiting today. Feel free to PIN anything you think others may find helpful. My "Pin it" button is at the top.
"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can." -Michael Korda
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.
Do you have an end of the year gift you could share with us? I'd enjoy hearing from you: firstname.lastname@example.org or simply post a comment or link here.
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"Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten." -B.F. Skinner
1-2-3 Come Make Some Treat Bags With Me!
If you're looking for a quick and easy treat bag to make to hold some end-of-the year goodies, then I think you'll like these simple and inexpensive owl lunch bags.
If you've already got that covered, they are sweet for the beginning of the school year as well. Simply change the saying to: "Owl" bet we have the best year yet or We're going to gain lots of knOWLedge in kindergarten or whatever grade you're teaching.
If you're looking for an owl puppet, simply glue everything on the bag upside down. Students insert their hand inside the bag.
Here’s How To Make The Owl Treat Bags
Make templates of the pieces using an old file folder.
Trace the template onto one sheet of construction paper and then cut as many as you can.
I used daisy and circle paper punches. A flower petal punch also looks cool for the center of the eyes.
Glue the 2 triangles together.
Glue the 3 piece eyes together.
I added a bit of pizzazz to the black pupil using a dot of white out. It is quick drying and adds “life” to eyes.
Glue the set of triangles to the top-front of a brown paper lunch bag.
Glue the eyes a tad under the base of the triangle.
Fold the beak and glue it to the base of the triangle on top of a section of the eyes. (See photo.)
You can leave the bag plain and dispense with the “Owl miss you” breast piece. Simply write your students’ names on the bag or the saying: “Owl miss you! I hope your summer’s a real hoot.”
If you want to add that bit of flair, run off the breast note and glue it on the middle of the bag.
Open up the bags, line them up and tuck in candy, a book, bookmarks etc. in an assembly line fashion.
If you don’t want students peeking, staple the top shut.
Click on the link to view/download the Owl Treat Bag patterns.
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