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During the week of Mother's Day, for our writing block, we do a variety of keepsake activities. I give children a choice, with the option if they finish one, they may work on another. This keeps kiddos focused and on task. Win-win!
I think they are highly motivated because they love their moms and want to make some super-fun "paper love" for them to show their appreciation.
The "Hoppy' Mother's Day" frog is quick, easy and fun, and turns out super-cute. Younger children can simply make the card, while older students can glue their frog card to the writing prompt lily pad.
The flip up “tongue” pattern featuring a cute little fly, has 2 verse options:
“Just little old me flying by with a Happy Mother’s Day Hi.” and
“Just little me flying by with a loving special “Hi.”
Likewise, there are a variety of options for the greeting on the frog’s belly, that’s revealed when the “tongue” is flipped up:
“I’m jumping for joy and so “hoppy” you’re my (mom, mama, mommy, mum, grandma)!” plus a fill-in-the-blank template as well.
I've included a bow pattern for that finishing touch.
Next up, is a ladybug-themed Mother’s Day card, that's sure to become a keepsake.
The packet includes 2 card options. Choose one, or give your students a choice.
The first ladybug’s wings open to reveal the greeting: “Love and a hug from your little bug.”
Wiggle eyes attached with glue dots, black pipe cleaner antennae and a photograph add those special finishing touches.
The circle poem on the back says: “The spots on my ladybug are made with TLC. They were made with my thumbprint with love to you from me.”
The other option is a 3D leaf. The top leaf features a mommy ladybug and says: “Happy Mother’s Day to A Super-Fine Lady”.
The leaf flips up to reveal the same “Love and a hug from your little bug” greeting.
Children draw a picture of their mom on the back of the leaf. I’ve also included blank wings and leaves, so students can write their own words.
Today's featured FREEBIE is also a cute craftivity for Mother's Day. The "My mom is really sweet!" writing prompt is quick, easy & fun.
One teacher told me she was so excited to make this craft, as each year she holds a tea called "Muffins in May with Mom" where moms or a significant other come to school. What a cute idea.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found something useful.
Time to take a break and call my mom. She's 90 and moments on the phone are precious to me.
Here she is enjoying the flowers I sent. Wishing you a stress-free and joy-filled day.
"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life." -Abraham Lincoln
Tag You're It! Now You Make A Picture!
I am over the moon excited over Tagxedo! It’s a website that turns words, famous speeches, poems, quotes, etc. into a VISUALLY stunning word cloud.
Click on the link to check it out. Tagxedo The possibility of ideas is endless. Here are a few that I dreamed up for up-coming spring activities:
The site is simple to use, so that even K students can be shown how to type in a list of words and create a special piece of art that can also become a card.
Brainstorm a list of words with students; write them on the board; students choose the ones appropriate for them and type them in.
These are three that I made for Mother’s Day. You can use mine, or have students describe their mom and make their own. Click on the link to view/download the Mother’s Day word pictures.
Different fonts, colors and shapes are available to choose from, so each child will come up with a unique keepsake for their mommy.
Another activity that you could do, is to have students make up a list of adjectives that describe them.
Students make a word picture about themselves entitled “ME”. I chose the handprint shape for mine, but they could choose whatever shape that represents them, such as a shape from their favorite sport, a ballerina, their age, their initial etc.
Teacher's could also make a "High Fives!" word art picture for each one of their students as a card for preschool or kindergarten graduation, or as a certificate for going into the next grade.
I've also made, "Look Who's Leaping Into ______ Grade!" filled with fun words associated with the school year. There's also a matching bookmark or slap bracket to go along with the certificates.
Click on the "Look Who's Leaping!" template to view/download mine, or design your own with words specific to you and your school.
Tagxedo also has an awesome gallery featuring famous people. Two of my favorites are Abe Lincoln and Martin Luther King.
How perfect to use word art, when studying these men. Have students plug in a speech, or adjectives they feel describe them.
What a wonderful vocabulary builder and great independent computer center to practice keyboarding skills! It’s also a fun way for students to illustrate a poem or short story that they wrote!
I’m always looking for different ways for students to use Dolch and CVC words, so I typed in the various lists of Dolch and CVC words to make cute anchor charts. I made a header that says: How many words can you spy?
Students LOVE “I Spy” and “Where’s Waldo?” books, so this is yet another way to immerse children in word work in a fun way. Run off copies of the various word pictures and have students “spy” the words in the collage.
Have them jot down the words as they find them and then, for another activity, students can alphabetize their list.
Have students make tally marks next to each word to see how many times they found it in the word picture, to reinforce yet another standard!
I've included an apple word art picture for all of the Dolch words for the following lists: pre-primer, kindergarten, first, second and third, + an apple for all of the Dolch nouns and an anchor chart that lists all of the words in their separate categories.
There are 8 CVC word posters. The shape depicts a CVC word. i.e. dog, pig, key etc. I've included an alphabetical list of all of the 338 CVC words used on the word art posters. Click on the links for the Dolch Word Picture Packet, CVC Word Picture Packet
I also thought it would be cute to make a graduation certificate using those themed-words. Click on the link to view/download the Kindergarten Graduation certificate word picture.
It’s also a great way to plug in new vocabulary as it relates to the various science themes that you study, like butterflies.
Click on the link to view/download the Butterfly Word Picture anchor chart.
As you can tell, I had an absolute blast on this site and hope you do to! Do you have a fun site that you relish?
I’d enjoy hearing from you firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to post a comment here, especially if you use one of my ideas.
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A Pocket Full Of Paper Love...
A Pocket Full Of Paper Love is an inexpensive and fun way to make an assortment of wonderful keepsakes for Mother’s Day.
Your students will enjoy stuffing the different items that they make during their independent center time throughout the week, into this container.
By the time they take them home on Friday, they’ll have a pocket that’s over flowing with love.
One of the items not pictured, is a wooden broach made from the same old-fashioned woodcuts. I bought wooden circles for only 10 cents each at Hobby Lobby.
My students cut and glued the “love knot” to the top and then drizzled on 10,000 Coats. After the discs dried (48 hours) they glued a pin to the back, to make an old-fashioned pin.
I taught my Y5's how to sing "I'm a Little Teapot" so they could serenade their mommy with a song, they made the teapot note and attached a teabag to the back.
Their bouncing renditions were heartwarming and adorable!
The final item we tucked into the pocket was their handprint. It added color and provided a backing to the plate so that the items didn’t spill out.
We wrapped the entire thing in hot pink tissue paper.
These ideas are part of the May Art Mini Book: Frogs, Flowers & Mother’s Day Packet.
Click on the link to view/download it. There are several other Mother’s Day gift ideas included in that packet as well.
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"Don't compromise yourself; you're all you've got." -Janis Joplin