1-2-3 Make a Memory Book With Me.
I LOVE owls and that cute little saying: "Owl" miss... (you fill in what) so I designed an end-of-the-school-year packet with an owl theme using that play on words.
I'm posting this a bit early, as there is so much to get done towards the end of the school year, that May was always the month that flew the fastest for me. If you've been contemplating making some sort of memory booklet, hopefully this will help you out.
The packet includes several writing prompts for students to write about what they'll miss.
Run off the cover and student page. Children complete the thought: "Owl" miss... and then illustrate their page.
Collect and collate the pages and bind them into a class book.
When you share the completed story with your students, have each child read their own page.
Make a copy of your school composite and give each child an oval of themselves to glue on the tummy of the owl.
I've also included a note from the teacher if you're looking for just a little something. Tuck it in their backpacks for them to discover when they get home. You can add slits to the page and insert a lollipop if you want.
"I learned a lot of knOWLedge this year. Here's a list of my favorites:" is a simple and quick writing prompt bookmark students can color. This too makes a nice keepsake, and works well for a Daily 5 activity.
There's also a class memory booklet, complete with autograph page, where friends can sign their name on the owl's tummy.
The beauty of this, is that students can work on their memory book writing prompts for several days, finally finishing the last week of school. It's a great "something to do" while you get one-on-one assessing done with your students.
I don't know about your state, but Michigan had the worst winter on record and schools all over have quite a few snow days to make up. My grandsons' last day is June 19th. Having some copy-ready activities to do can help save your sanity.
You can make their memory book even more special, by taking a last week of school photo of each child doing their favorite subject, activity, or at play during recess; and then have them include it somewhere in their booklet.
Click on the link to view/download the Owl Miss School Packet
To take a look at another FREE end-of-the-year memory book click on the link. I've included a cover page for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade and a generic one to fill in something else.
If you run out of time, you can always send the booklet home for a parent to help their child fill out, especially if they complain: "I'm bored!"
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"A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings becasue it has a song." -Lou Holtz
1-2-3 Come Make An Owl With Me!
So Long School; Hello Summer is a writing prompt craftiviity I think your students will enjoy.
Students assemble their owls and then write what they'll miss about school under the owl's wings, or if you want them to have more room, they can cut and glue the "back" template and complete the writing prompt there.
You could also use this as a "graduation" activity and have students write about what they'll miss about pre-school or kindergarten, or whatever grade level they will be leaving.
Choose natural earth tone colors for your students to choose from, or for crazy-pizzazz, give them an assortment of bright colors to add a splash of wow to their work.
Glitter as well as wiggle eyes can also make things pop.
Adding a school photo to the leaf, helps easily identify work and makes the project even more of a keepsake.
I used a flower paper punch for the eyes. There are many available, and students enjoy this fine motor skill.
The owls look wonderful swirling and twirling when they are suspended from the ceiling in the hallway.
Click on the link to view/download the Owl Miss...Writing Prompt Craftivity.
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1-2-3 Come Tweet a Writing Prompt With Me!
Since tweeting is all the rage, I decided to hone in on that motivation, to get students to write about a variety of things on a daily or weekly basis, using this quick, easy and fun "tweet" form.
There are 10 different tweet forms for you to rotate through, plus a blank one for you or your students, to make up their own tweet topics.
The last entry on every form is "Feeling." Students think up 3 adjectives that describe them that day, which further reinforces the important use of description in student writing.
If you have the time, have students partner up and share what they've written, as a means of expressing, venting and getting to know each other.
Click on the link to view/download the Sweet Tweet writing prompt packet.
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