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1-2-3 Come Do Some 2D Shape Activities With Me

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activities"Funny Flamingos”  are a quick, easy and super-fun “print & go” craftivity, that will help review 2D shapes in some interesting & engaging ways.

The 2D shapes included are: circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, trapezoid, rhombus, star & heart.

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activitiesThe packet includes patterns for the above shapes, so that children can make a “Funny Flamingo Friend.”

They turn out absolutely adorable, so I think your kiddos will really enjoy making one. 

Templates come in a large, full-page size, as well as a smaller, two-on-a-page pattern.

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activitiesDecide what’s most appropriate for your students.

You don’t have to, but accordion-folding the legs is a fun way to strengthen finger muscles. Your students will also enjoy the “boing-boing” effect.

Completed projects make a super-cute display. Dangle them from the ceiling as a border in your hallway. I’ve included a poster to add pizzazz.

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activitiesThe packet also includes 3 sets of game cards, so that students can play “Memory Match”, “I Have; Who Has?” and sorting games with them.

The 3 sets of cards feature: flamingos with a shapely body, plain shapes, plus word cards, so that you can practice a variety of standards. 

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activitiesI’ve also included a “Spin to Win” game, where students partner up and take turns spinning.  Whatever shape they land on, they color the matching shape on their game sheet that color.

Several other worksheets, help to further reinforce 2D shapes in other ways.

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activitiesThe “Flamingo Slider” is another quick, easy & fun craft, that will help you whole group assess

My students absolutely LOVE playing this "I Spy" game. Simply call out a shape.  Students pull on their "slider" strip 'til it appears in the "window" then hold up their flamingo.  You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activitiesTwo graphing extensions add some additional math pratice to the packet as well.

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activitiesUse the 3 photo posters of real flamingos to introduce your lesson, as well as the “What Shape is a Flamingo’s Body Most Like?” discussion poster.

Since I'm "warping" the true shape of a flamingo, as a fun way to review shapes, I thought it important to discuss this. The poster provides a nice visual.

I’ve also included a list of super-interesting links that I use as part of my introduction as well, which helps me add a bit of science in just a few minutes.

Students learn why a flamingo is pink and other interesting facts. The 2-minute clip showing 1,000s of flamingos all in one place in Africa, is quite amazing!

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activitiesToday's featured FREEBIE is also a fun activity that involves 2D shapes.

It's a very versatile, "Letter H is for House" craft that you can do when you're working on a letter a day, shapes (12, 2D shapes are included.) or doing social studies & working on communities, families & neighborhoods.

Children can also practice their address by including that as well.
Add a school photo for that finishing touch. Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board too.

flamingo activities, flamingo crafts, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape assessments, 2D shape activitiesWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

It's been unseasonably hot this week with scorchers in the 90s, so it's a good day to design some more activities in my air-conditioned office.  Wishing you a  super-de-duper summer.

"Woo Hoo! It's summer! If you're not barefoot, you're over dressed!" -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some More Zoo Activities With Me!

Do you go on a field trip to the zoo with your students or take a “virtual” field trip online?

zoo activities, zoo field trip activities, animal activities, emergent reader booklet, If so, then I think you’ll enjoy this “What Did You See at the Zoo?” packet.

There are a variety of activities included, which are easy to diversify for different ages & skill levels.

The packet includes:

1. * “What animals did WE see?” colorful animal poster to use as a whole group activity, with a matching BW “What animals did YOU see?” worksheet.

zoo activities, zoo field trip activities, animal activities, emergent reader booklet, 2. * “Sizing Up the Animals!” worksheet, where students can practice their comparison & contrast measuring skills: “What animal was taller than you?” (shorter, heavier, longer…) “What animal would fit in your backpack?” A colorful option is also included so you can do this as a whole group.

3. * Two, “We Saw Animals!” worksheets in both color to use as a whole group discussion activity, as well as black & white versions, so you also have the option to do one or both as an independent activity.

4. * Fun Worksheet: “Oh My! An animal is escaping. It’s following you out of the zoo.” Complete the picture, by drawing your favorite animal, or one you’d like to take home.

This can simply be a “draw & color” activity for little ones, or a writing extension for older students, who will then explain their picture, or tell “how they escaped” or “what happens when they get home.”

zoo activities, zoo field trip activities, animal activities, emergent reader booklet, alphabet activities, alpha bird craft, bird craft, alphabet crafts, alphabet assessments5. * “What Did You See at the Zoo?” booklet, where students trace & write the animal word, then answer the question by marking an X in either the “Yes” or “No” box. They also color the picture of the animal.

zoo activities, zoo field trip activities, animal activities, emergent reader booklet, alphabet activities, alpha bird craft, bird craft, alphabet crafts, alphabet assessments6. * I’ve also included a colorful teacher’s edition, (“What Did WE See at the Zoo?” ) which you can do as a whole group activity with little ones.

Each full-size page, features 4 animal strips, so you can easily cut them apart to make a “Snip & Flip” Strip Booklet.

This allows you to make your booklet as long as you like; or limiting the number of pages for wee ones. There are 24 animal strip options, on 6, full-size pages.

zoo activities, zoo field trip activities, animal activities, emergent reader booklet, These activities pair nicely with my
"We're Going to the Zoo!” Field Trip Packet I blogged about last week. Click the link to take a peek.

zoo activities, zoo field trip activities, animal activities, emergent reader booklet, alphabet activities, alpha bird craft, bird craft, alphabet crafts, alphabet assessmentsToday's featured FREEBIE is also animal-themed. Alpha-bird, is a super-fun craft that your students can either make. OR...

You can make just one for your classroom to use as a unique asssessment tool!.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/40-off-Were-Going-to-the-Zoo-Field-Trip-Packet-3853859Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

We have relatives coming to stay with us this week from Washington, so my feet have hit the floor running. 

Wishing you a fun-filled and stress-free week.

"Always having somewhere to go is HOME. Always having someone to love is FAMILY. Having both is a beautiful BLESSING." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Zoo Craftivities With Me

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasI’ve taught PK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 9th, 10th, 12th & college; going on a variety of field trips or “outings” with all of them. Plus, as a mom and grandmother, I’ve done my share of chaperoning too.

Why’s that important? I’ve “been there & done that” many times! You might say I’ve earned a “black belt” in the karate of field tripping.

I’ve used that experience to design this comprehensive zoo packet. Basically, it has everything you need to plan a field trip to the zoo, so that things run smoothly, and you too can enjoy the excitement & fun.

It’s my hope that the packet is also a huge time saver & “stress buster” for you.

I’ve done an elephant's ton of work, so that you can simply “print & go” and know that "I’ve got you covered”; with a nice assortment of things to do before and during the trip, as well as a huge variety of activities for after; with plenty for several days following.

I've divided the packet into these 3 major parts.

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasThere's a "preparation section" which includes initial notes home to parents, with follow-up reminders; as well as chaperone information, permission slips, checklists, and a variety of forms.

There's also a section of helpful tips, several "To Do" lists; and a "We've Gone to the Zoo" doorknob hanger.

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasThis "preparation section" also includes posters; "we're Going to the Zoo Tomorrow" Slap Bracelets, to use as a fun reminder to parents; plus a KWL black & white worksheet for your students, as well as a colorful one you can do as a whole group.

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasAlso in this section, is a set of 8 different animal name tags. This is a super-easy way to group your students with their chaperone.

There are various debates over the  safety of having a child's name out there for all the world to see.

However, we discuss "stranger danger" as part of our field trip behavior. I've included discussion questions, a poster & contract for students to sign.

I think the many advantages of having a name tag, particularly for chaperones, far out weighs "that might  not happen" disadvantage. 

I laminate the tags, then write children's names on with a black marker; then use a Mr. Clean sponge to rub the names off later. Takes a bit of elbow grease, but so worth it, so I can use them again.

You can pin the "badge" on, or you can make them into a necklace. I cut up colorful plastic straws and strung those on a length of cord, alternating them with pony beads.

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasAnother pattern in the "before" part of the packet, is a "How Many Days?" craftivity.  I've included 4 real photographs of zoo animals for you to choose from. Pick two, and glue them back-to-back, then laminate.

I punch a hole in the top and dangle a paper chain from the bottom.  There are X number of links, which equal how many days there are before our field trip. This is how I tell my students the exciting news.

Ripping off a paper link, becomes part of our daily routine, which really stops all the inevitable questions of "How many days before we get to go to the zoo?" 

Besides using the chain as a countdown, I review all sorts of math standards with my students. The paper chain is made up of 2 colors in an ABAB pattern, so we practice that, as well as: counting how many links are left, then subtracting one by ripping it off the chain, ("Now how many are left?") "Is this greater or less than the other number?" etc. 

Chaperones is another helpful preparation section. Each of my chaperones gets a clipboard to carry. 

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasOn it is a list of students, which includes any health issues like allergies, as well as the phone numbers for the other chaperones. There's also an itinerary and map of the zoo clipped on. 

Since it's nice to be prepared for the "oops" that may happen; I also give them an "Emergency Baggie", which has a small pack of Kleenex, several Band-Aids, plus a little bottle of hand sanitizer.  This inexpensive gift has often come in handy & is truly appreciated. 

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasI've also included colorful, as well as black and white patterns to make chaperone "thank you cards", which my students sign and I attach to the clipboards as well. 

There are several options, plus a thank you note for the bus driver too.

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasOne of the most helpful forms for me, is the lunch bag reminder note, which I attach to a brown paper lunch bag. 

This helps the note "stand out" which has eliminated "forgotten" lunches, plus parents are truly appreciative of the convenience. I don't want to haul heavy lunch boxes, but instead have a completely "disposable" lunch sent, so providing the bag, has also eliminated that issue as well.

Blank versions of all my notes, forms & checklists, are also provided. 

I've included a variety of activities that can also be done before the trip, as I think students get so much more out of their field trip experience, if they have some in-school information and lessons to refer to. 

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasI love it when I hear my students say things like: "Pandas are endagered." "That monkey is a mammal", "Polar bears have an artic habitat!" 

To help build vocabulary and animal identification skills, I've included 35, animal pocket chart cards featuring real photographs of the animals.

There's also 3 different sets (30 cards in a set) of animal word & picture cards, so that children can play a variety of games, as well as practice sorting, sequencing & making patterns

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasAnother thing you can do with the cards, is play the "Hip Hippo Ray It's Feeding Time!" game.  My students absolutely LOVE "feeding" the hippo. It's such a quick, easy and super-fun way to practice a variety of standards.

Besides the above mentioned cards, I've also included a set of animal cracker cards for upper & lowercase letters, as well as numbers from 0-50. Use the cute, poster-poem to introduce the game.

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasLikewise, there are many activities that you can do after your field trip to the zoo, so I've included worksheets, word finds, mazes, centers, writing prompts, graphing activities & some Venn diagrams.

It's very important for students to be able to process everything they've seen. One way to do that, is with the "feedback form". 

You can do this verbally, as a whole-group activity on the bus, while children are excited to share what things they enjoyed the most, or interesting tidbits that they learned. 

zoo activities, animal activities, field trip tips, zoo field trip, activites for after a field trip, field trip checklist, animal writing prompts, zoo writing prompts, name tags for school, animal bulletin board ideasTo help children calm down, and get back into the routine of school when you return, you may want them to make the "flip-the-zoo-gate" writing prompt craftivity, and jot down their experience. 

Completed projects make a cute bulletin board too. I've included a giraffe poster for the center of your display.

I sincerely hope that my latest "labor of love" gives you peace of mind, and that you enjoy these activities as much as I did creating them.

Here's wishing you a stress-free, relaxing and super-fun time, as you plan for, and go on an ed-venture to the zoo! 

Elmer activities, name writing activities, elephant activities, name cards, Today's featured FREEBIE, is also animal-themed and features a name writing and alphabet activities with an elephant.

zoo field trip, activities for the zooWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. 

Two of my nine grandchildren are coming over today to go swimming, so it's time to put my nana hat on along with some suntan lotion. 

Wishing you a carefree day filled with giggles galore.

"The city is not a concrete jungle, it's a human zoo." -Desmond Morris

1-2-3 Come Do Some Writing Prompt Crafts With Me  

Whether you're looking for a little something to save your sanity, and fill up a bit of time during the last week or school, or you need a writing prompt for back to school, you'll  “TOE-tally” love the versatility of my 2 newest packets.

I call these “double duty” writing prompt crafts because I’ve included patterns for the end of the year, as well as ones for back to school.

writing prompts for the end of the year,  end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, summer bulletin boards, activities for the end of the year, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Pete the cat activities, Petes I love my white shoes crafts, Petes i love my white shoes activitiesFirst up is the super-cute "TOE-tally" writing prompt packet, which  includes 3 different writing prompt crafts. Plus each of those has several options too!

Toe tally Terrific summer or school year writing prompt flip up craftAll of the writing prompts use the “TOE-tally” play-on-words.
The graphics vary, but all feature cute little toes somewhere in the picture.

For the 1st option, the “shorts” of the child flip up to reveal the writing prompt.
There are 4 black & white boy options for students to choose from, as well as 4 girl patterns

writing prompts for the end of the year,  end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, summer bulletin boards, activities for the end of the year, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Pete the cat activities, Petes I love my white shoes crafts, Petes i love my white shoes activitiesSince completed projects make an adorable bulletin board, I've included a set of matching posters for your display.

All of the craftivities have a colorful option as well, so that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.
To give you some ideas, I’ve also included my completed writing prompt samples.

writing prompts for the end of the year,  end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, summer bulletin boards, activities for the end of the year, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Pete the cat activities, Petes I love my white shoes crafts, Petes i love my white shoes activitiesThe 2nd option is a card. The sweet graphics feature 10 toes peeking out of a pair of flip flops. 

writing prompts for the end of the year,  end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, summer bulletin boards, activities for the end of the year, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Pete the cat activities, Petes I love my white shoes crafts, Petes i love my white shoes activitiesI've also included some "I'm wishing you a 'TOE-tally awesome summer/school year" tags, with 10, on a one-page pattern.

Attach to an end or beginning of the year treat for your students. 

I buy the bags of mini candy bars or Skittles at The Dollar Store.

They usually have 10-12 in a bag, so it's an inexpensive little surprise, that's so appreciated by my kiddos. 

writing prompts for the end of the year,  end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, summer bulletin boards, activities for the end of the year, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Pete the cat activities, Petes I love my white shoes crafts, Petes i love my white shoes activitiesI have matching bulletin board posters for this craft as well.

Finally, the 3rd option sports a child chilling out under a beach umbrella, which flips up to reveal the prompt.

writing prompts for the end of the year,  end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, summer bulletin boards, activities for the end of the year, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Pete the cat activities, Petes I love my white shoes crafts, Petes i love my white shoes activitiesFor this craftivity, there are 2 boy patterns, plus 2 girl templates for students to choose from.

writing prompts for the end of the year,  end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, summer bulletin boards, activities for the end of the year, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Pete the cat activities, Petes I love my white shoes crafts, Petes i love my white shoes activitiesI've included a set of 4, matching posters to use for this bulletin board display as well.

writing prompts for the end of the year,  end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, summer bulletin boards, activities for the end of the year, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Pete the cat activities, Petes I love my white shoes crafts, Petes i love my white shoes activitiesThe other writing prompt craftivity packet is entitled, "Steppin' Into ..." These craftivities also serve double duty.

End of the Year Option:
Students trace and cut out one of their feet & then glue it to the base of their flip flop.

writing prompts for the end of the year,  end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, summer bulletin boards, activities for the end of the year, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Pete the cat activities, Petes I love my white shoes crafts, Petes i love my white shoes activitiesTo add extra pizzazz and 3D pop, the “straps” for the top of the flip flop, are strips of paper that stick up.

You can also use quarter inch ribbon for something different.

writing prompts for the end of the year,  end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, summer bulletin boards, activities for the end of the year, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Pete the cat activities, Petes I love my white shoes crafts, Petes i love my white shoes activitiesI’ve included a daisy pattern as well, should some of your girls want to jazz things up a bit more.

Adding a heart with a school photo creates even more interest, making this a sweet keepsake as well.

writing prompts for the end of the year,  end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, summer bulletin boards, activities for the end of the year, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Pete the cat activities, Petes I love my white shoes crafts, Petes i love my white shoes activitiesThey might also like to add glitter for “nail polish” & a flat-backed “rhinestone” for a toe ring.

writing prompts for the end of the year,  end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, summer bulletin boards, activities for the end of the year, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Pete the cat activities, Petes I love my white shoes crafts, Petes i love my white shoes activitiesStudents glue their completed foot to one of the corners of their “Steppin’ Into Summer…” writing prompt paper.

There are 4 black & white options for students to choose from; as well as 2 colorful ones, so that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.

writing prompts for the end of the year,  end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, summer bulletin boards, activities for the end of the year, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Pete the cat activities, Petes I love my white shoes crafts, Petes i love my white shoes activitiesCompleted projects make a terrific bulletin board.
I’ve also included a poster for the center of your summer display, plus a different one for your back to school bulletin board.


Back To School Option:
Summer flies and school has a way of “sneaking” up on you, so this “flip up” sneaker craft, features a pair of tennis shoes.

The black & white “cover” pattern, can be colored with markers or crayons, or you can expedite things & run the template off on a variety of colors of construction paper.

At the top of the sneakers is a glue tab, which is glued to the top of the matching blank base. This “hinge” is flipped up to reveal the completed writing prompt underneath the cover.

writing prompts for the end of the year,  end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, summer bulletin boards, activities for the end of the year, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Pete the cat activities, Petes I love my white shoes crafts, Petes i love my white shoes activitiesThere are two prompt options:
Option 1. “Here’s how I feel about stepping into a new school year!”
I’ve also included patterns for “Here’s how I feel about stepping into 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th grade…” with a blank option, so you can write in a different grade.

writing prompts for the end of the year,  end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, summer bulletin boards, activities for the end of the year, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Pete the cat activities, Petes I love my white shoes crafts, Petes i love my white shoes activitiesOption 2. “As you step into a new school year, here’s some advice:” For this end of the year writing prompt, your students write some advice, to your new students coming in the fall.

Tuck these away, then on the first day of school, lay them on your students’ desk, or attach to a locker door in the hallway.

writing prompts for the end of the year,  end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, summer bulletin boards, activities for the end of the year, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school bulletin boards, Pete the cat activities, Petes I love my white shoes crafts, Petes i love my white shoes activitiesIf you’re a Pete the Cat fan, this “sneaker craft” is a fun activity that you can transition to, after reading one of Pete’s shoe stories.

Speaking of Pete, it seemed a nice "go along" to have today's featured FREEBIE, be a sweet story retelling craft, for Pete's "I Love My White Shoes".

A child's blue hand print topped with sneakers makes this a cute keepsake.

Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

I think we've skipped spring here in Michigan, as we seem to have jumped from winter (which lasted into April), right into summer, with record-breaking 90 degree temps for May!

Have to dash and water my flowers before it gets too hot. 

Wishing you lots of "fun in the sun" as well.

"When the weather is hot, keep a cool mind.  When the weather is cold, keep a warm heart.." - Ajahn Brahm

1-2-3 Come Make a SPLASH With Me!

end of the school year activities, end of the school year crafts, end of the school year writing prompts, end of the school year bulletin boards, graduation songs, a list of end of the year slideshow songs, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakers“Making a Splash!” is a super-fun writing prompt that your students will really enjoy.

The craftivity is very versatile, as you can use it for the end of the year, or for back to school.

It's a fun icebreaker & interesting way to get to know your students too.

end of the school year activities, end of the school year crafts, end of the school year writing prompts, end of the school year bulletin boards, graduation songs, a list of end of the year slideshow songs, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakersSimply choose the appropriate writing prompt “cover” for the flip-up booklet:
*  “Diving Into Summer and Looking Forward to…”
*  “Diving Into a New School Year and Looking Forward to…”
Or

Use the “Diving Into ____________ and Looking Forward to…” option, so that students can fill in their new grade, or something else that they are looking forward to. (Diving into sports & looking forward to playing soccer & baseball.) 

As you can see by the photo on your right, the writing prompt is the "title" on the "cover" of a mini booklet that flips up to reveal what students have written.

The writing prompts are also easily diversified for various ability levels & grades; as you can keep things simple for younger students, who can write one or two sentences, or a list; while having preschool children dictate a few one-word answers.

Older students will be expected to write one or two pages of more in-depth explanations.
There’s a blank page pattern for this.

poster preview copyThere’s also several “brainstorming” worksheets for the various prompts, which can be used for prewriting.

end of the school year activities, end of the school year crafts, end of the school year writing prompts, end of the school year bulletin boards, graduation songs, a list of end of the year slideshow songs, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakersAs with all of my products, I’ve included completed samples to give you some ideas, as well as enable you to quickly & easily zip off an example to share with your students.

end of the school year activities, end of the school year crafts, end of the school year writing prompts, end of the school year bulletin boards, graduation songs, a list of end of the year slideshow songs, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakersAdding a sprinkle of glitter and a school photo, along with a few 3D options,  gives extra pizzazz to the project.

Completed projects make a terrific bulletin board, or wall display in the hall.
Because students trace & trim their own foot, each project looks a bit different.

end of the school year activities, end of the school year crafts, end of the school year writing prompts, end of the school year bulletin boards, graduation songs, a list of end of the year slideshow songs, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakersI’ve included several "Big Splash!" posters you can use for that as well.

For additional writing options, there’s also an “I’m Ready to Make a Big Splash!” writing prompt cover, which works for both summer & back to school, allowing you a chance to touch on idioms if you want.

To help you grab that extra teachable moment, I’ve included some background information, samples & links about idioms, as well as a definition poster.

Introducing this terminology is not just for “big kids”, as my 1st graders easily understood the concept & excitedly shared all sorts of examples! 

end of the school year activities, end of the school year crafts, end of the school year writing prompts, end of the school year bulletin boards, graduation songs, a list of end of the year slideshow songs, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakersSince the end of the year is fast-approaching for many of us, you may be thinking about an end-of-the year slideshow, or perhaps you're getting ready for preschool or <strong>kindergarten graduation</strong>.

If so, you'll find today's featured FREEBIE especially helpful.  It's an alphabetical list of 150, (teacher tested) songs suitable for your end of the year programs. 

I hope you find it a helpful stress-buster, and one less thing you have to look for. 

end of the school year activities, end of the school year crafts, end of the school year writing prompts, end of the school year bulletin boards, graduation songs, a list of end of the year slideshow songs, back to school writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, icebreakersWell that's it for today.  I marathon-shopped for flowers and plants all day yesterday, so I'm super-excited to play in the mud this afternoon.

Wishing you a sunshine & love-filled day.

"A garden requires patient labor and attention.  Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfull good intentions.  They thrive because someone expended loving effort on them." -Unknown

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