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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Kindergarten Memory Book

My students will be busy during our last few days together reminiscing as they write and draw in their special Kindergarten Memory Books!
Not only do these books keep the students nice n' busy, but they lead to fun end-of-year discussions.  They make a great little keepsake for the students to share with their families over the summer.  I still can't believe we're almost there!  As hectic as this time of year can get, don't forget to enjoy every last second with your precious students!  :)

Friday, May 23, 2014

10 Day Balloon Countdown!

Today was #10 on our countdown for the year!  I'm freaking out a little bit!  I don't want it to be over!!!  The last 10 days of school are always absolutely crazy a bit hectic, so I decided to just add to the madness with a balloon countdown!
I typed up 10 surprises for my students and printed them on small pieces of paper.  I rolled up the papers and shoved them inside 10 different balloons before they were inflated.  I then labeled each balloon with its countdown number!
The surprises are mainly activities... class picnic, dance party, bubbles & chalk, etc.  I labeled the papers with the appropriate color so we wouldn't accidentally pop a balloon announcing a popsicle party on a day I didn't bring the popsicles!  [I made sure to plan out the 1st day of each week with something I wouldn't have to remember to bring or buy.  I'm so not a Monday person...]

I had the balloons inflated with helium last night, but this happened when I took them out of their bag this morning in my classroom...
#BalloonFail  I mean really!??  I know helium doesn't last forever but I was hoping for at least 12 hours... 

Despite the helium disappointment, the balloons were still a total HIT!  My kids squealed the minute they walked in the room this morning.  I hung them from the ceiling and created a balloon chandelier over our learning rug.  (Thanks, ceiling tiles!

They were so excited to pop the first one this afternoon.  I can't wait to see their excitement as they pop each one over our last 9 days together.  I'm also looking forward to the experiences we will share as a result of what's inside each balloon.

Are you doing anything special during these last few days!?  I'd love to hear your ideas!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Fish Frenzy: Literacy Resources + a Rainbow Fish Freebie!

The weeks leading to summer seem like the perfect time for fun, ocean-themed activities!  The weeks leading to summer are also filled with testing, so I've got to keep my non-testing students quiet busy and engaged.

This pack contains 29 printables (I added 4 bonus pages) that are perfect for station work!


If you're feeling up to a little cutting and laminating, the Fish Frenzy pack contains 5 literacy games that your students will LOVE!

I blogged previously about our use of The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big, Big Dark to learn about similes.  The students wrote their own again this year, and I just have to share a few.
"I'm as tough as a giant."

"I'm as silly as a clown."

"I'm as brave as a ninja."

"I'm as pretty as a princess."
"I'm as lazy as a teacher."

SAY WHAT!?!?!  Good thing the cutie that wrote this one assured me it was a joke.  And ya gotta love the Whole Brain Teaching speech bubble... "CLASS!"

An ocean unit wouldn't be complete without Rainbow Fish!  Here's a coloring and writing FREEBIE that you can download in my TPT Store.  

And if you love thematic snacks, this ocean on a graham cracker is an easy, crowd-pleaser! 

If you'd like a chance to win the Fish Frenzy Literacy Games Pack, head over to my Facebook page and leave a comment!  =)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mother's Day FREEBIE + a Double Sale!

My SuperKids are busy this week creating many masterpieces for their amazing mothers!  If you are looking for something special but easy, and most importantly FREE, I created this fingerprint poem with picture:
I took the photos of my students holding a bouquet of faux flowers and prompted them to give their best "I love you Mom" smiles.   =)

I printed them on white cardstock and will be laminating them so they can be cherished for many, many years.


The page is free for download here in my TPT Store. 

And speaking of that TPT Store... there is currently a DOUBLE SALE happening over there in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week!  TPT is offering 10% off everything and I have added another additional 20% off EVERYTHING in my shop!  So head on over and check it out.  Sale ends tomorrow night at midnight!