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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!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kindergarten-Memory-Book-1256675
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.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/5x5-Ocean-Animals-Literacy-Printables-1242517

This pack contains 29 printables (I added 4 bonus pages) that are perfect for station work!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/5x5-Ocean-Animals-Literacy-Printables-1242517

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/5x5-Ocean-Animals-Literacy-Printables-1242517http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/5x5-Ocean-Animals-Literacy-Printables-1242517

If you're feeling up to a little cutting and laminating, the Fish Frenzy pack contains 5 literacy games that your students will LOVE!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fish-Frenzy-Ocean-Animals-Literacy-Games-1227255


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:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mothers-Day-Fingerprint-Flower-Poem-1236441
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.   =)

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mothers-Day-Fingerprint-Flower-Poem-1236441
I printed them on white cardstock and will be laminating them so they can be cherished for many, many years.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mothers-Day-Fingerprint-Flower-Poem-1236441

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!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Nora-Davis