How do you wrap up your school year? I know you're tired but I see it as a time to go out strong! Leave your kids with amazing memories and fun stuff. Since testing is over, it's a good time to branch out and do some really fun activities. ReflectionYou can wrap up with reflective activities. One thing we did and put up for Open House was the Wheel of Memories! It's a simple wheel where kids can write about their favorite activities or memories from the school year. If you'd like your own, download it here!
It's also a good time to try out some new digital tools. My kids love Quizizz. There are a lot of pre-made quizzes or you can make your own. Kids can also create their own which my kids loooove! During the year, my students embedded them into their Google Slides projects. That way they can see who was paying attention during their oral presentations!!
Padlet is an online collaborative bulletin board. I used it in conjunction with Schoology. That's the learning management system our district uses. I created a discussion with a historical image. Kids commented with their first impressions. Then we watched a meme-story on YouTube (Mr. Bett's is amazing!!), finally we used Padlet to share summaries about their new understandings.
In my class, we use all things Google Suite. One great activity is the End of Year Newspaper project on Google. It's basically a way to remember the past year but in a fun digital format.
Valentine's Day help!Here are some great resources for Valentine's Day!! STEM ChallengesDo you enjoy STEM challenges? I know my kids do! Here are a couple things you can do with your kids for Valentine's day!
Are you looking for fun, easy STEM challenges to use with The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond? Look no further! I created this packet with two easy STEM Challenges: a winter bird feeder and dancing hearts.The winter bird feeder is great for teaching life science where the dancing hearts activity is great for physical science. This product begins with a short blurb about why use STEM at all. Then I review the standards this addresses and for which grades (K-2). I added the design challenge for each activity and the recording sheet for the kids. Have fun with the kids!
Cumulative Plot StructureLooking for something to do with Language Arts? Just in time for Valentines Day! Teach your students about cumulative plot structure (aka toppling stories) and then have them write mini-books! They can share them with little ones! Afterwards there is a fun science activity you can do with candy hearts. Enjoy!
This product contains:
-An explanation of the craft -A list of books you can use with it -How I used it in my class -A graphic organizer to analyze the story structure of I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose -A Valentine word bank -A Brainstorming sheet in color and B&W -A planning sheet for their writing -A feedback sheet for reviewing each others' writing -Sheets to copy to make the mini-books -Science lesson with candy hearts
My kids had so much fun doing all the activities. We finished it up with reading their books to Kindergarteners!
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
PennantsLooking for a quick activity to do with your kids? Maybe something you can put up as a bulletin board? Here you go!
Three versions: I love... Things I love... Favorite Valentine's day book, song, movie
I'm sure you've seen them all over Instagram and Facebook: One word. What one word is going to focus you for 2019?
There is even a website you can log it in and get ideas. It's a way to focus and center yourself. As oneword365 says, "It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps."
If you'd like to have your students be intentional this year, here is a free Google slideshow that you can use. Just make a copy to your drive first and share that copy with your students.
You can create one slide show and just make a slide for each student or give each kid their own copy (Schoology). Just click here to go to the Google slide show and get your copy..
Google slideshow tip: Sometimes you need to organize or layer images. Just click: Command, shift, up (or down ) arrow That will move your image forward or back.
You've heard of Visual Thinking Strategies, right? It's where you go deep into an image. They have a powerful three question protocol:
• What is going on in this picture?
• What do you see that makes you say that?
• What more can you find?
So I've found that sometimes the questioning needs to go deeper and I have to guide it a little more. I wanted my kids to look deeply at The Bloody Massacre on King Street by Paul Revere.
You've all seen it, right? We can go superficial and say "I see men shooting" but there is so much more! I asked things like "What do you notice about the light?", "What signs do you see and where are they? Why were they placed there?" and "Look at the faces. What do you notice about the people on each side?" I made an image in Powerpoint and inserted it as a background in Google slides. I do that so the kids can't delete the picture accidentally. Then I made a new slide for each question. It really helps the kids understand the image through different lenses.
I love putting it into Google slides for different reasons.
I can assign it through Schoology for easy grading.
You can create multiple slides with different questions.
I don't have to make any copies!
The zoom tool is great to allow the kids to go in close to see details in the picture.
This can be done with any art you like. I just thought this was great for studying the British occupation and propaganda.
This is her latest work and it is just magic! It's about Yuyi and her son and their experience as immigrants. The text is lyrical and dreamlike. The colors are vibrant and bold. You have to have this book!
Enjoy these magical tales!! If you'd like some resources for these, check out my TPT store! Hope they're useful for you.