May 11, 2016

Father's Day Fun!

Mother's Day has come and gone!  As the end of the school year approaches, many of us will be enjoying our Summers as Father's Day passes.  So lets plan to show our student's Dads as much love before our kiddos are sent home for summer?!  I have a Father's Day Math and Literacy Pack that will have you covered for the holiday!  Enjoy!

This Math and Literacy Father's Day Pack includes many different things such centers, Father's Day cards, story extension activities, interviews between the teacher and student, coloring pages, writing prompts etc!  All of the products that have students make projects for their Fathers, an adaptation for Uncles and Grandfathers are included.  

The first center included is a Math center where students are instructed to graph their Daddy's favorite ties.  The center comes with four variations (only two are pictured below), so groups can work on an individual basis, then compare and switch! The two mats that are not pictured are different fathers and different colors!  The mat and tie cards that are a pair match based on corresponding colors so it is easier to store and keep year after year. There is also a follow up worksheet that all students can use to practice graphing Father's Day ties. The worksheet is different than any of the individual center mats so it can be used for all four versions!This math center is sold separately from the Math and Literacy bundle through the link below.

The second second included in the Father's Day pack "My Dad Loves Sports and Vowel Sorts!"  In this center, students will look at the CVC word picture cards, segment the sounds and sort it between the five vowels on different sports balls! There are up to 66 CVC vowel cards that can be used! Included is also a follow up worksheet where students can draw CVC words in each vowel's boxes. 

The next product within the Father's Day Math and Literacy Pack is the extension activities for the story "Just Me and My Dad."  The graphic organizers focus on the skills text connections, problem and solution and cause and effect.  There is also a craftivity where students will draw a picture of themselves and their father fishing with the phrase "Of all the fish in the sea, you're the perfect Daddy for me!"  There are fish and fishing rods given with the craftivity to add more dimension to their pictures!  Options for Uncle and Grandpa are also included!   These can be sold separately through the link below.

The Father's Day card included is a Superhero theme.  I did a similar card with my students last year and everyone loved it!  This year I used the wonderful clip art from Educlips! On the front of the card,  you will need to take a photo of your students acting like a Superhero flying through a city. Provided in this pack for the Superhero scene is the buildings, clouds, sun, trees, cars and the Superhero mask (Super Dad, Super Uncle and Super Grandpa). However, the cape and the blue backdrop are not provided. The backdrop I used was a large sheet of bulletin board paper that was in the supply closet of my school and the cape that I used was a big piece of black fabric that I tied around them!  On the inside they can draw a picture of them with their Father/Uncle/Grandfather and write them a note. There are options for students to write their own message to their loved once or to trace a given note for lower level students.  The Superhero Father's Day card is sold separately through the link below.

 Other activities included are handwriting pages, interviews, coloring pages and writing prompts.  All things include options for Dad, Uncle and Grandpa.  Enjoy and have a very Happy Father's Day!!!

May 5, 2016

End of the Year Laser Finger Gift

Hello all!  I hope everyone is having a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week.  I know that the PTO from my school and student's families have gone above and beyond!  What amazing people.

As the school year is coming to an end, I started brainstorming different ideas for an EOY gift.  I wanted something that was fun, yet can still be geared towards education... and it hit me!  The laser fingers that are used for tracking during Guided Reading!!  I cannot take credit of this idea -- it was found as I was reading blogs when I started teaching Kindergarten (I believe from DeAnna Jump or DeeDee Wills).  The laser finger pointers are used to remind students to track their words as they are reading, and believe me they LOVE it!  Once a group sits down at the guided reading table, they ask for the finger lights.  It seriously makes them love reading.  I also think it could be doubled for a fun toy they would like to play with, also!

I am an Amazon Prime enthusiast, so that is where I bought them.  I was lucky enough to get 40 laser finger lights for $5.50, which covered enough for each one of my students to have one and extras for next year.  The link is posted below, but sadly I think they went up a few bucks. 

I decided to make a card to attach with them that is Free listed below!
 "You were shining bright all school year!  Relax this summer with a great book!"

The fun aprt about the pack is there are 12 different characters to choose from!  I tried my best to match the character to each student so they would love the card even more!

I always use Scholastic Dollars, and of course some of my own dollars, to get a student a book at the end of the year revolving around First Grade.  What better present to pair with the book than the Finger Laser light that they will use to track their reading?

 Find the FREE Finger Laser Gift: HERE.
I hope you enjoy!  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the last few weeks of the year!