Saturday, April 28, 2012

End of Year Writing and Boggle Board

We are starting to gear up for the end of the year.  Next week is our last five day week.  We don't get out until June 1st, but we didn't use our built in snow days this year, so we have one day off every week during the month of May.  I love 3 day weekends!
Last week, I had my 1st graders write to the Kindergarteners about their 1st grade experiences. 
I will be binding these into a book and letting the Kindergarten teacher's read it to their classes.  You can click on the picture above to download.  I have included a graphic organizer, writing paper, and book cover for Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade.

We will be writing to the 2nd grade teachers next week.

Just click on the picture above to download.  Once again, I have included organizers, paper, and book covers for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students.

Something else I wanted to share was my new Boggle Board.  I'm sure you have seen these all over the place.  I have seen tons on Pinterest, but I had just been drawing a quick one on the board.  My students love doing these!  I try to make a game of it.  I have them try to "Beat the Teacher" where they have to come up with more words than me or they have to think of a word that I didn't come up with.  You could also set a timer and see how many words they can think of in 10 minutes.  Now that I have my board set up in my classroom, I'm just going to have them work on it whenever they finish up work early.
You can click on the picture below to download the letters and recording sheet.

I also created this "number" version that I will use to change it up a little bit.  You can have students try and think of ways to get to a certain number by writing number sentences.

Now I'm off to work on my May Poems and Songs.  I hope to have them posted by the end of the weekend. 


Lisa at Stories From Second said...

Thanks for the adorable writing freebies, what a great idea! I'm so jealous that you get to actually use your snow days...I'd love to have some four day weeks right about now! :)
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Angela said...

Your writing activities are GREAT! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your 4 day weeks!

Natalie said...

Oh my, I feel like I just hit the jackpot! These are perfect for our last week, which I was despesrately trying to find meaningful activities for. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I would love if you had the time to come check me out :)


Susie Q said...

I LOVE all these activities. Thank you so much for sharing!!

kimcollatos said...

Cute freebies! I will be using these! You are so lucky to get to use your snow days. We only used one snow day and we don't get any of the others back. Booo!!!!

Sarah Paul said...

Thanks so much Jodi! These are all great freebies!
Sarah's First Grade Snippets

Elisabeth said...

Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Tales of An Elementary Teacher

Melissa said...

Love your boggle board! I've admired the ones on pinterest too. Something I'll definitely be setting up for next year. I teach math and science so I was already thinking of making mine with numbers. Thanks for sharing yours!=)
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Sandra said...

LOVE the class books!! They are such a cute idea! :)
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Jill said...

Thanks for sharing your docs!! My class will LOVE to write to their teacher next year. :)

Marvelous Multiagers!

Sheree Peterson said...

Very cute! My kiddos will love this writing activity. Thanks for sharing.

Jaycee Weaver and Lohren Nolan said...

These are so cute and my kids will love them! I just started following!! Come check out my very new blog!

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Miss Kindergarten said...

I AM SO JEALOUS!!!! Thanks for all the cutie things :)


Jessica said...

I used to have morning work similar to your boggle board. I called it "the mystery word" I had to come up with quite a few 9 letter words. Love the letters to 2nd grade and kindergarten. Jessica

Jessica said...

I used to have morning work similar to your boggle board. I called it "the mystery word" I had to come up with quite a few 9 letter words. Love the letters to 2nd grade and kindergarten. Jessica

Smoran892 said...

I love the idea of my firsties writing to the kindergartners and the 2nd grade teachers! So cute!


Mary Kathryn said...

I love these letters. Thanks for posting them :)

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Veronica said...

I love, love, love these ideas. However, I can't get the links to work. Is there a magic trick I am missing? I would love to use these in June.

Thanks for providing this new first grade teachers sooooo many wonderful ideas. I would not be able to teach a new Grade each year without the help from the many, many of you wonderful bloggers. I am thoroughly indebted.

Mrs. Vollmar said...

Thank you so much for these files! My firsties will LOVE writing a letter to the upcoming Kindergarten class as well as to second grade!

Kellie said...

Love all the ideas. Many thanks for sharing :)

Angie said...

Thank you SO much for the freebies! I can't wait to use them! Our kiddos meet their new teachers before the end of the school year, so I'm going to have them write the letters to give them on that day! And, I think I'll have them write to the kindergartners that I'll be meeting too! Oh-and I just love all the Boggle activities out there-thanks for sharing! I'll be using that with my kiddos too!!!

Rulin' the Roost

Bethany McClure said...

Wonderful freebies! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

Learning is a Journey
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amber said...

i love this! i'm excited to use the end of the year activities with my kiddos next week!

Dtutoring said...

I love this so much! I do something like this every year with my kiddos, but am not creative and was looking for a cute cover for the book. I love your cover for the "What You Need To Know About ___ Grade." But I teach third grade, and you only have up to second grade! Is there anyway I could get a third grade one? Or could you send me a file I could change? I would be sooo grateful!

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