Let's Write a Newspaper

It's the final countdown...{are you singing that song yet?}  We have 3 student days left!!  This four day weekend {not to mention the 100 degree weather} is definitely giving me a taste of summer vacation and I'm ready.  I love teaching, but I am excited to sleep in, watch the morning news while drinking my coffee and spend time with my daughters. 
I just wanted to share a writing project that we did about a month ago, but never got around to posting about it. 
Just click on the picture above to download the ENTIRE unit
 We explored newspapers first to see what types of things we would see.

Then we began making our own.  I created a variety of section headings.  We didn't use them all though.

If you click on the first picture on this post, you can download this unit for FREE!
I'll be back later this week {or next} to wrap up our school year.

Our Picnic Day

We are so close to summer!!  I am insanely jealous of those of you that are done already :(  We have 7 more school days.  {Only 6 with students.}  Today was basically the last full day that we don't have anything planned as a school.  Here is how our next two weeks are looking.
Tuesday - Field Day all afternoon
Wednesday - Talent Show all afternoon
Thursday - Kindergarten - 2nd grade Musicals all afternoon
Friday - Monday - No School
Tuesday - Teachers vs. 5th Graders Annual Kickball game all morning
Wednesday - Awards Ceremonies all afternoon
Today was really the last full day of teaching so I decided to do our Picnic Themed activities that I do every year with my students.
We did a word search then we wrote about going on a picnic.
We played Picnic Bingo.

We also wrote the steps to making Ants on a Log.

Then made them, of course.

This was one of our favorite activities of the day.  We played Pass the Plate to practice our sight words and addition facts.

All of these activities are included in my "A Picnic Day" packet.

You can check it out by clicking below.


Summer Activity Calendar and End of the Year Activities

Last year I posted a summer activity calendar.  I copied this calendar and sent it home with my students at the end of the school year.  I have had many requests to do another one for this year.  The activities are the same, but I have updated the dates.  You can download it for FREE below.

I also wanted to remind you of my End of the Year Activity Packet that I posted last year.

You can check it out by clicking below.



Congratulations Kelly!  You are the winner of the Thirty-one Organizing Utility Tote!!!  I will be sending you an email.

Everyone else, please be sure to check out Deirdre's Thirty-one site.  She will keep the Fun in First party open through Sunday so you can place an order for any amazing Thirty-one product. 

Just a reminder...for every $31 you spend, you can get an all-in-one organizer for only $5! 


Mother's Day Booklet

I'm not real sure where May has gone.  Mother's Day is this weekend.  Yikes!  That snuck up fast.  I made this booklet that I will be having my student's do tomorrow.
Click on the picture to download
I'm hoping to get some more Mother's Day things put together before Friday, but with all of our end of the year assessments, I'm not sure it will happen.
Are you feeling the stress of the end of the year?
Just click on the picture above to download for FREE.
Don't forget to enter to win my Thirty-one giveaway.


Teacher's Appreciation Week GIVEAWAY

I had a sweet follower, Deirdre, contact me about a great giveaway.  She's a Thiry-one Consultant, and if you're not familiar with Thirty-one, you should be ;)  Their bags are great!
Here is the information from Deirdre about the giveaway:

Have you heard of Thirty-one? They have great bags, totes, purses and more.  Jodi was sweet enough to host a GIVEAWAY and an ONLINE PARTY for you! Since it is teacher appreciation week all the teachers out there should reward themselves a little with a new bag for the summer, for next school year or for all those summer organizing projects you are planning to do.
I’m Deirdre, a fellow teacher and a thirty-one consultant.  I love Jodi’s blog and the many others out there in blog-land. I am so appreciative of all the wonderful ideas shared and I have used many in my classroom.
Thirty-one organizing utility tote. You can choose your own fabric!
The organizing utility tote is the perfect teacher bag. It can hold files and books on the inside. Then you can put your pens, markers, water bottle and coffee in the many outside pockets. It also makes a great bag for just heading out with your family. Plenty of spots for children’s things, diapers, wipes, your wallet, cell phone, snacks and drinks.
Jodi was also kind enough to have an online party! You get to shop the wonderful Thirty-one collection from your own home.
Some great items to consider
The large utility tote is perfect for the beach or pool. Can you feel summer vacation right around the corner? I can! Time to start planning how you’ll get everyone and everything prepared to spend some fun in the sun. This tote is perfect for a whole bunch of towels, sunscreen, water toys, snacks and more.

The thermal tote makes a great lunch bag! I often pack lunch for school like I may never eat again. This tote is a great size to fit just a little bit extra.  It’s awesome for bringing a quick lunch or snacks to the playground or field too!

Thirty-one also has loads of super cute smaller items for organizing your home or classroom.
I love the Littles Carry All Caddy.
This is great to dress up a box of tissue, put cds or dvds in, organize bathroom items or just collect those little things that don’t quite have a home in your house or classroom.
The mini-utility bin is another great item that you can put a little of everything in. You could put several in your classroom to organize class books. You could even personalize with different genres.  Or get several for your home to organize books, toys and more. These are also great as a catch-all for your car.
This month- Spend $31 and get an All-in- One Organizer for just $5.  
That’s a $15 savings!

Click on “My Events”
On the line “Fun in First- Jodi Southard Party” click “Shop Now”
Check out the awesome summer catalog.  Don’t forget so many of the items can be personalized as well! Personalization is a flat $7.
Be sure you ship your products to you and not to the host.
The party will close at midnight on May 11. Items will be shipped out after May 11. Any questions please contact deirdre.eldredge@gmail.com

 Thirty-one has so many great things!  I personally have the thermal lunch tote, the large utility tote, a small organizer bag, the organizing utility tote, and a purse.  I love the quality and I like to get mine personalized :)
So, now to enter the giveaway for the FREE organizing utility tote {fabric of your choice}.
1.  Be a follower of my blog and leave a comment.
2.  For a bonus entry, check out the Thirty-one catalog on Deirdre's site {deirdre.edlredge@gmail.com} and leave a comment telling me your favorite Thirty-one product.
That's it!  A winner will be chosen on this Friday, May 11th.  Good luck!


Teacher's Pay Teacher's Sale!

I know I just posted this morning, but I had to share the exciting news over at Teachers Pay Teachers.  Their annual Teacher's Appreciation Sale starts tomorrow! 
Use the promo code TAD12 at checkout to get an additional 10% off your purchase.  All of my products will be 20% off. 
Here are just a few of my favorite products from my shop.

Click here to head on over to my store to check it out!  Happy Shopping!

Aloha Math and Literacy Centers

Happy Saturday and Happy Teacher's Appreciation Week!
I FINALLY finished my Aloha Math and Literacy Stations this morning.  These have been hanging over my head for two weeks.  I just couldn't get them finished, but now that they are, I LOVE them and can't wait to use them during the last few weeks of school.
These stations include 6 literacy centers and 6 math centers. 
The topics covered include: Antonyms, r-controlled vowels, Making Words Activity, prefixes and suffixes, contractions, subject and predicates, telling time, counting money, problem solving, addition and subtraction, and fact families.

You can check them out by clicking below.

While you're over at Teacher's Notebook, you will want to check out their Teacher's Appreciation Week Sweepstakes.

ALL of my items are 20% off this week at Teacher's Notebook to celebrate Teacher's Appreciation Week!


Test Motivators

Standardized testing is always stressful, for teachers and students.  In Indiana, our students take the ISTEP+ test.  Our school really makes a big deal about it and works hard to motivate the students to do their best.  We don't start standardized testing until 3rd grade, but the whole school gets involved.  Every adult signs up to "motivate" 3-4 students.  Every morning of the test, we place an encouraging note on their desk.  Here are the notes and items I have placed this week.

I put the note above on their desks along with a glow stick bracelet.

This one came with a clementine orange, of course.

This one will work with any type of candy.

I left a pencil with the note above.
Click HERE to download all of the above for free.

Our school uses a military type theme to get the students excited about taking ISTEP.  The 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders prepare cadences that they do for the entire school every morning of the test.  The principal calls them all down to the gym for roll call, leads them in exercises and then each grade level performs their cadence.  It is really cool to watch.  Afterwards, the teachers line up in the hall to form a tunnel for the students to go through.  They give them high fives as they head to their classrooms to get ready for the test.
Each student also gets a military themed shirt to wear during the test.  You can see the shirts and the cadences in the videos below.

This is our music teacher singing his song that he wrote about ISTEP.

What do you do at your school to motivate kids for standardized testing?
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