Wrapping Up the School Year

(It's the End of the Year!)

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.


You 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!

Digital Tools

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.   

How do you like to wrap up your school year?



Test taking tips

Test Taking Tips

Here are some tips to make through this trying time!
  • Eat a mint.  A mint helps you focus and clear your mind.
  • Breathe.  Take deep breaths to help you recenter.
  • If a question has you stumped, skip it and come back to it.
  • Don't rush!  Take your time.
  • Have faith in yourself.  You are smarter and stronger than you think!
  • When finished, do some fun activities like STEM stuff!!
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Women's History Month: Great Read Alouds

Women's History Month

Are you looking for some great alouds for this month?
Here are some great picture books for you!

Get your Amazon fingers ready because you want these books in your classroom library!

I Dissent is a great book about the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice.  When she grew up, girls were not expected to go to college and especially not become lawyers.

This a gentle book about the adventures of a pink hat.  It does not mention the Women's March exactly but alludes to it at the end.

This is a book written by Chelsea Clinton about 13 amazing American women who made great contributions to the world.

 This is a book another book written by Chelsea Clinton about 13 amazing International women who made great contributions to the world.

OK This is my latest and favorite title!  
Turning Pages: My Life Story is 
written by Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice.  
It talks about the role books played throughout her life.  
As shown on the cover, the illustrator interspersed text within the pictures.

At literacy night at our school,  I read the book aloud and then we did an art activity using the text of the constitution, an image of the Supreme Court, 
an image of her face and an image of her in her judge's robes.  
Here are some examples!

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Valentine's help!

Valentine's Day help!

Here are some great resources for Valentine's Day!!

STEM Challenges

Do 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 Structure

Looking 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.


Looking 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

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