Oh.My.Word. It has been two weeks since I last blogged, friends! Is anyone else feeling the end-of-the-year-crunch, too? I'm sure you are! In fact, I just saw a couple of my blogging buddies' posts say that they haven't posted in nearly two weeks either. Whew! So glad I'm not the only one!
We did host our Poetry Picnic celebration! It was a fun way to end our poetry unit. Parents came...students sang poems, read poems, and shared projects that we completed during the unit. We set the tables...
As if that wasn't exciting enough, we also had Field Day this week! Have I told you how much I love Field Day? *insert sarcasm* It *may* be my least favorite day of the year. At least I didn't get a sub this year. HA! I've never liked Field Day (even as a child), but I despise it now that the whole competition component has been taken out and it's just a glorified recess. BUT, the kids do love recess, so they had fun!
We made monster visors to help keep us cool a bit. It has finally warmed up here and was a toasty 90 degrees for our field day. Trust me, I have the sunburn to prove it! (I love this weather!!!)
Speaking of keeping cool, with these great temperatures, we've had to pull this back out...
I've also been keeping busy trying to organize all of that end-of-the-year stuff - like my "student bucket" end-of-the-year gifts.
1) A list of "100 Things to Do Instead of Watching TV or Playing Video Games" - We read Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Effect by Patricia Polacco....a book about a town of people who love their TV sets so much they watch them ALL the time and even have pictures of them on their mantles!....then students work in groups to compile lists of 25 things they would like to do that do not include TVs. I compile the lists into 100 things and include them in the buckets. If students complete and highlight at least 25 activities from the list and return it to me at the beginning of next school year, I'll give them a little reward!
2) An envelope with my name/address so students can write a letter to me over the summer. They love this and I love that they are writing! In fact, I just got a letter a couple of weeks ago from a past student (now a 5th grader at a different school) who still had my address - so sweet!!
3) A book - purchased from Scholastic (hopefully with bonus points) - still waiting on these to arrive!
4) A deck of cards and a little booklet of all the math games we've learned to play with them this year to keep up with that fact fluency!
5) Freeze Pops with a tag that says "Stay Cool, Kid"
6) An individualized Candy Award - something that tells them how special they are for their unique qualities!
7) An end-of-the-year DVD that is filled with pictures from the year set to music in a video format (still to come) - this will fill my entire day tomorrow, I'm sure!
What do you give your students at the end of the year? I'm always looking for fresh ideas!