Monday, May 27, 2013

End of the Year Freebie!

HAPPY SUMMER! Last Friday was my last day with my kiddos for the school year. I can't believe how fast this year has flown! Whew! I thought I'd share a quick activity I did with my students during the last week of school. I always like to give my students time to reflect on the school year. This activity works perfectly because I can save their reflections to share with my new students in the fall!  I am going to place the completed sheets in a binder to display in my classroom at the beginning of the school year.

Handout #1
Current students will reflect on their school year. What was the best part of the year? What was the hardest thing? These reflections will give my future students an idea of what to expect for the upcoming school year. 

Handout #2
Students will come up with a grade level word for each letter of the alphabet. Students can think about things they saw, did, and learned during this school year. Students next year will be able to look through the ABC's and get excited about the upcoming year. 

While I was making these for my 3rd graders, 
I went ahead and made them for grades 2-5. 
You can download this freebie for your classroom at my TPT store.

What kind of end of the year activities do you do in your classroom?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

End of the Year Math Review FUN!

I have become addicted to task cards. My kiddos this year have been SO active that task cards are a great way to get them up and moving around while they are still learning. This weekend I created a set of end of the year math task cards for my students to complete this week. We completed the first half today and we will complete the second half tomorrow. 

(Side note: Tomorrow is our last full day of school... 
Where as the time gone?)

While I was trudging away at my computer, I went ahead and made a set of 30 math task cards based on 2nd grade common core standards. I am planning to use these during the first week of school next year with my 3rd graders to review the 2nd grade skills they should know. These would also be great for current second grade teachers to use at the end of this year. 

Task Card Details:

Both downloads come with 30 task cards and two different versions of an answer sheet.
You can find all of the details by clicking on the TPT links below. 

One more Preview...

Check back tomorrow for a fun end of the year FREEBIE. =)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Testing Craziness!

State testing starts TOMORROW.
Ohhh, my gosh. 
This moment has been much anticipated and is finally here. 
My kiddos are ready. I just hope they realize they are ready.
I've been pumping positive thoughts 
and saying phrases like 
"Wow! That open ended question is AMAZING!"...
for like a month straight.
Our work is DONE. DONE. DONE.
Now its time for us to show what we know... and we definitely know it.

Today we spent the whole day reviewing in centers. I created/purchased 5 different ELA sports related centers for us to use today with a sports theme. I have a bunch of boys, and most of my girls play softball, so I decided this was the theme to use. 

The first center I created was Synonym Sort 
(basketball addition). 
I created two centers, but ended up only using one. 

Center #1 – Synonym Match Up
This center contains thirty different word cards. Your students will match each word card with its appropriate match. These cards can be left face up or they can be placed face down to make matching the cards more difficult. Once each pair of cards has been matched, students will record their answers on their answer sheet. Early Finishers can brainstorm an antonym for each pair of synonyms. This can also be recorded on their answer sheets.

Center #2 – Synonym/Antonym Sort
In this center, students will read two different words and determine whether they are synonyms and antonyms. Once they have determined if the card contains synonyms or antonyms, they will place it under the appropriate header. After students have sorted all 30 cards, they will pick 5 different cards to practice writing synonyms and antonyms. Because there are two words on each card, students will end 
up with 10 different sentences.

The second center I created was Syllable Baseball.
Sorry, no catchy name, but boy was it a hit!

In this activity students will pair up with a partner. Each student will have 4 bases (each base representing a syllable). Students will take turns drawing a word card and sorting it according to the appropriate syllable. After all cards have been sorted, each student will add up their points (each base is worth a different number of points). The student with the highest number of points wins the game. Students will also complete a syllable sort handout while they sort and play this game.

Here is the "Syllable Baseball" in action!

Both of these are posted on TPT and will be on SALE tomorrow and Wednesday! 

Check them out here:

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
Hope you all have a super special week!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Field Day Freebie!

It's Friday, Friday!!!

Today's post is short and sweet!
I just wanted to link up for Freebie Friday to share a May freebie I created.
I don't know about you guys, but our field day is a WHOLE day, we have both morning and afternoon activities... only taking an hour break for lunch.
The morning of field day is always CRAZY.
Taking attendance, doing the lunch count, taking up money for concessions, etc...
I have found that the best way to get everything done is to keep the kiddos busy!
I created a field day word search in order to to just that...
Hopefully you can find this freebie usually for your class as well!
If you download it from TPT, I would love if you could leave some love. =)

Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Already? & Help Needed!!!

Can you believe it's May? 
We have three weeks of school left. 
Where did the year go?

I NEED YOUR HELP! Next week we are taking our state tests. I am looking for ideas on how to get my students PUMPED and CONFIDENT about the test. I've seen ideas like "rolling out a red carpet" etc, but I can't remember who posted them. Basically, I am looking for fun things to do Monday, before testing starts Tuesday. Do you have a blog post or an idea? PLEASE SHARE! =)

I hope everyone has a TERRIFIC Friday tomorrow... 
only a few more left in this school year!