Friday, May 31, 2013

End Of The Year Ideas

I know some of you are already out of school...but I thought I would share a few things we have been working on during the last few days of our school year. Sorry this is so late... maybe you can save these ideas for next year!

A big hit in my classroom is the Mystery Person Report. I do this at the end of every school year. The kids love it.  I bring out some of the read aloud books I have shared throughout the year. We review some of the main characters in each of the books.  Then, they each choose a main character from one of the books.  They write clues about that main character on the mystery person report paper.  The answer is written under the smiley face. 

We later exchange papers with a partner and try to guess the character.  They love this so much that they have asked me to add it to our classroom blog so they can download it and do it with their family at home.

Here's a finished example:
Yesterday, we made our monster bookmarks to use for summer reading.  They were a big hit!  I wrote a post about these in August.  You can view the post and get the directions HERE.
Today we are doing some fun word work.  They spent A LOT of time on was totally silent in the classroom. They had to cut the letters and see how many words they could make with these letters.  We later counted how may words they came up with and compared them. 
The last activity for the year that we are working on is a memory book. The memory book uses lunch bags. You just fold the lunch bags in half and staple. I thought it was a cute idea.  When you fold the bags it creates a little pocket for them to store things in.  I saw an idea similar to this on Pinterest, but I didn't see any downloads for the book, so I made my own pages and memory book example.
Here is my example of the memory book:
Inside pages
The pockets
Here are the pages I made for the memory book:
Enjoy your summer break!!