Oh, sweet summertime! Friday was my last day at school
and before I forget I wanted to share some of the fun things
did for our end of year open house.
Every year I take all kinds of pictures of this wonderful event
but by the time I finish purging and packing up my
classroom I'm too worn out to post them!
I know you can relate!
This year for our celebration of learning we
decided to turn our hallway into a life cycle garden! Our last quarter is
all about life cycles and insects. We studied the life cycles of frogs,
ants, bees and of course butterflies!
We incorporated a lot of writing...
This one made me giggle...
"If I was a butterfly......I would fly on to my sister's door and listen to my sister
on the phone." Ha!
This one made my teacher heart happy! I love it when kiddos use the
vocabulary they've learned in their writing!
We made these little caterpillars to illustrate the stages of a
butterfly's life cycle.
My teammate made this butterfly writing craft with her class.
These were a HUGE hit! We turned ourselves into butterflies
to go with our writing. My kids LOVE it when they get to
use pictures of themselves!
I took pictures of each of my kiddos then had them cut them out.
I gave each student about a 6" by 8" piece of tissue
paper to fan fold, then we stapled them to the back of
the photo. So simple, easy and FUN!
My awesome teammate made this honeycomb with her class to
showcase their writing about bees. We've been
working with our students on learning to take notes while reading nonfiction
as well as watching video clips. BrainPop Jr. and Discovery Streaming are
perfect for this and we're lucky to have both!
What's a garden without sunshine? We made these arrays of sunshine
from my friend Amanda Madden's FAB-U-LOUS blog Teaching Maddeness!
We also made butterfly life cycle booklets to showcase all of our learning.
I've wanted to pull our butterfly activities together into a unit for my TPT Shop
for a while now. I'd love to make a companion to my Plant Life Cycle unit and
I've been tweaking this one for two years. I just can't quite get it to be the way I want it yet!
These are some of the things we did while learning about the frog life cycle.
I posted a few weeks ago about these little guys. You can see that post HERE.
I love it when our families come to visit. It's so much fun to see them enjoying all of
things their child is learning about!
Well, I'm over and out! I hope you all have some rest, relaxation and most of all,
some fun planned for the summer!