It’s the end of the year!

by becky on June 6, 2013

I’m back!!!! What a crazy last few weeks of school. I cannot believe the year is actually over.  The past 26 days of school have gone by in practically a blur. Today is officially the first day of my summer vacation, so what have I done? Nothing, lol. I slept in, did some laundry, walked the pup, and caught up on my blog. I did get dressed and stayed dressed, but after a few hours, decided that I’m not leaving the house today…so, my pajamas are back on. Now, I’m catching up on Dance Moms 2-hour season premiere that I missed the other night. Well, I had it on, but I fell asleep practically 20 minutes into the episode. I’m sure you can all relate to the end of the year craziness. So, for me, chill-axing is not a bad way to kick off vacation.

But, now that I have time to catch up, I realize I started to explain what all I did for the ABC Countdown to the end of the year and then I went MIA. Well, I hope you like the following explanation! I know I already talked about our A-Day, but I wanted to have all the ideas in one place…

There are several versions of this floating around TpT and Pinterest. This is my take on the project. To complete, I instructed my students to come up with 3 things that they want to accomplish over the summer. One was to be family related, another school related, and the third was their choice. I love how they look with the fun summer colors!

When I first passed out the ABC Countdown calendar and the kids saw that C was Cartoon Day, they immediately thought we were going to be watching cartoons in class. Even though I PROMISED them that that is NOT what we were going to do, they didn’t believe me. But, I know they were much happier with this activity. One of my great 5th grade teacher friends gave me these copies a decade ago when I was a first year teacher. Basically, the kids trace different heads, faces, hair, eyes, and clothes and create new characters. They LOVED this and it was super hard to get them to stop. Luckily, we had many indoor recess days during May so they were able to create more characters during that time.

This was another fun day. At first I was just going to do L-Lollipops, but then I thought it might be fun for the kids to write letters to next year’s students. I asked them to give the new Goobers advice on how to be successful in TEAM Furlan! I’ll have the letters on the new kiddos desks on the first day of school. :)

For this activity, I gave the kiddos their Time Capsules that they had completed during the first week of school. With the capsules, they had measured themselves with a piece of string. The cutest part was their sincere amazement at how much they’ve grown. To wrap this up, I had them complete the End of Year Reflection page seen above. I recollected both forms and a few days later they glued their forms in their 4th grade scrapbook we put together.

If you haven’t downloaded your own copy of these forms, click the picture below and visit my TpT store where you can get them for free! Enjoy!

Super fun!!! I found this idea on Pinterest and it was such a fun way to exchange autographs. I gave each student their own beach ball and permanent marker, then they blew their beach balls up, and the fun began. I will admit that the bouncing sound was stuck in my head for several hours AFTER school was over, but si la vie. It was a great memory for the class.

And, to end the 2012-2013 year, we had a classroom awards ceremony where each kiddo was given a candy-bar themed certificate and of course, the candy that goes with it!!! And, because I didn’t quite spoil them enough, as they were leaving me and becoming Stinky 5th graders, they chose two kool-aid freeze pops to enjoy over the summer!

Wow! And, I wonder why I’m tired?!?! Well, no time to really rest this summer since my district is going back 2 weeks earlier than normal, and we have a brand new reading AND writing curriculum. So, what am I doing this summer? Getting prepared, that’s what.

Until next time… have a great day and enjoy some time for  yourself!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Tania K June 6, 2013 at 11:57 pm

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ALL of these. How much of this post could I ‘steal’?

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becky June 7, 2013 at 2:16 am

Aww! Thanks, Tania! Steal away!!! :)

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Think, Wonder, & Teach June 7, 2013 at 1:06 am

Oh! I love all of the pictures and ideas. What a great time you all had!!

Misty

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Tara June 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Hey Becky,
I finally got to post about your amazing autobiographies! I just put it up and linked back to your post about them! My kids really loved doing them!!! I cannot thank you enough for sending it my way:) Hope you get lots of traffic for them:) Can’t wait to read about more of your amazing ideas:))) Thank you!!

Tara

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becky June 14, 2013 at 12:57 am

I’m so glad your students liked it! I am just grateful I found Christi’s awesome unit that helped me create my version!
Becky :)

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Ursula June 13, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Hi Becky.
I just read Tara’s post about your autobiographies and also the post that you did about them. They are truly awesome. You did a fabulous job explaining how you did them and how to get quality work. I was so hoping that you had decided to post this unit in your tpt store by now. I would love to own it. Please consider posting it. I would definitely buy it!

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becky June 14, 2013 at 12:56 am

Hi Ursula,
I’m not planning to post this in my store or on GoogleDocs, as this was NOT my original idea, but Christi’s idea that inspired my project is available for FREE here http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Autobiography-Project-for-Writing-Workshop-258129

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll find some other ideas helpful!
Becky :)

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Amelia Capotosta June 13, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Hi Becky! I found you through Tara’s post! I really enjoyed reading your post about your autobiographies… they are truly amazing! Thanks so much for sharing it. I looked in your TPT store for it and couldn’t find it… I’d love a copy as well if you plan on posting it :) I am so glad I found another fellow 4th grade teacher bloggy friend :) Can’t wait to share ideas!!

Amelia
wherethewildthingslearn

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becky June 14, 2013 at 12:55 am

Hi Amelia! Thank you for your sweet comment! :) I’m not planning to post this in my store or on GoogleDocs, as this was NOT my original idea, but Christi’s idea that inspired my project is available for FREE here http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Autobiography-Project-for-Writing-Workshop-258129

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll find some other ideas helpful!
Becky :)

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Jessia April 22, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Do you have this somewhere where it can be printed? It is excellent!

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