I have had to do some decompressing and regrouping since school got out last week. Things ended in a whirlwind as they always do, and I had to take some time for myself and my own children.
My teaching partner and now close friend
bailed on me took advantage of an opportunity to move to the school where her son goes, and has left me in the lurch! I am sitting in on interviews for her position this week and hope to find a great candidate to replace fill her spot. Hopefully we will make a decision in the next day or so.
We finished out the school year completing our wordless picture book unit, and as soon as I figure out how best to share a couple of their masterpieces, I will post them.
We made ice cream in a baggie as an end-of-the-year treat, and the kids loved it! The pics were not very good because of all the shaking, but we sure had fun. I tried it out at home the night before with my kids and my family loved it too!
Later that afternoon, we autographed beach balls. I bought beach balls from Oriental Trading Company. Click the picture for the link. I also purchased multi color packs of sharpies from Amazon.com to use for the autographing.
The kids started by writing "I Had a Ball in 4th Grade," their name, and the date in one of the sections. Then we passed the balls around and everyone autographed the balls. It was a big hit!
On the last day (half day) we had a game day and our awards ceremony. The kids got their award certificates that were voted on by their classmates. Click here to visit my TPT Store for the certificates, and here to find the End-of-the-Year Election Form.
Each one received a framed word clouds that I made for them using their classmates' descriptions.
We started with the Just One Word activity.
I compiled all of their responses, and made individual word clouds for each student. See the video turorial below.
Here are a few of the students with their word clouds.
Here is what my kids thought of me...
That's it for now. More to come later or tomorrow about my DIY project and some other updates.