Thursday, May 31, 2012

Catching up...

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 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.


  1. These are all really great ideas. I'm going to have to do these next year. That's a great way of using Wordle. I love Wordle. The beach ball is pretty cool too. Thanks for sharing these ideas.

    Coffee Talk with Mr. Brewer

  2. Ice cream in a bag sounds PERFECT! And I love the beach balls-most of my kids can't afford to buy yearbooks, so that would be a really fun way for them to get the yearbook signing experience. Such good ideas!

    Will Grade For Coffee

    1. Thanks Laura! I am your newest follower. I love the new look of your blog!

  3. I love making ice cream in a bag! That's what we are doing in our classroom on Tuesday. I love the framed word clouds idea! I bet they loved them!!

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  4. I have done the beach ball signing myself for several years...the students love it! This year I plan to do something different but haven't quite decided. I love the wordle idea and the awards - I ordered a set of your awards on TPT!

    1. Thanks Diane! I hope your kids like the awards as much as mine did.

  5. I love the word cloud idea! I am always looking for different ways to use wordle and similar programs.


  6. I love the word cloud idea! I'll definitely be filing this idea away for next year's kiddos. Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?


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