Celebrating Earth Day

We have had so much fun this month learning about ways to protect our Earth & spread kindness in the process. Being a teacher and having three kids in various sports you tend to accumulate t-shirts. I had a huge stack of t-shirts that I no longer needed but couldn’t bare to get rid of. I headed to Pinterest searching for a solution. That’s when I came across the perfect idea.  No Sew T-Shirt Bags!!! I made one before hand and then left directions at our Makerspace center.  The students loved the idea and had so much fun making them. They also used the scrap material to create bracelets.  This has been one of the most popular Makerspace activities yet.

I didn’t have enough bags for every child to take one home so I tried to brainstorm a useful way we could use these bags while showing kindness. Our local ministry center hands out food quiet often during the summer months so we decided to fill the bags with food and donate them to the center.

 

 

 

I am pretty excited about our student led Book Swap! Students researched Earth Day projects at the research center. They were encouraged to take a project they were passionate about and implement it at our school. Students had to write a proposal to sell me on their project. There were a lot of great ideas and I was very proud of how much they learned in the process.  The project I choose was the Book Swap.  Our school has never done this before and it is the perfect example for “reusing”  items. I will share about our experience after our Book Swap on May 16th.  In the meantime you can download a book swap guide for free to get one started at your school.  Slide9

We still have several fun end of the year activities coming up and I can’t wait to share them with you! I would also love to hear what is happening at your school! Please feel free to share your ideas!

Talent Show Ready

This is the first year I have ever organized a Talent Show. It has been one of the most draining things I have ever done but also the most rewarding! My heart swelled with pride when the student that goes to speech rocked the stage with a hula hoop routine and the special ed student did an awesome job dancing like a robot. I was amazed to see a 2nd grader that barely speaks get up in front of a large crowd and sing.

A few weeks into the planning process my oldest daughter announces she is being recognized for being FCA Student Athlete of the Year the same night as the Talent Show.  My heart sunk! What do I do? The answer was simple…Family First.

I went into overdrive trying to make sure everything was well organized and planned perfectly so we would have a smooth sailing Talent Show. Ok so maybe I went overboard but this document was a life saver! I had it all filled out and clipped to clip boards for all the stage hands.

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During the planning process I had little post it notes and to do lists everywhere! I decided to combine them and create a checklist.

I created these cute little programs for our guests. When I finished I had each child check to make sure I spelled their name correctly and had 2 people proof read it. Then I printed them on astro bright paper. They turned out really cute.

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I was very proud of the way my certificates turned out. It took time and patience but I wanted each certificate to be individualized and special to each student. I created a generic one and printed on astro bright paper but couldn’t bear to give it out.  It wasn’t very special and I knew it would end up in the trash.  We laminated these bright colorful ones so I am hoping they think twice before throwing it away.

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This has to be one of my favorite posters I created. I got the idea from Pinterest. I knew it was a big thing at weddings but I thought why not a school event? I absolutely love the fact that FaceBook has added the hashtag feature! We used #mnetakesthestage. It was awesome seeing all the videos and pictures the parents posted that evening.

The best part was we raised over $1,000 for our Relay for Life team!

What are you doing outside of your “job description” to give students a chance to shine?

If you are planning a Talent Show then I wish you the best of luck. It is hard work but it is well worth it. Don’t sweat the small stuff and stay focused on the purpose!

Have a Blessed Weekend!

Mrs. Amy

The Go to Library Girl

 

 

Express Yourself!

Even though the month of April is a busy time of year ,I love it because there are so many ways to express yourself. A favorite in the library is “found poetry”. Before you recycle the books you have weeded from your library choose some to keep because there are SEVERAL very cute projects out there.  This activity could be set up in your makerspace area or your writing area.

Supply List

  • Old book pages
  • Markers (I use the Paper Mate Flair)
  • Scrap paper (for thinking)
  • Pencils

I talk to the students about free verse poetry and give them examples. For some reason this type of poetry is very hard for them to grasp. They think every poem has to rhyme. So depending on your audience you may want to show a few examples and then work together on one. The directions are simple.

Directions:

  1. Read the entire document and lightly circle any word you may use with a pencil
  2. Use a scrap piece of paper to write the words down and find a flow. (you can start at top, go to bottom and then back up top if needed. Just be sure to create a way for others to follow your expression.)
  3. Use any shape to outline the words in your expression.
  4. Get creative and draw an image that relates to your expression or doodle around the flow of the words.
  5. Most importantly HAVE FUN! BE CREATIVE! EXPRESS YOURSELF!

This is one I did as an example. I chose hearts because my Free Verse Poem reads: “They rekindled the glow a few moments ago.” (See I could’t help but rhyme LOL!)DSC_0159

I asked the Art Teacher to do one as example for those who are artistic minded. It reads:” Somebody opening a large passageway,I thought. He jokingly spoke, that man probably had plenty of long, rusty iron pipes the old geezer.”She then drew a door in the background representing a passageway! How cool is that! DSC_0161

I had some really great ones last year and I cannot wait to see what they come up with this year! This activity covers Poetry & Earth Day! You can also put them on black card stock (as shown) for the students to give to their mothers on Mother’s Day. You could also use this with an ELA lesson and have students circle adjectives that describe someone or something! There are sooooo many possibilities!

Just have fun with it!

Happy Poetry Month!

~Ms. Amy