Sunday, May 18, 2014

Virginia Bloggers Appreciate Y-O-U! Blog Hop

Welcome to Virginia!

Virginia Bloggers Appreciate Y-O-U!!

Thanks to Andrea from Reading Towards the Stars for this super cute button!
Thanks to Christin from Shifting Teacher K-2 for setting up this hop!

A lovely group of Virginia bloggers would like to show our appreciation of you by extending a bit of southern hospitality.  You can follow along the blog hop to visit 15+ Virginia teacher blogs for terrific teaching tips and fun freebies to help get through the last couple of weeks before summer break.

One of my favorite addition activities is roll, add, color. This is a simple, low prep activity to pull out for the end of the year madness that the kids love (and get addition practice in the process)! Students work with a partner and take turns rolling 2 dice, adding the numbers, and coloring in the answer on their page. This is always a student favorite because they get to relax, play with a friend and choose how to color their board.

To show some Virginia hospitality here is a free summer roll, add, color. Nothing too fancy, but as the summer nears we're looking for easy and fun, right?

Our last day is June 13, so we're counting down the days until summer. Not too many more! We put up our "Sailing into Summer" countdown glyph this week. This was a really fun activity that my kids loved! Each day a sailboat comes down it means we're one day closer to!  You can read more about the glyph here or get your own copy here.

Thanks for stopping by...I hope the rest of your school year sails on quickly!

While you are visiting each blogger, please take a moment to leave a comment on the blog post and some feedback in their store about their freebie if applicable.  We do appreciate you - but we also appreciate your feedback!  It helps drive our post and product ideas.

The next stop on the hop is Shifting Teacher K-2. Head on over for some additional Virginia Hospitality!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Summer Countdown is On!

The summer countdown is on! We've been counting down for awhile now, but we finally made it official by posting our summer countdown sailboats in the hall this week.

This countdown glyph was a lot of fun and my kids did great!  They've come a long way this year from when we did our first pattern tracing art project!  The glyph started with a student survey. I had them fill in their answers with marker (which they love!) so they wouldn't change their answers to be like their friends or get a certain glyph part. After the survey I projected the glyph key on the board, provided them materials, and let them go nuts!

We used scrapbook paper for the sails to add a little pizzazz. They also had a choice to use additional scrapbook paper for the flag or to design their own from white paper. I just love the personal flair!

When they finished the boat they got to write their initials and student class number in silver Sharpie. That may have been the highlight of the project!

Each day we change the dry erase countdown on the laminated page and take down a sailboat. What a visually fun way to sail into summer!

If you're interested in sailing into summer in your classroom you can find the project here.  This project includes traceable glyph patterns, a student survey, projectable/printable glyph key,  data interpretation sheets, writing pages, and student samples.

Happy sailing to the end of the year!

I linked this post up with Carla at Comprehension Connections for End of the Year learning fun.  Check out her linky for some other great ideas!