So from the title you can tell this is crazy post with lots of different things - including freebies!
First up, I am linking up with Jivey for her weekly Workshop Wednesday linky. This week's theme is mentor texts you use in writer's workshop.
I am sharing a book I "usually" use when launching writer's workshop in my class.
I love this book! I love the black and white photos of their favorite parts of their bodies. I love that it is written by children. I love what they have to say about themselves. I love that each writing piece is short.
I use this book to show my students that they are real authors - their writing is important and could be part of a "real" book. I use this book to show them that good writing does not mean lots and lots of writing. I use this book to show them that they do have writing ideas and one small thing can be a great idea.
I take pictures of my students favorite part of their body, print in black and white and put it with their writing. They either become a bulletin board for open house or into a class book. I love showing the book to the students when they are a few years older - they love it.
You may ask yourself why is she sharing this book now - it is almost April!! But I do have a reason. I am using this book differently this year. Last year my youngest daughter brought home my Mother's Day gift from school and it was "The Best Part of My Mom" - same idea - she wrote about my best part (hands) and all the things they do (rub her back, make cupcakes, hold her hand etc - it was a tear jerker). So that is how I am using it this year!
I also wanted to share two last minute ideas that you might be able to use tomorrow (or file away for next year!).
The first one was inspired by a fantastic idea and resource from Amanda at Collaboration Cuties and another great idea and freebie from Liz at The Happy Teacher.
So I took their ideas (okay, stole if you insist) and adapted them for my class. I bought the eggs, numbered their bottoms, put one question in each egg and then hid the eggs in the class (by hid I mean placed around the room in mostly visible locations). Students were given recording sheets and sent off to find eggs, answer the questions and then re-hide the egg. I did two sets of questions - one of basic multiplication facts
and one with word study questions. Click on the pictures to pick up the questions and recording sheets.
|This is actually the wrong font!|
Lastly here is a quick little Easter craft we did today - they are called Bunny Butts.
Here's how to make them:
1. put name on bottom of pot (I got 3 for $1.00 at the Dollarama)
2. scrunch up a piece of paper in put in pot (scrap paper)
3. put glue on top of paper
4. put Easter grass on top of glue
5. glue large pompom on top of grass
6. glue smaller pompom on for the tail
7. cut out two bunny feet from fun foam ( I gave tracers)
8. add pink fabric paint (3D paint, puffy paint, whatever) for the pads on the feet
9. glue the feet on, heels pointing to top and near each other
*you could add mini-eggs (I would just eat them)
*you could turn these into place card holders for Easter dinner