Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter's on its Way and a Sale!

The Bunny Song and Coloring Eggs

"Hippity Hoppity Easter's on its Way!" My mother used to sing that song with us every spring time. It always made us so excited to think about coloring eggs...real eggs that you had to boil, then use vinegar to get the color to stay. That may have been the only kind to decorate back then. Also, we would hide and hunt plastic eggs in our yard countless times before and after Easter. Oh, the days before video games! Good times!

A Game of Chase

We would also play a game of chase in the front yard year-round with the kids in the neighborhood that we called, "Colored Eggs." We had a "base," which was actually one of those green electrical boxes that some families on the street were lucky enough to have in their yards. (I'm sure that the parent who cut the grass loved working around THAT thing!) However, we kids LOVED it! Our yard was the favorite yard to gather for games, so it came in handy.

Back to the game...everyone started at the "base" and each person secretly thought of the egg color that they wanted to be. The person who was "it" would ask if there were any pink eggs, for example. If no one had chosen the color pink, then all of the participants would reply with "no." However, if the person who was "it" called your color, then you would both run around the perimeter of the yard. If you got back to the "base" without being caught, then you were safe and you got to stay with the other "eggs." However, if you were caught by the person who was "it," then you two would swap places. The game would continue indefinitely, as I remember it. So now you know why I MUST do several Easter games and activities with my students.

More Easter Activities

My next Easter writing activity is called, "Easter: The Thrill of the Hunt ~ A Small Moment Narrative Writing Activity." In order to encourage the students to write about "small moments" instead of bed-to-bed stories, I put together some resources for organizing those thoughts and for writing them out in sequential order. Photos of the pack are posted below.

I decided to bundle the three writing activities that include two crafts that can be interchangeable depending on the writing assignment. Here is the cover page for that bundle.

I have added the three previews below.

Here is the link if you would like to check it out in my store.

Tomorrow I will show you how we are using this fun Easter Egg Scoot in my classroom.


Sale! {in honor of tax day week}

I will have everything in my shop on sale for 20% off on 4/16 and 4/17. Sometimes buying something on Teachers Pay Teachers cheers us up a bit. As a matter of fact, buying things that are on sale, is icing on the cake! 

Have an awesome day!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Here Comes Peter Cottontail...

Hi everyone! We just enjoyed a nice, quiet Spring Break. It has been lovely!

When it is quiet, I have the time to think about the crafts and activities that I want to do with the kids during the next month or so. I am normally guilty of having an idea, getting it down on paper, and then stacking it or filing it without ever carrying it out with the students. So, my goal over the last few weeks has been to get past the 90% completion mark so that I can have some fun activities for my students. 

So...since Peter Cottontail is hopping down the bunny trail...I need to get my Easter-y projects done!

One of those projects is Easter: How to Be an Egg-spert at an Egg Hunt Craftivity. 

The students will have fun being the "Egg-sperts" about Easter Egg Hunts. The idea is to have the students write a "How To" piece to inform a younger sibling, cousin, or neighbor about how to be strategic at an egg hunt. The flap books will help them organize their thoughts about the best ways to find the eggs. There are scaffolded rough draft pages as well as themed paper for the students to publish their final pieces. There are two different designs of each type of resource in the pack - one is frilly and the other is not frilly. 

I have included a photo of the crafts.

Two crafts. One is a name badge that can be worn with pride. :-)
The second is a name tent for the students' desks. The students LOVE those!
Both of these will give the students confidence as they write their egg-spertise on paper.  

Below is a preview of all of the pages in the resource as well as some of the individual pages. If you would like to see the pack in my store, then please click here

A flap book for idea organization
Non-frilly design option

Anchor chart

Non-frilly anchor chart

Rough draft page with scaffolding. My kids do a great job with this!
Another scaffolded page with a different design. 

Another one of those projects is the craftivity with opinion writing that was in my previous post. Below is a photo of that craftivity.

Along with those two resources is a "Small Moment" narrative writing activity. I am not quite finished that yet, but I will try to get the last 10% finished tonight so that I can post it tomorrow. :-) By the way, I will also bundle the three writing activities for teachers who might want to do all three writing genres with a similar theme. 

I will plan to compare and contrast the different genres. Maybe that will help the different genres "stick" for the students. 

Have a great day!
~ Carrie

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring and an Easter Craft

Spring has Sprung

It's nice to have warm weather again! Since Easter is right around the corner, it is fun to think of all of the fun egg and bunny activities that we can do with our students that keep their interest high.

Easter Bunny Inspiration

When my daughter was younger, I loved smocking dresses for her. I would usually have one planned for Easter Sunday, so I was super glad when Easter fell in mid-April. That meant I had more time to get it finished in time without too many late nights. 

She has since grown out of wearing those cute dresses, so I have focused my creativity on meaningful activities for my students. I must admit...the multitude of cute clip art that is available these days keeps me inspired year-round! So...here is my latest craft with writing resources. 

Easter Egg Craft with Opinion Writing Resources

Do your students love Easter Egg Hunts? What a great topic to write about! Here is an Easter Egg Craft that will lend itself well to a writing activity.

                                      Below is a preview of the printables that are included. 

Click here to view this item on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Have a great first day of April!
~ Carrie