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Friday, June 3, 2016

Superhero Kindness Activity: Fill A Friend's City With Kind Words Of Kryptonite!

Last year I started a new end of the year tradition in my classroom.
I wanted to make our last week as memorable, meaningful, and as
much FUN I could!  I decided to give my second graders a 
blowout celebration they would never forget! You can read all about 
share something I added THIS year to our last week of school celebration. 

An end of the school year activity: Superhero Kindness Activity~Fill a friend's city with kind words of Kryptonite!

My class FU-LIPPED last year over our superhero themed
celebration! This year, I wanted to include a new tradition. 
I added a superhero kindness activity to give them a
 yearbook of sorts.  I wanted them to have something with 
sweet messages from their classmates they could look back 
on and treasure. Something to remember each other by.

Now, every superhero knows that kindness is stronger 
than kryptonite, so I decided that this would be our theme.

Superhero Kindness Activity~Fill a friend's city with kind words of Kryptonite!

First, we put on our capes. (I used plastic table cloths from 
Dollar Tree.) Then, we made superhero city mailboxes to 
hold kind words of Kryptonite from all of their classmates. 

Think bucket fillers + superheroes and 
you've got it!

After we made our mailboxes everybody got busy! 

Superhero Kindness Activity~Students fill a friend's city with kind words of Kryptonite!

To save time and manage it more smoothly, I passed out
copies of our class roster and had students write each
name on a card, before signing their own.

Superhero Kindness Activity~Fill a friend's mailbox with kind words of Kryptonite!

That way we knew everybody was included and if we 
were interrupted (I was half expecting our last fire drill 
of the year any second ha!) they wouldn't lose track 
of who they had already written to.

Superhero Kindness Activity~Fill a friend's city with kind words of Kryptonite!

My class is so trained to make sure everything their 
table turns in is facing up and going the same direction that
they automatically organized all their Kryptonite cards!

Once everybody was ready, my caped crusaders 
sat so very patiently as they waited for me to say.... 

Superhero Kindness Activity~Fill a friend's city with kind words of Kryptonite!

"Superheroes, deliver your Kryptonite!" And they were off!

Superhero Kindness Activity~Fill a friend's mailbox with kind words of Kryptonite!

One of the many reasons why I love these kids so much?
The first thing they asked is "Where's your mailbox, Mrs. Kamp?"
so I quickly wrote my name on the example and 
hung it on the board.

Superhero Kindness Activity~Fill a friend's city with kind words of Kryptonite!

Students bopped around the room delivering their cards

Superhero Kindness Activity~Fill a friend's city with kind words of Kryptonite!

and filling their friends' cities with kind
words of Kyptonite!

Superhero Kindness Activity~Fill a friend's city with kind words of Kryptonite!

The smiles were priceless and the room filled with giggles
as they read the messages from all of their classmates!

Superhero Kindness Activity~Fill a friend's city with kind words of Kryptonite!




















If you love this idea, do it with your class! You can
find the superhero kindness activity pack in my shop!

Superhero Kindness Activity~Fill a friend's city with kind words of Kryptonite!

To see our awards ceremony, photo booth, and the end of year
gifts I gave my class, be sure to check out this post,
10 Ways To Give Your Students a Superhero-Send-Off!

Find more ideas for a Superhero Classroom by
visiting my board on Pinterest! Follow me there as I collect
classroom ideas, teaching tips, management strategies and more!

Happy teaching!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

EOS Lip Balm FREE Printable Thank You Tags

Every teacher knows they wouldn't make it a minute without 
the help and support of office staff, aides, teammates, 
and ESPECIALLY parent volunteers!  I like to find fun ways
to say thank you and tell them they are appreciated
and these Free EOS Lip Balm Thank You Printables 
do just that! 

Bee and Flower EOS Lip Balm FREE Printable Thank You Tags

I love these EOS lip balms, they smell heavenly and their 
shape and bright colors make them easy to find in my 
desk drawer or my purse! 

Always BEE-ing There EOS Lip Balm FREE Printable Thank You Tags

I used Vanilla Mint to make these little bees and this

Always BEE-ing There EOS Lip Balm FREE Printable Thank You Tags
I used the yellow lemon drop lip balm and these
the flower tags.

Flower EOS Lip Balm FREE Printable Thank You Tags

Both sets come 3 to a page and work best printed on 
8.5 x 11 white card stock.
  
Flower EOS Lip Balm FREE Printable Thank You Tags
I used scissors to trim out the middle before removing 
the lid to the lip balm, placing it through the hole, 
and twisting on the lid. You could also use an x-acto knife 
or circular paper cutter if you want to get fancy!

Bee and Flower EOS Lip Balm FREE Printable Thank You Tags

For more gift ideas and free printables, follow my 
board on Pinterest!

Happy gifting!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Butterfly Math and Science Activities

Raising butterflies in our classroom is always one
of the highlights each year.  We wait with baited breath
for our caterpillars to arrive and then we get right to it
because they grow fast! This year I knew I wanted to
incorporate more math into our butterfly life cycle unit

Butterfly math activities~ Graphing the life cycle

and observing the life cycle lends itself so well to 
measurement, calendar skills, and especially data and graphing!

Butterfly math activities~ Graphing the life cycle

I created some butterfly graphing activities so we could
use the data we were collecting in our observation journals to
create different types of graphs.

When our caterpillars arrived, we began keeping 
observation journals, but first we learned how
to handle our caterpillars with care.

Butterfly observation journal


Butterfly observation journal

Students also kept an observation calendar to 
record changes on the dates they occurred so we could
see at a glance the data we were collecting and 
later on, graph.

Recording the changes and collecting data to graph the butterfly life cycle.

While raising our caterpillars, I've learned if I'm not careful
they can be an all-day distraction. To avoid this, I keep each table's
cups in a basket on top of the filing cabinet.  I label each
cup with the student's initials and their table number.

Butterfly life cycle activities


This way it only takes a few seconds to pass them out when
we're ready to observe them and student's know when their
butterfly has emerged by the empty chrysalis on their lid.

Butterfly math~Collecting data and graphing the life cycle


I prepped my charts ahead of time 

Butterfly math~Graphing the life cycle

and as the life cycle progressed, we tallied the data from
our calendars and used it to create these class graphs.

Butterfly math~Graphing the life cycle


Butterfly math~Graphing the life cycle


Butterfly math~Graphing the life cycle

Next, students drew our class charts and did some graph
chatting by answering questions about each chart.

Butterfly math~Graphing activities to do while raising caterpillars to butterflies


Butterfly math graphing activities to do while raising caterpillars to butterflies


Butterfly math activities~Graphing the life cycle

We displayed our graphs for our Spring open house and
my class loved walking their parents through our process
of collecting, organizing, transferring, and analyzing
our butterfly data!

Butterfly math activities~Graphing the life cycle



After our butterflies began to emerge,
I had small groups compare and discuss the data from their 
calendars and observation journals using data discussion cards.

Butterfly math~Discussing the data before graphing the life cycle.

We also incorporated some (teacher guided)
measurement into our science unit by measuring paths
and asking, "How far did the caterpillar crawl?"
This activity is part of my butterfly life cycle unit.

Butterfly math~ Measuring the paths a caterpillar crawled.


















We used PlayDoh to measure and compare caterpillar lengths.

Free printable butterfly measurement activity~Comparing lengths of PlayDoh caterpillars.
Students spin, roll out caterpillars, measure and record.

Free printable butterfly measurement activity~Comparing lengths of PlayDoh caterpillars.

 They spin again, roll the caterpillar some more, then
measure and compare their lengths.



Along the way, we read a lot of informational books. 
I somehow misplaced the snazzy, orange butterfly KWL
chart I made last year, but this quickie did the trick.

Butterfly life cycle KWL chart

We discovered a lot in our learning labs exploring 
pollination, compound eyes, and ways a caterpillar 
and butterfly protect themselves.

Butterfly science activities~Hands-on learning labs

We explored how butterflies help plants 
grow with a pollination simulation using juice boxes 
and macaroni and cheese powder.

Butterfly science activities~Exploring how butterflies help plants grow.

What to do with all that macaroni after we've used all
the cheese powder? Make commas, of course! (You can
download this free butterfly facts commas in a series page

Free printable butterfly facts commas in a series.

We used kaleidoscopes to imagine looking through an
insect's compound eye.

Butterfly science activity~ simulating a compound eye


Butterfly science activity~ simulating a compound eye

Butterfly science activity~ Simulating a compound eye

We learned that being a butterfly isn't all sunshine
and nectar either.  They have their problems too!

Butterfly life cycle problem-solution activity

To incorporate some reading skills we matched these
butterfly problems to their solutions.

Raising butterflies offered so  many opportunities for writing!

Butterfly life cycle mini-books

As we studied the life cycle we wrote about what we learned.
We made small booklets after each of our minilessons
and learning labs with vocabulary, diagrams, and
explanations of the different stages and aspects of
the life cycle. We put it all together
in these butterfly foldable booklets .

Butterfly life cycle foldable booklet~Part of a complete unit.

My class was so proud of our hallway display and really
loved giving their parents a tour of our classroom and our
life cycle themed hallway!!

End of year Life Cycle Garden open house display with plants and butterflies

Butterfly math activities~Graphing the life cycle




You can read all about last year's Life Cycle Garden  in this post.

Butterflies & Frogs Life Cycle Garden open house




I hope you've found some ideas and activities you can use
to incorporate math, reading, and writing into your own classroom
as you raise butterflies!

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