That's just my junk I collect, but do any of you collect papers too??? I'm old school ya know. Things were supposed to be kept in FOLDERS not on these little flash drives the size of my thumb! EGADS!! How is all my crap going to fit inside that little thing???? Technology will never seize to amaze me.
Today I decided to go through my back to school folder.....*gulp* It was MASSIVE. It should have been 4 or 5 folders, but I'm too cheap so it was just one little folder so full that you couldn't even see the tab on it labeled "back to school." I had hand written plans from the first few days in 2007 in that folder! HAHAH!! I must have used them last year, surely I'm not that bad of a hoarder....and in all fairness they were just general notes for routines. But still.....wow!!
As I was going through my folder, (some stuff circa 1976-and NO, I wasn't teaching then, but I have lovely coworkers who like to share..and I hate to be rude...now you see how I'm a hoarder, huh), I completely forget what I do from year to year!!
I thought I'd snap a couple pictures of crafts we've done. These are not new ideas (and I'm not sure where they originated), but thought I'd share in case some of you haven't seen them before.
First up----a flower craft. This is so much fun and has a lot of skills involved. I use it after reading Chrysanthemum.
Now mind you this flower has been folded up for a few years in that lovely folder of mine....but you can get the idea of what it's too look like.
1) I have them write their name in the middle of the flower with their favorite color crayon.
2) The red petals represent the number of letters in the name.
3) The craft stick stem is to represent the number of syllables in the name. When I first started this project EONS ago I would already have the craft sticks hot glued together ahead of time, then ask students to tell me the number of syllables in their name, and hand them a stem. I have found through the years that it doesn't matter if they are hot glued or not, regardless they still need taped to paper if that's the route you take.
4) The leaves at the bottom are for the number of vowels in your name.
We glue ours to blue construction paper and hang out in the hallway. The students sometimes add a sun, grass, clouds, etc. to their picture before we hang it up. But it makes a great Back to School activity and looks really cute hanging in the hallway.
Another activity I found in that massive pile of junk was a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree. Again, ignore the creases....I'm just glad it survived being in that folder, because it is kinda cute! :)
Finally, I found some coloring sheets I made last year. I love the smell of new crayons on the first day of school. I love using activities that get them to use their school supplies. I remember being one of the students in the classroom all giddy about using my crayons, glue, scissors....I was/am such a dork! I do think that firsties are also excited about their new supplies....and it's a great way for me to monitor them holding crayons, using glue, using scissors. It's a fun thing for them, but a fine motors check for me.
Here are a few coloring sheets made with DJ Inkers graphics. Hopefully you can use them, or save them for another day......even great for inside recess (as our gym isn't big enough for all of our classes at lunch time).
You can click the top picture for access to all the coloring sheets!!
But, before you leave me----please tell me I'm not the only teacher hoarder! :)