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Here are some of my favorite ideas for the 100th Day of School that I use with K-1 students. Let me know what fun activities you do for this day too!
1.Have student’s send in 100 items from home in zip lock bags to hang in your classroom.
2.Send a parent letter home encouraging students to wear t-shirts with 100 items glued, painted or pinned on the shirt.
3. Wear a t-shirt. Have students put 100 band aids on it, and have it say, “I survived 100th Day, and so did Mrs. ________.
4.Have students dress like they are 100 Years Old.
5. Use an app or web site to make the students look old. Then let them do a self portrait from the app on drawing paper.
6. Use doughnut shaped cereal to make edible necklaces with yarn. Have students group them by to using the included work mat.
7.Use Bulletin Board paper to have students design a 100th Day banner or mural to hang in the classroom.
8.Put 100 plastic cups out and let students build a building.
9.Put 100 Legos out and let students build a structure. Then have them write about what they build.
10.Put out 5 different snacks (pretzels, cereal, mini chocolate chips, marshmallows, M&Ms) Have students count out 20 and make a trail mix using the included work mat and a zip lock to take home.
11.Using the printable, have student write 100 words in groups of 10.
12.Students can write about what they would do with 100 dollars.
13.Use the 100 chart to have students count out 100 sweet treats.
14.Use paint daubers to color 10 groups of gumballs using the printable.
15.Make 100th Day Glasses using the printable.
16.Have student count out 100 drops of water, make predictions and complete the printable.
17.Have students use the printable to make tally marks of 100 licks of a Tootsie Pop. They can predict if they will get to the tootsie or not.
18.Incorporate fitness by having students do 100 exercises.
We all dread seeing our students falling asleep or wanting to escape the classroom out of boredom while we pour our hearts out teaching. Why not spice up your lessons with creating an educational escape room for your little ones? I’ve seen my own children coming home so excited about the escape rooms or break out boxes that their teachers have created in middle school. So, I had to figure out how to create this excitement about learning and teamwork in the elementary classroom setting. It took me some time to wrap my head around how to make it easy enough for a 6 year old, but rigorous enough to meet the benchmarks. Once I figured it out, it was like magic!
Here is an example of how to set one up in your room. First, think of the topic you want to cover. Let’s just say this escape room will focus on sight words. Then, come up with two fun tasks you would like the kids to work on together in order to get a clue. For example, plastic bags full of letters that will create sight words that are hidden around the room, or a mystery picture to color using sight words to code the color of the picture. My daughter says that the best part of her escape room experiences (besides opening the box full of treats), was the video they watched as a “hook” that explained a crazy situation of someone capturing them or stealing an item. (Click HERE for an example of a video hook.) So, keeping that in mind you can create a little video, or just make up a story.
I like to separate my students into two groups. Each time the students complete a task, they get the next clue inside of an envelope that I read to the class. In this case, the class would use the plastic bags letters to solve sight words. The next clue would lead them to maybe a mystery picture to solve. Then, they get the last clue which leads them to find a key (either paper or a real one to a box) by reading a riddle for them to solve. This riddle could have a code to open a lock that you placed on the box. They will each need their key or code to open the box, which also opens their classroom. They will have to use their imaginations a little. We don’t want to actually lock them in the classroom. Once they open the box, I let the students “free” to go to recess or to get a book from the library. Students are encouraged to work together to help each other solve the problems. In kindergarten, I used an old shoe box and just pretended to open it with a paper printout of a key.
You could even add QR Codes, black lights, and magnifying glasses to your escape room to change it around for different lessons. Students go home talking about how they found sight words to escape their room. Designing an escape room yourself takes some time, but the benefit is well-worth it!
These exciting classroom escape rooms are available to purchase:
Sight Word Mystery K-1 (Editable)
Numbers to 10 Pre K-1 Troll Themed
Pirate Mystery COMPREHENSION 1st-3rd
End of the Year Beach Party (save the turtles) K-2
Alphabet Mystery Escape Room Pre K-1
Veterans Day K-5th
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Do you like free resources? Do you love to see what other teachers are doing in their classroom, but can’t because you are busy teaching? Well, I have something fun for you! Go check out my Facebook Page. Pinned at the top is the video (same video as below) of me explaining how to win free resources by simply sharing one of your fantastic lessons with the rest of us by snapping a quick picture and adding it to comment section with a sentence. Go check it out to discover the criteria I’m looking for, and hopefully see some other teacher’s lessons for inspiration. I can’t wait to see what you all are doing with the kiddos!
Are you ready for the 2018 Winter Olympics in your classroom? It is such an exciting time to be in the classroom and to connect with your students with what they are most likely watching at home. It is full of history, inspirational stories, and competition. What’s not to love? I’m so excited about the Winter Games this year! Living in Florida, we don’t get to see a lot of snow here, but we love to watch it on television. I made some Winter Sports Resources designed with your classroom in mind to help them make connections, learn the history of Olympic symbols and traditions, and to create classroom discussions. (Click the photo to LEARN MORE)
So, I’m sipping my coffee watching GMA, when a story comes on called “Celebrities ‘Stand with Keaton’ to Support Bullied Boy with words of Encouragement.” It is about a young boy’s emotional viral video with him telling his mom about being bullied at school. His mother had to pick him up early due to him being bullied. His emotional outpouring on camera just made me feel so heartbroken, but not helpless. He said kids pour milk on him and put ham down his clothes. They call him names and make fun of his nose. This is so disappointing. I know as teachers, we are in the forefront of preventing children from bullying. We can make a difference and protect these children while teaching others about kindness. Keaton is amazing! The end of the video, where he tells people to “stay strong” and thinks it will get better is absolutely inspiring! I stand with Keaton, and I hope you will too. Yesterday, I posted about bully principals. Today we are talking about strategies you can use to prevent bully behavior in school.
I hope some of these tips will help you help your students. Our number one priority is to provide a safe learning environment for our children. Watch the video here.
Here are some strategies for dealing with a BULLY principal:
Hi everyone! This is an exciting time of year. To say thank you for all the hard work you do, I’ve teamed up with the BEST Teacher Pay Teacher Authors to bring you a MEGA Giveaway! Checkout and LIKE my Facebook Page for details. You can check this blog daily too for information on daily special REASONS to visit each day! Here is the directions for the $20 CASH part of the Giveaway. One person will get $20 CASH! (see below the image also to enter the raffle for $500 and MORE prizes for TEACHERS)
Where has all the time gone this school year? It is already time for the turkey which also means Christmas is here now. I must admit I LOVE this time of year, but it is so busy. This blog is all about saving you time and money as a teacher. So, here are a few ideas for Thanksgiving Crafts. Follow this post to the end to see the huge giveaway ending November 15th at 12:00 EST so you can get some holiday CASH.
One of my favorite crafts to do each year no matter what grade I teach is Tortilla Tepees! They are super easy to make and the kids love decorating them!
Materials: 1/2 of a round Tortilla for each student, pretzel sticks, markers, toothpicks
Directions: 1. Cut the tortilla in half. 2. Fold it into a cone shape. 3. Cut the pointed end off. 4. Unfold the tortilla. 5. Let the kids use markers to draw a picture on the tortilla. (I like to go review Native American symbols prior to this activity, so they can use some on the tepee.) 6. Place a small amount of blue on the edge of the fold using a toothpick to hold it together. 7. Use 3 or 4 pretzel sticks with glue in the top of the tepee and lay sideways, so it will dry overnight.
Placemats are always nice to send home as a keepsake. Here is a FREE download to make prep easy. Just have kids cut, color and glue!
MORE Thanksgiving Resources:
Native American Headbands, Disguised Turkey Home Project, A Plump and Perky Turkey, The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey, Turkey Trouble Writing, November Writing Prompts, Turkey Opinion Writing, Thanksgiving Play
As promised, I said if you stick around to the end of this I would tell you how you can win some holiday MONEY! Here is a raffle that you can join easily. I joined up with lots of other authors to bring some lucky teachers some holiday joy! PRIZES include $200 in gift cards to Amazon, TpT, and a Rose Gold Heart Locket. Good Luck!