Autobiography Poems

My students’ Autobiography Poems turned out awesome and I wanted to share a couple! ¬†I also had my students “make” themselves after they wrote their poem and I displayed the craft with the writing.

This one was really cute. We made glasses out of paperclips. ūüôā

Autobiography Poem 1

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Cute, funny, playful, smart
Sibling of no one
Who likes trains
Who needs water
Who gives hugs and kisses
Who fears loud noises
Who would like to see Saturn
Resident of ?, OH
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 Here is another one I really liked.

Autobiography Poem 2 copy

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Smart, fast learner, nice, cool
Sibling of 4 step sisters and 2 brothers
Who likes Animorphs
Who needs help in math
Who gives cheer
Who fears spiders
Who would like to see Neil Armstrong
Resident of ?, OH
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Really, they were all good. ¬†One kid said, ‘Who feels awkward.’ ¬†I liked that. ¬†A¬†kindergartner¬†said, ‘Who needs his mommy.’ ¬†So sweet. ¬†Everyone loved this activity, and so did I! ¬†Here is the template again.

Autobiography Poem Template

“I praise you¬†because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…”

(Psalm 139:14)

Student Gift Idea: *Hightlight* of My Year!

I wanted to give my students a little end of the school year gift and didn’t really want it to be candy. ¬†I love candy, and give out candy, but wanted to go another route this time. ¬†So I decided to give out highlighters! ¬†Hopefully, students will use it this summer to highlight something! ¬†Here is a pic.

Highlighter Gift

I got the highlighters from Crayons to Computers, and I had the plastic wrap. I found the ribbon at Michael’s for $1.¬†I made the little note for each gift that says, “You are the *highlight* of my year. ¬†Have a great summer. ¬†Love, Mrs. Keimer.”

Here is the template for the gift tags.¬†Don’t worry. ¬†I took out my name.

Click on the picture for the link to the *free* item in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.¬† If you download, please leave me feedback and follow me!¬† ūüėé

Gift Tag for Highlighter Gift

Enjoy this Memorial Day weekend and these last few days with your kids!

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

(2 Corinthians 9:7)

CK Borders Clipart

I added a zip file with 50 clipart¬†borders I made to my Teachers pay Teachers store. ¬†It is $3.00 for the file and can be used for anything! ¬†Personal, classroom and commercial use are all welcome.¬†¬†There are 21 colorful borders, 6 holiday borders (color), and 23 black and white borders. All the graphics are png files with transparent backgrounds.¬†I hope you like them and I can’t wait to¬†see what teachers create with them!

Here is the preview.

CK Borders Preview

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 And here is the *link*.

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And the terms of use, if you’re interested.¬† ūüôā

CK Borders Terms of Use

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The school year is almost over.¬† ūüôā¬†¬†¬†I will post some more end of the year ideas and *freebies* soon.¬† And If you’re stressed out, here is a lovely little verse for you…

“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

(Exodus 33:14)

More End of the School Year Ideas and Freebies!

I am still working on end of the year award for students. ¬†I made them using materials all from Crayons to Computers. ¬†My idea this year was to include the students in process. ¬†I asked them if they were given an award from me, what would it be? ¬†There answers were pretty aligned with what I was thinking. ¬†Next, I am going to give out the awards with¬†my written¬†explanation of why they deserve the award, and then give students the opportunity to comment¬†in writing. ¬†My goal is to build students’ self-esteem and awareness of what their strengths are and in what areas they’ve made growth! ¬†I will share the completed awards soon!

I also like to survey my students at the end of the school year to get feedback about my teaching. ¬†This is really important to me because they are the ones I service! ¬†I do this every year and have learned a lot doing it. ¬†Their encouragement also makes me feel really good about being a teacher. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Here is the survey I use.

My Teacher Survey Preview

My Teacher Survey

Of course mine says, ‘What I Think about Mrs. Keimer,’ but I made this one generic so anyone could use it. ¬†If you wanted it to say your name, it would be pretty easy to recreate.

“But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled.¬† If I seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass.¬† Just be patient!¬† They will not be overdue a single day.”

(Habakkuk 2:3)

More Free Fonts!

I hope all you moms had a great Mother’s Day¬†with your babies!¬† Mine was beautiful.¬† I wanted to share¬†this tin¬†I found at¬†the One Spot at Target.¬† I love it.

Mother's Day Tin copy

It says good moms have messy kitchens, laundry piles and happy kids.¬† Sure sounds like this momma. ¬†This Mother’s Day was¬†so special to me¬†because we¬†dedicated our son at church.

This was the verse we chose.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

(James 1:17)

In other news, I added another zip file of 20 more fonts I made to my TpT store.  They are free for personal and classroom use and $3.00 for commercial use.  Here is a preview.

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And here is the link to the *free* file.

CKfonts *2*

I hope you love them!¬† ūüôā

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Letter Sound Intervention and an Earth Day Poster!

I created this letter sound chant to help a kindergartener who was struggling to learn her letter sounds.  I did a Multiple Intelligences assessment with her and discovered that she learned best through rhythmical/musical means.  She was also very forgetful and inconsistent with her sounds so I wanted to give her a strategy that would be simple to remember and reference.  And so, this letter sound intervention was created and it really worked!  She learned her letter sounds using these materials and so did many other students as well!  The chant combines auditory, visual and kinesthetic cues used simultaneously to help students learn the letter sounds.  Multi-sensory instruction is research-based and can really help students with learning disabilities or other barriers to learning.  The packet is available at my TpT store for $4.00.

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Here is a preview.

Letter Sound Intervention Pack Preview

Here is the link to the product in my store.

Letter Sound Intervention

This packet includes a letter sound chant with movements, flashcards with visuals, additional letter flashcards, a progress monitoring sheet and guidelines for using the materials.

Hopefully you will see lots progress using these materials!

I almost forgot to share an Earth Day poster.

Earth Day Poster copy

This one was my favorite, even though it says Eath Day.¬† ūüôā

“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

(Isaiah 41:10)

Wow, that’s good.

End of the Year Activity *Freebies*

I made this little activity for students to reflect on what they learned this year.  I wanted to create an end of the year activity that had a little substance and required students to reflect on the highlights of what they learned throughout the year!  Also, I wanted to it be fun.  On the first page, students fill in what grade they are in and write their name on the line.  Then they can cut out both boxes and glue them on a file folder like this.

end of year pic

On the next five pages, students can fill in something they learned in Reading, Math, Writing and about Making Friends and Attitude!¬†¬†There is also space for students to illustrate what they’ve learned.¬†Then have students put the sheets in their “file” and you can staple them if you’d like.

Click on the pictures to access the file on my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

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I also like to have students write an Autobiography Poem at the end of the year.¬† It’s a good activity to encourage students to reflect on who they are and it’s fun!¬† It’s also an opportunity to build rapport and sometimes students’ confidence!¬† Here is a template I made for the activity.

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Autobiography Poem Template

Another thing I like to do at the end of the year is get an empty pizza box for each of my students. ¬†Then I put all their work that I saved throughout the year in the boxes and “deliver” them the last week of school. ¬†The kids love it. ¬†Most pizza places will give the boxes ¬†out for *free* for teachers. ¬†Just call around. ¬†ūüôā¬† More End of the Year¬†freebies still to come… If you like these ideas and¬†activities, you can¬†follow me by e-mail to get updates and more *freebies*! (see the bottom of the page)

Today’s Promise

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

(Matthew 6:33)

Love,

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