End of the Year Activity *Freebie* Updated for 2015!

It’s almost May!  I updated this activity to be used for the end of the 2013-2014 school year. I changed the font on the front cover and I also added a blackline picture of a school that you can use and have students color if you’d like.  Click on the picture for the link to the *free* item in my Teachers pay Teachers store!

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I made this little activity for students to reflect on what they learned this school 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. The first page of the document shows an example of the activity. On the second 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. On the next five pages, students can fill in something they learned in Reading, Math, Writing and about Making Friends and Attitude! There is space where students can draw a picture as well. Then have students put the sheets in their “file” and you can staple them if you’d like. (Target has really cute file folders in the One Spot!)

Enjoy!  If you like this, please rate me, or follow me!
Thank you!!!
Courtney Keimer

“Awesome if God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel, he is the one who gives power and strength to his people.  Blessed be God!”

(Psalm 68:35)

Love,

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Craftivities for All Seasons – Writing Prompts, Templates and Craft Outlines

This bundle includes 34 craftivity starters.  There are 34 half sheet writing prompts and templates, full sheet prewriting templates and paragraph writing templates (writing prompts included) and craft outlines.  Also included are 5 pages of craft ideas, to provide suggestions for how to use the outlines. I tried to make the craft ideas really fun, simple and pretty quick. No pictures are provided in this bundle.  I hope to add them in the future.  Using one a week, this bundle provides craftivities for about the whole school year. Click on the picture for the link to the product in my TpT store.

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Many of the templates and craft outlines are included in the preview, but there are many more!  I really hope you like this and can use this in your classroom.  😉

“He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.”

(Psalm 147:3)

Watermelon Craftivity – School Is Sweet because…

I wanted to make a watermelon craftivity since it’s still technically summer when we start back at school next week!  So here it is.

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This packet includes half sheet writing templates, a prewriting template and a paragraph writing template.  Craft outlines for a watermelon craft are included as well as a picture of an example.  I hope you like it!  If you do please rate me and follow me on TpT or follow my blog.  Lots more freebies to come this school year. 🙂 Thanks so much!

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“I keep my eyes always on the Lord.

With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.”

Psalm 16: 8-9

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. 🙂

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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.

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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)

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.

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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.

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I hope you love them!  🙂

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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.

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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.  🙂  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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Earth Day Fun

Earth Day is coming up and when I was at Crayons to Computers last week I found these stickers…

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Perfect.

So then I created this little writing activity to help kids celebrate Earth Day.  Like other writing activities I’ve posted, there is a pre-writing activity where students are to list 5 things they will do to show the Earth some love.  🙂  I did this with a couple students yesterday and they had great ideas like plant trees, pick up litter, go to the park, have a picnic, feed the birds, ride their bike, etc.  Then students write a paragraph using their ideas about how they will show the Earth some love.  There is also a poster I made that you can use to display students’ writing.  I am going to have my students make posters too using these Earth Day stickers!

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Earth Day Writing

Earth Day is April 22.  I will share some of my students’ posters soon!