Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mother's Day Gardens

Mother's Day Gardens with grass.

Plan B: Mother's Day Garden with easter grass!

I just wanted to show some samples of the Mother's Day Gardens we made this year for our moms.  They really turned out cute and the students just loved giving the grass "haircuts".  Unfortunately, two of my students had grass that did not grow so we rolled clay balls and stuck them to the bottom of the bowl so we could stick the flower craft sticks in the clay.  We then added easter grass in the bowl.  The easter grass really looked cute and I might consider making the gardens like this in the future.  My students were so proud to take these home to their moms.  I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day!

Top Banana Awards

Our classroom had the Monkey Theme going on in it all year.  When I saw the Top Banana Award Trophies and 2011 Graduation Monkeys advertised in a recent Oriental Trading catalog, I just had to order them.  I was so happy when they were delivered because they were as cute as I thought they would be.  Naturally, my students LOVED them!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Handprint Flower Bag

 I had the most wonderful classroom aide ever this year.  I wanted to have all of the students to help with her gift at the end of the school year so we made a gardening bag for her.  Every child placed a handprint or thumbprint on the bag and then I added the black marker art after the paint dried.  Garden theme items such as garden gloves,
a gardening magazine, and gardening tools can be added to the bag.  Don't forget the most important flower seeds...Forget Me Nots!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Classmate Awards

At the end of every school year, I have the students make a Classmate Award for a classmate.  Every student writes their name on one index card.  The students then put the index card into a class basket.  The students then choose a name out of the basket to find out who they will be making the Classmate Award for.  The students then have to create an award for that student such as "Kindest Kid Award", "Quietist Hall Walker", etc ( We usually brainstorm ideas on the board to get our creative ideas flowing).  I also take a picture of the student pairs so that we can place the photo of both of them together on the award.  The students present these on the last day of school and it ends our school year with great classroom pride.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mother's Day Breakfast in Bed Bag

 This Mother's Day idea is from the Little Giraffes website (and other awesome websites around the web).  I was thrilled with how easy this project was to complete with my first graders.  First of all, I decided to choose pink bags instead of the usual lunch bags.  I found them at Walmart (4 for a dollar).  Then the students decorated their bags with a white felt pillow, a scrapbook paper bedspread, and a circle face they colored to make look like their mom's face.  I put the poem on colored paper on the bag.  This poem was also in shown on the Little Giraffe's website.
 Breakfast in Bed
Since it is your day.
I have something to say.

Don't lift your head.
Have breakfast in bed!

Just take a look...
You don't have to cook!

I don't like to brag!
But it's breakfast in a bag!

The students then made a card to place in the bag with the apple juice box, napkin, and wrapped cinnamon roll.  The students are so excited to give these to their moms on Mother's Day and I was thrilled at how easy and cute these baggies were to make.