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Activity: This is a great way to get your students and maybe family into reading. Everyone knows the that old saying – “never judge a book by its cover” – right? Well, I think too many people really do judge books by their cover. This is a way to get your students to share about books they have read.

The students will get a note card and write their name on it, they will write down the author, title, number of pages, a quick summary and any other information you want them to – maybe have them cite it to learn about the different formats and such of citing your resources.

Citing things is one of the hardest things for me to remember to do, and I am going to be a junior in college. I think it is because it was not a make or break thing growing up, when it should be. EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW HOW TO CITE THE BOOKS THEY ARE READING. But……. That is just my opinion.

This activity will help students learn, not only how to summarize and cite, but how to become a great reader. They will be able to share their likes and dislikes about different books and who they think may like to read them.

What to do: In your classroom – or house, where ever you are doing this – set up one of your bulletin boards. Set it up so there are two halves.

One half will be focused on what the students read, with the summary and all that good stuff on the note card.

On the other half they will be able to write to a specific person in the classroom. They will use their writing skills to explain to a classmate – or family member – why they think this would be a perfect read about the book.

Yes, I get this is a little different from the picture, but you always have to put your own spin on the things you do. You are the one who knows your students best, which way would interest them most?

This will get the students involved in each others reading and hopefully get them to read more.

Where to go: You can either do this with your in-class library, your school library, or even the public library! Public libraries are a wonderful resource. It shows the students there are so many more places to get information than just the internet.

Age level: This can go for any age level, you can always use that “sixth grade buddy” and they can do it with different partners.

EX: “Dear Chico and Sammy, we think you guys would love this book, it is about the history of baseball. We really liked the part about blah blah blah. Sincerely, Franky and Don-Don.” I think you get the gist of it.

My extra thoughts: First and foremost — You NEED to make sure you are putting your spin on everything you do! Bring out your creativity — The reason you became a teacher to begin with (hopefully).

Where I found this idea: http://teaching-with-a-smile.blogspot.com/2012/03/classroom-library-linky-party.html

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quick announcement.

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Hello all! I am going to start trying something a little different. I will still post a picture and explain how to make/do the activities I find on so many different blogs, but I also want to go more in depth about how I would integrate this into my future classroom. There are so many useful resources out there, and I want to be another great resource for all of you. Feel free to let me know what you think, or give other insight. I love it all, and am always looking for more ways to improve and make my posts more helpful to you.

Popsicle Stick Puzzle.

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(Sorry for the pixely picture!)

Activity:

Make your own puzzle! You can have your students make puzzles having to do with the unit you are working on (i.e. if you are doing a unit on fish have them make a puzzle about fish). When the students are done, you can have them switch and put their classmates puzzles together. This activity would also work really well with pictures, possibly ones the students were able to take.

Materials Needed:

Popsicle Sticks – 10-15 for each student

Pencils

Markers or Crayons

Masking Tape

Rubber Bands – enough for each student

Directions:

Lay the popsicle sticks right up against each other on a desk or table and put a piece, or two, of masking tape going the opposite way of the sticks. Flip over, so the tape is not in the way, start sketching out the picture with your pencil. Trace and color in your picture, take off the tape and you have a homemade puzzle. To keep each puzzle together wrap it up with a rubber band to keep organized.

Appropriate Age Level:

I think this specific activity would work really well with the lower and middle elementary levels. I feel they would enjoy making and putting together. I may be fun to work with another class on this, and switch one class’ puzzles for the others.

Found at:

http://cuegly.blogspot.com/2011/09/75-kid-activities.html

Calm Down Jar.

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Activity:

All students have a hard time concentrating at some point in time during their time in school. The Calm Down Jar is a perfect way to give your students or children a couple minutes to themselves to not think about anything but glitter falling. Not only do they get to waste some energy on vigorously shaking The Calm Down Jar and letting their cares slip away while watching the glitter float to the bottom of the jar. You could even get mini-mason jars so the students could each have one to bring home.

Materials Needed:

One Mason Jar with Lid

One Tablespoon of Glitter Glue PER One Cup of Hot Water

Extra Glitter (a small carton should do).

Directions:

Figure out how many cups of what will fit into your mason jar, heat them up. Add one tablespoon of glitter glue for every cup of hot water you will be putting in your mason jar. Then add the extra glitter, put the lid on and swirl together. I might suggest super gluing the lid to the jar, just to be safe.

Appropriate Age Level:

I feel that this would work for any level of student. It could even work for us college students and all of you parents who just need to take a second to breath and forget about everything.

Found At:

http://chasingthefirefly.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/free-your-mind/

Milk Jug Bird Feeder.

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Activity:

Spring is coming! Birds are here, let’s give them somewhere to make their home! Through this activity we will be making a bird house using a recycled milk jug! This would be an awesome project to do if you are doing a unit on birds! This way the will bring home what they learn in class. You can take your students on a bird watch hike to get some of the materials, such as sticks and leaves. While on the hike, you can have your students do a scavenger hunt of different birds they will find in your area. You can also just do this as a fun family project for the back yard.

Materials Needed:

Scissors – adult will need to do the cutting if you are doing this project with younger children

Hole Punch – optional

Gallon Milk Jug – can have the students each bring one

Paint Brush – enough for everyone, or you can talk about sharing

Green Acrylic Paint – other colors can be used if you prefer

Sticks – a lot, enough for every roof and a perch (can find if you decide to do the hike)

Hot Glue or Adhesive – Elmer’s Glue should work just fine as well

Old Metal Hangers – can have the students each bring one

Directions:

First you will have to make a big hole a little below the middle of the milk jug with the scissors, again have an adult cut this hole. Then take the hole punch and make a hole right below the larger one. Next, paint the milk jug with the acrylic paint. Once the paint has dried, punch the two holes on top of the milk jug to attach the hanger. Glue the sticks to the “roof” of the bird house and a few around the sides. Attach the perch, and put out in your back or front yard to enjoy.

Appropriate Age Level:

This activity could go with a variety of different ages, heck I might make this for my dad for father’s day and I am 20 years old. I would recommend if you are going to do this with a class of lower level students, have a sixth grade buddy (or a different upper level grade) help out with the project. You could also have upper level students do this for Earth Day (which is coming up soon)!

Found At:

http://www.nwf.org/Kids/Ranger-Rick/Activities/Crafts/Birds/Milk-Jug-Bird-Feeder.aspx

Jellyfishing. Jellyfishing. Jellyfishing.

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Activity:

For this activity you could be doing a unit on jellyfish, or just simply be interested in jellyfish. It does not necessarily need to be a classroom project, you can just make them to decorate your classroom. They are fun and colorful, and students would love them.

Materials Needed:

Small Paper Bowls – one for every jellyfish you are planning on making

Watercolor Paints

Watercolor Paint brushes

White and Black Paper

Scissors

Liquid Adhesive , Hot Glue, or Elmer’s Glue – your choice

Fishing Line

Ribbon – as many different kinds as you would like

Directions:

Paint the bottom of the bowl with the watercolor paint. Then, cut out the eyes, whatever size you would like, and glue them onto the front of the jellyfish (you can also draw them on with makers). Glue the ribbon to the part of the bowl you have painted (you can stick to using the same color scheme, or have multicolored tentacles). When the the glue has dried, poke two small holes into the top of the bowl to thread the fish line through. Make sure to have the fish line loop underneath the bowl, tie more ribbon to the loop. Now you have cute little jellyfish to add to your lesson.

Appropriate Age Level:

If you are going to have everyone in your classroom make a jellyfish, I would keep this activity to the upper levels (unless you are doing this with “buddies”). Definitely do not use hot glue if you are working with the lower levels.

Found At:

http://www.scrapbooksetc.com/blogs/iscrapuscrap/2011/06/15/how-to-make-your-own-jellyfish/

How Tall is Your Snowman?

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Activity:

This activity contains art, the student will be painting a snowman. Then incorporating math by finding out how tall their snowman is in cubes. This activity will take a few class periods. I would set aside roughly 30 minutes for the making of the snowman, including clean up time. The next day, or so, have the students cut our their snow man and glue it on to a piece of construction paper with the note. The students can then stack up cubes and figure out how tall their snowman is, and enter it in the space provided. This part of the activity should take around 20 minutes for the students to finish. To add something extra to it, you could have the students compare how tall their snowman is to other students. If you do this, make sure to tell the students their cubes are not for sword fighting.

Materials Needed:

Construction Paper

Paint

Scissors

Cubes

Pre-printed Note – “My snowman is ________ cubes tall.”

Glue sticks

Directions:

Paint the snowman onto a piece of construction paper. When that is dry, cut out the snowman and glue it to a different piece of construction paper (another option is to leave it on the same piece of paper, just leave room for the note). Have the students figure out how many cubes tall their snowman is. Then have them write the number in the space provided.

Appropriate Age Level:

This activity is a great hands on activity for Kindergarteners or 1st Graders. It gets them counting, while at the same time doing something fun.

Found At:

http://mrsleeskinderkids.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-02-03T21%3A25%3A00-06%3A00&max-results=10