Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Elementary Memories

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I was asked to share this idea, so here goes...

My oldest graduated from elementary school last month, which is both exciting and unbelievable! Where did those six years go in such a hurry? I have to admit that I enjoyed every minute of every grade right along with him. What a wonderful group of teachers! Lucky kid.

We wanted to give him a special gift on this milestone occasion, which is easier said than done. Luckily, I had a bazillion photos of field trips, school events, parties, classmates, teachers... and every first day of school.

I decided to create a personal photo yearbook for him. You can have books like this printed through online sites that vary in price and quality. I created mine through Costco, which was easy and only cost $32 for 60 pages.






I also photographed and scanned a few of his class projects from each grade to have everything cataloged and in one place. Then, I left the last two pages blank for staff signatures...



I gave myself enough time to have it printed a few weeks before the promotion ceremony, so that I could have all of his teachers sign it.  Their messages are beautiful and make the book extremely special!



As a teacher, I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff. I find myself looking through the photo pages and reminiscing to an almost nerdy degree. 

(Hey teachers and room parents! It would also be fun to make a class yearbook for families to purchase or to auction off at the end of the school year.)

Middle school, here we come!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Math about Me

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It's fun to think of math as it relates to our lives. It's also satisfying to put a creative spin on any math assignment. For this activity, we do both! Kids fill in each section of this printable page with information about themselves. For "My Height" and "My Head Circumference" they'll need measurement tools... and a partner!

Here are a few completed projects. These will look great mounted on colorful construction paper on your back-to school bulletin board! The center is blank, so you can have kids write their names, draw a self portrait, or glue a photo there.


For "Letters in My Name" students might count the number of letters, get creative with geometry, or tie in some other mathematical concept, like so...



My favorite part is the "One More Fact" ray...

"I have 24 teeth."


"I have a $100 bill!"



If you would like a free printable of this page, click on the image below


...or visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

(Reduce page size to 80% when printing, if you'd like the project to fit in 
students' math journals or a spiral notebook.)

If you use this in your class or with your own kids, send me a photo of the finished product. I'd love to see it! 

(For other versions of this project, see this post.)

Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July Book Trailer: Press Here

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PRESS HERE
By Hervé Tullet

"Press here. That's right. Just press the yellow dot, and turn the page. The single touch of a finger sparks a whimsical dance of color and motion in this joyful celebration of the power of imagination." - Chronicle Books