Saturday, December 29, 2012

How Do You Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.?

 

Can you believe how quickly Christmas came and went? I am savoring these last few days of my vacation before the glorious madness of being a first grade teacher begins again!

I was trying to get some lessons together for the upcoming weeks in January, and along the way I created this little Martin Luther King Jr. number. I love teaching my students all about MLK throughout January and February!

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This packet includes a sweet craft I made to celebrate the life of MLK. Students brainstorm a dream they have to make the world a better place.

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These are the templates for the boy and girl craft. I know my kids are going to eat this up!

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In addition to creating the craft, my students will be writing their very first biographies! They will first “conduct research” and organize it on a graphic organizer. Then, they will make their own MLK biography book using these pages provided for them.

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One of my favorite MLK books is “Martin’s Big Words.” After reading and discussing the book, we will complete the activity below where students receive a “big word” and have to draw the word and write it in a sentence. We’ll also be completing *lots* of other correlating activities. All of the activities below could be used during Language Arts or Social Studies.

 

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In this packet you will find:
-Martin Luther King Jr. Biography Activity (includes all of the pages needed to write a MLK
biography book)
-Biography Poster
-Graphic Organizers/Activity Pages for MLK Book Selections
-Poetry Activity
-"Martin's Big Words" Activity
-"I Dream" Craft and Writing Templates

You can find this packet at my TPT shop!

Grab this freebie below. This is one of the worksheets found in the packet. Click on the worksheet to download! Enjoy!

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

journal writing free download

 

After the winter holiday, I have big plans in store for my little firsties! I really want them to start adding more *colorful* details to their morning journals. I created these fun display posters as a reference for them. I will be introducing my students to these posters in the new year!

{Click on the images below to download}

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I will also be adding this to their folders that they keep in their desks. They can refer to this as they are writing. I think this will help a few of them stay on track.

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Can’t wait to cozy up by my tree next week!

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Monday, December 17, 2012

holiday gift free download

 

There’s no better time than now to stop and reflect on how precious our sweet children are. They truly are the most amazing little beings. I swear I hugged each of them a million times today.

As a little holiday gift, I made these treat bags for my kids. I saw these precious bags at Target yesterday and knew I had to buy them! I made the little tag to hang around them and then placed a few Hershey “Hugs” inside. I plan on stuffing them with other goodies as well.

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If you would like to download these tags, click on the image below to download!

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Graphics by: Melonheadz

Today, we continued with our Random Acts of Kindness activities using the activities found in The Gift of Giving.

We brainstormed what it means to be kind.

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We read this fabulous gift of giving story…one of my favorites!

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Then, we sorted Kind/Not Kind sentences using our sorting mat.

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Afterwards, students had to write about a time they were kind to others.

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You can pick up these activities at my TPT shop!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

random acts of kindness free packet

I’ve been so inspired lately by my friend Cara Carroll’s amazing ideas for random acts of kindness that I knew I had to get in on the fun! She’s shared so many fabulous ideas on how to pay it forward. I love them ALL! She has an awesome board dedicated to Serving Others on Pinterest. Go check it out!

Because I don’t have kids of my own, I wanted to do some of these amazing ideas with my adopted children (aka: my children at school!). So, I brainstormed and brainstormed and came up with…The Kind Kids Club!

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The Kind Kids Club is all about doing good deeds for others!

Tomorrow, I’ll display this ginormous present throughout the day to get my students excited about what’s inside! I know they will be SQUEALING with excitement!

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After lunch, they will come back and find this cute little “Wanted” sign and special letter on the chalkboard. (My kids are OBSESSED with clubs! Can’t you tell? You may recognize this sign from my Back to School packet and my We’re Problem Detectives packet.)

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After we read the letter, we’ll open up the present and pull out an assignment. The assignments are sweet and simple, but VERY meaningful! In the box, there are different random acts of kindness! We’ll be working on completing each one throughout December.

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(for the one above: I purchased a bunch of Hershey Kisses and Hugs…what teacher doesn’t love a little chocolate?)

We’ll also be filling out this very IMPORTANT application

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and completing these activities on ways we can give to others.

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We’ll also be reading this adorable book during our special month of paying it forward!

After we’ve completed all of our random acts of kindness, I’ll be handing out this certificate of membership. My kids LOVE receiving special certificates!

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Because The Kind Kids Club is all about paying it forward, I’m giving you all this packet for free! I left one of the Random Acts of Kindness templates blank, incase you wanted to add your own!

Go download it NOW! Click on the preview to go to my shop:

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Also, make sure you check out my companion packet, “The Gift of Giving.” This packet can be found at my TPT shop! This packet encourages students to be kind to others and give gifts from the heart!

My favorite part of the packet is this polar bear craft where students write about a “bear-y” special gift they’d like to give to someone else inside the present. The present folds up to reveal the special gift.

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In this packet, you will find:
-"Kind or Not?" Sorting Activity
-Kind Kids Detective Work Activity (students must read a situation card and decide if the situation demonstrates a kind act or not)
-Gift of Giving Writing Activities
-“A ‘Bear-y’ Special Gift For You” Polar Bear Craft and Writing Activity


This packet aligns nicely with your Social Studies curriculum on building a kind community!

 
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