Friday, May 25, 2012

Last week of school ideas + Giveaway Reminder!!

Happy Friday Friends!,
And a very happy Friday it is!! Who's psyched to have a long weekend off?!? (me! me!) I look forward to doing nothing but relaxing, spending time with my family, and working on some more units!
Just a reminder, my TPT giveaway ends Sunday at midnight. If you haven't entered, please click HERE! I am super excited because since I posted that giveaway last week, I am up to 151 followers!!! Thanks so much for all of your support.
*Also Ms. T over at Journey of a Substitute Teacher is celebrating her Blogiversary with a HUGE giveaway. Go and check out her blog!
I'm linking up with Valerie at All Students Can Shine for an End of the Year Celebrations Linky!
So how do you spend your last week of school? I know some of you are done with school already. (I'm just a bit jealous!) After a long rigorous year in first grade, this is our time to have some F-U-N!! I plan a summer themed day every day of the last week of school. 
Our 1st summer themed day is Wacky Watermelon Day!! We do many literacy and math watermelon themed activities. I have my students taste test various watermelon flavored foods and drinks. Then they graph their preference.This is the next unit I am working on:
 My favorite part of the day is when we have a Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest. The kids always go crazy over this. It is so much fun! 
The following day we have Ice Cream Day! I am so excited to use Cara's Ice Cream Unit!! You must take a look if you haven't already!
We work on ABC order, inventing an ice cream flavor, and the kids personal favorite, making ice cream in a bag! 
Then in the afternoon, we make ice cream sundaes- just in time for me to send them home all sugared up! :) I do plan on making some activities for this unit also in my free time (ha! what's that?)
On Wednesday, we will have Beach Day!! All of the kids dress in beach attire and we are beach bums for the day. We make snow cones, create our own beach towels using butcher paper, and do various math/literacy beach themed activities. I can't wait to use some of these ideas also:
Super Second Graders: Ocean Unit
Paper Plate Shark Craft
That day is so jam packed, because we will be also having our End of the Year Awards. I am using Reagan's Candy Awards this year. They are adorable. Check them out if you haven't already!
On Thursday will be our end of 1st grade celebration. We have a Bug-a-Loo with insect themed activities, such as Hot Tarantula, Web Walk (like musical chairs), Cocoon (see picture below), Fly Swatter Fling, Sponge Bug Relay, and Bug Parachute with inflatable bugs.
I am looking forward to using Deanna's Insects unit also and we will also make dirt cups in the afternoon!
Ahh now to Friday... the last day of school.
This is a very "chillaxing" day for us. We have a reading camp out. I set up some tents and the kiddies bring blankets and a pillow to school with some of their favorite books. We just spend our last few precious hours together enjoying each other's company. I so want to use this unit from Cara!:
We make smores and I want to definitely make one of these precious campfires for my classroom:
Faux logs for Camping Theme!  Creative!
Well that's all for now!! I can't wait to see who the winners of my giveaway are tomorrow night! Stay tuned...
Have a great evening friends!,


  1. Sounds like a fun and busy last week for you all! Cute ideas!
    Conversations in Literacy

  2. I love the ocean stuff you posted! We're doing a unit right now so it's super useful.
    I have a month to go until school's over but I feel BEHIND! so I'm probaby going to do lots of catch up work :)

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  3. Your week sounds so fun! :) Enjoy your kiddos on your last days together!

    Second Grade Sugar and Spice

  4. Wow what a busy week! Lots of fun ideas!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  5. Obsessed with your graphics and cutsie crafts!!
    Happy Memorial Day :)

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog is Having a Giveaway!
    My TpT Store 20% Sale

  6. I love the camp fire. TpT and teacher blogs are awesome! It's amazing how many great and super cute resources can be at your fingertips.

    April Walker@ The Idea Backpack