close

First Grade Gallery- Lessons for Little Learners | category: Craftivities

home

First Grade Gallery- Lessons for Little Learners

A blog for creative classroom ideas and lessons for K-2 teachers!

firstgradegallery.blogspot.com

End of the Year Projects~ Keepsake Pizza Box and Memory Book!

Boy this year just flew by! I can't believe that next week we start our end of the year projects! I am sitting here this evening printing the pages I need to make our oh, so cute pizza boxes! This is a tradition of mine and I consider it and the contents inside (like a DVD of class photos) to be my gift to the students and families! 

End of the Year Projects~ Keepsake Pizza Box and Memory Book!

My mom did a lovely job coloring this example for the photo shoot, don't you think? She had fun making it! Mom comes in every year at this time (and weekly too) to help me. She assembles the boxes and passes out all of the children's treasures I have been saving.

One project from each month and all sorts of goodies like pick sticks, cubby tags and other special items get sent home in the box. The kids have a blast looking through all of their crafts while remembering all of the fun themes we had throughout the year! The parents go crazy when they come home and absolutely LOVE the boxes!

I took a trip out this weekend to Gordon Food Service to pick up some small white boxes. I was happy to walk out of there with 50 boxes for $15.00! Local pizza places will often donate boxes too if you smile and tell them you are a teacher! 

What else is in the box? When you lift the lid, there is a cute page of ABC's through the year. I type up some special things that we have done during the year that begin with that first letter. Inside is a sentence completion page about the year too. I always personalize a special poem for each child to include. All of those pages are in the Pizza Box Craftivity

End of the Year Projects~ Keepsake Pizza Box and Memory Book!

End of the Year Projects~ Keepsake Pizza Box and Memory Book!

NEW THIS YEAR... I thought it would be really cute to add a slice of pizza to the box in the form of a shape book! 

End of the Year Projects~ Keepsake Pizza Box and Memory Book!

As we look back at the year, we will use the brainstorming sheet that is included to generate some ideas for writing on each page of the book. 
There is one page for each slice, or month, of the year! 

End of the Year Projects~ Keepsake Pizza Box and Memory Book!

End of the Year Projects~ Keepsake Pizza Box and Memory Book!

Here is how my example turned out:
End of the Year Projects~ Keepsake Pizza Box and Memory Book!

End of the Year Projects~ Keepsake Pizza Box and Memory Book!

 It looks good enough to eat! I printed mine in color, but there are black and white covers for the students to color too. Covers are created for Kindergarten, First, Second and Third Graders.

FLASH FREEBIE ALERT!
This brand new item will be free for the next two hours! 
Head over to my store and grab a copy to try out with your class! 
I hope you like it! :)

I like looking back with these kinds of activities as much as the kids do. 
We always end the year feeling wildly accomplished!






Clock Flowers!

Hello First Grade Gallery friends! Was it the best Teacher Appreciation Week ever for you? I sure hope so! I wanted to share a fun activity we worked on for our May bulletin board! We practiced telling time and made a project at the same time! See how cute they turned out!

Clock Flowers!
I did this with my Second Graders to review time to five minute intervals, but you could easily modify this for your Firsties. The flower pattern is from Amy Lemons time unit. I hope she doesn't mind, because I didn't see the new revision :), but I changed up the craft a bit to make it more of a math station activity to review for MAP testing.

First, I printed some rainbow arrows from Jen at Teaching in the Tongass to use as clock hand manipulatives. I also printed a sheet of digital clocks from Teacher Gems.

I had some great task cards from Rachel Lynette all copied and so I decided to do a scoot activity where each station required the students to model the time with the flower clocks and then use the recording sheet to write the correct answer. I am going to be working on additional sets of task cards because my class just loves to SCOOT! I'll let you know when they are ready!

Clock Flowers!

Once we finished the scoot, whichever task card was on the student's desk was the one they had to show on the clock project. They glued down the clock hands and wrote in the digital time. The digital clock is glued to one leaf.

The kids had a fun time with telling time and now, we have a colorful May Flowers bulletin board!




100th Day Activities for the Classroom and a Giveaway

Before you know it, we will be celebrating the 100th Day of school. It's a really big deal especially for Kindergartners and Firsties! My 100th Day packet of printables and activities has had a major makeover! I have expanded to set to include many new pages I think my class will love! 

100th Day Activities for the Classroom and a Giveaway

100th Day Activities for the Classroom and a Giveaway

100th Day Activities for the Classroom and a Giveaway

100th Day Activities for the Classroom and a Giveaway

This item is perfect for a new teacher looking for ideas for your first 100th Day celebration! It has everything you need to plan your day with worksheets, writing pages, a poem, center activities and projects, a class snack, a 100th day photo prop, collections, awards and even has ready-made parent letters to send home.

Maybe you have had more 100's Days than you care to count, like me, and just want some more resources to add to the things you already do on the big day. You can check out the item and read more at my store by clicking on any of the pictures! The set is priced at a discount for a short time.

You can download a freebie coloring page from the set here

My Blog Makeover!
Ta Da! I was so excited to log in today to see that the talented Alicia at Dreamlike Magic was able to finish the installation of my blog template! The other template I had was a freebie and just disappeared one day!

I have several blogs and did not want to spend a lot for a custom design since I already have one at Creative Lesson Cafe. This beautiful flowery design  is one of their premade templates. If you are on a budget but want a fresh new look, you should go check out the other designs she has to offer. They are all cute and colorful. Perfect for a teacher blog. 

This is the header from my classroom blog for parents also a premade by Alicia.

100th Day Activities for the Classroom and a Giveaway

Its just my style too! 

A Giveaway!

Head on over to Teachers Notebook between now and January 11th  to enter to win this new Arctic Animals PowerPoint! It's so easy to enter! I am giving it away to 3 lucky winners. 

100th Day Activities for the Classroom and a Giveaway

Thanks for being the first friends to stop by and see the new blog design!
 Remember, your comments always make my day! :)

Slices of My Year Pizza Box Giveaway on Teacher's Notebook

The year is sadly, happily, well, just coming to an end in the next few weeks and so my class is getting ready to do some thinking about our school year and how much they have grown in first grade! 

I've been saving a project each month in a jumbo storage bin for our keepsake pizza boxes. The students really enjoy looking back at all of the fun times we have had with each of our themes and holidays as we pass back their forgotten treasures and photos I have taken.  I've been doing this craftivity for years and it is wildly popular with the kids and parents!

 It's now available at my shops and as a giveaway promo on Teachers Notebook!

Slices of My Year Pizza Box Giveaway on Teacher's Notebook


Click here to enter the giveaway on Teachers Notebook:



On another note~I've been looking into custom blog designs (that is on my summer bucket list) and thinking about names that speak to lower elementary teachers and creativity. The one that comes to mind, especially when putting our projects into the pizza boxes is "Glitter Everywhere"! I'm sure you can relate!
End of the Year Projects~ Keepsake Pizza Box and Memory Book!Clock Flowers!100th Day Activities for the Classroom and a GiveawaySlices of My Year Pizza Box Giveaway on Teacher's Notebook

Report "First Grade Gallery- Lessons for Little Learners"

Are you sure you want to report this post for ?

Cancel
×