Mother's Day- Quick and Easy Ideas

Mother's Day will be here before you know it. If you are like me you have already been thinking about what you can do with your class this year. I wanted something this year that was a little different from years past but also quick and easy.

Now I am not all that crafty. I see super cute ideas all the time and when I try it..well it sure does not look the same. Does anyone have that luck? I also wanted to find ideas that could also work for those who do not have a Mom. Aunt's and Grandma's are just as important!

I did find these ideas and they look like they would not be too hard to create.
These caught my eye. Students could do many different things to decorate the bags. I also like how she put the flowers in a plastic bag before putting it together. Click the picture to read about the how to.

How cute are these flower pens? Most of the items shown here can be purchased at Dollar Tree or Michaels. All you need are pens, flowers, little pots, and moss. I like how this is something that can be made with little teacher assistance.

Now most Mom's me included love when we have a memento from when their kids were little. This handprint flower crafts would be just perfect!

Simple, easy and adorable! You could even add a school picture from this year at the bottom.

 I saw this all over Pinterest last year. The picture below would work well together!

When I came across this next idea I knew this is exactly what I wanted my kids to create

I am going to do it a little different. I am going to have blue butcher paper up on a wall with pictures of hearts drawn on it. I like how it looks and is different and EASY!!

Along with these cute pictures my students in class with have the option to create a flower craft , coupon book or just write about their moms.
                          Here is the flower craft. I like to run it on colored paper to make it pop!
These are the writing pages we will be using. You can grab them for FREE in my TPT shop.

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 Looking for more Mother's Day ideas? Check out my board on Pinterest.

Whatever you pick I know all the Mom's out there will truly appreciate your hard work!
Wishing all the Mom's out there the most wonderful Mother's Day.

Tall Tales- What I'm Teaching This Week

This is always one genre of books that I love to teach. Over the past few years, I save this for the last few weeks of school. 1- to keep those mind on school work instead of the warm temps outside and 2- my students are fascinated by these characters and the exaggerated events they get into!
A few year ago I got a unit from Kristen Smith and it is JAM packed with so many great ideas for the books I am reading this week.

To start off the week we talk about the elements of a Tall Tale. We use this anchor chart made by
Life In First Grade, Her's is much better than mine..haha

Our first book of the week is Pecos Bill

We then start a list of all the Books/ Characters we will be reading about during the week. Here is where my kids will tell about why/ how this book is a Tall Tale. We focus a lot on looking for
the elements with each book.
Then students complete this or another graphic organizer

We will keep the format the same all week another Tall Tale, list the traits and elements of that tale, compare them to other characters we read about during the week and some more writing. Here are the other books we will be reading.

This amazing pack also comes with  literacy centers that we will be using this week. Some of the skills covered are antonyms, punctuation, adjectives, ABC order, segmenting words, and writing "how to" stories. I know these will keep my students excited about learning this week!

Another great set of centers we will also be using this week is this Picnic Set from Reagan Tunstall
Here students will be working on sight words, building sentences, compound words, blends, and antonyms.

Here are some pictures of us working on centers from last week

The kids look forward to these each week. It also gives me a great deal of information on how they are doing with these skills.

Make sure to stop by next week to hear all about another favorite week of mine... the 3 Little Pigs!

Happy Teaching.

Earth Day- What I'm Teaching This Week

April is just cruising by! We finished our last round of NWEA testing this week. I have so many exciting activities planned for these last 7 weeks of school...... 7 weeks!! WOAH

This wee is all about Earth Day. Over the years, I have my staple lessons that I always cover but, every year I always want/need to look for newer fresher ideas.  WAAAAAAYYYYY back in the day when I started teaching there was nowhere near the amount of books and resources that we have access to today! 
Here are the books we will be using this week to discover what Earth Day is and how we can help.

 This book is what we will read first. After our reading, we create an anchor chart that talks about what we can do to help the Earth.


I also turn this activity into a writing assignment for my students. Students will use one of these organizers to assist with their writing.

One other topic we read and talk a lot about is Recycling. Here are some books that I have found that we will read.

We use these interactive notebook tabs to define what each word means and ways we can do these things too. I print them off on colored paper so they are noticeable in our notebooks.
Another activity we work on during the week is a fact opinion sort. I have these cards (bigger) and as a class we sort them. As a follow-up activity, some students will get these to sort on their own.

I saw this anchor chart on Pinterest last year and made it. I plan on doing it again this year too!

We will also be making this craft too using coffee filters and the rainbow below.

Our literacy centers will all be about Earth Day this week. Here is a picture of my sentence scramble set. Some students will work on this independently while others may do this as a center with a group of students.

Write the room is another FAVORITE activity that my kids work on. I have picture cards like this all around the room with a response sheet.

This flip book is another activity that will be a center that I will be using throughout the week.
Here is a peek at what the activities look like:

If you are following my TPT store I sent out this pack of literacy centers as follower freebie yesterday. Here is what was included

If you don't follow me on TPT you can click HERE~ and just click the green star. That way next time I send out another freebie you won't miss it. You can still access these centers for the next week just by clicking on the cover above or by  clicking here.  To take a closer look at any other of the Earth Day activities just click on the covers below

This weekend I am running a special deal that you will only hear about here! If you purchase any 2 of these Earth Day activities I will email 1 more of them to you for FREE! Just email me at with your TPT user name and which resource you would like!

Hope you have a fun and adventurous week!