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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Guest: Stellar Students

I love visiting Krista's blog. First it is just so cute!! Ladybugs and polka dots... what could be better?

But I also learn so much from her. One of my favorite things is that she not only shares her ideas but provides a wide selection of ideas from Pinterest or the Internet. She allows me to see her thought process and to learn how she picks and chooses what to use for her classroom.






Hi everyone!  I am Krista from Stellar-Students.


I have taught 3rd grade for 15 years.  There is never a DULL moment teaching 3rd graders.  I teach in southwest Illinois.   I am so excited to be a guest blogger for Misty today..... She is absolutely amazing!! Thanks for stopping by to visit.  ( I'm TOTALLY soaking up this visit with Misty.... It can be a little crazy in my world... I have four  sweet ( most of the time) kiddos ,and let me tell you they keep my husband and I BUSY!)

I wanted to share with you a favorite (or two) end of school activities that I use in my classroom.  As we are wrapping things up for the year, I find myself looking for ideas to keep my kiddos engaged while having some fun.   The first idea I will share with you was Pinterest inspired.  What would we do without Pinterest?!!! Seriously!!  Take a peek at this picture.


Notice all the balloons suspended from our ceiling...  This is our Bursting the Balloons countdown.  There are slips of paper in each balloon that have a unique activity written on them.  At the end of each day I select one student to choose a balloon to POP.  Whatever unique activity is in that balloon, will be the activity we do the following day.  Many of the activities are things such as a walk outside, pick a subject to have outside, popcorn party, extra recess, and etc.  You can find my Bursting the Balloons countdown with activity slips in my packet listed at the end of this post....   The pin on Pinterest showed a 20 day countdown.  I decided to hang one balloon for each student instead so that each kiddo had a chance to pop a balloon.

My other FAVORITE thing I wanted to share with you is a Memory Book.  I LOVE having my students create a memory book of their year.  It's a great time for them to reflect upon the year, and I love to print out some of the pics I have taken throughout the year for the students to put in this booklet.  It's such a great keepsake!! ( It's my favorite Mom thing to tuck away for my own kiddos in their special keepsake box.)

Take a peek at my Memory Book and Bursting the Balloons FREEBIE.



You can find this freebie HERE at my TPT store.  Please let me know what you think.

Okay.. I HAVE to go, but I have had so much fun at Think, Wonder, Teach today.  Thanks Misty!!


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2 Comments:

At April 15, 2012 at 7:03 AM , Blogger Erin Franklin said...

Thank you SO much for the balloon freebie. I actually blogged about the idea not too long ago, but I still don't have my list of activities finished. Your list gave me a few ideas that I hadn't thought of- and my kiddos will be so excited about! I also love the memory book. I'm your newest follower. =)
First with Franklin

 
At April 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM , Blogger Erika said...

I love the balloon idea! I'm going to do this the last month of school.

 

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