Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Having Fun with our 6th Grade Buddies





  

Here are some samples I found on the web to give us inspiration for a half hour of creative art with our 6th grade buddies last week.



 I think I had about 15 of the  6th graders and about 10 of the 2nd graders in my class for this buddy activity the day before Valentines.  Each of our classes wrote letters to our buddies for Valentines Day and sent them some candy of some sort.  We gave suckers and licorice.  They gave us chocolate mini candy bars...Mmmm!

Some kids in my class have 2 buddies....because the 6th grade classes are larger than 2nd grade classes....


But everybody really likes who they got for a buddy...no matter if it is one kid or two kids....


Then We made creations just using scraps of construction paper from our recycling bin and heart cut outs from red, pink, purple and white. Look at what fun it was for just 30 minutes the day before Valentines!



We've played kickball with our buddies...we've done multiplication games with our buddies....So we thought,

as teachers...maybe we could do a joint art project with our buddies?
Valentine Creations abounded.....


They also invited us to their production of MacBeth, the Shakesperian play....it was fantastic!  


Here are some close ups of all the "animals" we created.....
And some close ups of the kids who created them....with some buddy help.....


I am not the greatest photog that ever lived as you can see...


I think they were all proud of their creations....

We'll have to do this again next year! 
Valentines Creative Art Projects....


Hope everybody had a Happy Valentines Day!


Friday, February 17, 2012

Presidents Day Activities

PRESIDENT'S DAY IS COMING UP!  We will be studying some of the best of them this week! 

Presidents Day Art Project......make some PORTRAITS OF THE PRESIDENTS! 
A fun maze I found for Presidents Day HERE at free kids crafts.
Here's George Washington's artistic portrait!  
And here is Abe Lincoln's portrait...done by 2nd graders! 


We have been learning about Washington and Lincoln in honor of their birthdays and the upcoming President's Day Holiday on Monday.

It's a directed drawing......

I did it with the kids on the board while they did it at desks.....

This was a great trick....so kids could see the close up details...these are little 2 x 4 inch copies...
in a library pocket...I passed one out to each student...


They also each got an outline like this to help start out.....
Then I had the mom helpers cut out frames in red and blue for the oval portraits....and the kids
cut around their oval shapes.....

The frames weren't perfect...but they add a lot don't you think? 

Here's a fun youtube video that tells a little fact about each American President that we've had in the U.S.
It's funny and it is sung to a familiar tune. The students will love it!  Another teachers does a whole unit on Symbols of America that is fantastic. Her link is HERE at Mrs. Jumps Class.

Here's my friend Marcia's bulletin board....she added eagles and lots of stars  to her kids' board.....


We added a star and the typed birth and death years.....

The kids had their choice of weekly readers to read....some of them read all week and finished them all! 
We also listened to a book on tape of both of their lives....Presidents Lincoln and Washington....

Then we wrote facts on the board in two big lists.....
 




Some fion and non fiction books on Presidents .....I like to use text "sets" of books to
front load all of the content so my kids can learn first....write after they synthesize the information...
We made portraits of the presidents, read lots of literature books on President's Day and some Scholastic News and Weekly Readers too. Some of my presidents literature is "just for fun".

I collect sets of these and save them in magazine boxes for holidays like President's Day....

 I got some little individual flags on stands for each of the kids to take home too. Do you think they liked them?
Gavin, Emma and Flint lovin their flags....
Gavin did a 4 page report... I loved his work! It was wonderful! 

Everyone did a great job....I loved them all....
 Then we wrote reports on either president of our choice.  Here they are!  The kids did a great job!
Peter wrote about Lincoln too....most of the kids chose Washington....which was
funny because most of my literature books are on Lincoln....hmmm....

I think they liked the look of Washington better...that must have been it!  

President's Day Art Projects....so cute!  

I found this cute paper on clearance last year....Great for a Patriotic Holiday like President's Day! 

Some kids wrote about Lincoln and picked the Log Cabin paper instead....it's cute too! 

Great job on the writing guys....

We practiced our spelling list on these Mr. Lincoln puppets....and wrote  the
spelling words in white crayon....they turned out looking a little....under the weather....and I think
the hands are backwards too......  hmmm ....I think sometimes I must not be the greatest instructor!!  LOL 

But no matter....have a Happy President's Day Holiday anyway!  And may God Bless America!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine Kids Cards and Valentine Card Holders...


This week is Valentines Day.  We've been busy doing Valentine Cards for parents and relatives and making our Valentine Holders for Tuesday's Valentine Party.

Here's our finished Valentine Card Holders for the party Tuesday...

We used big squares of butcher paper in pink, red, lavender and purple for our Valentine Card Holders........

Mrs. Kenner, one of our mom helpers had spent an hour punching out die cut hearts for us last week....
We also added some Mrs. Moss had cut out (scrolled looking pink ones) and she copied some on pink colored paper...the ones with the faces....


Here is how to start....take a 24 inch square and fold up the left and right bottom corners to the middle. (bottom of heart)

Then use a stapler and staple them a bit overlapping in the middle...I use 2 or 3 staples so they are secure.  (Just
staple the top level, not all the way through...so you have a pointy cone shaped pocket....

Then cut around the top of the back side of cone...make it a heart shape on the 2 top sides....like this.....


Then cut some white poster board 2 inch by 15 inch strips for the "handles" and staple them to the top and the inside front....

Like this handle here....then let the kids decorate....I also passed out heart stickers then could use....

I stapled them up and down the hallway outside our door....that way they can go around on Tuesday
and deliver all their Valentines to the different Valentine Holders with the names on the tops.
 Then we made some parent cards and wrote on cute stationery some Dear Mom and Dad letters and also a buddy letter to our 6th grade buddies.  It took us 2 days to finish both letters but they were really cute.
I forgot to take some pictures but they were really sweet and heartfelt letters....

I had a big Tupperware bin full of hearts and cut outs and things to decorate the cards with. 

Kids Valentine Cards were all pretty unique!  

The parent letters and cards got a chocolate heart wrapped in silver attached.  The buddy letters
and cards just got a sucker attached and we sent them down a package of red licorice for their class.
They had just finished performing the play Macbeth. So it was a wrap party snack.  

Cute buddy cards....I forgot to take a picture of all the parent cards but they were even prettier.  Who knew
they would take more time and effort on mom and dad's card?  Yeah....I knew they would.....mmmhmmmm.....



Then we made mom and dad a woven heart with some silvery purple or red "kiss lips" attached.
They were not easy for the kids because they had to weave in and out on the pink and red. 

This is what they start out looking like.....

And this is how they turned out... really cute!  I hope the parents will hang
these cute hearts from a chandelier or light fixture....super cute!  
And here are my little valentines.  We went to the Thanksgiving Point petting zoo on Saturday. 

We fed the animals...rode the tractor hayride.....

And did the pony rides....it was super fun being together with family! 


I found an awesome link to a tutorial on those paper roses I've been seeing on craft blogs and on T.V. morning shows.These would have been so cute on our parent or buddy cards too!

The link is HERE at Kids Baristanet for the tutorial.  We may have to use this idea for a Mother's Day card in May.
Barista Kids cute paper roses....


She had a really cute way to make an envelope out of a heart too....
 We made up poems later in the week. I will post those soon.  In the meantime....here are some fun ideas for Valentines activities next week.

Make up a silly “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue” poem.

Decorate a card with thumbprints and
write “Thumb”body loves you!

Write cards where each person shares 1 thing that they love
about every person in their family.

Send home sidewalk chalk. Have kids turn the driveway at home
into a giant Valentine’s Day card by decorating it with chalk.

Write an acrostic poem using the letters L O V E.


HAPPY VALENTINES DAY EVERYONE! 

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