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As the end of the year approaches, we often find ourselves looking for fun and meaningful cross-curricular activities to keep our students engaged and teach them up until that very last day. It is not easy being a teacher and an entertainer, at the same time trying to keep up with all the EOY madness. However, don’t worry sista I got you covered with a fun and engaging worksheet!

Thank you to Education.com for collaborating with me on this blog post to create fun and educational worksheets for my classroom. All opinions stated are my own. I only publish guest contents from products that I use and love.

Word search is one of my favorite end of the year activity to introduce to 1st graders because it’s FUN, keeps their INTEREST, and I can use it across ALL core subjects. I recently introduced a Bug Theme Word Search worksheet to wrap up the Life Cycle unit in science and oh boy, my students are in love with word search. They ask me to provide them with word search every day now. They think it’s a race to see who can find all the words the fastest, and to determine who is the class’s best speller. Apparently, the faster you are, the better the speller you are too. LOL. Kids will be kids.

My students were fascinated with the Bug Theme Word Search worksheet because it corresponded with our Life Cycle unit in Science about butterfly and ladybug. In addition, the word bank had words, my students could read independently. It’s a great way to encourage reading and spelling, especially at the end of the year.

The first thing we did was go over the pictures on the word search. We discussed the butterfly and ladybug life cycle and the importance of the life cycle. Let’s say it was a very meaningful discussion because my students showed they learned a lot. Next, my students read the word bank 3 times (together as a class, in their group, and by themselves quietly) and we went over what each word meant. Then, I explained and showed my students how to look for words in the word search by emphasizing on spelling the words correctly as you look for them. Finally, I gave my students the choice to work independently or in pairs on their Bug Theme Word Search. Guess what they chose? Partners!

By the way, did you notice that the Bug Theme Word Search was literacy and science integrated?! What a WIN-WIN end of the year activity in my book! To keep your students excited and learning at the end of the year, give your little learners the creeps with this fun creepy crawlie word search. 
For more fun and engaging spelling activities, go to Education.com!

The best part of the Bug Word Search worksheet was that I could use a different set of words for the same theme. Yes, you read that right! My students enjoyed the Bug Word Search so much that I created another word search with the same theme using science spelling words. I did all that for FREE from Education.com.

If you have a favorite end of the year activity you do with your students, comment below and share. I would love to read all about it.

FREE Quick And Easy End of the Year Word Search

May 22, 2018

Can you believe it's already May? In less than 1.5 week, I can finally say "TEACHER ON SUMMER BREAK!
Till then the learning in my first-grade classroom doesn't stop. Womp, womp, womp! Yes, I'm that teacher! We don't stop learning until the very last day of school. Yayyyy??? HAHA! #bestteacherever or should I use a different hashtag?

If you're a first-grade teacher like me, or have students that need extra fact families practice you came to the right blog! *sings out loud the Price is Right theme song* YESSSSS, YOU, COMEEEEEEE ON OVER!!

This year my class has been working hard on memorizing their addition and subtraction facts. We've done life-size fact families games, outdoor chalk activities, students vs. teacher competitions, and a ton of other activities to help us.

In fact, fact families are such a  B-I-G deal in my classroom that I'm going to end the school year with a Fact Families Par-tayyy for my students! In addition, I want to give you all a sneak peek of what this party is all about since most of us don't have that many school days left. Knowing me, if I wait to post photos of this party in action, this blog probably won't be up until after summer break. #teacherlife #keepingitreal So if you're interested on how to host a Fact Families Party, keep on reading. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram as well. I will be posting photos from my Fact Families party sometimes this week.

STEP ONE: A Party Banner and Party Hats
You can make DIY party hats with your students or purchase some from the Dollar Store. You don't need to go all out with party decorations. However, you may if you wish to. I will be keeping my party simple with party hats from Target and a handmade banner made from butcher paper.

STEP TWO: Fact Families Centers
Create fact families centers where students can rotate and move around. There are 4 fun and FREE printable centers for this party.

Center 1: Fact Families Puzzles

Print, laminate, and cut out the puzzles. Put 3-4 puzzles on a party plate (1 party plate per student). Depending on how many students you have, you may need more or less puzzles. Each student will try to match the 3 numbers with their fact families. When they're done, they can exchange their plate with another student.

Center 2: Complete the Fact Families
Print out the fact families worksheet(s) and have students complete them in different ways. Since it is the end of the year, I am going to allow my students the choice to do what they like. I will provide them with a list of choices that they can choose from. EX: Complete the worksheet(s) with markers, gel pens, with a partner, in groups, anywhere in the classroom, etc. You can decide what choices are best for your students.

Center 3: Create Your "Magical" Own Fact Families
Pass out the blank fact families worksheet to each student. Have the students write 3 numbers inside the circles using a white crayon. They will then give their worksheet to another friend at their center to complete. That friend will use a colored marker to color each circle anddddd................BAM! the 3 magical numbers will appear. They will use those 3 magical numbers to write the fact families.

Center 4: Write the Room
Print and tape the fact families cards around the room, and outside the hall if you can. Next to each card, write a clue describing where the proceeding card could be found at. 

[OPTIONAL] Once students find all 10 cards and have the correct answers on their sheet, they will come to you and receive a prize. I will be giving each student a raffle ticket for a chance to win our party's grand prize. Do I know what that grand prize will be? Not yet LOL! Maybe a round of applause or a standing ovation from the class HAHAHA! JK. I seriously don’t know yet.

And there you have it - 2 easy steps for hosting a Fact Families Party! You can download all the free printables to host your own Fact Families party by clicking the image below.

If you host your own fact families party, don't forget to tag me on Instagram @classroomshenanigans

Let's Host a FREE EOY Fact Families Party!

May 20, 2018


Hello Friends!

How many more days of school do you have left before summer? 4? 8? 12? 15? If you're one of those teachers who's already on summer break, well then LUCKY for you! For those who are still in school, summer just couldn't get here any quicker right?

The end of the year means the kids are buzzing with excitement, the days seem longer, your class acts crazier, and YOU are in survival mode. So, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite end of the year behavior incentive with you during this exciting and crazy time!

The ICE CREAM PARTY!!! 
What kid doesn't love ice cream or enjoy an ice cream party? Especially at the end of the year?! ✋✋✋ You're probably wondering what is this ice cream party and how does it work?

The ICE CREAM PARTY is a fun behavior incentive where students work together to earn an ice cream party.
Every day students have the opportunity to earn letters based on their overall class behavior and performance at the end of the day. Before students can earn a letter, they must convince YOU with 3 compelling reasons why they earn a letter for the day. Once they earn all 8 letters to spell the words "Ice Cream," they have earned their party.

To start this ice cream party incentive, download the letters HERE. Print, laminate, and cut them out. Then add a magnet strip or double-sided tape to the back of each letter. Hang the letters somewhere visible on the whiteboard or anywhere you want on your classroom wall. Viola! You're off to a fun and non-chaotic end of the school year.

Want to make your Ice Cream Party LIVELIER?  
Bring the beach to your students with this YouTube video of a beach scene with relaxing guitar music. Have your students pretend they're at the beach enjoying a nice ice cream sundae with their friends!  

Side note: There are 8 letters in the word "ice cream". You should have at least 9 or more days to start this fun behavior incentive. However, if you don't, it's all cool. Just pin this post to your Pinterest board and come back to it next year.

I hope you try this with your class and end the school year with a memorable BANG!!

End of the Year Ice Cream Party Behavior Incentive {FREEBIE}

May 27, 2017

Are you looking for fun ways to celebrate the last few weeks or days of school with your students? We’ve spent so much time with our students and have become such great friends with them that it’s only natural for us to want to end the year with a BANG! Having a celebration at the end of the year can be so much fun, especially when we celebrate the students for who they are.

Here are 6 End of the Year Ideas:

1. Hashtag Awards 
Award your hardworking students with 21st Century style certificates. Each student gets a personalized award that describes their personality using a hashtag. This set of Hashtag Awards is an editable PDF product with 47 ready to print awards.

2. Most Likely To... Awards
These fun and whimsical “Most Likely To” certificates will get you and your students smiling! Each student will get a personalized award predicting what they will most likely do in the future base on their personality. There is a total of 60 editable and ready to print awards in this product. It contains 2 sets of 30 awards. 1 set for boys and 1 set for girls.

3. Graduation Certification
Promote your students to the next grade level by presenting them with this End of the Year Graduation Certificate to show your appreciation of all their hard word this year. It's a very simple yet traditional certificate perfect for any school and grade level. It is an EDITABLE certificate, giving you the flexibility to personalize the student's name, grade, school name, date, and teacher/principal signature.

4. Memory Book
Use this memory book to create a keepsake for your students as the school year comes to an end. It is the perfect end of the year reflective activity. It includes a cover for each grade level from Pre-K to 5th Grade. There are tons of opportunity in the memory book for students to be writers and artists.

5. Graduation Signs
These adorable Graduation signs make the perfect photo prop for end of the year keepsakes! Print the sign you need, have students hold it, and capture adorable photos!

6. Last Day of School Signs
Grab this pack of primary colors and chalkboard signs for student picture for last day of school. Take individual photos of your students holding the sign on the last day of school. Send the photos home as a memorable keepsake for the students at the end of the year!

FREE End of the Year Resources

May 13, 2017

HAHAHAH. Am I the only one who feels this way in May? Ever since I started my teaching career, May has been my least favorite month out of the 10 months that we’re at work! I must constantly remind myself that May is just a patience test because if I survive this month without pulling my hair (HAHA!) I get to see the beach for a whole summer. I mean who invented May without consulting the teachers first?! LOL! Teachers have so much to do in May such as getting our beach bodies ready for the summer (hahaha JK!), Mother’s Day crafts, Parent-Teacher conferences, State Testing/End of the Year Assessments, Report Cards, and the list goes on. But it’s all good because we love what we do, that’s why we’re TEACHERS!! #teacherlifeforlife Work gets tough, but teachers never give it!!

Times like this month is when teachers need a motivational push the most. Stress and frustration are at its highest for teachers, but with a little reminder from schools and communities, teachers won’t have to feel like they are alone or underappreciated. With National Teacher’s Appreciation Week coming up next week from May 8th-May 12, it’s the perfect time to appreciate teachers in our lives.

A simple “Thank you for all your hard work” would do, but I've always loved the idea of pampering teachers with little gifts. If I could send every one of my teacher-friends here a gift next week I would. Unfortunately, I can’t which is why I created these Teacher Appreciation gift tags for you as a token of my appreciation. #iappreciateteachers
The gift tags go PERFECTLY with goodie bags or teacher items (coffee cup, gift cards, stationery, etc.) you may find at Target. You don’t need to give teachers an expensive gift or a $100 gift card (although that would be nice 😉😉), but something genuine that describes who they are. Being a teacher myself, I love it when I’m spoiled with gifts that match my personality because it’s personalized and more meaningful to me.

Here are some ways you can assemble the Teacher Appreciation gift tags together.
The perfect gift for that one teacher-friend who we know LOVES coffee and gift card.

A mani-set for that teacher-friend who always gotta have their nails on fleek.

 
Notepad & flair pen for that stationery-obsessed teacher!

 
We all know that one teacher-friend who can't live without Dr. Pepper or Coke!

There are so many different ways to assemble the gift tags. All you need is a piece of twine or ribbon to attach the gift tag to the tangible item. Simple and easy to put together with little effort!

Grab your Teacher Appreciation gift tags HERE:
Don’t forget to thank a teacher in your life, past or present, next week!

Happy Teaching!

Teacher Appreciation Ideas + Gift Tags FREEBIE!

May 6, 2017

Holy macaroni!! Can you believe it's April already? In less than 70 days the school year will be over! How exciting and sad is that?? I can never get my emotions straight at the end of May. I don’t know whether to cry because my students will officially be out of my classroom and on to another one, or to jump for joy because there'll be no more lesson planning and grading until August 🙏🙏 *SIGH* #storyofateacherslife

Moving on. Easter is right around the corner and we still need to keep the classroom spirit alive so here are a few goodies you can implement in your classroom for a little extra fun.

First up, Easter Gift tag.

I want to keep my Easter treat simple this year because O-M-G, my students and their chocolate/candy consumption this year is off the chart! (Not really, I'm just being dramatic HAHA.) But seriously, have you guys noticed that this year almost every monthly celebration that involves sweet and sugar always fall on a Sunday before a school day or ON a school day. *palm to the face* This year, to keep my sanity the day after Easter I am choosing a simple candy for my students.

For this little treat, all you need is a bag of lollipops from the Dollar Store and my Easter gift tag. Cut out the Easter gift tag along the gray line and attach it to the lollipop with tape or glue. Done and done! They're a great little treat for your students or something to send with your own kids to school. They're also super easy to put together and inexpensive!! #teachersforthewin

The Easter gift tag works with other candies as well if you don’t want to use lollipops. You can stick the gift tag onto a bag of popcorn and give it to your colleagues, or attach the gift tag with a cute ribbon to a goodie bag. However you decide to use the Easter gift tag your students will love your treat regardless because it’s from you, their TEACHER. To download the Easter Gift Tag just click on the picture below.

Just a reminder, the Easter gift tag is part of my FREE MONTHLY Gift Tags growing bundle made exclusively for you. Please subscribe to my blog and follow me on TeachersPayTeachers (Classroom Shenanigans) to get a monthly update on next month's gift tag freebie.

Next up, Easter Match-up.

Twelve Easter egg cards and one worksheet are included which makes this the perfect little small group activity or partner activity. It is perfect for reviewing the famous consonant digraphs in Kindergarten: sh, th, wh, ch. This activity works perfectly for the month of April so no need to put them away after all the Easter excitement has died down!

To start the activity, students will take turn matching the picture and word to make an Easter egg. The students will share the word they found with everyone in the group or to their partner. Then everyone will search their worksheet to identify it and write the beginning digraph on the line next to the corresponding picture. Everyone will take turn matching the pictures and words until all the eggs have been paired. Once all the eggs have been paired correctly, students can color the worksheet (border, picture, and "Missing Digraphs" word) for FUN!

Click the picture below to download your copy!

Enjoy your freebies and have an AH-MAZING April!! If you have any questions, please let me know. Til next time ✌️✌️

Easter Freebies! - Gift Tag + Digraphs Game

April 4, 2017

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