End of Year Activities (and they are all FREE!)

I hope you are enjoying your 3-day weekend (for those that have to go back to school....)

For those of you out for summer..... (insert jealous face)... hope you are enjoying your LONG break!

We still have 9 more days left and like most, we have finished most of our curriculum plans and objectives that have to be taught.  These next two weeks will be filled with some crafts, fun-themed days, and lots of end-of-year testing for me!  (DRA ring a bell?!)

So... I just wanted to stop in today to share a few activities you can use with your students and yes... they are all FREE!





You can click on the pictures anytime below to take you to the FREE product!

You have finished up a wonderful year and it is time to reflect on the memories that were made....

These next products are great to reflect on this past school year!


This packet is a fun-filled ocean-themed memory book that your students can fill in!
(This one may take a few days!)


And you can remember your year with this fun craft below:


There are writing prompts on the cupcake pieces to help your students complete the craftivity!


Do you just need a day of FUN?  Then you may want to have a "Watermelon Day!"

Do you do a pumpkin day in the fall?  Predictions, weight, measurement activities, graphing, etc...?!

You can do the same with a watermelon!

This little student booklet will help your students complete their day of FUN!



And as teachers we know that our students ARE going to lose some material from now until the next year!

These next activities can help pass the time AND keep your students writing and engaged!


You can use sight words, or your theme choice!  I have included blank templates as well to meet your needs!

We did this in our class this past week and we chose a summer theme!




This packet has lots of great activities to use with sight words!  
(You will need your own set of sight word cards)

This packet is generic to use with ANY list of words!


This next packet is for your kinder babies and/or RTI first graders!


It includes interactive templates for ALL of the pre-primer sight words from the Dolch Word list.


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With the end of the year... usually comes a time for celebration and it's usually in the form of an awards ceremony!

If you are looking for some easy prep awards.... check out these below!

I have included them in color AND b/w if you wish to print on colored cardstock!






Hope some of these activities will help you get through the last few days of school!!

And then.... Happy Summer!

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End-of-Year Behavior Splits (and Happy Mother's Day!)

Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms today!  I hope your day was fabulous with the ones you love!
I got to double-dip into the goodies today.... not only did I get to celebrate Mother's Day with MY mom and my boys, but I turned the big 3-0 today!  Yikes!  Every 5-6 years I get to celebrate mother's day AND my birthday together!

(I also put my TpT store on sale for this weekend to celebrate!)

To start my day I received this sweet card from Jaxon this morning!

(He wrote this last night!)
(( I love how he wrote his first AND last name))

I also got to spend the day with my own mom, who I don't get to see that often as she lives down in Houston!

(We got caught in a rainstorm during the day.... there was NO hope for the hair!)



We have also been having LOTS of rain and stormy weather (lots of tornadoes and tornado warnings)
We were standing outside this evening watching this storm roll in... (as they were telling us to take cover!)


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On another note..... we have 19 days left of this year which means 19 more days of out-of-this-world behavior!  (You know what I'm talking about)
These kids are doing things that they would NEVER normally do!  

So.... a few years ago I started to doing "Behavior Splits" instead of "Banana Splits".  

I usually select a 10-day period (I pick the last 10 days) but you can select any 10-day period!

Each day if the students have a great day, they receive the item for that day that goes towards their "Behavior Split".

At the end of the 10 days, however many parts of the Behavior split they have, those are the items they receive.  (Example: If they only receive 7 out of 10 "great" days, then they will only get 7 out of 10 items for the Behavior Splits!)

You can use you own system or click on the picture below to download this simple calendar that students can keep up with and add their own picture pieces!



Hopefully this will help you calm the End-of-Year madness and have some yummy treats!!!

(You can have the items in any order, I just usually start with the basic and work up.... bowl, spoon, banana, etc...)  


Alright... I'm off to watch the weather as we have more severe weather heading our way!  

Have a great week!!!!

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Measurement, Cinco de Mayo, and End of Year (This post has ADHD)

Hi... my name is Jessica... and I am the author of Wild About Firsties (in case you forgot who writes on this little neglected blog)

Y'all, I really tell myself that I am going to blog all.the.time..... but I get home (and y'all know how teacher tired feels towards the end of the year) and I just eat and plop down on the couch (or do dishes and laundry... cause we know that never ends!)

So.... I am finally sitting down to write a little bit about what has been going on in our classroom the past few weeks!

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These past few weeks we have been measuring our little hearts out!  Our Math standards have changed this year so we ONLY focus on length.  For 12 days.   With non-standard units.  It's a long few weeks!

We started of with the basics.... just identifying the longer object within a set.  We sorted some picture cards and the students had to order them from long, longer, and longest.


And I don't know about your little babies.... but mine LOVE interactive journals this year!  I try to incorporate interactive printables in my centers, independent work, and activities.  

This simple activity just had my babies ordering pictures just like their sorting cards:


We read this fun and creepy book too (which my kiddos are STILL talking about!)


After identifying which objects were the longest or shortest, it was time to introduce actual measuring.

I have come to find that if you include food with your lessons and activities, success is guaranteed! (Well, at least it seems like it!)

We had so much fun with our SWEET measurement..... All I did was place M&M's on plates along with their measurement cards (you can easily use skittles or fruit loops cereal if you don't want to do candy!)

I set it up like stations around the room and paired my students up in groups of 2.

(Don't you just want to devour this picture?!)

Students just carry their recording sheet with them around the room and away they go!



They absolutely LOVED this activity!!!  

Since we were starting to get the hang of this "measuring" thing.... it was time to go on a little Measurement Hunt!

My babies had to look for items of various lengths and record them.  Some got pretty creative with what they began to measure!




Yes, we even measured words on the board!



Next up.... we had to learn how to "estimate"!   We were getting pretty good at exact measurements, but learning to estimate was just as important.  

I set up a little measuring station that included various non-standard units and they had to estimate the length and measure 5 different objects.



Excuse the random piece of blue tape (it is my question line for when I do my guided reading groups and don't want to get interrupted... they stand at the line and wait for my signal).


Estimating.... check!


With twelve days of measuring only length with non-standard units, we were coming up with as many activities as we could to keep our friends engaged and learning!

The weather last week was absolutely B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!!   Like 80+ degrees.  My kids were even telling me they were having heat stroke.  (Do they not remember summer in Texas.  My sweet children are going to melt in July!)

Anyways.... we had a Measure Me day (students could measure themselves, a friend, and yes, even their teacher!)

But with the weather so nice..... it was time to take our cubes and ourselves outside!



Almost at the end of our measurement unit... 

Today we had small groups set up in the classroom with our "Tape it Up" activity.  

I placed 5 different length pieces of tape around the room and labeled them Tape A - Tape E.

Students used cubes again today to measure these pieces of tape.


We are just about done with measurement!  We have two more days and we are off to addition and subtraction!

You can grab all of these activities above and much more in my "Mad about Measurement" pack in my TpT store.




AND... it's still on sale through tonight with the big TpT Sale!!!

Do you need a complete bundle of Math for the whole year?

Check out my MEGA Math Bundle!!


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Switching gears here mi Amigos! 

Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo and we sure had a little fiesta in our room!  Any excuse for some chips and salsa.... I'm in!

We learned some fun facts, of course we completed some more interactive fun pages and writing and then we celebrated with chips and salsa!!!  Yum. Yum. Yum!


And while I know it is a little late... you can grab these printables for FREE!

Just click HERE!

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I don't know about y'all but we have 21 days left of school and I know it's going to be a small battle each day with end-of-year behavior and summer struggles!

We will definitely be throwing in some fun and hands-on activities to get us through these last few weeks!

I made this little interactive (go figure...another interactive activity!) end-of-year printables and you can grab them for FREE by going to my Facebook page!
(Just click on the link at the top of my page or on the Facebook tab to the right! (it's pink!)



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Wow.... so this post is kinda all over the place.  I guess that is what happens when you go M.I.A. for a month!

This past weekend the hubby and I took the boys to their very first Texas Rangers baseball game.  We love going to the games but we have yet to take the littles with us.  I was for sure that little M would be DONE by the first pitch, but to my surprise we lasted the ENTIRE game (and it went extra innings!)

(Yes, I know.... little M needs a haircut.  soon.)
Towards the end of the game.... Jaxon was getting bored (and hungry) and after spending an arm, leg, and probably another vital organ on food while we were there.... he wasn't happy.  He was HANGRY. 

So the guy in front of us turns around and hands Jaxon this HUGE beautiful championship ring.  Long story short, the guy is the dad to one of the Ranger's staff and this was the 2011 Championship ring for the Rangers!

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Ok, so there is this BIG sale going on over at TpT and it ends TONIGHT!!!  

Don't forget to enter the code: THANK YOU @ checkout for your additional discount!

You can click below to head to my store!


(I *may* extend my sale into tomorrow!)  But you won't get your additional discount unless you SHOP tonight!!!  So head on over now!!!!!  (I know I am!)



AND.... IF you stayed through this HUGE random post that had A.D.H.D written all over it, then you are in LUCK!

Leave a comment below and I will pick a winner (or two) tomorrow to grab my "Mad about Measurement" pack for FREE!
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Happy Hump Day friends.... this gal is off to bed!


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