Sunday, June 3, 2012

End of the Year Beach Week

I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by! Isn't it funny how it seems so long when you're right in the middle of it, but when you get to the end it seems to go by in a flash?

When I found out that I would be teaching 3rd Grade Dual Language next year, I decided I needed to have fun with my kinders. I have a feeling I will be in 3rd grade for a while! So, I came up with Beach Week! I sent out an invitation and planned out an activity for each afternoon. Check it out, and maybe you will find some ideas for next year. :)

Beach Snack:

We made this with pudding, crushed graham crackers, blue sanding sugar, and gummy fish. It was inspired by this pin.

Beach Ball Signing:

My students LOVED this! Even though it was almost the end of school, they were very willing to write their name 20 times. I remember telling them at the beginning, "This could be your beach ball, so you better do your best job on your name. Or, this could be your beach ball, so you better do your best job on your name. Or, ..." I got pretty good results that way! :)

It was inspired by this pin. In case you are wondering, yes, I blew up all of the beach balls before with help from my mom. Then, I carried them in trash bags to school. I told my kids they could take the beach ball home that day if we deflated it, or they could leave it at school and their parents could take it home from the awards ceremony inflated the next day. I could see beach balls flying everywhere on the bus and didn't think inflated beach balls going home would be such a good idea... :)

Beach Awards:

The students made awards folders like these to hold all of the awards they received:

I just love how they all look a little different!

We do our awards in our room and provide refreshments for the parents. 

I really enjoyed my end of the year with my students! I hope you enjoyed/ will enjoy yours just as much!



The Colorful Apple said...

That looks like so much fun! I especially like your invitations.

Sara :)
Smiling In Second Grade

Jill said...

We did beach ball signing with my first and second graders. I think they would've written their name a hundred times just because I let them use Sharpies!! :) And no Sharpie incidents except for me... I made a purple dot on my dress. Haha!

That's a good idea about deflating the balls before they go home. None of my students ride the bus, they all get picked up, so they brought their balls fully inflated home with them. I'm sure their parents loved me that day. :)

Marvelous Multiagers!

Jessica Ann Stanford said...

Loveeee this! How cute are those snacks?!

Jessica Stanford
Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog

Lisa R. said...

What great ideas for Beach Day!! I love the snacks too! I just might have to borrow that idea for my beach day in a few days!

Learning Is Something to Treasure

Unknown said...

I love the beach ball idea! How fun is that!?!
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Miss Trayers said...

Totally stealing the beach ball idea! We did cards for paras, etc at Christmas and several of my kids wrote their own name 10 times on one card, they just did not get it-so I'll have to remember to be much more specific next time! :)


Elizabeth said...

OK, kudos to you for blowing up the beach balls (I made my 4th graders blow up theirs).


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School Sparks Renee said...

Love the beach balls! What a cute way to move into summer. Renee

Kelly and Kim said...

We did the beach ball signing too!! The children loved it! So did I!!