Now that things are settling down in my classroom, I have some time to share more of the activities going on in class. This week we worked on our Surf Buddies and they have turned out really cute:) I need to get them all hung up and ready for our Open House in two weeks!!
Another Back To School activity that I do is a Name Pattern for math and art. My students do this each year and we use them to cover our cubbies.
We start with a basic 5x4 grid. They write their name in pencil in a repeating pattern on the paper. If their name has 5 letters then we turn the paper and use the 4 across. If they have 4 letters we make sure they use the 5 across. Then they decorate each letter of their name in a different way. All the a's are red or all the t's are blue with polka dots.
I encourage them to add lots of details and make it colorful, no white! It takes lots of time, because you will have 1 or 2 students who will make mistakes! Make plenty of extra copies. Once they get that it makes a pattern it will go much smoother. This is a great second and third grade activity, first grade might be a little tougher.
After they are all colored in I mount them on construction paper and laminate them. Just click on the pic below to grab this in Google Docs.
Finally today I have a freebie for you Daily 5/Cafe teachers out there. I am not using the Cafe yet, but I had a nice teacher ask if I could make The Cafe Reading Strategy Cards to match everything else I had done.
If you are back to work I hope it is going smoothly for you. If you are still on vacation enjoy it!!