Wednesday, April 11, 2012

It’s the End of the Year As We Know It!


Best news of the day?  I was WRONG!  Only 33 days of school left!  Just like that, an entire week of school disappeared for me today (considering just yesterday I thought there were 38 days left!). 

So, I’m ready.  I owe it to my kids to end the year with a bang, so May is going to be a bLaSt!    Since we had a whopping ZERO snow days, we’re actually going to finish our entire reading series in April!  Crazy, right?!  I really had to think what I was going to do to occupy, engage, and educate my students during one of the most difficult months of the school year.  I mean, we’re already getting a little burnt out…I’m pretty sure they’ll be toast if I don’t perform acrobatics and circus stunts on a daily basis come May. 

Anyway.  Today, I put together a little calendar of my end-of-the-year activities…


The first week of May is going to be dedicated to DERBY DAYS!  The actual unit is a work-in-progress, but will be completely usable no matter if you’re from the great state of Kentucky or not.  Watch for it to hit my TpT shop by the end of next week :)

Then, we’re off to see the Wizard!  The Wizard of Oz was definitely one of my favorite thematic units from last year, and since I didn’t get to it in March, we are soooooo doing it in May!  Even better?  Made for 1st Grade made a whole amazing pack of centers that will go with this.  LOVE.

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And, to wrap up the year, it’s swine timeCharlotte’s Web is probably one of my most cherished childhood reads.  LOVE. IT.  I can’t wait to share it with my firsties as a read-aloud.  I created a whole pack filled with activities suited for my kiddos, and plan to combine it with Amanda’s amazing activities and Deanna’s farm unit.  Seriously, I can’t wait. 



Eeeh!  I can almost smell summertime.  Kind of.  Well, not really.  It’s kind of hard to smell summer when the breeze has a wind-chill.  Maybe I’ll get that snow day yet!

Happy Hump Day!!!!


Mrs. Cupcake said...

Looks like May is going to be a lot of fun!!
A Cupcake for the Teacher

Tai Patrice said...

Lucky you!!! We have a whole 10 weeks to go..

thepolkadotowl said...

The unit looks fab! Its already on my wishlist :)

Lindsay said...

That looks awesome! We actually just used your Wizard of Oz unit before spring break. We added some fun activities to it, too! Thanks so much for sharing all your great ideas!!

Miss Cosby said...

Now I have to count how many reading units are left and plot them on the calendar to see how many of these great end of the year activities I can fit in!

Love your blog.

Just curious, is that a 'c' in yellow?

Miss Cosby said...

Now I have to count how many reading units are left and plot them on the calendar to see how many of these great end of the year activities I can fit in!

Love your blog.

Just curious, is that a 'c' in yellow?

Traci said...

OH! Your MAY looks like it's going to be tons of fun!
Dragonflies in First

Ms. Simoneaux said...

I am loving the Charlotte's Web activities!

Dusty said...

Wow! I can't believe the year is winding down so quickly! I really want to do the Wizard of Oz unit this year so hopefully I'll get to it. You have a great month planned out and it sounds so fun! Enjoy and can't wait to hear about it!


Across the Hall said...

Adorable! As always!

Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

Shana said...

Charlotte's Web is always one of my favorite units. The activities look awesome! I am a recent follower so thanks so much!

Enchanted with Technology

Shana said...

Charlotte's Web is always my favortie unit. The activities look awesome! I am a recent follower so thanks so much!

Enchanted with Technology

Beth said...

Hey Abby,
I love your blog! You are so clever and creative!!! Im jealous that you only have 33 more days, I have 50 more and am ready for summer already!

Quick question for you, what font did you use to make the text highlighted in different colors?

LYNDSEY said...

Absolutely adorbs! I am waiting to hear when we finish.

@ Beth- You can highlight the text with any font. Go to PowerPoint and select Text Effects, and then Glow. You can choose any color you want. It's fun!

Love you Abby girl!!!!

A Year of Many Firsts

Tamera said...

Your blog is appropriately named! You are an inspiration! Thanks for your wonderful ideas.
:) Tamera

Miss Trayers said...

We just starting reading Charlotte's Web today. We finished the first chapter and my kiddos begged to read one more. I think they are really getting into it.


Sprinkle Teaching Magic (Sheila) said...

I have been drooling over your Wizard Of Oz unit. I think I will officially have to head over to your store and pick it up! Looks like you have a lot of fun stuff lined up for the end of the year.


Sprinkle Teaching Magic

Beth said...

Hi Abby,
I love your blog! Thanks for all your creative ideas.

One quick question, how do you make your text colored? I like how it is black but then is outlined in different colors!


Kristin Young said...

I can't believe how quickly you get out for summer. You are in full-on countdown mode!! :) We always do the same themes every year but I can't wait to see your Derby unit. Maybe I can swing a switch!

P.S. Because I don't think I told you, I am LOVING your cute little bob. Short hair is adorable on you and I hope you still like it. I know it take some adjusting!!

Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

Booky4First said...

I am running out of time to include all these fun units/ideas! Just wondering how you create such a cute calendar. It would probably take me days.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy your blog!
We are doing themes to finish the year, too!
We did Zoo this week, ocean, farm and camping are next. The kids are having a blast (teachers, too!)pst....the kids don't know they are still learning things and working! :o)

Nicole Shelby said...

Hi Abby,

I saw that you are doing a Derby/Kentucky unit. I teach 4th grade, but I was wondering what all you do for that. I am trying to come up with some fun activities this year.


Nicole Shelby said...

I hope your Derby unit is something I can use with 4th graders. I am a KY teacher and would love to be able to use the unit.


Meghan Barnes said...

I love your blog and all of the things you do in your classroom! I am new blogger and and my very first freebie up! Come over and check it out! :o)

Erica said...

I am in Louisville and we have Derby FEVER down here! I absolutely can't wait to see what Derby fun you come up with, because I have absolutely no ideas for 1st grade (taught K previously... don't want to recycle ideas when I have the same kiddos!)