I know many teachers participate in some sort of countdown to summer. I am not a big fan of number countdowns because I feel like the kids don't need another excuse to act out. My brain doesn't need an excuse to lose any sort of motivation, either. I also don't need to feel any more stress or pressure to get my end of year checklist completed. Can I get an amen?
I am very willing to participate in an ABC countdown of sorts. I made that decision two days late, so we started our alphabet with the letter C. Yes, friends, we threw A and B out the door.
Monday, we ate mini-chocolate cupcakes during centers (leftover from celebrating Mom's birthday last weekend), and the end-of-day read aloud I chose was Chrysanthemum, a classic! Our caterpillars arrived on Monday, too!
DTuesday was less exciting. We had a mini-dance party, and the books of the day were Doreen Cronin's Diary of... books.
EWednesday, we exercised since it was SPLASH day at the local YMCA. After we came back to school we had healthy eating centers sponsored by our lunch food program. The kids learned they are supposed to eat 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of dairy each day. I read from a couple informational Earth books called Every Minute on Earth and Don't Know Much About Planet Earth since Tuesday was Earth Day.
We also did an activity illustrating that Earth is mostly water. We started with a hundred flat (cut from centimeter grid paper). We read about how Earth's water from a mini-book I made for the kids, then subtracted 100 - 71 to find out how much land there is on Earth. After we found out the Earth is 29% land, we colored 29 squares green and 71 squares blue. Then, we cut the squares apart and glued them on a small paper plate to make a globe.
FThursday, we were going to read a favorite book to our fifth grade friends, but they didn't come back from their music program practice in time. Sad face. At the end of the day, I read aloud Franklin Fibs because several of my second friends could learn from Franklin, it seems.
GFriday (today), I thought we might play board games for one of our recesses. It didn't happen. I did read a childhood favorite, though, Golly Gump Swallowed a Fly, at the end of the day. The kids made connection to the old woman books.
Have a very lovely weekend, friends!