Summer Goals Flip Book Plus 3 FREE Downloads

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Read about these End of the Year activities for your PreK, Kindergarten, or First grade students! See The Barefoot Teacher's Summer Goals Flip Book, plus download THREE FREE downloads to go with the other crafts, activities, and lesson plans you have scheduled for the last few months before summer break. Find out how to sneak some last minute writing practice in before saying good-bye! #endoftheyear #summergoals #flipbook #summeractivities #kindergarten #firstgrade #endoftheyearactivities
My how the school year flies by! It's already Spring Break this week for my kids, which means one thing: The countdown until summer break has begun! 

We had one snow day this year, which means our last day is now after Memorial Day. I'd love to hear when YOUR last day of school is? (Leave in comments below!) 

Today I'm going to highlight a brand new end of the year activity that I'm super excited to use with my kids. Plus, I'm going to share some fun ideas and also give you three free downloads that you can print now and set aside for use at the end of the year with your students. This way you won't be scrambling at the last minute looking for something new and fun to do. Read about these End of the Year activities for your PreK, Kindergarten, or First grade students! See The Barefoot Teacher's Summer Goals Flip Book, plus download THREE FREE downloads to go with the other crafts, activities, and lesson plans you have scheduled for the last few months before summer break. Find out how to sneak some last minute writing practice in before saying good-bye! #endoftheyear #summergoals #flipbook #summeractivities #kindergarten #firstgrade #endoftheyearactivities
So this Summer Goals Craftivity is fun, easy, and will go right along with the other activities, ideas, and crafts that you have planned for your kids to do at the end of the school year.

Six tabs provide a variety of goals for your Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade littles to make as they begin to think about planning out their summer break. Pssst... they will also be incorporating writing practice at the same time!
Read about these End of the Year activities for your PreK, Kindergarten, or First grade students! See The Barefoot Teacher's Summer Goals Flip Book, plus download THREE FREE downloads to go with the other crafts, activities, and lesson plans you have scheduled for the last few months before summer break. Find out how to sneak some last minute writing practice in before saying good-bye! #endoftheyear #summergoals #flipbook #summeractivities #kindergarten #firstgrade #endoftheyearactivities
Let me show you  a closer look!
There are actually six different covers that you can choose from for this activity. There are ten different characters for your kiddos to pick from. 5 girls and 5 boys. Encourage them to find the one that most resembles them. They can improvise if needed (add glasses, or whatnot).
I had my Kindergarten daughter help me make a sample so that you can see the steps students need to take to complete this project. 
Start by having them pick a cover and color it. 
Then they can grab a pencil and fill out the beginner writing portions of all the pages included. The first page has the "I will eat..." and "I will read..." tabs. Nali (my daughter) plans to eat ice cream and read Pete the Cat books!


The next page gives students a place to write a goal about something they want to play. I plan to encourage my kids to think about something new to try. My daughter was not creative at all in her example, as she has been very eager for warm weather so that she can play outside!
Then, students can make a goal about how they can help someone this summer. My daughter wants to help her next door neighbor clean up her toys, how sweet!
Next, students plan somewhere they would like to visit. For this one, I suggest encouraging them to think of somewhere reasonable. This is a good opportunity to talk about making goals that are reachable! The zoo is a great goal for a place to visit this summer. The moon? Maybe not so much!

Then they will have a chance to write out five goals. They can be the same five goals they already created but now all in one easy-to-see place, or they could even be five additional goals. My daughter did a mix of both:

Time to cut it all out! Simple cutting and easy assembly allows for all students to happily succeed.
Throw some math in there, and have your students practice measuring by laying out the tabs from shortest to tallest!
Then glue the tabs together to make a flip book!
Now your students can take turns reading their flip books to their peers before taking hanging them up in the hallway!
You can get this activity here: All About Me Back to School Flip Book

Before I give you a few FREE DOWNLOADS, let me show you some other end of the year ideas I found on Pinterest that I can't wait to try this year:

I know the kids are going to go crazy over this popping balloons idea!

Check how how sweet this 'waving goodbye' idea is!

I am a huge watermelon fan and there are so many cute ideas in this theme:

With the new school year quickly approaching, I know that many teachers are already starting to get things organized and ready for this Back to School this fall. I've shared this download before, so some of you may have already grabbed it!  But these Student Information Sheets are a great way for you to print out NOW and tuck in your Back to School file folder for when it's time to think about the new year:
FREE STUDENT INFORMATION SHEETS DOWNLOAD

Another FREE DOWNLOAD I'd like to share is especially for YOU this summer!

SUMMER FAMILY-FRIENDLY DRINK & TREAT RECIPES

Ok, one more! Summer is the time to think about camping. Here are some FREE Camping themed sticker incentive charts that come in both full and less ink options. Enjoy!
GONE CAMPING STICKER INCENTIVE CHARTS

-Til next time
     
Read about these End of the Year activities for your PreK, Kindergarten, or First grade students! See The Barefoot Teacher's Summer Goals Flip Book, plus download THREE FREE downloads to go with the other crafts, activities, and lesson plans you have scheduled for the last few months before summer break. Find out how to sneak some last minute writing practice in before saying good-bye! #endoftheyear #summergoals #flipbook #summeractivities #kindergarten #firstgrade #endoftheyearactivities

Read about these End of the Year activities for your PreK, Kindergarten, or First grade students! See The Barefoot Teacher's Summer Goals Flip Book, plus download THREE FREE downloads to go with the other crafts, activities, and lesson plans you have scheduled for the last few months before summer break. Find out how to sneak some last minute writing practice in before saying good-bye! #endoftheyear #summergoals #flipbook #summeractivities #kindergarten #firstgrade #endoftheyearactivities

Favorite Fall Books

I'm joining up with Kinderfriends to share with you some of my favorite Fall books! 

Our unit on bats in October is one of my favorite units to teacher, so I'm going to share some bat books that are a must have for your classroom library, or carpet time reading. I'll provide an affiliate link for each book I recommend so that you can purchase them for your own classroom!

There are some great resources that go with the Swallowing Bat Lady story. I posted about them a few Halloweens ago. You can read about it here. There are some additional bat crafts, snacks, and activities on that post as well!

Now you can hop on over to
Paula's Preschool and Kindergarten blog to find out what her favorite fall books are to share!
-Til next time

Labor Day Emergent Reader and Community Helpers Activities

These Labor Day activities for Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade students will go right along with the other lessons, arts and crafts that you have planned for your community helpers unit. Lesson plans that will engage your students! #laborday #labordayforkids #labordayactivities #kindergarten #emergentreaders #labordayactivitiesforkids #labordayreader #firstgrade
How can it be that Labor Day is already upon us?! My kids have been in school for over two weeks now. I'm curious to hear when you went/go back.

Since it kinda just snuck up on me, I'm going to cram this post in real quick so that you'll have a few extra Labor Day ideas for your littles.

Here is a Labor Day Emergent Reader you can use over the next few days (or even next week) to reinforce the high frequency words "I", "Can", & "See" while celebrating Labor Day at the same time.

 Each page goes through various community helpers including:
-police officer
-fireman
-teacher
-garbage collector
-nurse
-hair stylist
-baker
-crossing guard
-farmer
-soldier
-doctor

The book is 12 pages total and is created two to a page for easy copy machine copying, stapling, and slicing.


We tie in Labor Day with our Community Helpers unit.
Here are a couple of Community Helpers activities to add to your plans.

These Community Helpers Writing Activity papers are great for a bulletin board or hallway display.
 

Many occupations are included, most coming in both male and female characters.



Two different formats allow you to choose what's best for your students.

PLUS, there are blank ones so that your littles can write about what they would like to be when they are older.


Pocket chart pieces are a must for your Community Helpers unit.

These ones include:
-artist
-chef
-construction worker
-doctor
-farmer
-fire fighter
-mail carrier
-police officer
-hair stylist
-nurse
-teacher
-vet


Choose from a full color version, or a less-ink one.


Each snapshot is 4"x4.5" in size.


Enjoy your Labor Day!

Til next time,
        
These Labor Day activities for Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade students will go right along with the other lessons, arts and crafts that you have planned for your community helpers unit. Lesson plans that will engage your students! #laborday #labordayforkids #labordayactivities #kindergarten #emergentreaders #labordayactivitiesforkids #labordayreader #firstgrade



Grandparents Day Activities

Check out these adorable Grandparents Day activities for your Preschool, Kindergarten, and even First Grade students. They'll go perfect with the other arts and crafts you have planned for your students. Included are Love Notes, Color-by-Number, phonics work, mazes, color sheet, a card to make, upper and lower alphabet practice, number writing, and more! #grandparentsday #grandma #grandpa #grandparentsdayforkids #kindergarten #firstgrade #preschool #kinder #activitieforkids
Grandparents Day is just a few weeks away (September 10th) so I thought I'd share some activities that you can use with your kiddos in celebration of their loved ones.

This day is a really hard one for me to blog about, as it brings to mind memories of many dear grandparents who are no longer with us. At the time that these activities were made, a very special Great-Grandma had just passed. These resources were made in special honor of her.

Alright, let's brush those tears aside and dive into some things that will give your littles a chance to appreciate and celebrate the grandparents in their lives!

You never know what activity or craft their grandparents will hold dear to their hearts. Earlier this year, Great-Grandpa also passed. Amongst some of his belongings was one of the Love Notes (I'll show you them below) that one of my kids had written him from this resource pack! So I encourage you to encourage your students to pass on their completed cards, coloring pages, and notes to their grandparents. It will be a very special to them if it was saved and they receive it back some day.

So the "We Love Grandparents" pack includes 22 pages that you can print and use. It was made with Kindergarten in mind, but can be used for Preschool and even First Grade.
Check out these adorable Grandparents Day activities for your Preschool, Kindergarten, and even First Grade students. They'll go perfect with the other arts and crafts you have planned for your students. Included are Love Notes, Color-by-Number, phonics work, mazes, color sheet, a card to make, upper and lower alphabet practice, number writing, and more! #grandparentsday #grandma #grandpa #grandparentsdayforkids #kindergarten #firstgrade #preschool #kinder #activitieforkids

It has both Upper and Lower case Alphabet letter tracing practice. Number tracing too. Multiple mazes with no blocks give all learners a chance to succeed. Students can make it harder if they'd like by drawing in their own blocks! Phonics beginning, middle vowel (CVC), and end sounds practice has adorable grandparent pictures on them.

And here are the Love Notes I mentioned above. There are a bunch to choose from, including a foldable card! A color-by-number and also coloring sheet are included for some color word fun.

Some simple syllable and measurement activities will give students the extra practice they may need. And some simple cut-out puzzles in both black/white and full color are also available. *Note that not all of the pages included in the pack are shown here in the blog.*

Does your school host a Grandparents Day event?
If so, you may want to pull some of these activities for your littles to do with their special person(s)! This next activity is perfect for that...

Grandparents Day BINGO!
(High Frequency Word style!)

If Grandparents are coming (and even if they're not) this is an excellent way for students to show off the sight words they've learned so far. It's also an easy opportunity for their grandparents to take part in helping them if needed!

There are THIRTY Bingo cards to choose from.

And the following 48 words are scrambled amongst the various boards:

The calling cards are LARGE so that all students (and grandparents) can easily see them from the front of the room.


Enjoy preparing for Grandparents Day for your littles! I know that their loved ones will appreciate the time and effort you spend making their special day memorable!

-Til next time
       
Check out these adorable Grandparents Day activities for your Preschool, Kindergarten, and even First Grade students. They'll go perfect with the other arts and crafts you have planned for your students. Included are Love Notes, Color-by-Number, phonics work, mazes, color sheet, a card to make, upper and lower alphabet practice, number writing, and more! #grandparentsday #grandma #grandpa #grandparentsdayforkids #kindergarten #firstgrade #preschool #kinder #activitieforkids

Check out these adorable Grandparents Day activities for your Preschool, Kindergarten, and even First Grade students. They'll go perfect with the other arts and crafts you have planned for your students. Included are Love Notes, Color-by-Number, phonics work, mazes, color sheet, a card to make, upper and lower alphabet practice, number writing, and more! #grandparentsday #grandma #grandpa #grandparentsdayforkids #kindergarten #firstgrade #preschool #kinder #activitieforkids

Back to School FREEBIE Blog Hop with Kinderfriends

If you're looking for FREE Back to School activities for your Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade students, then you've come to the right place! I've got some Math & Literacy morning work that is aligned to the Common Core standards just waiting for you to download. Enjoy!
I'm so excited to be joining up with the Kinderfriends group to give you some Back to School FREEBIES!

Back to School TIP

As teachers, we set goals for so many things. So why not make some specifically for back-to-school days? These goals will look different for everyone. Take a few moments and think about what you would really like to accomplish most with your students the first two days of school. Jot them down real quick so you don't forget.

Now think of some goals you'd like to accomplish for yourself. Maybe you want to collaborate more with teammates. Or pack your lunch every day so your not running out (or starving) on break. Some other ideas might be to compliment students a certain amount of times for the day, or spend some time getting to better know a student (or even fellow teacher). Or how about spending just 2 minutes in complete silence with your eyes closed on a break, just to give yourself a chance to re-gather your thoughts and energy.

Meeting goals, no matter how small they might be, will make you feel successful and...HAPPY! So write them down and check them off as you complete them. Remember to make a variety of goals that range from small to large.

Back to School Essentials 

If you're looking to start the school year out smoothly, I highly recommend using Common Curriculum Everyday. I show you what it looks like and then give you some FREE DOWNLOADS you can print and use with your students.  WOO-HOO!

I first created Common Curriculum Everyday shortly after the Common Core standards came out. I needed something to use with my Kinders that included short little snippets of independent daily review that were designed around mastering the new-at-the-time LA & Math Common Core standards. I didn't want to have to dig around searching for and compiling random resources to use as review. Nor did I want to keep track of so many different resources. 
FREE DOWNLOADS! These daily math, literacy, and writing activity worksheets were made, with the Common Core standards in mind, to be independent practice review for Kindergarten students to do as morning work, homework, at a center, or however you would so choose. The repeat exposure to the standards allow students to master skills quickly. A perfect Back to School resource! You can even send a pack home for students to do over summer break. 10 monthly packs are included. That's 260 print outs!
So I laid all the Common Core LA & Math standards out and made a plan, making sure to incorporate as many of the standards as I could (plus a few extra concepts as well). I spread it out over the span of 10 months, combining a few August weeks into the September pack since school around here usually begins the middle of August. 
The activity sheets that come in each months pack involve math, literacy, and handwriting skills. They were made (with the Common Core standards in mind) to be used as independent practice sheets for students to do as morning work, homework, at a center, or for use in any other way you might see fit. 

Common Curriculum Everyday provides repeat exposure to the Kindergarten LA & Math standards, allowing students to successfully master the standards. The skills and Common Core standards that are covered in each month are written out in each pack so that you can look over each month ahead of time. The handwriting skills grow with students, starting off with basic letter tracing, moving to writing words, and then moving again to writing sentences later on in the year. 

Each month includes 25 pages to print. The September pack includes an additional 10 pages to use for end of August. The entire 10-month set includes 260 pages to print.

The pages of every pack are set up in 5 different layouts (one for each week of the month) so that students can be guided by you on what to do the first day of each week and then be able to continue on their own for the remaining days. The layouts are similar, so many students will pick up on what to do after awhile without any guidance at all.

This next example pictures has a mistake...did you notice what she did wrong? These daily pages are a great way to do informal assessments as you're walking around the room! 
 

Here are TWO FREE DOWNLOADS that will give you an opportunity to try these for yourself!

The first one comes from the September pack:
FREE DOWNLOADS! These daily math, literacy, and writing activity worksheets were made, with the Common Core standards in mind, to be independent practice review for Kindergarten students to do as morning work, homework, at a center, or however you would so choose. The repeat exposure to the standards allow students to master skills quickly. A perfect Back to School resource! You can even send a pack home for students to do over summer break. 10 monthly packs are included. That's 260 print outs!
September FREE DOWNLOAD

The next one comes from the October pack:
FREE DOWNLOADS! These daily math, literacy, and writing activity worksheets were made, with the Common Core standards in mind, to be independent practice review for Kindergarten students to do as morning work, homework, at a center, or however you would so choose. The repeat exposure to the standards allow students to master skills quickly. A perfect Back to School resource! You can even send a pack home for students to do over summer break. 10 monthly packs are included. That's 260 print outs!
I especially love this pack because students have to search for the spider each day on the page. You can have them circle it when they find it! Did you find it?

October FREE DOWNLOAD

I like using these first thing in the morning as seat work. It give me a chance to take care of all my morning duties, while giving the kids a chance to have meaningful practice time of the concepts we've been covering.

Now head on over to Mrs. Byrd's Learning Tree for more Back to School FREEBIES!


-Til next time