I'm not a messy person, but my trunk would lead you to believe otherwise. I snapped this picture as I was loading some fun new buys from the Dollar Tree & Hobby Lobby. It's so nice to be out and among the living during the school day :) I don't think other working folks get how nice it is for teachers to be out and about...during the DAY!! :)
Anyway, back to my Dollar Tree story - I went in search of these fabulous sandwich coasters that Krista at The Creative Chalkboard posted about last week. I went to THREE different stores before I found them, but I was bound and determined & couldn't wait to get my hands on them!
They are so cute! And, they're actually pretty sturdy considering the price. When I read Krista's post, I started thinking about how I could use them. We are really working on story structure & writing in first grade, so I wanted to make them in a writing activity. (Thanks to Mom for helping me sort!)
I took each piece, and assigned a story part to it..
Bread - Title
American Cheese - Good beginning
Swiss Cheese - Setting
Lettuce - Main Character
Tomato - Character 2
Onion - Character 3
Meat - Problem
Bacon - Solution
Bread - Conclusion
I made labels with some suggested settings, characters, problems and solutions & put them on the back...
I also wanted my kids to work on strong beginnings and ending a story with a "bang", and some closure, so those are kinda open ended, too.
I plan on making a poster to show the kids what each part represents, but for now, I whipped up a graphic organizer to help them along...
If you happen to already have these coasters, or you go grab your own, you can download this graphic organizer by clicking on the above picture.
So, the kiddos pick one of each sandwich part & make up their own story. They can be serious or silly ( I love silly stories!). As long as they're writing, I'm a happy teacher. :)
I can't wait for my kids to use them - I really think they'll have a blast building their sandwich & I can't wait to see what they come up with. I promise to post some examples later...later as in AFTER our mock state testing. Ugh.
Right now, we have to focus on review and intervention groups, so there won't be much time for fun centers. It makes me sad. They're 6 and 7, and there's just so much pressure. I try my best to prepare them while keeping the anxiety low, but they can sense it. They're just babies... makes me sad. :(
Moving on.... I also wanted to share my Spring Break craft with you. I have this mild obsession with wreaths & I change mine on the front door all. the.time. Of course, when I saw this on Pinterest...
I knew I had to make one...
It's on the floor because I'm waiting for the glue to dry, but I think it's gonna be so super cute on my front door! Yay for crafts & Hobby Lobby, of course! I about peed my pants with excitement when I found that burlap ribbon :)
Well, that's about it for me, friends. I guess I need to go get that bag out of the car.
No, I definitely have to go do it.
Have a happy Thursday evening & an even better FRIDAY!! For most of your sakes, I hope it comes quickly...for me, I'm a little mad at Father Time for going by so fast. Oh well.... just that much closer to summer time!!
Thanks for stopping by!! :)