We have 4 weeks left of school, and we are trying to cram in as much fun as we can before the end of the year. Take a look back on what we have done over the past few weeks, and make sure you scroll down to the end to get the word family freebie!
Our baby chicks hatched this week. We had 12 eggs, and 9 of them hatched. They are just the cutest things and I had a really hard time giving them back to the farm. Our students were so excited through every step of hatching the eggs, and they were so involved in taking care of them and watching them grow. We learned so much, and it was such an amazing experience. We also have caterpillars in our classroom, so our students will be able to experience 2 different life cycles this year, which is pretty amazing!
If you ever have the opportunity to hatch eggs in your classroom, do it! It is such a rewarding experience, and teaches students so much.
2. Sight Word Bowling
I have wanted to make this literacy center for a long time- I bought the bowling pins from the clearance section at Wal-Mart at the end of last summer. To make the sight word cards: I typed the sight words we are learning into PowerPoint, and added bowling pin clipart to them. I also laminated the cards for durability and attached them to the pin with ribbon. They have held up really well, and our students love playing with them!
They call the sight words they knock down after they bowl, and they take turns in groups of two trying to know down all the pins. This is something you can use all year- you could put letters, numbers or anything you are learning on the cards.
I made a set of cards that you can use if you want some that are pre-made for you. You can find them here:
3. Sight Word Sandcastle
This Sight Word Sandcastle activity is a fun way to practice sight word recognition and spelling at the end of the school year. Our students loved building their own sandcastles and decorating them with shells and stars.
If you would like to use this center with your students, you can get it in my store. It is available on its own, or in a bundle that will take you through the whole year:
4. ‘ICK’ Word Family
Our students worked on the ICK word family this past week by creating their own list of words. We wrote a list on chart paper as a whole group first, then they had a chance to make their own list.
If you would like to use this with your class, I have added it to my Resource Library as a free download!