Sunday, April 29, 2012

End-of-the-Year Linky Party


What a CRAZY week and weekend!!!  We are finished with our state testing and school fair.  Yahoo!!! This past week consisted of finishing up state testing, teaching students a dance for the fair performance, painting a picture for the fair silent auction, (see picture below), making over 50 candy apples for the sweets booth, and practicing for the teacher fair performance!  Yes, I am one of 11 teachers who actually dances in front of the parents and students at the fair!!!  I think the best part of dancing would be attending all practices after school!!!

enjoying the fair
candy apples for the sweet booth



silent auction: each student painted a different picture on the canvas




End-of-the-Year Linky Party



With state testing & the fair behind me, I can start preparing for the end of the year. I am linking up with Clutter-Free Classroom and sharing my end-of-the-year ideas.  I can't believe May is right around the corner!!  Where did the school year go?  I still need to put together portfolios and make a power point presentation.  I love making a power point from all of the pictures I take during the school year.  I must admit that it takes over a week to construct because I always find a way to mess up something!  It never fails that every year I make some kind of mistake!!!  For the portfolios, I save the students' work all year and use sheet protectors in binders.  I like to put the work in order from the first to last day for the parents.  I put all work in sheet protectors.  The parents appreciate the organization of the work so much because it saves them the time of doing it over the summer. 


Also, students complete a summer writing activity.  This writing activity is my favorite one of the year.  The creativity that flows from the students' brains is amazing!  Students are asked to write about a summer trip they have taken already or plan on taking.  After editing the rough draft, students write the final copy of the essay on sunglasses.  Students glue glasses on large white construction paper and draw a picture around the glasses.  I was amazed the first time I did this with my class.  I did not instruct them to draw a person.  The end results were more than I imagined!

summer writing

summer writing



end-of-the-year presentation set up
 
 
Click (HERE) to grab your sunglasses template.
 
 


What a post!  Please check out Clutter-Free Classroom Project and join the End-of-the-Year Linky Party!

With much appreciation,





                  

111 comments:

  1. I love your end of the year asembly set up. What all is around their chairs

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  2. Your end of the year party looks great. I love the writing sunglasses. I am preparing something similar to my first graders.

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  3. These are too precious! Looks like your kids have a great time! I am your newest follower!

    -Krista
    The Second Grade Superkids

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  4. Your summer writing ROCKS! I am "pinning" you this very second! Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower :) Pop over for a visit if you get a moment.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

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  5. I LOVE your summer writing idea with the sunglasses! I am going to use this with my 4th graders next week. Do you have a template for the sunglasses that you are willing to share?

    Thanks!

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  6. The sunglasses are so cute! I would also be interested in a template for the glasses if you have one!!

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  7. Darleen, my email address is duncalis@usd437.net

    Thanks!

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  8. Mrs. Duncan,
    I sent the email to you of the sunglasses. Pleae let me know if you don't receive the attachment.

    Miss Terrell,
    please send me your email and I will send you the template. Thanks for stopping by.

    I would love for both of you to be a follower!
    Thanks again,
    Darleen

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  9. Just found your blog and I love it!! Can you please send me the template for the glasses as well? Thanks!!
    kristenmt@leeschools.net

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  10. I love this!!! Would I be able to get the template for the sunglasses too! Thank you so much!!!!!

    michelle.harbold@sycsd.org

    ~Michelle

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  11. Love this! Please send me the template:

    dlbteach177@yahoo.com

    Thanks! Have a wonderful summer!

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  12. I would love to send the template to anyone interested! Just show your support and become a follower of Third Grade Love!
    Thanks so much!!!!

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  13. I love the sunglasses! I just found this site. Can I please have copy of the sunglasses. My email address is jess291981@gmail.com Thanks a bunch!!!

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  14. I love your ideas! Thanks for sharing so much! If you don't mind, I would also love a copy of the glasses. Too cute! I'm thinking of trying this with my firsties. I'm sure the results will be a little bit different than yours, but cute, none the less. :)

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  15. This is too cute! I'm a first year teacher and was surfing pinterest for some fun end of the year writing ideas and saw your awesome sunglasses! I'm now following your blog!

    Is there any way you could also e-mail me the template for the glasses? My e-mail is jjkearns221@gmail.com

    Thanks and have a great summer!

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  16. Hello Ladies,
    Thank you for checking out my blog. I sent the template to everyone who asked if you left an email. Please don't forget to become a follower of Third Grade Love. I love hearing comments!
    Thanks again!!!

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  17. I love this idea! I think it will help get my reluctant writers motivated. If it isn't too much trouble can you email me the sunglass template as well?
    thank you!
    raeleigh619@gmail.com

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  18. My kids are going to LOVE this! Can I also get an email with the template? I would appreciate it!! Enjoy the rest of the year.

    kaycicrum@gmail.com

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  19. PLEASE! I'd love a template of the sunglasses, too! So precious!
    dwatson@hsv.k12.al.us

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  20. Darleen!! I love this! I shared it with my teammates this morning and we would love to do it with out second graders!

    Could I get an email with the template, too.

    obrien.sarah@hotmail.com

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  21. I would love to have an email with the template, this looks awesome!!

    apeet@cape.k12.de.us

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  22. LOVE this idea :) I would love to have the template as well! I teach 2nd grade, so I would modify the assignment a little bit, but what a fabulous idea.

    dbonenbe@wcboe.org

    Thanks so much!

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  23. LOVE this idea!! could you possibly email me the template please???? smikkelsen@crestonschools.org. Thank you!!!!!

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  24. This is such a cute idea! I'd love to use it with my 5th graders for next week for an end-of-the-year activity. My email is shchildress@tipton-county.com.

    Thanks,
    Shannon

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  25. This is the CUTEST end of year writing activity! I would love the template if you are willing to share :) kmc427@gmail.com

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  26. What an AWESOME idea! I would also so love the template if you are willing to share. davenport96@yahoo.com

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  27. This is so cute! I would love the template also if you are still willing to share. (Found you through Pinterest - newest follower!) : )

    sbrown@sioux-central.k12.ia.us

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  28. I was looking for a new summer writing prompt and just found it!!!!! Thanks to you!!!! Please send me the glasses template if you don't mind sharing. *I also thought as a new spin, you could use the glasses to write a "My future is so bright" essay. :-)

    Thanks again!
    Kristin
    raffok@flaglerschools.com

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  29. I absoutely love the end of year writing. Can you please send me the sunglasses template? I love your blog and also found it through pinterest.

    Megan
    Masst14@mail.francis.edu

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  30. I just stumbled upon this super cute writing activity while browsing for things to do during the last week of school! Would you mind sending me the sunglasses template too? Thanks so much!

    Kali
    KaliMartin84@hotmail.com

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  31. I would love to use this idea at the end of the year. Would you mind sending me the sunglasses template too? Thank you so much

    Elyse
    elyse.cattau@cuw.edu

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  32. I would greatly appreciate the template as well. I can't wait to do this with my second graders.
    grade2.0withmrsadcock@gmail.com

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  33. Very cute, I'd really love to have this template also! schoolmouse@sbcglobal.net

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  34. What an awesome idea! I would love a copy of your template. jscholb@charlescityschools.org

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  35. This is adorable! I would love a template as well. lisa.humbert@jordandistrict.org

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  36. Love this idea!! Will you send the template to me please

    kacey.bowman@visd.net

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  37. HI there I would love it if you could share the template!

    email is twinx1000wt@yahoo.com

    Thanks so much! Now a follower!

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  38. I would love the template as well. Thank you!

    tfike@csdo.org

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  39. Love this idea for Open House! Could you please send me the template at khermes@sanjuan.edu. Thanks!

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  40. Please send me the template for the sunglasses! I loved your idea and really enjoy your blog!

    jamiebeckett2@yahoo.com

    Thanks again!

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  41. Can you please send the template to me as well? My first graders will love this! Love your blog! my email: michelleramsey1976@sbcglobal.net

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  42. Hi! Just found your blog. I love it. Would you be able to email me the template for those super sunglasses. I would love to do this with my kiddo's. Thanks, Kim kimmyers@educatingforlife.com

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  43. I love this for the end of the year! Could you email it to me as well?
    shandy@kent.k12.md.us

    thanks! :)

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  44. Found your blog on pinterest! What a great writing activity for the end of the year!!! Can you please email me the sunglasses template? Thank you so much!!!!!

    maureenricca@gmail.com

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  45. How cute! I also found your blog on pinterest. What a great idea and I love your set up for the parents. How cute. I would love the sunglasses template as well.
    Thanks!!!!
    ericafinley@gmail.com

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  46. Could you possibly send me the template for the glasses? I love this idea! ttegeler@bcps.org

    Thanks!

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  47. Can I also have the template for the sunglasses? Thank you!!
    Melissa McCormick
    mccormickm@lake.k12.fl.us
    www.mcmccormick.blogspot.com

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  48. I love this. Could you send me the template? I would love to rock this in 2nd grade=)
    THanks
    Megan

    bmtraetow@gmail.com

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  49. Hi Darleen, I will jump on the bandwagon here and ask if you would mind sharing the template with me also! :) I will follow you too! :) my email is melanie_kelly@hcpss.org thanks so much! Have a great end of the year!!! :) -Melanie

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  50. Could I have the template for these adorable sunglasses? Thank you!

    Molly Phillips

    Mollykphillips@gmail.com

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  51. This is a fantastic idea! I would love you use this with my students. Could you send me the template? My email is allison.pittman1@gmail.com Thank you so much!!

    Allison

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  52. Love this activity!!! I would greatly appreciate a template if you don't mind emailing it to me.

    Kerri
    kerristanfill@mooreschools.com

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  53. This is so cute! Please send me the template, as well! My email is mrsnagle@gmail.com

    Thank you!!
    Rebecca

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  54. I would also love this template! Thank you SO much for sharing! I am so excited to see what my third graders come up with! My email is kogsbury@hotmail.com

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  55. I'd love a copy of the template to use with my 4th graders. I was already planning a "When I graduate high school..." assignment and the sunglasses would be a great addition!
    My email is lankfordte@rss.k12.nc.us
    Thanks!

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  56. I would love the template as well! alvernotgal@aim.com

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  57. Very creative! I would love the template, please send to miabean24@yahoo.com! Thanks!

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  58. I would love to do this with my kids!! Such a cute idea! Can I please have the template also :) my email address is mahshid911@yahoo.com

    Thank you a bunch!!

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  59. CUTE!!! Me too me too!! would love it...

    lourdes91941@Yahoo.com

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  60. Super cute! Would love a copy of sunglasses template! Please send to jessicastricker@gmail.com.

    Thanks!

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  61. I LOVE this activity!! Would you mind sending me the template? laurieannac@gmail.com

    THANKS!! Enjoy your summer!

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  62. This is a great activity! Can you share the sunglasses template with me? Thanks! djaben@sbcglobal.net

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  63. Oh my! I love your sunglasses activity. Can you share the sunglasses template with me?? Thank you
    shantely41@gmail.com

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  64. I would LOVE to get my hands on your sunglasses template!
    Thank you in advance.

    h.young1017@yahoo.com

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  65. This is awesome! What a GREAT job:) I would too LOVE a copy of the template you used!
    tonya
    tonyastreatsforteachers.blogspot.com

    twebber81@gmail.com

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  66. I would also love to get a copy of your sunglass template. I showed it to my students today and they are so excited to write about it. Thanks! thecarpentersx4@live.com and ecarpenter@lcsnc.org

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  67. I too would love the template!!! What a great project! Thanks in advance :)
    lmueller@hastings.k12.mn.us

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  68. Love the Idea, can you send me the template of the sunglasses? Jordanmommy2011@gmail.com

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  69. Hi, I love your blog!! I would love the sunglass template too please! Thank you!!
    heatheryoung@nisd.net

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  70. Would you be willing to send me the template for the glasses? kdaily@nthurston.k12.wa.us

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  71. Hi, I love this idea! Would you mind sharing the template with me?
    Thank you!
    Linze05@hotmail.com

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  72. Is there anyway you can send me the sunglasses template.... austins@union.k12.fl.us that would be great! I think my second graders would LOVE this activity :)

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  73. I'm a new follower! I'd love the sunglasses template if you have time! Thanks!

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  74. I love love love this idea and I am going to do it with our buddy class this week! it is such a wonderful idea! Would you please be able to share the template with me? I am be very grateful!!

    -tabby

    babiie_cakes10@hotmail.com

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  75. Hi I would love the sunglass template.. we are down to the last few weeks of school and I find anything with Arts and Crafts sooothes the restlessness! lol Thank you sooo much!holly

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  76. whoops.. dont know if my email was attached so here it is.. lol teachuxyz@yahoo.com

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  77. please send me the template! kjk6624@gmail.com

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  78. please send template to lisakcarr@gmail.com Thank you so much....I thought you could also use this at the beginning of the year for a writing project title...My future in 3rd Grade is so bright, I gotta wear shades....

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  79. I'd also love to have the template of the glasses. This is a great writing activity! Thanks for sharing. My e-mail address is alayna61@gmail.com

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  80. I would love this template for a beginning of the year idea! shelley_mccleary@bellsouth.net

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  81. this is such a cute idea! could you send me the template?? thanks so much! rmorgan1202@gmail.com

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  82. This is so great! Can you please send me the template too? My email is lauraccj@gmail.com! Thanks!!!

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  83. I would love to use the sunglasses template at the beginning of the year. Would you please send it to me at: JDoup98@gmail.com

    Thank you!

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  84. I would love to have your sunglasses template too! I LOVE this!
    My email is: rgruthart@suddenlink.net

    THANKS for sharing your ideas!

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  86. Hello! If you're still willing to send emails, I would love to use this idea :)

    marissa.beidler@gmail.com

    Looking forward to reading more of your posts! Thank you!!

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  87. I love this idea, I am tutoring this summer and this would be a fun end of summer activity. I know everyone has asked for a template, but would you mind sending 1 more.

    marla.schaufler@gmail.com

    Thank you so much.

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  88. I love this writing activity. I teach writing and would love to do this as a welcome back to school activity. Could you please send me the template as well? Thank you, and I love the reading your blog!

    gravests@gmail.com

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  89. Very cute idea! I am going to do this for my back to school writing sample - what they did over the summer.
    Can you send me the template for the sunglasses?
    KayBarth@ccslions.com

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  90. LOVE this activity. Would you PLEASE send me the template?
    thechouinards@Hotmail.com
    thank you!!

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  91. This is super cute and I'm going to do it with my 5th graders for back to school. Could you please send me the template! Thanks so much!!
    Kristin

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  92. oh-- hah my email is kristin.jodoin@gmail.com

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  93. I love this idea. Would you please send me the sunglasses template? Thank you.
    Email: yellowmoon31@aol.com

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  94. Lovely idea! I might just jump on the bandwagon and ask for a copy of the template too.
    paulamcilmoyle@hotmail.com
    Keep up the good work!

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  95. ok, I just found a pin of this activity on Pinterest and found your page. Very cute and I love the idea.I was wondering if you are still sharing the sunglasses template? If you are could you email it to me please @ clarkk@calschools.org that would be great! I am planning on using it at the end of the 2013 school year. Thanks
    clarkk@calschools.org

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  96. Hi- just came across your sight on Pinterest also. Love the idea and I would love to do it with my students at the end of this year. If you are still sharing the template for the glasses, I would love a copy. My email is laketiawheeler@hotmail.com.

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  97. I would love to have a template of the glasses too! Thanks so much for sharing-redbeach57@yahoo.com

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  98. I also teach third grade and would love the template for the sunglasses! Love your blog. Thank you so much. Ckchef25@aol.com

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  99. Hi there! Please send the template for the writing on the sunglasses. Thank you very much! babalu8923@yahoo.com

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  100. LOVE this idea!! I see the template for the right side of the sunglasses, but what about the left? Am I missing something?? haha thank you!

    cabaker@bradleyschools.org

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  101. What a darling idea! I love it and am going to try it with my third graders. I would love the template also, if you don't mind. Thanks so much!!
    mmurray@conejousd.org
    Malena Murray

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  102. I too would like the template. Deannaowen@ymail.com is my email. Just became a follower!
    Thanks,
    Deanna

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  103. Thank you so much for the sunglasses!

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  104. If you are still sending them, I would love it too! amyjowidmer@gmail.com

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  105. Love this! My 4th graders will definitely be doing this next year! If you're still emailing out the sunglasses template, I'd love it! Thank you so much! reneeh282@gmail.com

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  106. Very cute idea. I want to use it for a back to school board. I would love the sunglasses template too!
    DeAnn
    azmurd@aol.com

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  107. I will like to use it for back to school as well. Can you please send me the template too.
    Lili
    liliana27perez@gmail.com

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  108. I would love the sunglasses template! Thank you in advance!!!

    kristen.bauer@aps.edu

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  109. Love, love, love this idea! At your convenience, please email the sunglasses template. Thank you!

    Paula

    pesaul@mpsaz.org

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  110. Do you have the sunglasses template on tpt? or somewhere I can get it? the link on the sight doesn't work for me :( I would really love it! My email is atbutterfly7@gmail.com Thank you!

    Amber

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  111. I would love a copy of the sunglasses template. It's so cute! Please email it to me at marcy.porrata-doria@bryanisd.org

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