Sunday, May 19, 2013

~~End of the Year Goodies~~

I can't believe this school year is almost over!  I have only 5 days of school left, Friday is our last day.  I will miss my kiddos dearly but am super excited to start my summer vacation.  Next school year will bring so many changes for me~~new partner teacher (SUPER excited!!), best friend coming back to teach at my school (YAHOO!!), my baby girl is starting 8th grade at another school (BOO HOO!), and 3rd grade will switch classes next year (SCARED!!)!!  I will need the summer to get ready for my 27+ new students next year. I love planning over the summer and will need this summer to prepare for switching classes.  Switching won't be so bad, I will teach religion to 2 classes.  I am really happy about not teaching science and social studies too!!  I always have a hard time fitting these 2 subjects in on a daily basis.

My students have been really busy these last 2 weeks doing my favorite all-time writing assignment~~~My Favorite Summer Vacation!  I just love this writing and really LOVE how the finished essays turn out.  Check them out below.  You can click (HERE) to download the sunglasses template.  You need to make 2 copies and tape them together.  See below!!


This year I decided to give out Candy Awards.  I literally ran all over town looking for each type of candy.  I even had my honey helping me (He was so cute going from store to store!)!  I had the hardest time finding Lifesavers (Who would believe that?!).  You can download your own set of Candy Awards from Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits.  I found these awards during the summer and have been saving them all year.  Check them out below!  I can't wait to share them with my students tomorrow!!!

Here is just a taste of what the awards look like! They are precious!!!!

Here is a fun project I did with my class last week.  I found this idea on Pinterest and just HAD to try it with my class!  Look at the pictures below and try to see the shape! I am in LOVE with this!!


  1. Thanks for the link to the sunglass template. I was planning on doing an activity like this and was thinking I would have to make my own template - thanks for saving me all that time. So glad I found your blog - was following on Blog Lovin but was missing to much so started following the regular way : )

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  2. I love the crosses, I will definitely be trying .....did you have the kids stand over you ? I also use the candy awards, so cute and the kids love them!

  3. Oh my! I just love love love this idea! Its just too cute! I am looking for 3rd grade blogs to stalk over the summer as I just found out I am moving their in the fall. Got any great advice or tips?

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  4. I tried following the link to the sunglasses template but only found the one with half of the shades and with no lines.

    Do you have a copy of the complete template?

    I am getting my 3rd graders started on this project on Tuesday.


  5. Do you still have this template with lines? My email is


  6. Hi love the sunglasses template. I would really appreciate if you would email me the template with lines.

    Kazi (

  7. Hello, Great post! I would really appreciate your template with lines. Thanks! My email is


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