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Free Fun for Memorial Day!

In honor of Memorial Day, I created a few activity pages for the kids to do on Monday in observance of the holiday. Enjoy and please be sure to remember!  #memorialday #remembrance

Interesting Trivia About Memorial Day:

Memorial Day is always the last Monday in May.

Memorial Day pays tribute to those who have died during military service.  It is sometimes confused with honoring those who have served in the military.  That is actually Veterans Day.

At 3 pm on Memorial Day, there is a moment of silence across the country.

Some other ideas:

  • Stop at a local nursing home or veteran facility and have kids play a game with some of the war veterans.  A quick conversation while playing Checkers or Bingo could really brighten a day for an honorable someone.
  • Have kids record a video recording thanking the troops for our freedoms.  Upload it and email to an overseas unit.
  • Go on a mini-field trip in your hometown.  Look for things to take photos of that describe the following vocab words:  honor, memorial, Old Glory, freedom, patriotic
Below are also some great book links you might also want to check out (keep in mind that Flag Day will also soon be upon us).

The Wall by Eve Bunting

F is For Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison

America’s White Table by Margot Theis Raven

In honor of Memorial Day, I created a few activity pages for the kids to do on Monday in observance of the holiday.  Please enjoy the day and remember to reflect upon the meaning. In honor of Memorial Day, I created a few activity pages for the kids to do on Monday in observance of the holiday. Enjoy and please be sure to remember!  #memorialday #remembrance
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Have a great holiday everyone and make sure to appreciate all those who have made our freedoms a reality!

 ~Charity

Charity Preston, M.A. This article originally appeared at Organized Classroom.

Stop by for a FREE Award Certificate!

I noticed that a few fans were looking for end of the year award certificates for their award ceremonies. Grab your freebie certificates right here! Enjoy!  #endofschoolyear #printables 

Below is a plain NON-CUSTOMIZABLE award template pack that you can grab for free!  This pack includes 4 templates:  2 with flowers, and 2 that do not have the flowers (not sure some of the students would like the fancy flowers).  Use whichever you feel the students would like best.  :)  Just make sure your printer is set to print all the way to the edge of the page - no margins, otherwise it will cut off some of the borders.
  I noticed that a few fans were looking for end of the year award certificates for their award ceremonies. Grab your freebie certificates right here! Enjoy!  #endofschoolyear #printables

I noticed that a few fans were looking for end of the year award certificates for their award ceremonies. Grab your freebie certificates right here! Enjoy!  #endofschoolyear #printables
I noticed that a few fans were looking for end of the year award certificates for their award ceremonies. Grab your freebie certificates right here! Enjoy!  #endofschoolyear #printables 

How Can You Create Your Own Printable Certificates?

Are you looking for something more unique to your own classroom theme?  I've got you covered and it's way easier than you may think too!

Canva has some amazing free certificate templates that you can customize to make it completely unique to you!  Here's how:

1 - Create a free account at Canva.
2 - Go to "Find Templates" in your left sidebar from your account page.
3 - Click on "Certificates" and choose whichever template you like!

Don't worry too much about the colors - those can easily be changed.  Instead, find the format and design you like and then you can customize the certificate maker to your particular preferences.

Here is one example:

  I noticed that a few fans were looking for end of the year award certificates for their award ceremonies. Grab your freebie certificates right here! Enjoy!  #endofschoolyear #printables 


After I edited the text, I also made a few changes to the colors to make them more suitable to my tastes.  Literally all you have to do is point and click to change the colors, font, and text.  Or create a blank template which will be given to all students and add names and the date by hand.

  I noticed that a few fans were looking for end of the year award certificates for their award ceremonies. Grab your freebie certificates right here! Enjoy!  #endofschoolyear #printables 

After your design is completed, make sure to save it so you can use it again next year, and download the file as a .pdf to your computer.  Print and done! 

Using this free program for your kids' award certificates, you'll have super professional looking documents in a fraction of the time!

Other Things to Consider for Your End of the Year Student Award Ceremony

A few other ideas for prepping your end of the school year party:
  • Music:  Make sure your list of tunes matches the feeling you wish to convey to your students, their guests, and additional staff members.  Create a fun and upbeat playlist, one that is more formal filled with classical tracks, or choose to play the graduation march on a loop.
  • Slideshow:  Using PowerPoint of Google Slides, put together a slideshow of pictures from the school year.  Play it as parents and guests are waiting for the ceremony to begin.  You can also make a copy of the slideshow and either burn it on a CD (which I did in the old days), upload it to a jump drive for each family, or just add it to a Google Drive folder and email the link to the parents so they can save the file wherever they choose - and it doesn't cost you a penny.
  • Invitations:  While these are completely optional, I think it is a super nice touch to send a formal invite to family members of students in order to really talk up how excited you are to celebrate the learning their child has done this past school year.  Use Canva again to create invitations (using their invitation templates) that match your printable award certificates in a snap.
Have fun creating your own printable templates or download the freebie instead!

Talk to you soon! ~Charity


This article was originally published at Organized Classroom.


Looking for End of the School Year Activities?

How do you celebrate the last week or day of school?  Do you just throw a movie on and get your classroom wrap up work done - or do you have a classroom celebration that will be talked about for years to come?  



Check out some tips at Organized Classroom's blog!

See you there!

~Charity

Teacher Work Life Balance eBook

That is the question that was posed on The OC Blog Facebook Fan Page, and there were lots of great answers from fellow educators!


   
Want to know more about time management strategies for classroom teachers?   Check out Teacher Life Balance Academy HERE!

Balancing the two is tough because once you finish at school (if you are ever really finished), you go home to your family and are expected to do a lot of it there as well! I even found some great new tips from the suggestions given in the eBook!

  Balancing the two is tough because once you finish at school, you go home to your family and are expected to do a lot of it there as well! Free ebook!
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 Thanks so much!

 ~Charity


This article was originally posted at Organized Classroom.

Curriculum Planning Tips

This week, our Collaboration Wednesday question on the Facebook Fan Page wall was:  "How do you fit in all your curriculum?"  Well, many people sounded off and had some insights about what they teach and why. 



Some were of own preference/choice, while others' mentions were mandated by administration.  Either way, it is always good to get some perspective from other teachers and see if anything resonates for your situation as well.

Want to know more about time management strategies for classroom teachers?   Check out Teacher Life Balance Academy HERE!

As you will read in the ebook, I loved the comment from Bea G. below: "...It boils down to this: we are the teachers. We are trained and educated teachers, and we have good intuition. If we know our students, and we know the standards, we will do whatever we have to do from one day to the next to fulfill our calling and meet expectations..."

 Enjoy the free eBook that I compiled and I wish you the best in working on what you can!
  “How do you fit in all your curriculum?” Well, many people sounded off and had some insights about what they teach and why. Get a free ebook with ideas! 


~Charity



This article originally appeared on Organized Classroom.


Grading Solutions

Do you feel like you spend all your nights and weekends grading?  If so, I have been there.  And I found a little tip that worked has worked for me in the past.

 

Take a look at my tip in the video below.



If that might not be an option for you or your school, I also asked the same question over at the Facebook Fan Page, and the fans gave plenty of suggestions as well! 

Make sure to grab your freebie eBook to get all the ideas in one place.  Thanks to all the fans who participated in the Collaboration Wednesday question!

  Do you feel like you spend all your nights and weekends grading? If so, I have been there. I have a little tip that worked has worked for me in the past.
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What other tips could you add for taking back the grading time commitment?  We would love to hear in the comments at Organized Classroom!


Want to know more about time management strategies for classroom teachers?   Check out Teacher Life Balance Academy HERE!


~Charity


This article originally appeared at Organized Classroom.


Thinking Spring Bulletin Board

Hey teacher friends!  I don't know about you, but spring can't get here soon enough for me.  Just thinking about the warmer air, birds chirping, green grass, and no snow is enough to bring a smile to my face.  :)



In the spirit of that thought, I whipped up some cute bulletin board letters you can print and enjoy the coming season with as well!  As far as what to put in the middle, the ideas are limitless and can reflect whatever you are teaching right now!



A couple of ideas:

-Cut out a yellow circle from construction paper and place on board.  Cut out flower "petals" for students to write on.

-In the middle of the circle, place a target number.  Have students write out "ways to say that number" on the petals and staple to the board around the flower center.

-Using the same idea, write a letter in the middle.  Students can find words starting (or ending) with that letter.

-Choose a word to write in the middle.  Ask students to use a thesaurus to find synonyms for their writing.

Have fun coming up with ideas for your bulletin board, or just use the letters for word wall headings.  Even have students use them to build words in a center.

  I whipped up some cute bulletin board letters you can print and enjoy for the spring months! You could also use them for word work. Up to you! Enjoy!


 I hope you can find a good use for them and enjoy!   

 ~Charity

This article originally appeared at Organized Classroom.