The end of the school year is always such a bittersweet time!  Teachers start to count the days until they are able to relax and recharge from an absolutely crazy a hectic school year.  However, not all of our students are looking forward to weeks without the comfort of coming to school daily.  

This year, I have been on morning arrival duty for my campus.  I spent many early mornings…in every kind of weather…watching my kids arrive at school.  Some of them get out of a car driven by their mother who packed them a lunch, kissed them good by, and told them to have a great day.  Then, there are the other kids.  The ones that get off the bus after getting themselves and their siblings ready for school without any help from a parent.  The ones who got out of a car with an adult screaming and fussing at them.  The ones who were dropped off by an adult under the influence of who knows what.  These kids are able to put a smile on their face and learn because they know their teachers love them.  For these students, the long summer months won’t be something to look forward to.  Being reminded each morning of the difference teachers make in the lives of their students, make me treasure the last few days with my precious children even more. 

Celebrating the End of the Year

A special awards day is the final celebration with my students and I try to make it as memorable as possible on a budget.  With a little help from Dollar Tree and some personalized awards, I am able to make a special day to be remembered.

End of the Year Student Gifts from Dollar Tree

I have created awards that can be personalized and matched to the each student.

End of the Year Student Awards ~ These awards are customizable for each student and come with a matching gift suggestion that can be purchased at Dollar Tree for only $1

I designed the awards so that I could match a gift from Dollar Tree to the award and present it along with the certificate to the child on Awards Day.

If you would like to try these awards in your classroom, I have made the fully customizable Perfect Attendance and Excellent Citizenship Awards available from FREE to use in your classroom.  You can download either of these awards by clicking on the image.

You can check out the complete set here.

End of the Year Student Awards ~ These awards are customizable for each student and come with a matching gift suggestion that can be purchased at Dollar Tree for only $1

Summer Reading Print and Go

As a reading specialist, I get to work with students from grades K-4 each day.  They have made such gains in reading this year that I want to do what I can to minimize the summer slide.  Over the last couple of weeks, my students took interest surveys from students in each grade level.  We researched new book and old favorites to find the best matches to their peers interest.  My students read summaries of each book, reviews from people who have read the book, and checked out the actual book.  Based on their findings, they helped me put together a suggested summer reading list.  This picture show a sampling of the books they selected.

I also created a fun Summer Reading Bingo to go along with the suggested Summer Reading List.  You can download both for FREE to use in your class by clicking on the image above.

Summer Reading Practice

I also wanted to share these great summer reading passages by ReadWorks that are available for free.  You will need to create an account to download the pack, but it is free to create an account.  This picture show all the articles and questions from students entering 3rd grade in the fall.  You can check out the other grade levels here.

Summer Reading for Rising 2nd Graders

Summer Reading for Rising 3rd Graders

Summer Reading for Rising 4th Graders

Summer Reading for Rising 5th Graders.

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Teacher Bloggers from across the country are sharing other great tips for the End of the School Year.

I had a request from a teaching buddy to add a print and go award for Perfect Attendance.  So, in addition to the fully customizable version included in the bundle, here is a one-size-fits-all version that will work for both boys and girls.  You can download it here as a FREEBIE.

This award matches perfectly with the other editable and customizable awards in the End of the Year Awards with Matching Gift Bundle.

I chose the perfect award for each student this weekend….now for the fun part!  I can’t wait to start shopping for my little sweeties this week.

If you missed the Accelerated Reader Award FREEBIE, you can get it here.  This is a editable and fully customizable award.

 


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With all the end of the year chaos, I always look forward to celebrating student success in as many ways as possible.  If your school uses Accelerated Reader and you are looking a way to WOW your students, I would encourage you to recognize the number of words they have read during the year.  

 I love seeing the shock and amazement on their little faces when they see what they have accomplished.  

This Accelerated Reader Award is part of the Awards Unit that I use with my students and it is available as a FREEBIE by clicking on the image below.

Complete Awards Unit with Matching End of the Year Gift


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I had a request from a teaching buddy to add a “generic” print and go award for Perfect Attendance.  So, in addition to the fully customizable version included in the bundle, here is a one-size-fits-all version that will work for both boys and girls.  You can download it here as a FREEBIE.

This award matches perfectly with the other editable and customizable awards in the End of the Year Awards with Matching Gift Bundle.

I chose the perfect award for each student this weekend….now for the fun part!  I can’t wait to start shopping for my little sweeties this week.

If you missed the Accelerated Reader Award FREEBIE, you can get it here.  This is a editable and fully customizable award.

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