Saturday, June 30, 2012

Guest Post!

Hey guys!  I am so excited about this Blog Hop and Swap that's happening today:)  I know you are going to enjoy Tabitha's post!  I think she is sharing such a cute idea!  I will be over at Grade School Giggles posting, so I hope you check that out too!!  Enjoy!

I'm so stoked to be here guest blogging for Britney at Mrs. V's Adventures in Teaching Blog! My name is Tabitha Carro, and I've taught kindergarten and am now teaching 4th grade Spanish immersion in the content areas of math and science.

So, enough intro., as we try to relax and rest this summer, we still can't help the swirl and whirl of ideas that tornado through the back of our heads in preparation for the upcoming school year. I'm not big at writing and explaining new theories and practices in the classroom, which are all great, don't get me wrong. But what I do love to do is create fun and simple activities to keep my students engaged and happy about learning.

So, this is what I've created for you:

It's...a....COOTIE CATCHER!! :p This cootie catcher is created in color and B&W (and in Spanish!) and provides a back-to-school activity for students to get to know each other.

Here's how I plan to use the Spanish one in my classroom next year:

1) I will probably assembly them beforehand instead of having my students do them (instructions are included). Although I've had my students make them before in the past, it takes time, and I'm not sure I feel like pulling out something new that would really require concentration and focus right at the beginning of the year.

2) I will pass one out to each student.

3) Students will randomly go to another person and begin using the cootie catchers to ask get-to-know-you questions (directions are also provided for this part).

4) After five minutes or so, I will sound a timer, and students will need to choose a different partner and continue the activity.

5) Once I see that the activity has served it's purpose, I will stop the activity.

6) With students in their seats, I will go down the roll, naming the children one at a time. Instead of putting that child on the spot, I will actually be putting the rest of the class on the spot. Why is that? Because the rest of the class will need to tell me the information they learned about that specific student while playing with the cootie catchers.

And that's a wrap! Click the following buttons to download where you wish.

I hope this is something you can use and will find helpful as you prepare for the beginning of the next school year.

Thanks so much for the opportunity, Britney!

Here's some other info. about me you may like:

Hope you'll give me a visit sometime!

Tabitha Carro, FlapJack Educational Resources


Ms.Lee @ Calling Plays in 2nd Grade said...

That's an awesome activity. I'm going over to your TPT store to follow you and check out your products.

Lori said...

Students LOVE cootie catchers! Great way for them to get to know each other at the beginning of the year. Thanks for sharing!
Conversations in Literacy

Grade School Giggles said...

This is such an awesome back to school idea. I know the kids would love it.

Grade School Giggles

Lori Rosenberg said...

My first graders last year were obsessed with these. Now, I'll teach them as second graders and they'll love doing this as a back to school activity. I can't thank you enough for making it easy for them to make them themselves.

Ѽ Lori
Teaching With Love and Laughter

Cynthia said...

Hi Britney,
So glad I found your blog through the blog swap. I teach 2nd grade in Ellijay, Ga. (Saw on your TPT store that you're also a Georgia gal!) I'm your newest follower on your store and your blog. I look forward to sharing ideas.

Come over and check out my blog/store when you have a chance. :-)

2nd Grade Pad

Victoria said...

I love your blog and I'm so glad that I found it! I've selected your blog as one of my top 15 "One Lovely Blog" awards. If you have not already received this award, please check out my blog to see what you need to do to claim your award. :)

Victoria Wise
The Wise & Witty Teacher

Teacher Mom of 3 said...

Hi! I gave you an award! Stop by my blog to pick it up! Lauren
Teacher Mom of 3

Heather said...

Just stopping by to let you know that I awarded you the Versitile Blogger Award. Stop by my blog to check it out!

Brian Hopkins said...

Excellent beginning of the year activity!

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