Friday, May 24, 2013

Wizard of Oz, Puppy Palooza, Lemonade Stand, Poetry Parade and a Book Swap

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Click the picture above for your freebie!

I will add these tags to
a glow bracelet for a cheap
and easy end of year gift for
my students! I do several other
things as well! Check back next 
next Friday for all of my end of the
year activities!


1. Wizard of Oz

This is what greeted the students
Monday morning. Students were 
guessing away about what it could be
and what happened.  Later that day,
we looked through this cool pop up book.

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We then watched The Wizard of Oz.

The Wizard of Oz Literacy and Math Unit           Wonderful Wizard of Oz Math & Literacy Centers

Click on the above pics to check these units out!
We used parts of both this week.

Toto showed up to visit this week!

2. Puppy Palooza

Puppy Palooza How Rocket Learned to Read Book Study Unit        Blank Student Awards: Puppy Palooza Style!

This is an adorable unit and idea I read about on Reagan's blog. I just knew it would be perfect for 
an end of year activity! The kiddos are loving it! 
They got to adopt a puppy and teach it to read!

It is based on the book How Rocket Learned to Read.
Click here and here to check it out on TpT!

I had about 15 dogs and found another 15 at our
used store in town.  They donated them all to me since it was for school! 

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Our award ceremony for our
puppies who learned to read!

3. Lemonade Stand

My first graders sold lemonade 
before and after school. We were
going to donate the money to a 
children's hospital this year,
but after the tornado in Moore, OK,
they want to send the money to the
schools.  Last year, the kids voted
to support Alex's Lemonade Stand,
which is a wonderful cause as well.

4. Poetry Parade

I have most of our weekly poems
on large posters.  I glued a copy of 
the poem on the back of the posters.
At the end of the year, we go on 
a poetry parade and read our poems
to the Kindergarten, 2nd grade and 3rd.
Students could wear a silly hat for the
parade and as you can see, this year,
most forgot them!

5. Book Swap

Students decorate a cereal box,
which becomes their summer reading box.
They may bring up to 5 books to swap.
The 2nd grade teacher and I lay out all
of our books that we have saved for the 
swap and the kids lay out their books.
We send a few at a time to choose a new book,
taking turns until they have chosen the number
of books that they brought to the swap.
At the end, we let the kids each choose 
one more book as a surprise.


Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Your book swap is such a great idea!

    I popped over to visit from the Five for Friday linky.

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!

  2. Every Friday on your post I think of how lucky your kiddos are! You provide them with so many unique learning experiences. The lemonade stand is SUCH a great idea. I'm sure they take it very seriously. I'm from Kansas so I, of course, loved the Wizard of Oz idea you had. What a neat way to make them "think," by putting the prop in the room!
    Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  3. I love the Puppy Palooza idea!! "How Rocket Learned to Read" is one of my favorite books! The kids must have loved that activity!!

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  4. That is an impressive book swap!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  5. What great ideas!! LOVE LOVE the Puppy Palooza and the Poetry Parade! We've always done a book swap in the past, but our school did a school-wide one this year....kind of took away from our thunder. ;) Love having them make a summer reading box, though! So many great ideas from you!

    Teaching Maddeness

  6. I love the Wizard of Oz idea--definitely remembering that for next year! Also, thanks for the Puppy Palooza shout-out. It's been neat to see pictures of Reagan's kids and now your students enjoying my unit! I'm your newest follower!
    Swersty’s Swap Shop