This year, I wanted to do something special for my students' end of the year gift. I, of course, searched Pinterest for ideas and found inspiration for not only my students' gifts but also my classroom volunteers' gifts. For my students, I decided to surprise them with an encouraging, personalized word cloud in a frame:
In order to put these together, about a month before school ended, I told the class that we were going to complete an encouragement activity. I asked them to take out a sheet of paper, write their name at the top, and then number from 1-15 (because I had 15 students). Each student is assigned a number in my class, so I asked them to mark through their own number in the list. The children had to pass the papers around the classroom (of course, I did this very orderly), think of a positive characteristic for the person whose name was listed at the top, and then write this encouraging attribute next to their own assigned number. Since I know all my students' numbers, I could easily tell who had not yet signed someone's paper. Also, the students were not allowed to repeat words, so occasionally, I'd have to say, for example, "Oh! Numbers 9 and 14, you both said this person was 'Awesome' so you need to change this. We can't have repeats." I encouraged them to stay away from "blah" words like nice, sweet, great, awesome, etc. The kids took this task very seriously and many of them pulled out a thesaurus!
I used Tagxedo.com to create the word clouds. I printed them out and cut them to fit an 8x10 frame.
|Last Day of School|
|First Day of School|
Oh, yes! I also added a little something extra to the bags of the students who were stuck on Space Shot with me during our Space Camp Trip:
On another note, let me share my volunteer appreciation gifts with you. This year, I had three main moms help out in my classroom. I gave these ladies homemade pomegranate hand scrub...and I may have made a batch for myself too! I attached a note that said something like, "Thanks for lending a helping hand this year. Now, please enjoy this homemade pomegranate hand scrub." I also personalized Thank-You cards for them. I appreciated their help so much this year!
HERE. To see my End of the School Year board, click HERE.