Valentine's Day Ideas and More!

I'm back with some Valentine goodies.  We created this craft last week but I didn't get a chance to take some good pictures, so here they are:

This adorable craft is from A Cupcake for the Teacher.  It is a Valentine must do!  We mixed it up with some conversation heart writing and the kids made their own conversation hearts to put into the gumball machine.  They wrote some cute stuff on theirs!  I loved how they turned out!
 Here is a close up of one of them:
So cute!
I made these Valentine cups for each of my students.  They were so easy to assemble!  I gave each student a Fruit Roll Up, some fruit gummies, two tiny erasers, and the bubble wands that you see on top. The kids freaked!  I was shocked at how happy they were with them :)  
To decorate the cups,  I just used some scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby that was Valentine-ish.  If you want more info on how to assemble these, check out THIS POST.
We celebrated Valentine's Day on the 13th because we have an inservice day on the 14th.  I think I would much rather be teaching my kids though… Anyway, we had a lot of fun and the kids brought me some goodies.  I'm eyeing that big chocolate apple already.

This is my 4th and 5th item of my post.  I used this anchor chart to review the way we use "a" and "an" in the English language.  My kids are all ELL's and really struggle with these grammar rules.  Being an ELL myself I can totally relate.  

Do you see the Washington crafts above my anchor chart?  We also learned about George Washington, read some Scholastic Magazines about him, and did some close reading with Teacher to the Core's American Heroes pack.  I hope to get actual pictures of the Washington craft because they are very cute.  Click HERE to see an up close shot of the ones my kids made last year.  Cute stuff!

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Displaying Student Work

This year I've been trying to focus more on displaying my students' work in different ways.  I tried this idea out a while back but it never felt quite right in my room.  And because I wasn't crazy about the way it looked, I didn't use it very often to display my kids' work.  This year I had an idea to try to stick to just two colors for a more cohesive and elegant look.  I think I succeeded :)

This is the display I created:
I shared this before but I received many questions about the way I put this together and wanted to explain how I did it.

  1. You will first of all need to find a scrapbook pad that you like.  This one is from JoAnn's.  I wanted to stick with just one scrapbook pad because all the colors in it are meant to match.  That will save you tons of time so that you don't have to coordinate every sheet.  (If you use thin paper, you will want to laminate before hand. I didn't need to because this paper was thick enough to use on it's own.)
  2. Arrange each sheet on your bulletin board that way you want it.  I recommend using push pins before you staple.  Sounds like such simple advice but I learned this from a mentor teacher and I always do this before I staple anything down.  This will give you a chance to move things around to get the colors the way you want them.  I tried to alternate between a dark sheet and a light sheet. 
  3. Make some bows!  This display used 20 bows.  This took three rolls of ribbon!  The ribbon measured about 1.5 inches wide. 

When I first tried this display years back, I didn't use bows.  I was surprised to see what a huge difference they made to the display.  It added some color without it being overwhelming.  This ribbon is also from JoAnn's.

4.  Hot glue the ribbons onto your clothespins.  
5. Clip the clothespins onto your scrapbook paper.  I didn't glue the clothespins onto the paper because it adds a lot of bulk and may rip the paper.  By not gluing them down, you can also move the clips around if needed. 

The beauty of this display is that it looks great even when nothing is being displayed.  I put some student samples up this past week and the bows really help to showcase my students' work.  My kids love this wall too!

That's it!  By the way, this was not my original idea :)  I have never been able to locate the first person to share this idea.  Have you?  If you have please let me know who this teacher is so I can give her credit ;)

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