This game is a fun twist on the classic game, “duck, duck, goose!” Here’s the twist: instead of tapping other player’s heads, the person walking around the circle holds a wet sponge over each player’s head and says “dry, dry, dry…” until they come to the person they would normally call “goose.” Instead, however, the person holding the sponge wrings out the sponge over the person’s head, and thus the chasing begins. Players get pretty wet, which is nice for a hot say. For the sake of good health, don’t let the sponge touch anyone’s head or the ground. Using a big sponge is usually best, so the person walking around the circle with the sponge will still have water to wring out on someone’s head, even if they go around the circle more than once. Enjoy!
Kids are so focused on summer at this point in the school year, so why not harness that energy and use it to work on grammar? When kids finish this side of the free grammar worksheet, they can flip it over and write about their summer plans. Fast finisher activity? Check!
Here’s the last batch (6) of Squarehead grammar worksheets in a Google Doc.
Utah State University publishes a super cool teacher resource through a program called Core Academy. Every summer, teachers can sign up to attend a training for activities specifically tied to the core. It’s pretty rad. So every year, there are new materials published from the summer training course!
I especially love the maps unit for 2nd grade (section 4-3 in this packet).
*Double check the copyrights before you go crazy copying stuff…
No, teachers don’t want everything with an apple on it. Yes, teachers love gift cards. No you don’t HAVE to get them anything for Teacher Appreciation Week, but yes they love when you do.
But what to get them? I’ve scoured the internet to find the best ideas (on some pretty cute blogs) and here are some of my favorite ideas (click on the photo to see the complete post):
But what if you’re low on funding? Here are some ideas:
- Write a thank you note.
- Call the teacher and thank him/her.
- Volunteer to come help in their classroom for 30 minutes or an hour.
- Ask if there’s anything you can help the teacher do that can be sent home/completed/returned with your child.
It doesn’t matter what you do to show your appreciation, as long as you show it! And not just during Teacher Appreciation Week, as often as you can. After all, who doesn’t want a nicer, more appreciative society?
Here’s a cool rhyme I heard recently that helps you remember mean, median, mode and range. I wish I’d heard this years ago when I was in elementary school!