Valentine's Day Ideas and a Freebie

Happy Friday!!  It's Stacy from Mrs. Johnson's First Grade!  I've been a little under the weather this week so I'm just offering some Valentines ideas and a Freebie today!  Our school is BIG in to healthy snacks for the students so we are limited on the amount of party items allowed...
So this year we are going to let them dress up nice rather than wear their school uniforms.  We are also having them decorate a box for Valentine's Day with their family and bring it to hold their Valentines.  I will be sure to post the final products in my next post.

Here is one of the math games my students like to play to practice addition math facts.   
Click the link below for this Domino Addition Freebie

Have a Great Weekend!

Valentine's Day Party Idea and FREEBIES!

Hey peeps! It's Traci from Dragonflies in First... with some free stuff for you!

2015 is definitely underway! I'm already planning February.

We celebrate Valentine's Day with a deliciously fun Ice Cream Sundae Party. It's an easy and quick little party. Each kiddo brings in one ingredient. That results in a huge amount of ice cream sundae bar goodies!

I generally don't have a room parent to organize parties so I like to keep them simple and manageable. Having each kiddo bring in a small contribution makes that possible.

I send home a notice about the party with each kiddo. On their notice, I circle one thing for each of them to bring. There are always a few kiddos who I know will probably not bring in a contribution so I assign them something we can do without or something that I've also asked from other students - that way we're covered. On my own copy of the notice, I write down the names of each student next to the item I've asked that they donate. Some things I request from several students (i.e. tubs of ice cream) so that we can be sure to have enough.

This is a sample of the notice I sent out last year.
Click the pic to see the letter larger. Click HERE to download a printer friendly black and white copy without all the dates on it for yourself. 

As you can see, I make a big deal about the kiddos writing their own Valentines cards. It drives me nuts when they come in with ones their parents wrote, or worse...not "to" a particular child. My own little pet peeve.

Speaking of Valentines... Here's a link to my EDITABLE Valentines. (In a wonderful double-standard kind of way- you can TYPE in your name and your students' names if you wish) In lieu of a candy treat it includes a HOMEWORK PASS!

Martin Luther King Jr. Lesson for Little Learners

Hey Blog Hoppers! It's a mini week for my kiddos and I this week. Teachers had PD today so tomorrow is the start of our three day week. We'll be jamming those three days with studies of Martin Luther King Jr.!! I've got this quick and easy no-prep lesson you can slip into your plans this week! It will help those little learners better understand this BIG word and what Martin Luther King Jr. was hoping to change. 

{Read more here}

We'll also be making these Martin Luther King Jr. Timeline projects. 
These are always a favorite of mine year after year!

Read all about these and a few other activities I'll be using in this throwback post from last year!


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