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Every Friday I write a sentence on the board and my students have to help me find the mistakes. We call it Friday Fix-It! I make sure to use the correction marks once they let me know the mistakes I've made (two lines under the letter for a capitalization, etc.) so that if I ever do that in their writing, they know what needs to be fixed. They LOVE to find the mistakes and especially love when I phonetically spell words (HELLO! Welcome to MY life). They write the corrected sentence on the long line of the Password Books on the very last line (Friday).
Have a student who is going on a vacation? I have just the thing for them! Send your student with a Vacation Journal Pack! They can write in it like a daily journal and bring it back to class to share when they are home from traveling. It's a great way to have a little academics on their vacation and to make a great connection with classmates when they are back! I send the student with a Ziploc bag with the journal (labels with directions for the student are included), a pencil, big pink erasure, and a new box of crayons!
*Journal Cover*Journal Writing Page (handwriting lines)
*Journal Writing Page (lines)
*Labels for Ziploc (use Avery Template 5163)
Clipart: Dots of Fun
For this gift idea all you have to do is print the survey, buy frames from the Dollar Tree, take pictures of your students (or use their school pictures) and give your students a wet-erase marker to write on the OUTSIDE of their frame (so that their survey is interchangeable each year!).
Total cost is less than $25 and not much effort at all. You can even do this without the frames by just laminating the survey.
*I used chevron wrapping paper as the backdrop to my students' picture
*If possible, have a parent volunteer take small groups out to write on their frame
*Go to a local grocery store and ask for paper bags for the students to decorate and use as "wrapping paper"
*Just tape the picture in so that it can be exchanged for a new picture next Christmas
*Remind your students to tell their parents that the marker can be cleaned off and the student can fill this out again next year