It's Earth Day Month! 
Earth day is one of my FAVORITE days to celebrate with my kiddos. I am a huge nature lover and try to do the best I can to take care of our planet. As teachers, we play a big role in teaching the importance of taking care of this beautiful place. Our kiddos are the ones that are going to stay here 
long after we're gone, right?
I'm sharing 10 Earth Day FREEBIES you can use with your kiddos throughout the month of April. 

1. Earth Booklet & Plant Sequencing Cards by Alleah Maree
In this freebie, you'll find a bunch of fun activities for your little students to learn about plants, how they grow, and the Earth! 

2. Trash to Treasure Digital Slides Project by Sweet Tooth Teaching

Google Slides STEM Project to help students understand the importance of reusing! Students will create an item using recycled/reusable materials found around their home. This is a DIGITAL resource which allows students to type in the text boxes and add photos. (Can be used on Google Slides or PowerPoint)

3. Earth Day Fact or Opinion by Lucky Little Learners
Grab this free Earth Day fact and opinion worksheet to help your students learn more about our planet and the Earth Day holiday. This Earth Day free worksheet is perfect for a quick independent activity in your classroom.
 Learn all about Earth Day by sorting facts and opinions about our planet.

4. Earth Day Necklace by The Crafty Classroom
Send your kiddos home with an important Earth Day message to share with their parents!

5. Happy Earth Vs. Sad Earth Sorting by Tot Schooling
This FREE Earth Day sorting activity goes beyond just recycling, teaching kids about how to take care of our planet through conservation, cleaning, reusing and planting. It also introduces children to air, water and land pollution.
Have your kiddos work in groups to sort out good and bad choices.

6. Earth Day Vocabulary Posters by Pocket of Preschool
 FREE Earth Day vocabulary posters! Plus Earth Day literacy, math, sensory, science, sensory, art, and fine motor activities and centers for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.
Display these all week long for reference!

7. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Sort by Stories by Storie
Have your kiddos sort our different Earth Day scenarios based on the three R's.

8. Earth Day Reader by A Dab of Glue Will Do

Help your kiddos learn more about Earth Day with this nonfiction reader.

9. Earth Day Hat with Recycling Activity by Smitten with First
This cut & paste lesson on reducing, reusing, and recycling is turned into an adorable craft that kiddos can take home!

10. Earth Day Writing Sheets by Sweet Tooth Teaching
Earth Day writing and planning sheets will help your kiddos transfer everything they've learned onto paper! Also includes Earth craft to attach to their writing piece.

I hope you found these 10 freebies helpful! 

State Testing Classroom Transformation

Testing season is here! Everyone's favorite time of the year--- said no one ever!
Actually, I do kind of enjoy the prepping that goes along with testing season. Okay, hear me out before you think I am absolutely out of my mind.
I love creating review lessons and activities that are engaging for my kiddos. Testing season is the best time to put all of those skills we've learned throughout the year together and create a meaningful transformation for the babes! 
For the last two years, I've hosted a testing bootcamp the week right before state testing. Ya'll, IT IS A HIT. We transform our classroom into a military camp. Since our walls have to be covered for testing purposes, it works out perfectly! I cover the walls with 'military themed paper'--- AKA butcher paper.
Nothing Fancy.

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*Buckets are from Walmart & Dollar Tree 

So here's how it works:

Each student is given a bootcamp 'Mission Folder' and badge for the week. They place any completed assignments inside their folder. 

Templates are from Katie Meyer on TPT. 

I create 'Missions' for each week. Each mission focuses on a specific skill or strategy that we have already learned throughout the school year. 
Each mission consists of some kind of hands-on activity. 
For example, Mission one might be a text structure sort. Mission two is answering sequencing task cards scattered across the room.
I divide each day of the week into four missions. The students are divided into four groups as well. They are each assigned a mission to begin with. Once they have completed that mission and i've checked their work, they will earn a star for their badge and are able to move on to the next mission. 
(The 'star' is really just a star sticker, but oh man do they get excited about that sticker! Yes, even fourth graders get excited about stickers.)
Pretty much: We did literacy centers, but I added a fun 'bootcamp' twist to it.
Some days might not consist of four missions or groups. In the image above you will see that Day 2 was focused on just whole-group missions. However, they were still rewarded for their completion.
You do NOT have to go out of your way to create something extremely over the top for each mission. Remember, you will be prepping a lot of activities ahead of time so you don't want to overwhelm yourself. I just tried to add a little 'flair' to each activity so that it was a bit more hands-on than a plain-old worksheet. 

I used these text structure task cards from Rachel Lynett on TPT and created these charts with the text structures written on them. Instead of just having the kiddos choose the multiple choice answer, they used tape to sort the passages based on their text structure. 

Testing bootcamp is definitely a fun and easy way to review with your kiddos right before state testing!
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