Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Thank You Cards (End of the Year)
On the last days of school, I like to have the kids create thank you cards for the special area teachers, office staff, and cafeteria workers. Sometimes I turn them into thank you books where the kids each write their own letter and draw a picture. I staple all the pages and add a cute cover. Other times we make "big" cards. This entry is about the "big" cards.
This week we made a "big" card (like a big book) for the music teacher. We started out by brainstorming what shape to make the card design by listing our ideas on the board. Next we made a plan by deciding which idea was feasible to implement. On the list there was: heart, instruments, and music note.
We had a lively discussion about which instrument to choose but then someone suggested we cut out a huge music note and everyone draws an instrument. I guided the class into making colorful instruments on small papers that they cut out and glued to the music note.
On the inside we did a shared writing activity where we came up with the special message and then each child signed the card.
I love this time of lesson because it has a real world connection. It also is a great way to teach the children how to show appreciation of others.