Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Learning Safari!

Today is what teaching is all about!  Every year I invite parents to come in and see what their children have been learning in Second Grade.  We turned our classroom into a Safari complete with Jeeps and all.  Then students took their parents through a journey of their Second Grade year.  They shared a book they wrote, taught their parents how to play a math game, read their favorite story from the Imagine It book, and shared their portfolio of all their writing projects from the year.  I enjoy watching all the giggles, smiles and enjoyment from parents and students.  The afternoon came to an end with the surprised Candy Bar Awards.  I love presenting these to my students and have so much fun matching their personalities to a candy bar.


Some cute monkeys greeting parents as they arrive (Thanks Mrs. Jump!  I got these from her Zoo Unit)

The students created a "map"and organized the things they needed.





We wrote about "Two" cans for Third Grade.  These writing forms and patterns are available on Teacher's Notebook.  Just click the picture above!




These are our portfolios.  Students keep their writing projects in them all year to share on this special day.  The idea came from "The Bag Ladies"


The Candy Bar Awards

We couldn't wait for the parents to arrive!


We had a full house!  Thank you to every parent who rearranged their schedule to spend the afternoon in Second Grade!


76 comments:

  1. What a fabulous idea...I bet the parents absolutely loved it!

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  2. Your room is FANTASTIC!!!! You really are creative. Your students must have had a wonderful year with you. Anyway of sharing some templates (toucan and lion)? I am doing safari theme next year. I bought animal skin borders and TONS of monkey decorations. Your room has inspired me! Thanks!!!!!

    Always First Grade

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  3. This is one of the cutest ideas I've ever seen! I LOVE IT!

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  4. The toucan I can share since I made up the patterns but the lion came from Mrs. Jump's Zoo Unit on TPT. Just post your e-mail or e-mail from the link on this blog and I will send the pattern for the toucan.

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  5. YAY! Thanks....libarra98@gmail.com

    http://alwaysfirstgrade.blogspot.com/

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  6. I LOVE your candy bar awards!! Where did you get them?

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  7. I pieced the candy bar awards together from different sources and then I created them using an "invitation" for a candy party. I used pictures from the internet of the different candy bars.

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    1. Are you sharing your candy awards? If so 945kim269@gmail.com

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  8. Oh. My. Goodness. What an AWESOME teacher you are!! I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the jeeps! I bet your students will remember this afternoon forever! GREAT JOB!! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  9. I am a first year 2nd grade teacher... I love this!! I have been planning a jungle theme classroom. The Toucans are adorable. Can I get the template for it?
    Thanks,
    KM
    kalynf24@gmail.com

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  10. I LOVE the candy awards...I started making some prior to our awards day, but didn't get finished! Are you selling/sharing these?
    Very nice!

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  11. I would love the toucan pattern. Could you also mention any other Open Court ideas/activities you do? I'd love to share back and forth. LaurieBirt@smsd.org Thank you

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  12. I love this! I do a rainforest theme all year in my 2nd grade room...Love the ideas.

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  13. Could you share patterns and copies for all the activities for the Learning Safari? I seriously want to do this next year... :)

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  14. Your room is adorable! I love the way you made the desks look like Jeeps. Very creative. I would love a copy of your toucan pattern if you're willing to share! Thank you!
    sarah.marcum@gmail.com

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  15. I would love a copy of the toucan if are are willing to share! Your room is fantastic!
    tkhb923@gmail.com

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  16. I also would like a copy of your toucan. Thanks
    melissahoage@hotmail.com

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  17. Love Love Love these ideas! So thankful for teachers like you who share! I would like a copy of your toucan, too!
    Thanks,
    tkworley@gmail.com

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  18. I would love a copy of your toucan pattern if possible.
    jillurbanik@hotmail.com

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  19. I would love a copy of your toucan pattern. I love your ideas! jengentry@bellsouth.net

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  20. this is precious!!!! if you have copies of activities from this i would love them! i am a first year teacher and this seems like an awesome idea!!!
    ctb828@gmail.com

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  21. Great ideas! Here's a list of candy bar award ideas I found.

    http://www.scoutingweb.com/scoutingweb/SubPages/CandyBarAwards.htm

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  22. I would love a copy of your toucan pattern if possible.

    kcpotters@hughes.net

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  23. You are very talented! I love your jeeps! They are too cute! :)

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  24. I have already started thinking about the theme for my classroom next year and soon as I saw your blog, I decided it would be a jungle theme. Your ideas are exceptional! The jeeps are so creative...love them. If possible, I would greatly appreciate a copy of your toucan pattern.

    Thank you for sharing your creativity! Happy New Year. :)

    Paula
    thndrlghtnng2@aol.com

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  25. I would love the candy award ideas, if you have time please email me the ones you used rstan08@yahoo.com

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  26. Amazing room filled with great activities. I would love a copy of your toucan and also the candy award ideas, if at all possible. Thank you so much!

    alisa.ternes@knoxschools.org

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  27. I love your candy awards! If you could share at markwardt.stacy@yahoo.com I would greatly appreciate it!

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  28. Love your theme! Could I have a copy of the toucan pattern as well?

    sunshinesbaby1@aol.com

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  29. Thanks everyone for your kind comments! I will upload the documents and toucan patterns as soon as I get back to work. We are still on winter break.

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  30. You are a true inspiration! Your room exumes your love and dedication to our field! Love, love, love your ideas. I'd appreciate any sharing of your templates too! Can't wait for your uploads. Have a fantastic new year!! Do you do anything special for New Year's celebration?
    fcarnes@hillsborough.k12.nj.us
    Thanks again, Fran

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  31. I teach 2nd grade and love it. I'm gonna do this!!! Linda in San Antonio

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  32. Great Lina in San Antonio! I know your students will LOVE it:)
    Let me know if I can be of any help.

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  33. Im interested in the candy awards if you are sweet enought to share! Please email me at adriennekimscott@aol.com. Thanks a bunch!

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  34. I can't thank everyone enough for all your kind words! I have finally made the toucan patterns available on Teacher's Notebook. Please visit my up-and-coming store at http://www.teachersnotebook.com/product/dmlp/toucans

    -Dawn

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  35. I would love the candy awards! Would you mind sharing? So creative!

    sullivanc@mtnbrook.k12.al.us

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  36. Love, Love, Love the candy awards! Would you mind sharing? My e-mail is kristenbgsu@yahoo.com

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  37. Are you going to post your candy bar awards on teacher's notebook as well? I have done the candy bar awards for years, but yours are way cuter!!

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  38. Kim. My goal is to have them up by this weekend. Thanks:).

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  39. Can't wait to purchase your candy bar awards!!!

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  40. Hi Everyone! Thanks so much for all your kind words and for showing interest in visiting my blog:) I have finally uploaded my candy bar awards to Teacher's Notebook - I hope you'll check them out.

    http://www.teachersnotebook.com/product/dmlp/candy-bar-awards

    Thanks:)
    Dawn

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  41. How awesome you are...I have done the classroom candy awards as well, but mine were nowhere as cute as yours. Thanks for sharing

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  42. I love, love, love the candy awards! I wanted to do this for my students this year too. If you are able to share or are selling the idea, please email me at jen@cantrellontheweb.com

    Thank you so much!

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  43. Your candy bar classroom awards are a great idea.

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  44. Hi there! I love your site!! You have the best ideas!! I'm was wondering if you would share your Learning Safari Map and tell me a little more about the letter your students wrote to their parents and the books they made. I love them!

    Thank you so much!!
    Lisette.diaz@browardschools.com

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  45. I would like to have a copy of the candy awards also, if possible.

    jennifer.wright@meade.kyschools.us

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  46. Could you please tell me how you make the paper bag portfolios? In looked on the bag ladies website and thought the directions were a bit confusing My email is sv0714@gmail.com

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  47. Do you mind sending me the certificates for the candy awards? I was just starting on my end of the year awards and saw your adorable candy awards! my email address is joni.peterson@usd481.org.

    Thanks so much!
    Joni

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  48. I just bought your candy bar awards. However, when I tried to open the documents it tells me there is a problem with the file. What am I doing wrong? I really want to use these this year.

    Thanks,
    Kerry

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  49. Will u share your invitations the kids made for their parents and the maps, etc. I'm doing a learning safari on the 23rd. I can't wait! Also, I'm trying to find the lion template on tpt and I can't locate it. Can you help?

    Ashley
    Amlong@ccisd.net

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  50. This looks like such a blast. I am a first year kindergarten teacher and I'm always on the look out for new and exciting things for my kiddos. This one takes the cake! Would it be possible to get the templates for this project? I would really appreciate it!
    Thank you!
    Katy
    katy.l.griffith@aggiemail.usu.edu

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  51. would love the pattern too! cmpainter@tsc.k12.in.us thanks!!

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  52. I would like the Toucan pattern too! please please please! And how did you decorate the desks?
    winan1ma@cmich.edu

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  53. I would love a copy of the toucan and especially the candy bar awards! I am looping with my kiddos this year and it will be my first time teaching second grade. Im so nervous but glad great teachers like you share wonderful ideas!

    amrossio@my.ysu.edu

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  54. Love the toucan idea!!! I would also love a copy of the template, please!

    ksnyder@kcsd.us

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  55. How did you make the jeeps? and can I get the toucan template? :D
    winan1ma@cmich.edu

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  56. Can I get the toucan template? :D

    loribennett@pacbell.net

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  57. I love the candy awards. Would you be willing to share?
    Thank you,

    nury29@comcast.net

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  58. I absolutely love the jeeps! Last year was my first year in 2nd grade. I decided to do a safari theme this year. I don't know that I am willing to make jeeps for 30 students, but I think I have to steal the idea for my desk. Do you have any pointers?

    meggers286@gmail.com

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  59. Love your candy awards. Would you mind sharing. nmozee@mesquiteisd.org

    Thanks

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  60. Your room and creations are GREAT! I'm doing a Rain forest theme now and have been looking for a toucan pattern. The Jeep idea is so cute. I do Pre-K so we don't have desks but sure is cute. I too would like to know if I can get a copy of the candy awards. Thanks for sharing.

    Michelle

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  61. Oh my how I love your candy awards!!! Would you be willing to share? alkistner@bvps.org
    Thanks!
    Aley

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  62. I would love the pattern for the tucan, lion and the monkey. Thanks, Barb

    bmacri@herkimercsd.org

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  63. Look it! I'm doing an African themed night at our church for a fundraiser. The kids will be making jeeps out of cardboard boxes to watch an outdoor movie in. Wondering what you made your bars out of on the jeeps? I've been thinking of how to make that piece of the jeep!
    Dawn- pariashassistant@lovelylane.org

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  69. Hi may i ask what did you use for the tubes for the jeep table?

    Thank you!

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