Sunday, May 20, 2012

Dive in and Explore 2nd Grade!

Things have been crazy busy for me these past few days.  We celebrated all the things we've learned with our parents on Thursday!  I am so happy to report that all 19 students had at least 1 parent or grandparent attend our special morning.

Last year I turned the classroom into the Learning Safari.  This year I changed things up a bit by turning the classroom into the beach/ocean.  We had so much fun transforming our classroom.   Here's some pictures of our great day.  

I love how cute these scuba divers and jelly fish turned out!  The scuba divers went along with our little "Diving Into Summer" Memory Books.  These are at my Teacher's Notebook store if you'd like to check it out.

Our Beach and Ocean of Exploration!  Each child had their own beach/ocean desk.  Parents were seated next to their child.  

Here is what they shared with their parents.  We made some special things for this week and to wrap-up the end of the year.  But the main part of our day is to share their portfolio which is a collection of all our writing projects that we made throughout the year.

We made Summer Name Glyphs and had these adorable crabs holding them.  These became their name tags on their beaches.

Sand Castle Welcome Letters
Since parents help students "build" their futures I tied it into building sandcastles.  Not sure if you can see it close enough but students wrote a little Welcome note to their parents as well as a thank you for helping them with all their work this year in second grade.  

I loved these when I saw them on pinterest… I created my own pattern and made a little "Summer Goals" booklet to staple to the shovel.

Candy Bar Awards - My annual tradition!  I just love handing these out and seeing all the smiles on my students faces.  These are for sale at my Teacher's Notebook Store.

While I hand out the Candy Bar Awards, my students and parents enjoy some refreshments.  I love watching the students serve their parents.  Believe it or not, this is something we have to practice.

Students wrote about their Future Dreams "Stepping into My Dreams"
I LOVE how cute they turned out with the glitter:)

We took a "bite" out of math.  Students completed a little sheet that highlighted the main concepts/units we covered this year in second grade.  The sharks are so cute… I just love the blog world and thank all you teachers out there who share your ideas.  These cute sharks came from Ms. Nicole at:  

My students begged me to do something with Turtles…I have a few students who have a love for them.  So I created these little turtle patterns and "Sea" How I've Grown reflections.

My Future is Looking Bright!

A Whale of a Tale… My students wrote about their very own tale.  So often throughout the year they were given topics or ideas to write about.  This was an opportunity for them to shine and write a little tale about anything they wanted.  These cute whale patterns came from

I don't ever want to take these fish down!  They look so beautiful in my windows:)

Ah… and after that we had Field Day in the afternoon!  Boy was I glad when Friday came….


  1. Wow! What a treasure trove of outstanding pictures! I can stay all day looking at all the fun you've had!

    Lori (
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  2. I LOVE all your adorable ideas!!! (esp since i love the beach)
    Perfect for end of the year activities.
    Thanks for inspiring me!


  3. I just love your ideas! Do you have a template for the sandcastle and directions for the summer name glyph? Very creative!

  4. Wow!! Your room looks fantastic! I would love to do this in my room!
    Eileen Griffin
    Second Grade Sunshine

  5. love, love love this would go great with my ocean theme room for next year. Thanks for the ideas.

  6. I love this! Your classroom looks adorable! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Wow! So many cute projects! I love the fish and the flip flops! I'm a new follower! I have a newbie blog... stop by if you have a chance :)
    Tori's Teacher Tips

  9. I love your blog! I gave you the One Lovely Blog Award. I actually gave it to you last week. I have been super busy and forgot to let you know earlier. So sorry.


  10. That is SO CUTE! I love the divers on the door. The fish are really fun too.
    The Hive

  11. Thanks so much for sharing pictures of your wonderful end-of-the-year activities. Do you have the template for the Stepping into My Dreams activity for sale in your store? I would love to purchase it!

    Have a great evening!

  12. I love that in second grade you still put so much effort into the crafts. your room looks so cheery.

    Please help me design my new teaching blog. Come by and see my choices and comment on which one you like best.

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