Sunday, May 18, 2014

Virginia Bloggers Blog Hop: Spring Edition!

Welcome to Virginia!

                     Virginia Bloggers Appreciate Y-O-U!!

A lovely group of Virginia bloggers would like to show our appreciation of you by extending a bit of southern hospitality.  You can follow along the blog hop to visit 10+ Virginia teacher blogs for terrific teaching tips and fun freebies to help get through the last couple of weeks before summer break.  Thanks to Andrea over at Reading Towards the Stars for the button! :)

The end of the year always brings review and end of year tests.  One thing my grade level does this time of year is a China/Egypt rotation.  It's one of my favorite units and there's so much to cover about these ancient civilizations!  So, each teacher takes an idea or concept and teaches it in a 25 minute block.  Each class rotates to each of our five teachers.  To motivate students to behave, listen, and participate in these fun activities (because face it, at this point in the year, they are "done"), we usually gave each an index card with their name on it and each teacher stamps it as they go out the door to the next classroom.

I am the teacher who, always always always forgets to do those darn index cards until the kids are lined up to start!  So, one thing I offered to do for my team this year was to make a passport for each child.  We could have it duplo'ed and it would be something more than an index card that at one point or another, got lost or left in another classroom.  I could add some cute clipart to it and make it more "fun" for the kids!

So, here is my Egypt/China one:  (pretend it's copied double sided)

Now, everyone doesn't do Egypt/China like good ol' VA (or teach 2nd grade).  So I made a "generic version" that we'll use at other times of the year.  This is the one I'd like to share with you.  While you are more than welcome to download the Egypt/China, you might be more interested in this one!

Knowing that each school is different with different numbers, the second page ("stamp page") varies, with anywhere from four to eight stars for stamps, depending on your number of rotations/classes. 

I hope you're able to use this for your reviews!  It could also be used for stations within your classroom as well.  Really, the possibilities are endless :)  I hope you enjoy and find it useful!

Be sure to hop on over to the next blogger for the next freebie/tip! :)


Shifting Teacher K-2 said...

I like your freebie. Thanks for joining in on the hop!

Shifting Teacher K-2

Unknown said...

The passports are SO adorable! I sure do miss teaching 2nd grade. I will be sure to pass this along to all of my 2nd grade teachers. Thanks so much!

The Techie Teacher

Rachel Joanne said...

I did something like this for math night! I will have to share it on my blog one of these days. We did a word problem for each country to have 10 stations and it was a hit! Great minds think alike!

Mrs O Knows

Keys4Education said...

Thank you so much for sharing! So adorable!

asugrad96 said...

Hello from Culpeper! Thanks for sharing... also some of my favorite units to teach.

Tidbits from the TAG Teacher said...

Love this! Was my favorite unit to teach when I student taught in second grade. Nice to see some Virginia bloggers as well!

Andrea Crawford said...

Such a fun idea! I bet the kids really remember it all!

Reading Toward the Stars

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