End of the Year Ideas for Virtual Teaching


Hello darlings!  Trying to end the year of virtual teaching definitely has be an emotional roller-coaster.  While I am glad to be finished with this computer based typed teaching, I am going to miss my students.  I hate not being able to give them a hug!

To end my year, I hosted a Virtual Class Party on Zoom.  You can do the same on Google Meets.  I created gift bags for my kiddos and then delivered them to their homes the day before our meeting.  I just set them on the front porch or by their door.   I told them not to open it until our meeting.


Party Bags


For each bag, I created a little tag with a poem.  I filled each bag with..
-party hat (Walmart)
-Caprisun (Amazon)
-Rice Krispy Treat (Target)
-mini notebook (Walmart)
-Invisible ink pen (Amazon)
-Photo of them and the class

Free Gift Tag Poem

Delivery

I used Map Quest to put in way points to create the fastest route.  Google Maps will allow you put in way points, but you have to know the order yourself.  Please note, Map Quest only allows for 26 entries. 



Virtual Meeting

I emailed the parents and told them to make sure students did not open the bags until we were on the meeting together.  This built up a lot of anticipation and excitement for the gift bags. Here is what we did during the meeting.

1. Open Gift Bags and put on party hats
2. I played our Class Photos Slideshow by sharing my screen. (this took 15 minutes)
3. We then went around and each student shared their favorite memory of the year.
4. I told them how proud I was of them and how amazing they had been through all of distance learning.
5. We did a virtual air hug and said goodbye to each other.  Sob, sob.

I hope this gave you a few ideas of how to close out this crazy pandemic year!  Here is a virtual air hug for you!  I know this has been tough!



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Flat Teacher Adventure Project



Ready to make yourself flat and go on an adventure with your students?

This activity is based on the Adventures of Flat Stanley where a flattened little kid goes on adventures around the world.


  1. First thing you need to do is make a Bitmoji of yourself by downloading the Bitmoji app from the App store.
  2. Next you need to get on your computer and get the Bitmoji Extension on Google Chrome.  
  3. Now you are ready to edit this document and create your own Flat Teacher!
  4. You can edit any text in this document except the title Flat Teacher Adventure that has been saved as a picture to protect font copyrights.
  5. You can delete all of my personal Bitmojis and add your own.
  6. To get a full body Bitmoji for your Flat Teacher, search Pose.
  7. When searching for Bitmojis in the search bar, I have learned to not be super specific and do not press the spacebar.
  8. Download the file as a PDF to print off a better quality. Go to File-Download-PDF. If you have a Mac, you will most likely get black squares printing around your Bitmojis as some computers do not like when pictures are cut and pasted. To fix this, save your file as a png and print that instead.
  9. Print off your Flat Teacher a few to a page, laminate (if possible),, and cut out.
  10. I am mailing these to my students with the Flat Teacher and the directions page.  If you need to save ink, you could always email everything to your parents or just print out and mail the Flat Teacher only and email the directions.
  11. I am having my students post their pictures on Flipgrid (which is amazing!) but you could always have your parents email you pictures.  

Click on the picture to get this free resource.


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Free Virtual Vacation Field Trips


Hello darlings! With school closings, I wanted my students to do something fun on their Spring Break. I created these Virtual Vacation Field Trips! You can use them for Spring Break OR as Virtual Field Trips. I have included all the links if you click on the little airplanes. Students also have a journal to fill out as well. If you don't need the journal or the spring break picture, just delete those slides from your copy before you post it to Google Classroom. These slides are NOT editable, meaning you cannot change the days of the week or change out the places I have chosen. The student journal IS EDITABLE.

I created this to be shared in Google Classroom. I am not sure how to share it on any other platform. I am pretty sure you can open these in Google Slides and download them as PowerPoints.


How to Use

After you click on the links and open the forced copy, you can post this link in your Google Drive. Just make sure to..
1. Add assignment
2. Attach the Google Slide from your Drive
3. Click: Make a copy for each student

Here is a video tutorial.  Please watch if you have questions.

If it is asking you to request access, you must open with a Google account. Make sure that is your work account or it is going to make you to request access when you finally try to put it on Google Classroom. You can always share it with yourself. If your students are having to request access, then you didn't share it with them properly.

Free Resources:

To get the Google Slides, click on the PICTURES.  It will ask you if you want to Make a Copy.  Yes, you do.  This will make your own copy and be saved in your Google Drive.

Monday:
Directions to my students that I typed in Google Classroom:
Today you are going to the Happiest Place on Earth! I want to hear all about your adventure and which rides you loved the most! Click on the airplane to get the link, then click on the link to travel!

Tuesday:
Directions to my students that I typed in Google Classroom:
Where are we going today? I bet you can figure out my favorite location on this trip! Click on the airplanes to open the links to travel. I'd love to hear your thoughts in the journal! When you finish, click TURN IN so I can read it and write back to you!


Wednesday:
Directions to my students that I typed in Google Classroom:
Today you are going on a Bear Hunt! You will be searching the live cams for all kinds of animals on your adventure today! Click on the airplanes to open the links to travel. I'd love to hear your thoughts in the journal! When you finish, click TURN IN so I can read it and write back to you!


Thursday:
Directions to my students that I typed in Google Classroom:
Today you are going to do a lot of "walking!" There are so many places to visit! Pick one or two to explore! I'd love to hear your thoughts in the journal! When you finish, click TURN IN so I can read it and write back to you!



Friday:
Directions to my students that I typed in Google Classroom:
It's your last day of Spring Break! Have some fun on your vacation! Today you are headed to Universal Studios in Florida!!! Enjoy the rides and write all about them in your journal! When you finish, click TURN IN so I can read it and write back to you!



Happy Vacationing!


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