|My Instagram post. I got several wonderful suggestions from teachers across the country and ended up going with Heck_Awesome's idea.|
We broke this writing into two different pieces. First, students were able to take their picture in PhotoBooth and then draw a picture on their sunglasses of what they want to be when they grow up. I mean really, how cute are these firsties with their sunglasses and smiles?
We then got all of our sunglasses together and got it up on my door that has been blank for far too long! I am happy with how it turned out and my kiddos love seeing themselves with sunglasses on each time they come into the classroom.
|This first grader wants to be a "race car driver!"|
|Rafael wants to be a "police officer because they help people." He knows he will be good at it because "I am nice and police officers are nice" too.|
|This little girl wants to be a "princess because their dresses are cute." She knows she will be a great princess because "she likes their crowns."|
|This first grader wants to be a "rockstar because she wants to be famous."|
Too funny and too cute if you ask me! :) Really, first graders and sunglasses are a great mix. If you are wanting to try this activity with your students you can grab it for free by clicking on the image below.
|There is a little kid template where students fill in the blanks with their ideas and a big kid version where students can write full sentences.|
I linked up with Joanne today from Head Over Heels for Teaching for her weekly Spark Student Motivation. Sometimes doing something outside of the normal routine (allowing students to wear sunglasses for the day) is enough to motivate them big time. Students were only allowed to wear their sunglasses if they were being super kind and super good listeners throughout the day. Let me tell you that was enough to get most of kiddos on board even when their minds are thinking "summer, summer, SUMMER!"