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Monday, June 3, 2013

Student Thumbprint Tree

Two years ago, I pinned a great beginning of the year idea: a thumbprint tree.  I was reminded of that pin when one of the third grade teachers did this with her class.  I just knew that, since this is my first group of kiddos, I had to start this year! :)  My plan, borrowed from my 3rd grade friend, is to add on each year using a different color.  It looks a little bare this year, but I'm excited to see it after I add more prints next year! :)  BTW, the kids thought this was the coolest idea ever!  I highly suggest it with your students.

I am also posting a letter one of my students wrote me last week.  I read the book, First Year Letters to my students and their assignment was to write a friendly letter.  I gave them the option of writing a letter to next year's students or to me.  We reviewed how to write a friendly letter, and when the students started writing, they were ALL writing letters to me.  It made me smile.  The letter below just warmed my heart. :)

It has not been an easy year, but I am absolutely going to miss these kids.
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  1. I love it! I thought about doing this but never have!

    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

  2. I think the tree is a super sweet idea for any age group. I also teach fifth grade and I sure do wish I had thought of starting something like this long ago. How wonderful to be able to watch your tree "grow!" :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

    1. This would be a great time to start! :)


  3. That is a super idea :) Thanks for sharing.
    Fun in Room 4B

  4. I love that idea of adding the next years students to the same tree! I've seen this idea several times but not doing it that way. So clever! I love it :)

    Adventures in Room 204


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