I love to get ahead over the summer...or at least I'd like to think that I am getting ahead! One thing that I do get done in advance is birthday cards for my students. I make these easy foldable cards in advance for student birthdays during the year. We pass the cards around, and every student gets to sign or write a message inside. I also make gifts for the students using tissue paper, paper towel rolls, and ribbon. The gifts are filled with candy, pens/pencils, erasers and stickers. The students have to take the gifts home before they can open them-this helps in case two gifts are not exactly the same-but I tell them that it is so the gifts can be a surprise. I love to find little things in the dollar section at Target (5 crayon-shaped erasers in a pack, sheets of stickers, packs of fun pencils). Stores like Staples also have clearance sections where you can find deals!
The cards are made from 12 x 18 sheets of construction paper. The paper is folded in half, and then half of one half is folded. I cut two 3 1/2 x 9 rectangles from a different color of construction paper and glue those pieces on so that the closed paper looks like a square (which is supposed to look like a present). Punch two holes, tie a ribbon for a bow, add a tag, and you have an inexpensive gift that your students will love!!!
I'd love to know what other projects that teachers make ahead of time over the summer. Please share!
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