Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Alphabet Countdown!!

The Alphabet Countdown does not begin for me until the middle of May, but I am trying to be  super organized!Every year it sneaks up on me. For this post, I plan to list the different ideas I have for counting down the last 26 days of school.  This year, I plan to tie in some books to the theme each day.  If you have any suggestion for a letter, please share! 



Do what works for you!





Let's Begin

A
Bring a stuffed animal to school. 
Activity: Make a classroom graph of the animals. 
Read: Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
A
Art Day 
Activity: Make a special art activity. 
Read: The ART Lesson  by Tomie dePaola

B
Birds   
Activity: Make a Birdhouse.
Read: Riki's Birdhouse by Monica Wellington
B
 Bugs  
Activity: Look for bugs.  
Read: I Love Bugs by Emma Dodd 


C
Card games and Counting   
Activity: Learn a new card game and have some counting investigations at math time.
Read: Ten Times Ten  by Herve Tullet or Counting in the Garden by Kim Parker
D
 Dot Day  
Activity: Make a Dot.
Read: The Dot  by Peter Reynolds 
D
Dance, Drawing and Dot Day  
Activity: Dance 
Read: Dance  by Elisha Cooper
E
Earth Day and Exercise 
Activity: GO NOODLE!
Read: Things I Can Do To Help My World   by Melanie Walsh

F
Bring your favorite book to school and Fairy Tales 
Activity: Share our favorite books.  
Read: Yummy by Lucy Cousins 


G
It's Game Day 
Activity: Bring a Game from home or have students make a game.
Read: Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger



It's Hat Day 
Activity: Wear a hat to school. 
Read: Do You Have a Hat?  by Eileen Spinelli




Let's learn about insects today! 
Activity: Drawing and looking for insects.
Read:  Insect Detective  by Steven Voake




I SPY  
Activity: Let's make an I Spy book or posters.
Read:   I Spy In the Sky  by Edward Gibbs or I Spy by Jean Marzollo





J
Joke Day 
Activity: Bring in your best joke to share.
Read: The Everything Kids Joke Book  by Michael Dahl

K
Kite Day 
Activity: Fly a kite. Students can bring in a kite from home. You could make paper kites.
Read: Stuck  by Oliver Jeffers or Kite Flying by Grace Lin


L 
Listening Day 
Activity: Go on a listening walk. 
Read: The Listening Walk  by Paul Showers 


L
Lego Day  
Activity: Create something with Legos.   

M
Math Games 
Activity: Teach a new math game. 
Read: Fish Eyes  by Lois Ehlert or any favorite math book.



N
Nature Day, Pick a new name (It sounds silly, but the kids LOVE making up a new name)
Activity: Write a poem about nature. 
Read: Outside Your Window A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies or Nature Projects for Every Season Spring by Phillis S. Busch 




N
Name Day 
Activity: Pick a new name. I know this sounds silly, but the kids love it. Have the students wear name tags.   
Read: The Name Jar   by Liz Boyd



O
Outside day and let's get organized  
Activity: Do some learning outside and organize the classroom.   
Read: Inside Outside  by Liz Boyd


P
It is Poem in your pocket day!   
Activity: Bring a  poem from home and put it in your pocket. This poem could be written by you or someone else. 
Read: You Read To Me,  I'll Read To You  by Mary Ann Hoberman 




P
Pajama Day  
Activity: Wear pajamas to school!
Read: Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber



Q
Quilt Day 
Activity: Let's make a memory quilt of the year.   
Read: The Quilt Makers Gift   by Jeff Brumbeau or The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco


R
Rock Day 
Activity: Let's go rock hunting today!    
Read: If You Find a Rock by Liz Boyd or Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor

S
Science Day  
Activity: Do a fun science activity. 
Read: One Small Square Backyard by Liz Boyd or What is Science? by Rebecca KaiDotlich




T
Treasure Tell Day 
Activity: Bring in an object from home that has a special memory.  
Read: Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge  by Mem Fox 



U
Uplifting day- students will give compliments to each other  
Activity: Give each other compliments.    
Read: Have You Filled A Bucket Today?  by Carol McCloud

V
Video Day 
Activity: Make a book trailer today of VIP books or watch an educational video.
Read: VERY funny books  




W
Wonder Question: How do you catch the wind?  
Activity: Go out and catch the wind (read the book below).
Read: I Face the Wind by Vicki Cobb 

W
 Wacky Wednesday (even if it is not Wednesday)
Activity: Wear something wacky to school.
Read: Wacky Wednesday  by Dr. Seuss 



X
X-tra long recess!

Y
Your choice today! 

Z
Zip off to summer! 

Below is the sheet I send home.


I usually add the dates on the 
sheet above
before I send it home.

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