This is a “GROWING” packet, so there are no worries of it ever being outdated. I’ve included patterns through 2040.
I’ll continue to up-date, taking out the old and adding new dates as the years roll by; however, should something happen to me along the way, I’ve also included a “fill in” template for 204___ & 205____.
I’ve found that if I toss in a quick, easy and fun craftivity, with my students’ writing prompts, they are eager and excited to get down to the business of writing.
This writing prompt rings in the new, while reflecting on the old, so it’s perfect for discussing “past-present-future” and practicing that type of writing.
"My students really enjoyed this activity! It enabled them to be reflective!"
"Great easy resource for the first day back from break. It got the students thinking about goals for the year."
The of the balloon is a “reflection about the past”. Students complete the writing prompts:
* ”My favorite thing that I learned, my favorite thing that I did, and my favorite place that I went . . .”
The balloon, contemplates the present and future:
* "Something that I’d like to learn, something I’d like to do, somewhere I’d like to go . . .”
I've found that students love sharing things about themselves, so these questions appeal to them because they're personal, as well as easy to answer. If your students are like mine, they will really enjoy doing this activity, which appeals to a variety of ages & grade levels.
This activity can even be done with younger kiddos who can dictate their answers to a parent or older, reading buddy. (My Y5s team up with 5th graders who also make a balloon.)
I print the patterns off on a variety of colors of construction paper. For a brightly colored display, have students choose 2 colors. They cut out their balloons & glue them back-to-back.
These can be done in class or as a fun homework assignment.
An added bonus is that completed projects make an awesome display.
Simply add some Dollar Store curling ribbon and suspend from the ceiling.
They also make a lovely border at the top of a hallway wall, with enough space in the back so the balloons swirl & twirl.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, wishing you an amazing New Year.
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