Wednesday, April 30, 2014

We Love Our Moms

Today we started working on our gifts for Mother's Day.  I wish we had lots of time to do fun projects, but we don't (I know you feel me on that one), so I decided to have my kiddos create books on why their mom is the best. This would incorporate opinion writing and text features -- plus, what mom wouldn't cherish a book like this. 

Our first step was accomplished thanks to this wonderful (and FREE) planning guide.  Casey Hallett created it and you can CLICK HERE to download it from her TpT store. There's more to her product than this one page, but that's all I used for this activity (I'm almost out of copies for the year, so I'm trying my hardest to only copy what is absolutely necessary).  

We then turned our planning sheet into an amazing book. 

 We discussed how some books are dedicated to people, so we all dedicated our books to our moms. 

Each page in the book has a reason and matching illustration as to why their mom is the best. 

Tomorrow we're going to add two more pages. One page will compare and contrast their personality characteristics with their mom's and the other will compare and contrast their physical characteristics.  I'm including that information because we've started our Life Cycles & Genetics Unit and this is one of the standards. 

In addition to the book, we also made these adorable magnets. And yes, every year I always make my mom the same presents my kiddos make theirs.  And every year, my kiddos ask me why I'm making stuff for my mom -- you never stop loving your momma, no matter how old you get.


  1. Very cute ideas! I had a short panic attack because I thought Mother's Day might be this next Sunday and I would have to plan something tomorrow… but I still have next week! Phew!
    I like the personalized frames… cute and easy.

    1. Sorry for the panic attack --- I should have mentioned that this was an early post. I hope you blog about the activities your kiddos do for Mother's Day; you always have great ideas.

  2. Hi Leah,

    I found your blog through some on the Five for Friday post. I saw you are in Charlotte. They have great school systems. I have cousins there. I live in Atlanta and teach 2nd. My teammates and I were just talking about The Kapok Tree this past week and I saw that in your previous post. I'm so glad to have found your blog. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
    :) Sydney
    Lessons Learned

    1. Hey Sydney,

      I'm so glad you found my blog. I checked out yours and I'm your newest follower. I'm excited to share my ideas with you and to see yours too.