Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mommy Appreciation

Hopefully you've all downloaded my Sticky Notes Digital Literature Unit and Project, but if're in luck!  I've decide to leave it free forever just to say thanks to all of the amazing teachers out there who I work with, blog with, and know around the world.  I appreciate all of you and I hope you all know how much you are appreciated!

Now, on to other important people out there...Mom's.  Yup, Mother's Day is right around the corner and I have a quick and fun project for you to do this week with your students to help them celebrate their mothers.

First, you'll need a roll of thick package, clear tape; plain white paper (could be scrap if it's plain white on one side); some nice sharpened pencils; some tagboard or card stock (I like colored for this project to make it brighter and pretty for mom). That's probably have all this handy and this is why this is such a great project!

Next, you'll want to hand out the scrap or plain white paper to each student and have them take the side of their pencil and create a 2 x 2 inch square of solid pencil markings on their paper.  Next, they'll take either their thumb or index finger and press it into the center of the pencil marking.

Mother's Day, gifts, activities, school, students, Globicate, Heidi Befort
Above, you can see the pencil markings on the right, and then after they've pressed their thumb or finger into the spot, you'll take your packaging tape and gently press it onto whichever finger or thumb they've used.  Next, lay the print onto the paper like I've done above on the left.

The next tricky part is enlarging the print to your satisfaction.  This step took me the longest, but it's because I'm picky. I used 200% twice to come up with the final print that I liked and the students used.

Lastly, distribute the fingerprints to the students and let them pick which color they choose to use.  They cut their fingerprint out in whatever shape they choose and glue it into the middle of the cardstock or tagboard. Then, they can choose either, "Thumbs Up for Mom! or Mom, You've left a print on me!" to their picture.  In the middle of the print, the student can list characteristics that apply to their mom or write a letter to her and glue it to the back of their print. Last, they can decorate it with stickies, photos, colored markers or whatever you choose to make it nice for mom.  Finally, have it laminated for a present that Mom will treasure forever!

Mother's Day, gifts, activities, school, students, Globicate, Heidi Befort

Mother's Day, gifts, activities, school, students, Globicate, Heidi Befort

Happy Mother's Day to all of the Mom's around the world! 


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