Mother’s Day Freebie

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  I hope that all of your students treat you well this week, and I also hope that your PTA has something special planned for you.  Our celebrations look to be rather caloric, but I'm still very excited about them!

First of all, if you are interested in my weekend task card organization project, hop on over to Task Card Corner and check it out.  I'm very excited about it.

On to the meat of the post!  I wanted to share a quick little Mother's Day activity I have been doing with my students for years (keep reading…it's FREE!).  I can't remember the origin of this, but I am almost certain my cooperating teacher helped me do it the first year, and my original document is one I made myself.  I can't find any trace of it on the internet anywhere, so I thought I would share it here.  If you know the origin, please let me know!

Mother's Day Upper Grades Activity

The older grades (in my school) usually forget about Mother's Day, but I always make sure we do a little something.  In comes “A Few of My Favorite Things.”  I begin by having my kids listen to the original song (Here's a good link), and then they brainstorm a list of THEIR favorite things about their moms.  After that, I show them the planning sheet and we talk about the pattern of syllables in the song.  They go to work writing their own songs about their moms.  The students LOVE this!

When they are done, they do a final copy on one of the provided sheets (or they can make their own), then cut it out and glue it to a piece of construction paper.  Surrounding the song, they write all of their MOM'S favorite things.  This usually only takes 1-2 hours, and the students are so proud of their final product.

An example I made for my mom.  Lots of inside jokes included here, but my students will get the point that is should be personalized to their own mom. 🙂

I don't have any examples from my own students since they all ended up with moms and we haven't done ours yet this year (and I prettied it up for all of you this year!)

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