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June Currently and Be the Teacher

Yipee!  It is time again for Farley's fun Currently.  I hope you'll link up if you haven't...it's a great way to find new bloggy friends. =O)
Oh' boy fourth grade
So the BEST part about this month's Currently is that it's June already... which means one thing...summer break is almost here!  Yay!
So since we've got 4 1/2 days left (I'm not excited or anything, lol) and our state testing is O.V.E.R., what is a teacher to do?  Well, this happy teacher loves to let her kiddos be the teachers during the last week of school.  Today was the first round of lessons and we had a blast.  Sorry the pics aren't great (iPhone...I really need to start bringing my camera) but I wanted to show what fun we've been up to.  We learned to blow two bubbles in one (with bubble gum...they were so excited) and we made a fancy paper airplane.  One student led us in making clay birds:
Another student taught us about dinosaurs and we assembled some puzzles/models:
We also learned how to tell the difference between a venomous and non venomous snake (and touched a snakeskin):
And finally we made stethoscopes (with tubing, funnels, and balloons) and  it was a favorite of the kids:
Letting your students be the teacher is a fun and entertaining way to keep the students engaged (without creating more stress for you because really you have enough of that right now!)  You can certainly do this without any type of paperwork/plan but I created a packet last year for this activity that includes a lesson approval form, parent letter, lesson plan for the kiddos to fill out, and a reflection writing activity. You can check it out here if you're interested.



Well, if you are already on summer break, I hope you're relaxing and enjoying your time off.  For those of you still in school like me, hang in there...we're almost there! =O)  Have a blessed night, y'all!


18 comments

  1. I have been letting my students be the "teacher of the day" as well:) I usually have 1-2 go each day the last week of school (not everyone chooses to participate). This year we have had mainly art projects, but also a science experiment too on surface tension. The kids have so much fun with it! I hope that you have a great summer! :)

    Primary Classrooms are Oceans of Fun

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    1. Glad that your students are having fun as the teacher! Have a super summer!

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  2. I love the idea of letting your kiddos be the teacher at the end of the year! It looks like the really enjoyed it!

    What's Working This Year?

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    1. It is so much fun! Today we made slime, learned to cast a fishing rod, did some origami, and learned to do layups and jump shots! Lots of fun!

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  3. Cute blog! How did you cover the students faces in the pics? I need to do that!!

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  4. I need to organize my house and paint as well!
    I am having a “Tour My Blog” linky party...stop by and link up! It is a great way for bloggers and their viewers to learn about your blog! I would love for you to join me!

    Brigid
    Bits of First Grade

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  5. This is such a super cute idea! Pinning for next year! Thanks :)
    Elizabeth
    Fun in Room 4B

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! It is the highlight of each year. The kids LOVE it and I do too because I don't have to plan for the last week (which used to make me want to pull my hair out, lol)!

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  6. How fun letting the kiddos lead the lessons! I need to organize and paint my house too! Good luck on your last few days of school!! :)

    Rachel
    A-B-Seymour

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    1. The kids love it Rachel, you'll have to try it next year! =O)

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  7. What a great activity for the studens during the last part of the year! Looks like they had a lot of fun! Enjoy the last week of school!
    Bethany
    FabandFunin4th!

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    1. Hi Bethany, we are having a terrific time! Happy summer!

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  8. This is SUCH a great idea! I think I'll work it into summer school :) I'm here from Currently. I LOVE you're blog design. Enjoy you're last few days!

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  9. What a great way to end of the year and keep your kiddos engaged! Love it! Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to sharing more ideas!

    -Krista
    The Second Grade Superkids

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    1. Thanks Krista! They have the best time! It's funny though because many students in past years have commented how hard it is to be the teacher/keep the kids quiet and such, lol!

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  10. What a great idea!! The kids must love being the teacher! :)

    Thanks for sharing!!
    Sarah
    A Sunny Day in First Grade

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    1. They absolutely LOVE it and I do too!

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