Saturday, May 26, 2012

Step Up Day & End of the Year Printables {Freebies}

Hey Sweet Friends! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend celebrating Memorial Day! Just wanted to share a few writing printables with y'all that I use at the end of the year with my *almost* second graders!! 

We have a school wide "Step Up Day" during the last week of school. The kids LOVE visiting the second grade teachers and learning what it is like to be a second grader!! While they are off feeling pretty dang special, I am with a class of the cutest kinders telling them all about first grade!! 

My students always fill out a "First Grade Facts" sheet to give to a kindergarten student. You would think I gave those babies gold! Kinders get's the simple things in life that are the BEST!!! 
 When my sweeties come back from the other end of the school feeling all grown up & over first grade, we enjoy a few writing activities that center around what they learned from "stepping up" !!
 and one where they predict what will happen in second grade!
 We also write notes to ourselves to save for the first day of school. Before doing this, we reflect on the first day of first grade & predict how it might be alike or different than second grade...Do I hear a Venn Diagram calling my name?? Why yes I do?!?!  
 After our discussion, we all write letters to ourselves to open up the morning of the first day of school {including myself- No, mine doesn't start with "Dear Jesus,"...HA!}. The letter template below can really be used for anything though. After they are done writing, they stick and seal their letter in an envelope to read the morning before their first day to ease the jitters.
 And I thought I would also throw in this summer goals writing printable. We work at setting goals all throughout the year & this is just a motivator to get the kids thinking about what they want to accomplish this summer.
You can download these printables *here*{Graphics courtesy of Scrappin' Doodles & KPM Doodles}! I hope they're helpful as you are surviving the last week or weeks of school!! If you don't have a school wide Step Up Day, I recommend checking with your 2nd grade friends to see if you could schedule in a time to do one on your own the last week of school!! You'll have a blast!!!

Well, I'm officially 30 today!! I've been SO blessed during my twenties & want to celebrate them by having everything 20% off in my TpT store today only!! Check it out {HERE}!!!

Happy Memorial Day!!! GOD BLESS all the courageous men & women that have served or are serving our country! I honor you.


Miss Kindergarten said...

Happy Birthday Anna!!

Anna Brantley said...

Thanks so much, Hadar!!! XOXO

Miss Nelson said...

Happy Birthday! Hope it was special.

Mrs. Saoud said...


Sweet Birthday Blessings to YOU my friend! I hope you and Parker are enjoying your summer together!


Lisa R. said...

Welcome to the 30s club!! Have a happy birthday! Thanks so much for the freebies! They are perfect for me to use next week. :)

Learning Is Something to Treasure

Dee said...

Hu Anna,
The *here* link isn't working. These are so cute, thanks!


Tanya said...

Happy Birthday! I'd love a copy of these, the link isn't working.
Enjoy your day!
☺ Tanya
First Grade is Fantabulous!

Lori Rosenberg said...

I hope your birthday was everything you wanted it to be - and more! I feel like it's my birthday because of all the wonderful writing gifts you are sharing. Thanks so very much! I teach K, 1, and 2, so these will really come in handy.

Lori (
Teaching With Love and Laughter

Lori Rosenberg said...

I, too, just noticed the "here" link is not working. Hopefully, you'll be able to fix it. Thanks again!

Lori (
Teaching With Love and Laughter

Anna Brantley said...

I just got back in town from a little day trip. Sorry about the link issues!!! It's working now:):):) Anna

Lori Rosenberg said...

It's working! Thanks so much! Hope you had a great trip, today!

Lori (
Teaching With Love and Laughter

Lisa at Stories From Second said...

Happy Birthday! My school had our first step up day this year and we loved it! Thanks so much for your great printables!
Stories From Second

Maureen said...

Perfect for my "Move Up Day" - thank you so much!! :)

The First Grade Splash
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Anna Brantley said...

Glad you can use these printables!!! Thanks for all of your sweet comments:)

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Miss V said...

Love the printables! Great idea for the first graders to give advice to the kinders coming up and make predictions! Super cute!!!


Owl Things First said...

Thanks so much for the printable! I'm wishing you birthday blessings! Welcome to the 30s...It was one of my favorite decades!!
Your newest follower,

Owl Things First

strat said...

That's a huge step buddy. Keep it up.


Heather's Heart said...

These are awesome. Thank you so much! =)

Heather's Heart

Tonya said...

Thank you so much! I will file these for our move up day next year. They are so cute!

Tales by a 1st Grade Teacher said...

Thanks so much! Love your blog!