Last Week Five For Friday! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Last Week Five For Friday!

Linking up with Kacey today for....
Well... as most of you know, this was my last week! We had a really GREAT last week. Check it out!
I have a painted ceiling tile from all of my classes starting 5 years ago... so I had to do one with this class too! Since my kids have been so service-oriented and helpful to each other this year, I decided to do "Ms. Ivey's Helping Hands." :) It was really simple to do, and the kiddos really enjoyed seeing it in the ceiling!

For the last six years, I've done Candy Bar Awards on the Student Awards Day. This year, honestly, I ran out of time, and since I'm at a new school, they knew nothing about my tradition... so I had them design their own awards for each other! Most were expected: best friends awards, best soccer player awards, funniest person awards... but there was one that just got me. A student in my class, who has autism, sometimes has a hard time academically and socially. My class, thankfully, is always super tolerant of him and his little quirks. Well, one of my students made an award for him. It was the "Nothing Lets You Down Award." It was all I could do to not OVER-react at how kind and thoughtful it was! I was worried he wouldn't get an award, honestly, so I was so glad that his award was so special.
 4th grade students are NOT too old to clean the desks with shaving cream!!!!! Enough said. ;-)
I made my end of the year pinspired gifts for my kids and they turned out so cute!!
Krazy Straw, pack of Kool Aid, and a Colorful Lei!

All of the students had different colored highlighters because of the multi-pack I bought! :)
We had our end of the year party on the last day of school. We had an overabundance of food, and lots of fun games. I did some Minute-To-Win-It style games and they had a blast! Check out this website for some good ideas for MTWI games for kids!

Happy Friday, Happy Weekend! :)


  1. How fun that you paint your ceiling, Jessica! What a great idea and keepsake from year to year! Happy Summer to you!

    Lucky to Be in First

  2. I found your blog through the Five for Friday link up! I absolutely love your painted ceiling tiles. What a creative idea!

    Your newest follower,
    Mrs. H's Resource Room

  3. I love that you had your students make awards for each other!! The Nothing Lets You Down Award is so sweet!
    Conversations in Literacy

  4. Love the "You were the highlight of my year!" I'm "borrowing" it!;)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  5. I love your highlighter gift! That is so cute!


    The Bilingual Teacher

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  7. Having your class make awards for each other is a great idea - I may have to borrow that idea next month (while I'm still teaching and you're on the beach). Your end of the year gifts are adorable. Enjoy your Sunday night when you are not thinking about Monday morning!

  8. Love the idea of painting a ceiling tile! What a creative way to remember all of your classes. :)

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!

  9. So cute! The ceiling tile turned out great!

    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

  10. Cleaning desks with shaving cream - oh so fun! I'll have to try that this year!

    Elementary School Garden

  11. Cute ideas as always!I love the painted ceiling tiles!

  12. Fun student gift ideas! I bet your kiddos loved making their own awards; how fun for you to see what they selected for one another!
    Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  13. I love the ceiling tile. That is awesome!

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  14. Love your end of the year goodies! Thanks for sharing...

    Have a wonderful long weekend--
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  15. Love your end of the year gift idea! I am now a follower of your blog : )

    Tina Parker

  16. I LOVE that they paint a ceiling tile each year, and the idea of getting kids to come up with awards is so cute. Enjoy your summer!! Three more weeks for me, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now.

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late


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