Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

Here are a few cute ideas for Mother's Day.  They are connected to literature and can be completed within a couple of days!  In addition to these ideas I will probably have my student make a portrait of their mom with a water-color background because they always turn out so adorable.  In the past I've also done a class cook book where every student chooses a dish or dessert that their mom makes really well.  Then they write the "secret recipe" of how their mom makes the dish.  It's a really great review for expository writing, and they are hilarious!

I spotted these at Dollar Tree several weeks ago, and I thought they would make a perfect gift.  Each student will decorate their own "mug," and we'll place a few tea bags inside.

This is one of my favorite books about "mom's."  It has all kinds of things inside (and I mean all kinds of things-mom's have to be prepared)!  The kids always enjoy making predictions about what's inside.  Then we read the book to check our predictions.  As we read we also discuss which things are absolutely necessary and which things are optional.

I LOVE this part of the cover!

 SO true!

 Take a peek at a few pages. . .

This book is called "My Mommy's Tote."  The author is P.H. Hanson.
There are zillions of other ways to use this book!

This year I'm going to try something new.  Since we've already read "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse." We'll use it for comprehension as we complete some comparing and contrasting activities and text to self connections.
Students will make a purse for their mom using cute scrapbook paper. Then they'll write about things that their mom has inside her purse that help her to stay prepared!  I also made a venn diagram for students to compare and contrast Lilly's purse to their own mom's purse.

I have included a few examples of the class cookbook and a min-book about mom's (My Mom the Superhero).  My students will probably trace and cut two purses.  Then we'll seal the sides and bottom.  Inside the top we'll add the "mom" book and "purse" writing.

Mother's Day Book

Purse Onal Greeting

Compare and Contrast_purse

my cup of tea

mom's purse

I love Mother's Day because I have a wonderful mom, because I love being a mom, and because I know so many loving and dedicated moms who deserve to be showered and appreciated!


  1. You have so many fabulous ideas! I love the Dollar Tree mugs, how cool! I wonder if they have any left at my Dollar Tree...

    Thanks so much!! :)
    Ladybug's Teacher Files

  2. I love the cookbook and superhero idea!! Never heard of these before. I will be trying your activities this year. Thanks!!!

    First Grade Factory

  3. YOU ARE AWESOME. Thanks! I needed some ideas!

  4. These are awesome ideas, thank you for sharing! Is there any way you can put up the purse writing paper, or did I miss that somewhere? Thank you! :)

  5. Thanks so much! I Love the Mother's Day Book ;)

  6. I will post a copy of the purse that I used to make this one. I was trying to create a new one because the template I have wasted a lot of scrap book paper, but it can always be added to our scrap never know when you'll need those scraps. Does anyone else have a scrap bucket-or am I the only weird one?!?

  7. Thank you! I had not heard of this book... Amazon thanks you too!

    And... I have a scrap bucket too (so we both may be weird)

    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

  8. Brooke...
    Check out the Family Fun Magazine website...
    There's a pocketbook craft there that would compliment your great idea! Thank-you for sharing!

  9. Fantastic ideas! I love the cookbook idea!

  10. I totally have a scrap bucket!!! It's HUGE at this point. :) The superhero book is too cute but it wouldn't work for me. (The others all did.) Would you mind emailing it?? Thanks so much! :)

  11. I LOVE the superhero book too!! But sadly, I couldn't get it to work for me! If you get a chance to e-mail it, I would love a copy too!

    Thank you and have a great week!


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