Rock Your School Day is a fun day to join thousands of educators from around the world as you ROCK YOUR SCHOOL! The movement encourages educators to join in the movement to create an outside-the-box experience for students and staff. Themes can vary, but the captivation is key!
We chose to capture our students attention this year with a construction themed day! It was so much fun to decorate the halls and classrooms with caution tape and tools!
The kids thought it was hilarious to walk through the hanging caution tape streamers as they headed to class! The excitement ramped up as they noticed more streamers criss crossing the walls and the bulletin boards covered in black and yellow stripes.
Not to mention, their teachers were dressed to the nines in construction gear! We're blessed to have amazing teachers and staff that are willing to go the extra mile to make the day exciting for our kids.
We borrowed traffic cones from the county to line the hallways and printed plenty of construction signs for the walls.
Once students entered the classroom, they got an even bigger surprise. A local excavating company gifted them each their own construction helmet to wear on our special day. The classrooms were decked out with even more construction tape, cones and signs!
The tiny construction cones have little inspirational words on them and we found them at the dollar store! They're great motivators during the year, so they will get plenty of extra use!
Starting our day
The imaginary play area got a makeover too! The kids found this very funny and couldn't stop talking about how awesome the room looked.
Kids completed a themed coloring page to start the day!
Our cafeteria staff went completely above and beyond to make the kids' day special! The day wouldn't be complete without a toolkit lunchbox and tasty treats! The kids really liked taking home their own toolbox at the end of the day.
We BUILT our own ice cream sundaes to celebrate and take a little break from the days work! This was definitely my favorite part of the day!
We even got a visit from some local construction workers. The kids enjoyed checking out the machines and equipment and see how helpful our community helpers can be.
Construction writing and literacy
During writing time, we wrote about what we would build if we were construction workers and completed a simple craft to go with it.
The kids worked so hard on these. I just LOVE this hallway display! This craft pack is available for download, and multiple writing prompt choices are included.
Construction Book and LIteracy Activity for Kindergarten
Our fun read aloud for the day was Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney! It was such an adorable story to read on this special day. She is the same author that writes the Llama Llama books! My kids love her ! After reading, I passed a little clump of "dirt" to each student. When they were opened, little clumps of "dirt" (Whoppers) were inside, along with a letter! Once students found their matching uppercase/lowercase letters, they ate their treats. Then we made CVC words with the letters and wrote them on dry-erase boards.
We also guessed which material would build the tallest structure and then tried out our hypotheses! Some kids were surprised to see that they were right!
We had such an amazing day and can't wait to celebrate this exciting day again next year!
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