Ice Cream Craftivity and Smiley Sentences

Are ya tired yet???
My teacher friends actually have 3 weeks of school left! Most of them are getting pretty tired and restless, just like the kids! Every year we go through the final moments struggling to get through it all... The kids are tired and teachers are looking forward to some rest.
We all can't wait for summer!

I was asked to create a fun craftivity for the last weeks of school so I decided to go with ICE CREAM! Who doesn't like ice cream?? Hehe!

I started out creating a little craft and then got carried away and made a bunch of writing prompts and other activities to go with it ;)

I put it up on my TPT store and TN store but I will also be giving it away to one lucky winner!
All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what you love about summer and I will choose a winner tomorrow night :)

In the meantime, I made a little freebie for you!
I saw something similar to this last week (I think on Pinterest but I can't remember and can't find it!). It was called "Smiley Work". I liked the idea and decided to make one for writing.
**If anyone knows where this idea comes from, please let me know so I can credit this person**
UPDATE: Thanks to Colleen for helping me find what I was looking for! The picture that I saw on Pinterest can be found on the Coconut Cutie's Classroom Blog :)

You can download this poster for FREE at my TPT store or my TN store!

Enjoy :)


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  1. LOOOOOOOOOOVE the smiley chart!!

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog

  2. Ohhhhhhhh . . . this ice cream thing is so cool! We just might have time to work it in next week. What do I love about summer? Getting to have lunch with my husband every day (except on lame-o Rotery Days). Thanks for sharing your awesome ideas!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  3. What I love about summer....time to catch up on professional development reading. Isn't that what we all do? ;o)

    Love this giveaway!!!!

    jennkeys @ gmail . com

  4. So cute Valerie!! You could use the 3 scoops to summarize a story about ice cream, too! Beginning, middle, and end! Like Kevin Henkes' Ice Cream Star!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  5. What a cute activity. I love summer for the mere fact that it is warm and I get to do the things that I couldn't do while the school year was in session.

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  6. What I love about summer? I love being with family, sitting back and enjoying the summer nights around a outside fire along our lake lot home. I have time to read and plan out my year, so come fall...I'm refreshed and full of excitement to share. Summer is about relaxing, rejuvenating and family.

  7. Hi! Thanks for sharing the darling freebie! What I love about summer? Not having to set the alarm. I am attending a common core workshop for my district tomorrow. I love learning and planning with my colleagues!


  8. Summer is the best! I love the warm weather and getting to work on things at my own pace.


  9. So cute! Thanks for the freebie! I love being able to craft and do things from Pimterest that I've been pinning :)


  10. I love summer because it means I get to catch up on my sleep (and reading), spend time out in the sun, and spend more quality time with my husband. :) Love the ice cream!!

    Heather (

  11. I love being home with my two kids all summer. Thanks for the smiley chart - great idea!

  12. I LOVE the ice cream craftivity! Very cute!


  13. This ice-cream packet is so darn cute!
    Besides all of the things listed above about summer, I love having the time to catch up on all the things on the homefront that get postponed during the school year! schoolhousetreasures

  14. The ice cream craftivity is adorable! I love spending time with my two kids and my friends who come into town from overseas. I also love to read, read, read!
    Reading Toward the Stars

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  16. These are great ideas! This summer, I am going to love working with first and second graders in the Extended School Year program and preparing for my new job assignment for next year. It's going to be a busy summer! :)

    Thanks again,

  17. What I love about summer... I keep getting younger and younger- I have a summer birthday :) I also get to spend time with all my grandchildren...
    Thanks for the chance for one of us to win!

  18. Love the ice cream cone. Great idea.
    I am your newest follower.


  19. Love this smiley poster and the ice cream fun!

    I saw a smiley face work poster at Coconut Cutie's Classroom blog - March 17, 2012.

    Summer? I love time to read for leisure, time with family, and time to plan for the next school year.

  20. Hi Valerie,
    Thank you SO much for sharing this! I am feeling completely inspired and I really want to adapt this to a writing rubric with samples to show students how writing is marked. Would you be able to send me your template (in Word or however...?) so that I can adapt it to a writing rubric? Please email me (or stop by my blog!) - I'd love to chat about this!
    - Amanda {}
    Inspired in Second

  21. This is a fabulous idea! I am your newest follower!

    Coffee, Kids and Compulsive Lists

  22. I absoultely love this visual rubric. Absolutely love! I've had it 'pinned' for a while and came back to it today to print it. Thanks for sharing!!

    I'm also a newbie blogger and am having my first giveaway for 100 (almost) followers. I'd love for you to check me out.

    You Might Be a First Grader...


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