Such a fun way to say thanks to your school volunteers, paraprofessionals, or other support staff!
From the creator:
“My kindergarten class did a directed drawing of themselves for all the volunteers we had at school this year! We thanked them for giving us a hand. In addition to their drawings we made some painted hand prints and crayon colored hearts.”
How can you use this board with your students?
- Do a class meeting to discuss who the extra helpers are in the school.
- After students do their self portraits, see if they can find the similarities in the pictures with one another (for example, blue hats, blonde hair, wearing a dress, etc.)
- Once a day for a week, have students say thank you to one person in the building who supports their learning but is not typically in the classroom each day (custodians, office staff, school counselor, specials teachers, lunch staff, etc.)
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Steps to Set Up:
- Start with a plain black background on your board.
- Using white butcher paper, cut out three large cloud shapes. Optional: Use a large black marker to add in an outline on the shapes.
- Use black bulletin board lettering to fill in the title on the cloud shapes “Thank you for Lending us a hand!”
- Using the same plain butcher paper, first, have students create self portraits of themselves. Tip: cut the paper to about the right height so all the papers aren’t super differing in sizes. Cut out the portraits and place in a line on the bottom edge of your board.
- Next, using art paint, do student handprints on a piece of paper. Let dry. Cut out. Then place around the top of of the board around the title.
- Finally, have students do crayon hearts on the white paper, cut out, and add as a final touch.
Modeling grateful behaviors towards others begins as early as possible and this board showcases the thankfulness of those who have been helped the most.
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Submitted by: Michelle T.