End-of-Year Student Gifts
I often struggle with gifts for students. I definitely over-think things, trying to find exactly the right match for each individual student, trying to be environmentally and budget and time friendly, and (frequently) vastly over-estimating my crafty quotient. My favorite gifts are always books, but I wanted a little splash of Even More Special on top, so here's what I came up with for my fifth graders this year.
I decided I wanted to focus on the possibilities for students as they move on to middle school, and into the larger community and the world - and that became my theme. I wrote this free verse poem:
I found some cute globe squeeze balls and chocolate kiss stickers with a travel theme online. The globes have countries with labels, and the stickers have messages like "The World Awaits" and "Let the Adventure Begin."
Of course, I found a book for each student, too . . . because those are wonderful adventures.
Wishing "my" students a fond farewell as they leave elementary school and take on new roles and challenges! I will miss you, and at the same time, I am thrilled for you. Thank you for sharing this part of your path with me this year!
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