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I am so excited to have a guest blogger for you today and GUESS WHAT?

when you are done reading my guest blogger's fab post 
you can HOP on over to 

because that is where I am a guest blogger!!!
and if ya want at the bottom of this post I am going to leave you with a whole linky
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Hi Ya'll!!!

I'm Mor from

I'm so excited to guest post and be here with you & Farley today!

I KNOW Summer just started but my head is already spinning with ideas & I'm worried for that first week Back to School & Open House.

After spending 3 years in Middle School and not doing anything worth mentioning
 for the above events, I'm sort of freaking out about it this coming year.
I'm back to the elementary classroom & will be teaching 5th grade.
I am psyched but a little scared  :) I forgot how to be all nice & cutesy....

I wanted to do a fun first day activity with the kids, but I'm not one for arts & crafts that make a mess.
soooooo.... I decided to go for beads!

Upper elementary kids are all about friendships & socialization!!!

I thought I could give them the option to create either a necklace, a friendship bracelet, or a key chain, and they create a glyph using those beads.
Once they finish creating their necklace they can walk around the room with their surveys and get to know their friends better.

Here are the Glyphs I created & I'm giving it to you as a FREEBIE :)

Students will share about their siblings, favorite sports,pets, subjects, and books they've read!
It's a great conversation starter & students will complete surveys to help them get started.

I found these beads at Oriental Trading.
{click on each image to go to the direct link}
$6.25 / 500 Pieces              $6.25/ 300 Pieces                 $8.75 / 2000 pieces

but you could really use any beads you find at the store.

What are some activities you do with your kids?!?
I'd love to hear some of your ideas!

Have a great summer!!!
Thanks so much Mor and how sweet is that ...
FREEBIE for you... be sure to tell her thanks when you are on her blog!!!!
OK remember keep hoppin...
kinda like Dory from Nemo
but instead of Just Keep Swimming.... Just keep Swimming
you are
and here is that linky list I promised you...
remember I am at Teaching In Heels!!!


  1. What a cute idea...I love it!

    Thank you for sharing...It was fun seeing you over here today Mor! =)

    Heather's Heart

  2. That's a great idea! I love the idea of necklace glyphs!! Pinning this as a reminder. Thanks for sharing Mor!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. I ditto the comment above...hehehe! I taught 7th grade and our school did make quite a big deal about open house...I was surprised by how many parents showed up for a middle school open house!!

    I will keep hoppin' along
    Thanks for sharing!!

    The 3AM Teacher
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  4. I love this bead idea! Kids love beads, no matter what age! :)

    Apples and ABC's

  5. Thanks for sharing the bead glyph. It's a great idea.

    Grade School Giggles

  6. The bead glyph will be a great back to school activity! The students will love that!
    Conversations in Literacy

  7. I love the bead idea! I am not one for crafts either and this is perfect. I am working with a third grade class this year and I am going to use this with them. Thank you!!

    Thinking Out Loud

  8. This is a great idea!! I am your newest follower and new to the blogging world. I can so relate to your apprehension about being in the elementary school. I spent 8 years in 6th grade in the middle school and everything we did in 6th was way more cutesy than the rest of the middle school. Now I have been in 4th grade for four years and still feel like I am not cutesy enough!! I am not a big fan of making messy crafts so it is a good thing I am not in even lower grades. lol Anyway, it was nice to (stalk) your blog:) Thank you for the inspiration!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper


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