In this blog post: Want to plan a FREE end of the year bubble day for your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, or first grade class? Find everything you need for this fun theme day in this blog post!
It’s officially that time of the year when teachers and students alike are just trying to make it to the finish line. Everyone is tired, burnt out, and behaviors are starting to pop up.
One way I saved my sanity those last few weeks in the classroom was always end of the year theme days!
Theme days are a great way to engage students in learning and make things feel different and exciting without having to spend a ton of time prepping.
These end of the year theme days also don’t have to cost a lot – in fact, this blog post is packed with FREE resources you can use to put together a bubble day for your class!
Let’s walk through what your end of the year bubble day can look like with these free activities. You will be able to download all of these activities together at the end of the blog post.
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Morning Tub Activities
Why not start the day off on the right foot with low prep morning tubs? For your bubble day, students will have bubble themed morning tub activities!
Three levels are included:
- Preschool and Pre-K: Counting Bubbles – Students will count “bubbles” to match the numbers.
- Kindergarten: Addition to 10 – Students will use “bubbles” to solve the addition problems.
- First Grade: Addition to 20 – Students will use “bubbles” to solve the addition problems.
If you’ve followed our Kindergarten daily schedule, you know that after morning tubs we go into morning meeting and then straight into literacy. I’ve found that an interactive read aloud lesson to work on comprehension is the perfect way to ease into learning when students are still half asleep!
For your end of the year bubble day, I planned read and respond sheets you can use with the book Bubble Bubble by Mercer Mayer.
In this story, a boy buys magic bubble solution and blows magic bubbles. While his bubbles often turn out dangerous, he always has the solution.
A wide variety of response sheets are included so you can use this read aloud with any grade.
Some options include drawing the characters and setting, retelling the story, or making connections and deciding what your magic bubbles would turn into.
If you want some more bubble themed picture books to read aloud throughout the day, here are some great options:
- Curly’s Fun With Bubbles by Sherry Boddie
- Bubbles: A Narwhal and Jelly Book by Ben Clanton
- Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy
- Big Bad Bubble by Adam Rubin
One key to keeping things calm and moving smoothly at the end of the year is to keep your day as routine as possible. For that reason, I didn’t plan to change up your small groups at all.
However, these Bubble Spin and Color phonics sheets are perfect to bring some themed fun into your literacy centers or whole group phonics lesson.
One spin and color sheet is included for each phonics skill (except alphabet which has all letters) including CVC words, digraphs, beginning blends, CVCe words, ending blends, r-controlled vowels, and diphthongs.
Students will spin a picture, find the matching word, and color the bubble.
If you want to hold students accountable for this activity, you can have them color code the pictures and then color the bubbles to match.
Bubble Day writing activities
For your end of the year bubble day, you have a few options for your writing workshop. First, we have How To procedural writing.
You can brainstorm as a class the materials and steps needed to teach others how to blow a bubble. This can be a bubble with soap and a wand or a bubblegum bubble.
Then, students can complete their own how to blow a bubble writing step-by-step.
Two versions of this page are included.
If you are in the middle of an informational writing unit, you might choose to research and write all about bubbles instead.
You can use a nonfiction book like Pop! A Book About Bubbles by Kimberly Bradley to learn all about bubbles.
Then, students can complete either the Bubbles Can, Have, Are sheet or the All About Bubbles writing activity.
Believe it or not, there is actually a lot to learn about bubbles!
For your math block, I put together bubbled themed no prep math games students can play with a partner. I know that everyone is at a different place right now, so I tried to cover as many skills as possible.
To play this game: students will roll a die and move that many spots. To stay on that square, they must identify the number or solve the problem correctly.
If they do not answer correctly, they must move back. Partners can help keep each other accountable.
But watch out for the Bubble Pop spots! If a student lands on a popped bubble, they lose a turn.
Gameboards are included to cover these skills:
- Numbers to 10
- Numbers to 20
- Numbers to 120
- Five frames
- Ten frames
- Base ten to 20
- Addition and subtraction to 5
- Addition and subtraction to 10
- Addition and subtraction to 20
Bubble day activities
Of course, we couldn’t have a bubble day without extending the fun into science! There are two activities included depending on what you think your students can handle.
Will changing the shape of a bubble wand change the shape of the bubbles?
For this first experiment, you will test the question: Will changing the shape of a bubble wand change the shape of the bubbles?
First, students will make their hypothesis.
Then, you will test it out! Instructions are included to make your own shaped bubble wands using pipe cleaners and cookie cutters.
You can just make enough for you to demonstrate, or make enough for everyone to test.
Students will learn that bubbles must be round.
DIY Make Your Own Bubble Wands
Don’t want to buy bubble wands for everyone? I don’t blame you!
Instead, have students make their own bubble wands using pipe cleaners and pony beads. Bonus, this is a great fine motor building activity.
In the end, students can draw their bubble wand and what happened when they blew through it. This would be a great bubble science option for preschool or pre-k students.
Download your FREE bubble day activities!
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I hope you have a wonderful end of the year!