BLAST OFF... into a new school year! (Giveaway Alert!)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Hey guys! Where has summer gone? WOW! I can't believe we are on the 6 day countdown until teacher's return to school in my district. Today I thought I would share one of my favorite, easy back to school craftivities that I have done a few times now. It's a great way to get something fun and cute onto your walls quickly! This was one of my VERY first TPT products, so I have recently given it a facelift. I am updating the pictures in my first post with the updated ones. =)

If you choose to purchase this product, you will now also receive a writing activity that can be used at the end of the year. So, if you don't have time for it at the beginning of the year, save it for those last few days of craziness in May.

I always start the year with the theme:
Third Grade will be a BLAST!

I always complete this fun spaceship craft on the first day of school so we have something fun and colorful up on our walls very quickly! Students create the spaceship and write a short blurb on why they think their new grade will be a blast!

In this download you will find:
-Spaceship tracing templates
-Journal pages for 1st-5th grade

Click HERE to find this creativity on TPT.

This craft has been a huge success for me the past two years. It is simple, easy, and students can do this project pretty independently. This gives me time to wonder the room to talk to different students. 

I'd love to give this craftivity to someone who thinks they can use it! Leave me a comment telling me your favorite back to school activity. Now... I'm off to continue enjoying my LAST Wednesday of summer! 


  1. Love having the students make Name Art! They use different art supplies like construction paper squares, buttons, sequins, etc to glue on their names:)

  2. I love this! I love the "Blast Off" theme for the first day of school, and the students are sure to love a hands-on activity as they get back into the school routine! ~Deb
    Crafting Connections

  3. You are so creative! YOUR STUDENTS ARE GOING TO BLAST!!! Smiles and stop by anytime!

  4. What an interesting theme - Blast Off!!!!. If it is okay with you, I think I will be borrowing your back to school theme for my class this year. I am sure they will love doing the activities that correspond with their theme.

    Thanks and take care.

  5. We love taking first day of school photos!

  6. My students love to set up the classroom library. We discuss different ways to categorize the books and I turn it into a lesson about genres. In groups, they skim the books and decide which genre they are. They love going in the library because THEY made it!

  7. Congratulations, Ms. Smith!! You won the verb unit at my WINSday giveaway! I didn't see your email address anywhere, so if you can email me at I'll send it your way! Thanks and congrats!!


  8. I love this idea! My favorite activity is having students write about themselves. :)