Author Celebration & The End of Reading Week - Susan Jones Teaching

Author Celebration & The End of Reading Week

Spring break is HERE folks and I am one happy camper :)

I have a recently loaded Starbucks card, my laptop, and a whole DVR full of shows to keep me occupied this week!

I was looking through my phone this morning and I wanted to share with you from our day on Friday.

It was our last day of Nevada reading week which meant pajamas, blankets, and stuffed animals to cuddle up and ENJOY reading! My kids loved their day and I ran around like a crazy person - what else is new?! Amidst all the reading, we prepared all day for our author celebration. We invited the parents to come and enjoy the afternoon reading our All About Books we finally finished.

Early in the morning, I got my students in their animal groups and they got to work together to create a "tear art" poster to display during the party. They were loud and crazy and loved every second of this art project. I needed a pair of earplugs, but I can tell you I loved what their creative craziness created!

Before the parents came, my teaching bestie and I went out a bit early and got some snacks ready for the adults and kids to enjoy!

While we were setting up the snacks, we let the kids hang out while they anxiously awaited their parents and their published books.

Our All About Books - DONE!

Our students reading their books with their parents - they were so proud!

As an added bonus, our whole school read over 30,000 minutes during reading week! Our reward?! Our principal and assistant principal spent ALL day Friday on the roof! Each class had a special time to go out and visit them up there! They had water balloons to throw at the kids and they even had a pulley system with a bucket to transfer notes back and forth.
 {Thank you Alyssa for the pictures!}

It was the perfect way to end our week AND start our spring break!

*If you are looking for some things to get your author celebration going in your own classroom, check out my author celebration packet!*


  1. Susan,
    What a lovely way to celebrate Young Authors in your classroom! I love it! And I am very interested in putting my principal on the roof! How awesome is that! She would totally do it!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  2. Happy Spring Break Susan! Like Julie said above-what a great way to celebrate and encourage love for reading and writing. The water balloons are just too much-so fun! Bet they LOVED it.

    Enjoy every minute of your break!
    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  3. How sweet to have the parents come to have their kiddos read and show them. I like how it looks "picnic" style. So much better than an open house! Hope you have a wonderful spring break and enjoy your time!

    For the Love of First Grade

  4. Happy spring break! Those All About books look AMAZING! You must be so proud. :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  5. Love it!! Glad you had fun and enjoy your well deserved break!

  6. These pictures are so adorable, thanks for sharing! I love when teachers make lessons both entertaining and productive. Needless to say that kids learn faster when they don't know that it's actually a lesson. Make it a game and they will be quick to grasp. Of course, as they get older they learn about essay writing tools and start slacking but a decent teacher can make them enjoy learning. It's important to give them some kind challenge so they can use the knowledge in practice. Anyway, thanks for an excellent post. Ann


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