This post originally appeared on the blog Crafting Connections.
Field Day… it’s one of those special days that I absolutely loved as a child. As a teacher, I must admit, I don’t love it quite so much. Now, I mainly look forward to it because it signals the end of the school year, and its arrival typically means summer vacation is only a handful of days away! Students tend to be hyper energized, which can lead to an exhausting day for teachers.
I’ve taught at five schools during my career, and it seems that every school arranges their Field Day just a bit differently. Most schools split the day in half and send the older students outside for half of the day, and then swap around lunchtime and send the younger students outside for the other half. Other schools keep all of the students outside for the entire day. Personally, I prefer the half-day method… but it does present a challenge of what you’re going to do with the students the other half of the day.
A few weeks ago, I ran across the book Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day by Robin Pulver. I checked out the preview and knew I had to have it! What a perfect read-aloud for Field Day! It arrived a few days later, and I fell in love with the book as soon as I read it. In fact, it inspired me to create some follow-up activities that you can download below for FREE!
|“Thank you! Life-saver for our rained out field day!” -Feedback from Write from the Heart.|
|One buyer left the following feedback: “This was a perfect activity for the afternoon after our field day activities were over.”|
Deb Hanson has 16 years teaching experience. The majority of her career has been spent teaching English language learners in the upper elementary classroom. She has also taught graduate-level courses for teachers focusing on ESL curriculum and strategies. She authors the blog Crafting Connections and runs the Teachers Pay Teachers store that shares her name. You can visit her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.