Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday Made It: Sunshine State Awards

It has been a while since I've last linked up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It but I'm excited to be back in the swing of things!

As some of you know last year our school started Leader in Me.  We were just kind of dipping our toes in the water if you will, but this year we are going full force (especially because this year's symposium is in our county and they will be visiting our school!).  Some of the changes that we are making are to our Leadership Notebooks.  You can find more information on them here.  We are changing up our tabs a little and one of the new tabs is "Victories" and (obviously) that is where we will place our achievements!

So my first and only (Listen, I've got a new baby.  Making at least one thing a week is progress!) Monday Made It is Sunshine State Awards for the Victories section of our Leadership Notebooks!

Here in the ridiculously hot lovely Sunshine State, we have a yearly reading program called Sunshine State Books.  Every year 15 new books from all different genres are selected as the latest and greatest for 3rd-5th grade and 6th-8th grade.  When I taught 5th I always let my kiddos start to read the 6-8 selection after they finished the 3-5 selection, but now that I am in 4th I will only be focusing on the 3-5 selection!  Here is this year's line-up:

We try and make as big of a deal as possible with reading these books because the state brings in fun voting machines at the end of the year, we have a Sunshine State Feast for our grade and our Media Specialist throws an amazing party if you read all 15!  What better way to keep the motivation going than with Sunshine State Awards every time you read one of the books?  I've already earned one!  Hey, teachers get victories too! ;o)

I created these beauties using Kimberly Geswein Fonts and clipart from Creative Clips.  And because I want to share the love and motivation, I am giving them to y'all for free to use in your classroom!  You don't even need to be a Florida teacher to still read these goodies!  Just click on the images below to download your freebie :o)

Here are the 15 certificates if you use SRC Tests and your media specialist bought them for these books (which ours does every year)!

Here are the 15 certificates if you use AR Tests in your school!

Don't use either of those programs?  That's okay!  Here are the 15 certificates that have no test attached to them!

I just printed them off on colored card stock and called it a day!  Now they are just waiting for student's names to go on them :o)  If you are curious about these books, I always do a review of them including what foods we eat at our Feast based off the book, skills you can incorporate and much more.  The first review is coming up this week and it is for Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman.

Hope you enjoy!


  1. That sounds like a lot of fun. Your awards came out very nice.
    Grade School Giggles

  2. What a great program! Love the way you support it, too!

    3rd Grade Pad

  3. Imy previous school had this and I am now trying to get it into my new school. This is such a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing. Can't wait to use them.

  4. Thanks so much for sharing! I'm going to use those this year.

    Math is Elementary

  5. I'm so glad you posted this. I printed out the 6-8 list for my kids for the summer, but didn't even take the time to look at the 3-5 list for next year. This will get me to get the ball rolling! xo
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  6. This seems like a fun idea! We have "Battle of the Books" but it is limited on the number of kids who can actually compete. I like this a lot more. :) I shall be sharing with my new librarian.
    Simple Insights

  7. I just finished The Fourteenth Goldfish this week. May I recommend burritos as your feast food?

    1. Yes!!! I haven't read that one but burritos are so fun! Thank you :o)