I found the most amazing quote and knew that it belonged on my classroom wall.
"Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow. I have a place in the pattern and so do you"
This amazing quote comes from T.A. Barron. After I read it, I also knew, that aside from being on my wall, that I wanted each student to make a snowflake that was unique to them to decorate the board. Since I teach three classes, I knew that I would have around 60 snowflakes to hang.
As upper grade teachers, we have assigned a color to each grade level so that it is easy to identify homework, assignments, etc. So, when you see my board and wonder why it looks all pastel-"ish", that is why. But I have to say, that I really like how it turned out.
The more I thought about what I wanted to do, I knew that I wanted more "advanced" snowflakes. I went searching for the perfect website to teach my kiddos the easiest way to to make a 6-pointed snowflake. After all, all snowflakes are six pointed. I settled on THIS site. Not only did it have a video tutorial, it showed in picture form every step and then gave ideas on how to best cut the paper to get great designs.
After my amazing wife got the quote written on the board (I LOVE her handwriting, I need to get it made into a font!), I made a HUGE white snowflake and added it to the board. That would be my "tiniest little snow crystal".
When I got the students back in class, I had each class read the quote with me and we talked about how this is a new year, and that each student has an important place in our classroom. Then I introduced the snowflake making. It was fun to watch the student struggle to fold the paper. Not because I am cruel, but because I could relate it for them to how in life we struggle to make our presence know in the universe. Sometimes we have failures (destroyed snowflakes) and we get to start again, and sometimes we have great successes and we can congratulate ourselves.
When all was said and done (and there was a lot said AND done... believe me!) I ended up with this:
I hope you will continue the amazing work you do of helping children realize that they really DO matter in this amazing pattern we call life!