Shining Teachers Gatefold Card

Lesson #10064

Celebrate teachers with a thoughtful card.

Grade Level:
1-2, 3-5

Create special gate cards for any occasion. Recognize teachers, students, colleagues or special friends with warm, appreciative sentiments. Encourage students to express gratitude through writing.

Create a thank you card to express gratitude towards teachers, mentors and role models.

20588-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Sun (Basic Beginnings) - Large

Supplies Used: Cardstock, Chalk, Crayons, Glitter, Glue, Letters (Self-Adhesive), Pens, Ribbon, Scissors, Tape (Double-Sided)

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Cut a blue piece of cardstock or construction paper to 9 1/8" x 6 1/4". Fold both ends of the paper into the middle (about 2 1/4"), making a gate card (Figure A).
  2. Cut two 9" lengths of yellow ribbon. Adhere one ribbon to the center front of both folds (Figure B).
  3. Cut two darker blue pieces of paper to 2 1/4" x 6 1/4". Adhere the dark blue pieces to the front of both folds, sandwiching the ribbon.
  4. Die-cut two LG Basic Beginnings Suns using yellow paper. Leave one Sun whole and cut the center circle from the other Sun following the perforations.
  5. Place a thin layer of glue on the circle and sprinkle it with glitter, allowing it to dry.
  6. Adhere the circle to the center of the whole Sun and cut the Sun in half.
  7. Attach the Sun halves to the front of both folds, making sure the Sun is whole when the folds are closed.
  8. Use crayons, pens or self-adhesive letters to add your message to the card (see Main Photo).
  9. Chalk or crayons may be used for highlights.

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

English Language Arts: Communication Strategies

K-12: Standard 5

  • Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.

English Language Arts: Applying Language Skills

K-12: Standard 12

  • Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).

Standards for the English Language Arts, by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, Copyright 1996 by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Reprinted with permission.

Source: NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts

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