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Themes by the Month
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Back To School
I print out little notes and place them inside
smiley face treat bags. Each child finds one in their cubby
or on their desk at Open House/Meet the Teacher day.
J Welcome to Mrs. Bond's Class! J
"I Am - Who Is?" Get Acquainted Game
All you need to do is change the names to your kiddos' names.
Give each student the card with their name on the "I am"
line. Then have students sit in a circle or rainbow shape on
the floor. Start with the card that has the . I like to start
the game so the students can see how to play.
Here's how to play:
I stand and read my card "I am Mrs. Bond."
the students say "Hi, Mrs. Bond"
I read "Who is Taylor?"
Taylor stands up and I sit down. Taylor reads her
card, giving time for the class to say "Hi" to her and
then continues with the rest of the card. Keep going
like this until you reach the card with only
one name and the at the end.
All About Us
Copy the blocks onto cardstock. Have students fill in
the blanks, make a decorative border and color the block
with crayons. Hole punch the sides and tie together with yarn. Don't forget to make a block for yourself too!
Here is a picture from 2009. It is under the bulletin board.
I leave these up all year. The kids LOVE them!
I send this home for their first homework assignment. They have a few days to collect items that tell about them. ME Bags are a fun way for students to share a little about themselves.
This is a great lesson on following classroom rules
and having good manners. It's yummy too!
Books I like to read:
The Kissing Hand
Froggy Goes to School
First Day Jitters
The Night Before First Grade
The Crayon Box That Talked
Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
Charlie Cook's Favorite Book
Printable crayon book:
Back to school glyphs
Back to school ideas
"I Have" Games
Back to School Unit from Shari Sloane
Back to School Unit from Miss Renee
Books I like to read:
The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree
The Apple Pie Tree (there's a recipe on the cooking page to go along with this book)
Ten Apples Up On Top
My Apple Printables
Fire Safety Units
Christmas from Little Giraffes
Pack your bags and get ready to travel all over the world to see
how Christmas and Winter Holidays are celebrated.
To make student passports, print the passport cover in color onto white cardstock and cut in half to make 2 covers. For each student, cut 6 pages of white copy paper in half widthwise and then fold pages in half to make a booklet. Staple with a long arm stapler from the outside of the cover on the crease. Write students' names on the name line. I like to print out information to glue into the inside of the covers with name, grade, school, teacher, and year - kind of like a real passport would be. Now you are ready to begin your journey! Each time we visit a country, the students get a flag from that country and a stamp in their passport. (It's best to print the flags in color.) I make stamps by using the small alphabet stamps from Target. I separate the individual letters and then tape them together to form the names of the countries. Then I simply stamp the country name under the flag picture in each student's passport. If you don't have alphabet stamps, you could print small labels with the names, or write them with marker. My kids really get a kick out of getting their passports stamped. They feel grown up! Here are the activities that I do:
Information - Christmas Around the World
More information - Christmas Traditions Around the World
Australia - Santa Koalas
China - Paper lanterns
France - Nativity Scene
Germany - Gingerbread House paper bag
Israel - Star of David
Mexico - Paper Pointsettias
Norway - Woven Heart Basket
Russia - Matryoshka Dolls
United States - Santa Paper Bag Puppet
Kwanzaa - Kinara paper craft
booklet from Mailbox magazine
Holland - Paper windmills
England - Christmas Crackers
Winter from Little Giraffes
100-Things-printable-book.pdf - for 100th Day
St. Patrick's Day