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first week of school activities

1-2-3 Come Do Some Kissing Hand Activities With Me

My kiddos LOVE the story The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.  Little ones identify with the anxious feelings of Chester the raccoon, when he doesn’t want to go to school.  The warming kiss from his mom, resonates in comfort for them as well.

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementaryWith that in mind, I created a whopping 102-page Kissing Hand literacy packet.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved designing it.  

The packet has a ton of super-fun activities to help reinforce a variety of standards and includes the following:

* A note home to parents to provide a family photograph for a special We are loved” bulletin board.
* 2 posters to help create the bulletin board.

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementary* A tiny welcoming note for your students with a place to put a Hershey Kiss. ("Hooray!  Hooray!  So glad you're here today.  To show you that it's true, here's a little kiss for you!")
* Graphing activities

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementary* Parts of a book poster & worksheet
* Pocket Chart cards for: character, setting, events
* Literacy Graphic organizers
* Beginning-Middle-End of the story worksheets & activities

* A who, what, where, when, why worksheet
* Venn diagrams comparing: 2 books, 2 characters, the child with Chester, Chester’s school & their school, plus some completed samples to share.

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementary* Games: “How many words can you make using the letters in raccoon?” Includes an answer key; “Rr is for raccoon and….” race;  plus a Nocturnal Animal Memory Match game.

* A variety of worksheets for various levels.
* Lot of creative & fun writing prompts
* Several class-made books, with covers and inside pattern pages to make them.

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementary* Nocturnal animal activities, including an interesting facts sheet, an alphabetical list of 34 nocturnal animals, a classroom poster, with a matching “color me” one for students, plus several games.

* Sign Language activities (The last page of the story, is a picture of Chester’s hand “signing” I love you.) Includes a poster and worksheet.

* Skidamarink a-dink-a-doo I love you song, poster & bookmarks.  My Y5s LOVE singing this sweet song.

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementary* Retell the story bookmarks
* “Color me” first day bookmarks

* Comfort discussion poster and matching class-made book

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementary* “I had a great 1st day” slap bracelet.
* 12 pocket chart cards for reviewing the story.  They double as a punctuation and capitalization activity too.

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementary* Feelings activities
* Raccoons "Are, Can, Have" worksheet

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementary* Craftivities: A raccoon mask; a hand print fold out note; and a  “red, white & blue I love you” sign language heart.  Both make a wonderful keepsake.

* I also designed a sweet full-body raccoon on a 1/2 sheet of paper, with 2-on-a-page for quick printing.

Little ones can simply color him, then color, trim & glue the tail to the bottom. 

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementaryOlder students can write 3-4 things they liked about school or 2-3 emotions they felt during the first day or week. 

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementaryThe larger raccoon is just a head & tail.  I call it "A Tale About Me!"  With a play on the word "tale/tail".

It's an interesting alternative to the "All About Me" booklets.

The tail of the raccoon provides simple writing prompts for kiddos to finish: name, birthday, an interesting fact about themselves; what they want to be when they grow up, plus favorites: color, candy, activities, animal, foods, & TV show, all written on the raccoon's tail. 

This craftivity is a super-fun way to learn about your new students, and completed projects make an adorable bulletin board

Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to grab this comprehensive Kissing Hand Literacy Packet. 

In celebration of getting ready for back to school, I've knocked 2 dollars off for a limited time, so this 102-page packet is just $5.95. 

kissing hand I survived craft, Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementaryThe featured FREEBIE today, also involves The Kissing Hand. I actually have 2 for you that are featured in the packetThe first one is the quick, easy & fun "fill up the hand with feelings" craftivity.  Click on the link to grab it.  

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementaryThe second one is the Comfort Class-Made Book.  There are two writing prompt options to choose from, a color cover, with full & half page options, plus the discussion poster.  After children share their page, collect, collate, add the cover & place it in your classroom library. 

Be sure and set your student-made booklets out during Open House as well as Parent Teacher Conferences. 

Kissing hand activities, raccoon crafts, raccoon activities, literacy packets, audrey penn, kissing hand crafts, back to school activities, back to school books for elementaryI hope your kiddos enjoy creating this one.  Well that's it for today. 

Thanks for stopping by.   It's a lovely sunny day in the 70's.  My grandchildren are coming over, so it will be especially enjoyable.  Wishing you a love-filled day as well.  

"Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation." - Lois Weis  

 1-2-3 Come Do Some Viola Swamp and Miss Nelson Activities With Me!

“The kids in Room 207 were misbehaving again. Spitballs stuck to the ceiling. Paper planes whizzed through the air. They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school.” 

miss nelson, miss viola swamp, miss nelson is missing, activities for miss nelson is missing, venn diagrams, venn diagrams for miss nelson is missing, adjective activities, words to describe miss nelson, words to describe viola swamp, graphic organizers, bookmarks for miss nelson is missing, sub folders, sub folder ideas, emergency lesson plans, wanted posters, wanted poster activities, wanted poster template, wanted poster pattern, missing person poster, missing person poster template, class made books, writing activities for back to school, back to school writing activities, miss nelson is missing crafts, miss nelson is missing bulletin boardsThus begins the story of Miss Nelson is Missing, one of my all-time favorite back-to-school books.  This cute classic was first published in 1977, but is still relevant today, as a lighthearted reminder of how important it is to show our appreciation of others.

When I read the story to my students, I wore a reversible "cape".  (A lovely pastel floral print was on one side, when I became the sweet Miss Nelson.  When I "transformed" into the terrible Miss Viola Swamp.  ("...the meanest substitute teacher in the whole world!") I easily flipped it to the solid black, ugly side.  

I've also donned a plastic witch nose, along with a few long black fingernails for my left hand, while pretending to be Viola.  She is the crazy substitute teacher in three children's books by Harry Allard (illustrated by James Marshall). The books are entitled Miss Nelson is Missing!, Miss Nelson is Back, and Miss Nelson Has a Field Day. The latter is by far my personal favorite.

At the start of the story, Miss Nelson’s students are very disrespectful and naughty. They constantly take advantage of her good- natured personality, and haven’t a clue of what a wonderful and sweet teacher they really have, ’til she doesn’t show up one day and is replaced by the horendous substitute, Miss Viola Swamp.

Days pass and FINALLY, to the utter joy of her students,  Miss Nelson returns to class with a "little secret" as to her disappearence.  By this time, the children have become wonderful and very appreciative students.  I highly recommend this great read aloud, and always kept a copy in my sub folder. 

Because the book is so popular, I thought teachers would enjoy some activities to go with it.  You can do some of them with your students and/or tuck others into your sub folder, to be plugged in as emergency lessons. The Miss Nelson is Missing packet, includes a variety of writing, language arts and reading activites.  Plus some adorable "craftivities" to review even more standards.

Here are a few of the FREEBIES.

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Hold up a word card and read it. miss nelson, miss viola swamp, miss nelson is missing, activities for miss nelson is missing, venn diagrams, venn diagrams for miss nelson is missing, adjective activities, words to describe miss nelson, words to describe viola swamp, graphic organizers, bookmarks for miss nelson is missing, sub folders, sub folder ideas, emergency lesson plans, wanted posters, wanted poster activities, wanted poster template, wanted poster pattern, missing person poster, missing person poster template, class made books, writing activities for back to school, back to school writing activities, miss nelson is missing crafts, miss nelson is missing bulletin boardsChildren decide which character they think that word describes and flip their Popsicle to the appropriate face.

For added pizzazz, I glued the facial circles to pink and green construction paper and then glued them back-to-back.

The teacher then shows the correct answer and asks students if they know what the word means.  If not (s)he defines it.

miss nelson, miss viola swamp, miss nelson is missing, activities for miss nelson is missing, venn diagrams, venn diagrams for miss nelson is missing, adjective activities, words to describe miss nelson, words to describe viola swamp, graphic organizers, bookmarks for miss nelson is missing, sub folders, sub folder ideas, emergency lesson plans, wanted posters, wanted poster activities, wanted poster template, wanted poster pattern, missing person poster, missing person poster template, class made books, writing activities for back to school, back to school writing activities, miss nelson is missing crafts, miss nelson is missing bulletin boardsBecause Miss Nelson and Miss Swamp are certainly "opposites" you can have a teachable moment, and ask students if Viola's qualities are antonyms for Miss Nelson's. 

miss nelson, miss viola swamp, miss nelson is missing, activities for miss nelson is missing, venn diagrams, venn diagrams for miss nelson is missing, adjective activities, words to describe miss nelson, words to describe viola swamp, graphic organizers, bookmarks for miss nelson is missing, sub folders, sub folder ideas, emergency lesson plans, wanted posters, wanted poster activities, wanted poster template, wanted poster pattern, missing person poster, missing person poster template, class made books, writing activities for back to school, back to school writing activities, miss nelson is missing crafts, miss nelson is missing bulletin boardsI've also included several other adjective activities as well, including a sort of graphic organizer, where they jot down words that describe their teacher, Miss Nelson, and Viola Swamp

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Children write about what happened to their entire class when their teacher came to school one day, but no one else did!

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Completed projects make a wonderful back-to-school bulletin board or hallway display.

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Finally, after you read Miss Nelson is Missing to your students, you may want them to see an absolutely "awwww-dorable" 13-minute youtube video.

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This packet will be FREE for an entire year.  After which time it will be up-dated & included in my 203-page jumbo Miss Nelson is Missing Literacy & Math packet in my TpT shop. Click on the link to pop on over. 

It is one of my most useful & all-time favorite packets.  I'm confident that your kiddos will LOVE these activities!

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1-2-3 Come Make Some Voice Choice Things With Me

classroom management tips, classroom management ideas, voice level posters, behavior modification techniques, tips for classroom management, voice control in the classroom, classroom voice volumeI think if you'd poll young children about voice volume they'd say loud or soft.  Little ones are just learning that there are varying degrees to those, and that they will be required to adapt their volumes and voices when inside the classroom.  

If you Google voice level posters, you'll get a huge assortment that are very similar and basically agree.  I also designed one of my own, but wanted to go a bit farther to not only help explain things to your kiddos and remind them of voice levels, but offer up some real classroom management that made a world of difference with my Y5's.

classroom management tips, classroom management ideas, voice level posters, behavior modification techniques, tips for classroom management, voice control in the classroom, classroom voice volumeThere are several options in the Voice Choice packet You can display the cards in a pocket chart and go through them with your students or hang them on your white board and put a magnet next to the level you want your students to be at.  Simply gluing a smilie face to the back of a large, glass flat-backed "marble" and attaching a magnet, is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to make one. 

classroom management tips, classroom management ideas, voice level posters, behavior modification techniques, tips for classroom management, voice control in the classroom, classroom voice volumeIf board space is limited, hang up the mini poster and then clip a colored clothespin to the appropriate voice level.

You can also explain things via the large posters. Show each one to your students and read the examples for when they should be using that voice. 

classroom management tips, classroom management ideas, voice level posters, behavior modification techniques, tips for classroom management, voice control in the classroom, classroom voice volumeYou can begin by showing them the picture and reading the name of each voice level, in the appropriate volume.

classroom management tips, classroom management ideas, voice level posters, behavior modification techniques, tips for classroom management, voice control in the classroom, classroom voice volumei.e. If you are showing them the volume level 1 Whispering poster, whisper to your students: "When do you think you would use this kind of voice?" 

After they have shared their thoughts, read the list and add anything else that's appropriate for your class.  Finally, reinforce the sound of this level, by having students model the volume of that voice, as they too "whisper" the name and number of that level.

classroom management tips, classroom management ideas, voice level posters, behavior modification techniques, tips for classroom management, voice control in the classroom, classroom management games, voice control cards, behavior modification cards, classroom voice volumeAs a review, after you explain the voice choice concept, put the number cards in a container, and have students pick one.  They share when they would use that number voice level. 

Another way to play this game, is to have students say the words “Voice Choice” in whatever number level that's on their card and have the other children guess what number they are modeling.

classroom management tips, classroom management ideas, voice level posters, behavior modification techniques, tips for classroom management, voice control in the classroom, classroom management games, voice control cards, behavior modification cards, classroom voice volumeYou can also use these voice-level number cards to remind students what level they should be on, by quietly placing the appropriate number on their desk or group table. 

Once they read it, hopefully they will make the appropriate volume adjustment and flip the card over, so you can pick it up and re-use it when necessary.

Another thing you can use the voice-level number cards for, is to make a class book.  (Templates provided.) Whatever number a student picks, is the voice level that they write about and then draw a picture. 

Collect and collate the pages and add the cover, then read as a whole group with the entire class.  Each child comes up and shares their page using the #4 sharing voice level.

classroom management tips, classroom management ideas, voice level posters, behavior modification techniques, tips for classroom management, voice control in the classroom, classroom management games, voice control cards, behavior modification cards, classroom voice volumeBesides the number cards, I also made several designs for "Quiet Cards."  Print, laminate and trim the cards and keep them in a narrow basket on your chalk sill, under your voice choice poster

As with the number cards, without a word, you place the appropriate card on a child's desk or group table.  This is a great way to silently encourage students, as well as have children adjust their behavior or voice levels, without disturbing the class or bringing negative attention to someone.

classroom management tips, classroom management ideas, voice level posters, behavior modification techniques, tips for classroom management, voice control in the classroom, classroom management games, voice control cards, behavior modification cards, classroom voice volumeAnother quiet way to remind your students to adjust their voice level, is with the paper STOP sign.  Simply run off the pattern on red construction paper; fill in the letters with white crayon or paint; laminate; trim and put on a craft stick.

Without a word, and with a grand flourish, (they'll spot the movement) hold up the sign when students are not at the appropriate voice level.  With your other hand, hold up the appropriate number of fingers to show what voice-level number students should be using. 

classroom management tips, classroom management ideas, voice level posters, behavior modification techniques, tips for classroom management, voice control in the classroom, classroom management games, voice control cards, behavior modification cards, classroom voice volumeKeep holding up the sign and fingers ’til everyone has their hand up with the correct number of fingers showing. If they should be at zero, with their lips zipped, put your index finger on your lips as if saying Shhhh, and stare at specific noisy students with your best “teacher look.”   I also made matching "quiet cards" that you can use as well. 

classroom management tips, classroom management ideas, voice level posters, behavior modification techniques, tips for classroom management, voice control in the classroom, classroom management games, voice control cards, behavior modification cards, classroom voice volumeI've included a "Please zip your lips" and a "Shhhhhh!" poster.  These could also be mounted on a large Popsicle or paint stick.  If students don't notice your "grand flourish" as you hold one of these up, and are not adjusting their volume, you can signal them with the tinkling sound of a bell, or flicking the lights off and then on. 

These were a few more quiet ways I got my students' attention. I also hung a lovely sounding wind chime, next to my reading chair to signal story time.  You could use one for your volume adjustment bag of tricks. 

Clapping out a pattern and having students repeat it, was also a successful sound signal for me.  Make sure you explain these sound signals to your students, so they know what you're expecting from them.  Equally important, is having a consequence if they don't make changes. 

classroom management tips, classroom management ideas, voice level posters, behavior modification techniques, tips for classroom management, voice control in the classroom, classroom management games, voice control cards, behavior modification cards, classroom voice volumeIf most of your students are doing a wonderful job with their voice choices, you can reinforce their great behavior by giving them a praise bookmark.  They come in full color, as well as black line. 

Unfortunately, there always seem to be a few stragglers, who need a bit more reminding.  Self control was probably one of the top reasons I always had more boys than girls in my Y5's classes.  With them in mind, I designed some positive reinforcement voice control activities for you and included them in this packet.  

classroom management tips, classroom management ideas, voice level posters, behavior modification techniques, tips for classroom management, voice control in the classroom, classroom management games, voice control cards, behavior modification cards, classroom voice volumeZ is for zipper and  ZIPPING your lips.  You can send one of the "I'm having trouble zipping my lips" poster-notes home to a child's parents, or have them color it while they sit in your Time Out or Think chair. This is an easy way to communicate with parents and enlist their help.

Every year I had at least one child with ADHD. An effective behavior modification technique with them, was to earn the right to connect a dot on their paper to make a mystery picture.  Whenever they modeled the appropriate behavior that we were working on, they got to connect another dot. 

This was super-simple, quick and easy for me.  If they completed their picture that day, they received the agreed upon "prize."  If not, they could continue the next day.  Thus, I also made the "Z is for zipping" paper,  into "color a star and connect it to the next one" -- voice control worksheet

classroom management tips, classroom management ideas, voice level posters, behavior modification techniques, tips for classroom management, voice control in the classroom, classroom management games, voice control cards, behavior modification cards, classroom voice volumeBesides encouraging them to adjust their volume, you can also work on interrupting, and not blurting inappropriate things out.  I hope you find these techniques helpful, and that you are able to use a few of them to make life in your home-away-from home less hectic.   

voice choice classroom management activitiesThis packet will be FREE for an entire year, after which time it will be up-dated and put in the Classroom Management section of my TpT shop. Voice Choice Packet.  

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Summer: "Hair gets lighter; skin gets darker; water gets warmer; drinks get colder; music gets louder; days get longer; life gets better!" -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some "M & M" Stuff With Me

I'm a firm believer in making things personal for students.  If you relate things to their world, you quickly grab their attention and enthusiasm for the activity follows. 

With that in mind, I wanted to design some sort of "me math," where students could use a variety of math concepts to answer questions about themselves. 

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me math, math about me, M&M math, end of the year activities, end of the year math, fun math activities for early elementary, icebreakers for the beginning of the school year, activities to get to know your students, measurement activities, math booklets, me math booklet, The idea of "me math" led to doing something with an M&M theme.  I originally toyed with the idea of each student making a colorful M&M character and filling it with "me math" information, but after I made a list of all of the number-related things that I could think of, that students might be interested in sharing, my list was so long that the idea of getting this inside an M&M creature, was now out.

When I was researching "me math" to see if anyone else out there was doing something along that line, I found quite a few poster and pennant ideas, so I didn't want to go that route. 

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To conserve paper, there are 2 pages on each master.  Pick and choose whatever is appropriate for your grade level. 

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me math, math about me, M&M math, end of the year activities, end of the year math, fun math activities for early elementary, icebreakers for the beginning of the school year, activities to get to know your students, measurement activities, math booklets, me math booklet, I've included basic counting, measuring, greater & less than, equations, addition, subtraction, ordinal numbers, time, odd & even, skip counting by 2's, place value, number sentences, comparison, tally marks, and even fractions!

From teeth to travels, I think you'll find the personal math questions interesting and fun.  I was especially excited to find a Scrabble and M&M font to use with the My Name Math pages. 

Choose simple math concepts for kinders, or add a few more difficult pages and send the booklet home to have parents help their child with.   me math, math about me, M&M math, end of the year activities, end of the year math, fun math activities for early elementary, icebreakers for the beginning of the school year, activities to get to know your students, measurement activities, math booklets, me math booklet, Click on the link to view/download the M&M Math & Me booklet. 

If you're looking for a "me math" poster that your kiddos can make, click on the link to take a look at Melissa Machan's Math About Me FREEBIE.  I absolutely LOVE the poster poem she wrote.   It would be a wonderful introduction to any "me math" activity.

me math, math about me, M&M math, end of the year activities, end of the year math, fun math activities for early elementary, icebreakers for the beginning of the school year, activities to get to know your students, measurement activities, math booklets, me math booklet, Thanks for visiting today.  Feel free to PIN away.  My "Pin it" button is at the top.  Do you have a "me math" activity you'd like to share with us?  Feel free to leave a comment or contact me at: diane@teachwithme.com

"Math may not teach me how to add love, or subtract hate, but it gives me every reason to hope that every problem has a solution." -Unknown

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1-2-3 Come Get Rid Of The First Day Jitters With Me!

As promised here is the Common Core packet for First Day Jitters.  As with If You Take A Mouse To School, it was requested by a lot of teachers.

If there are more Common Core Packets you'd like me to whip together, just drop me an e-mail diane@teachwithme.com, or leave a comment here. 

These packets truly are a very simple, quick, and easy way to cover the Common Core State Standards: RI.K5,RI.K6,RI.K9,RI.K10,RL.K2, RL.K3,RL.K6, L.K1d, RI.1.9, RL.1.2, RL.1.3 in a short amount of time.

Your students will enjoy them, as they are empowered by the consistency in format.  To view/download the other common core packets, click on the following links:  The Kissing HandChrysanthemumIf You Give A Mouse A Cookie, and  If You Take A Mouse To School.

 The packet includes:

  • A beginning-middle-end story map that will help students retell First Day Jitters
  • A "favorite part" retelling "writing prompt" bookmark
  • A compare and contrast Venn diagram with The Kissing Hand book
  • Character, Setting and Event cards. (Laminate, put magnets on the back and put them up on your white board. Write down students' answers under the cards.)
  • Question Words activity sheet, reinforcing the who, what, why, when, where, how words.
  • Cover of book to label book parts + review author and illustrator
  • Feelings worksheet and writing prompt
  • Feelings graphing extension
  • "Jitters" synonym discussion and worksheet

The "Feelings" worksheet is great for a September writing prompt, and the one covering synonyms is great for Daily 5 "Word Work". Click on the link to view/download First Day Jitters Common Core packet.

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"I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow." - Woodrow Wilson

  1-2-3 Come Make An Icebreaker Portrait With Me

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That's what the sentence says at the top of the paper.

It's a quick and easy icebreaker for the first day or first week of school, that’s also a terrific writing prompt for September, and fun way to get to know your students.

When completed, they make a cute back to school bulletin board too!  Make sure you do one yourself, so you have an example to share with your students, so they know how to do the assignment, as well as get to know their new teacher a little better too.

Older students can draw their own self-portraits in the blank oval.  So that they don't feel overwhelmed drawing themselves, remind them that this is just a section of their face from the nose up, or even just their eyes.  You can also give students a choice of the other 17 facial tops to fill in and color.

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Little ones also tend to draw a tiny circle instead of a big one, or they draw an entire stick body.   You can include the template in your “Welcome to school summer letter” or Open House packet, and have students return them on the first day of school, so they can share with their new classmates right away.

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Another option, if you don’t do a summer letter or Open House,  is to hand them out the first day of class and have students put them in their backpack or "Take Home" folder, for a home-school connection, to be returned in the next few days.

Make sure you provide time to share their completed projects, so everyone gets to know each other.  No matter what my students’ ages, I always had them applaud each child’s sharing. This is a big deal for many “shy” kiddos.  Writing in different colored markers also jazzes things up.

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Have students glue their paper hands  “holding” their writing prompt, in such a way that they can fold the wrist portion over and have them "flop" open to reveal their writing.  

You can punch a hole in the top and hang them back-to-back and suspend from the ceiling or line them up as a cute border, just below the ceiling in the hallway.

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"By learning, you will teach; by teaching, you will learn." -Latin Proverb

If You Take A Mouse To School and If You Give A Mouse A Cookie: Fun Back To School Books

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If You Take A Mouse To School, and If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, by Laura Joffe Numeroff are 2 wonderful stories to read in September. I do a take off of these books with my easy reader: If You Give A Mouse A Letter He'll Want The Whole Alphabet.

Students read the sentence, then trace and write the letters.  When everyone is done, read the booklet as a whole group to review concepts of print as well as upper and lowercase letters.

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Besides the easy reader, this 32-page packet includes:

  • A feed the mouse template
  • Upper and lowercase matching skill sheet
  • Upper and lowercase trace and write skills sheets
  • 4 "What's Missing?" upper and lowercase skill sheets
  • Circle the letters of your name skill sheet
  • An upper and lowercase letter assessment
  • 26 upper and lowercase letter cards + covers to make Itty Bitty Booklets
  • 2 assessments +
  • 3 certificates of praise

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Here you'll find two easy readers, two graphing extensions + several worksheets.

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I've also included the Mary Had A Little Lamb nursery rhyme in this packet.

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“Little by little does the trick!” –Abraham Lincoln

An Apple (Activity) A Day Keeps Boredom Away!

back to school ideas, back to school activities, back to school lessons, first week of school lessons, first week of school ideas, back to school bulletin boards, back to school bulletin board ideas, september bulletin boards, september bulletin board ideas, apple activities apple lessons, apple ideas, apple art projects, apple bulletin boards, apple crafts,back to school ideas, back to school activities, back to school lessons, first week of school lessons, first week of school ideas, back to school bulletin boards, back to school bulletin board ideas, september bulletin boards, september bulletin board ideas, apple activities apple lessons, apple ideas, apple art projects, apple bulletin boards, apple crafts,One of my favorite units that I did with my Y5’s was APPLES.

I think they really enjoyed it too, as visiting an apple orchard and picking 3 different kinds of apples was our first fieldtrip.

I feel it’s important to have lots of hands-on centers for little ones, to help them increase fine motor skills through cutting and gluing.

Doing centers helps with a variety of life skills and forces them to listen in order to follow directions.

As they become independent, they are empowered and their self-esteem soars.

Seeing their creations hung on our “Wall of Fame” in the hallway, also helped give them a sense of pride.

Knowing I was going to display their work, was a good incentive, to give their best effort.

Through art, I could also incorporate reading, writing, math, and science; sometimes all of them in one quick project, which covered a variety of report card standards.

The 92 – page Apple Art Projects Book has a large variety of activities in it and includes directions, patterns and pictures.

These make terrific center activities, something for students to do when they have completed other work, a nice home-school connection project to be given as homework, or something to tuck in your substitute folder.

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The crayon-melt apple poem was one of my favorites.

The poem introduced my students to rhyme; the rhyme taught them the science fact they needed to learn about apples; twisting the 3 color crayons through a sharpener was a terrific fine motor skill, and the result after I put a sheet of wax paper over their shavings and applied a warm iron was awesome!

I also reinforced the 3 colors with this rip and tear apple, which strengthened finger muscles as well.

Students enjoyed making the Life Cycle of an Apple on a paper plate, which was a quick and easy way to get some science in.

Click on the link to view/download the Apple Art Projects Packet.

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you can stop by tomorrow for more back to school ideas.

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Feel free to PIN anything you think others might find worthwhile.

“We should say to each [child]: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel.  You are unique -- you may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. 

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Send Them Off With A Kiss!

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She places a kiss on his hand that travels up his arm and straight into his heart, warming him instantly.  Something he can look at all evening long reminding him that “Mama loves you.”

As he excitedly scampers off to school, he pauses to kiss his mommy’s hand, letting her know that “Chester” loves her too.

My Y5’s really enjoyed this story, especially petting my soft pet raccoon puppet that would not come out of his garbage can at first because he was frightened.  It’s a wonderful way to introduce feelings and graph how children felt on this first day.

I found if they got to put on a mask and pretend they were raccoons that even my shyest children could talk and tell me how they really felt.  Anyone holding the raccoon was the one who got to speak and share.

Because this story is extremely popular I decided to dream up some activities your students would enjoy doing during the first week of school. Perhaps even on the first day, if it isn’t too hectic and packed with other “must get done” rules and regulations activities.

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To expedite this with little ones, have a room helper trace and cut them out in the morning, so they are ready in the afternoon.

If you don’t have anyone helping you, think about including a piece of flesh-toned construction paper in your summer note, or open house packet with an explanation to have parents trace and cut their child’s hand and return it for the first day of school.

You could also set this up as a quick “Please do!” station at your open house, if you have one before school starts.. Parents stop at the station, “get it done” and then leave it in the basket.

Click on the link to view/download The Kissing Hand Activities The Raccoon upper and lowercase letter activity packet helps with Common Core State Standard RF.K1d and RF.1.1a

Use them as flashcards, Memory Match Concentration games, or play ‘I Have, Who Has?” later in the year.  I include a tip list of what else you can do with the cards.

If you want to use them on the first day, you can sprinkle them around the room, and have students find them.  See how many students can identify any of the letters.

A really fun thing to do, would be to pass out the raccoon masks from the first packet. (Make ahead of time out of foam and hot glue to paint sticks.)

Tell your little ones that they are going to be Raccoon ABCDe-tectives and look for Chester's ABC card clues he’s hidden around the school. Tape them to places you want the children to learn about.

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Give the Pp and Ss cards to the principal and secretary and make a stop at the office.

Gg is for gym, Mm is for music,  Cc is for computers or cafeteria.  Your students will have fun spying the cards, while they tour the school and learn where things are.

Rr can land them back to your room where you can have a note from Chester and a Hershey kiss waiting on their desk.

Click on the link to view/download Raccoon Upper and Lowercase Letter Kissing Hand Activities

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I LOVE using file folders with children because they are relatively inexpensive and I have 4 pages I can fill up with “cool stuff”.

Because they are made of heavy-duty cardstock, they can also handle the abuse of 4-year-olds or the soggy “oops” of too much glue as well.

My kiddo’s also enjoyed them because they were something different and something  “older”  people used, so they felt extra special.

After reading Chicka Boom have your students put together their “lap files”.  Choose whatever things you are going to study with them.

This 67-page packet includes:

  • Directions, pictures and patterns to make a student "Lap-Office" Picka Chicka File Folder
  • 4-"I Spy" skill sheets
  • Coconut Colors booklet
  • Chicka Boom name tags
  • Coconut facts and a list of interesting websites
  • 4 graphing extensions
  • A Venn diagram activity +
  • A certificate of praise

Chicka chicha boom boom, I hope you enjoy all of the new kids in your classroom!

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