Back to School
My favorite back to school book is Pete the Cat - Rocking In My School Shoes by Eric Litwin. I use this sheet on the first day of school as a way to wrap up the day.
Welcome Back to School Card -
Send out this fun card to all of your students before school starts.
The outside says "I'm so hoppy." The inside says "that you are in my class this year."
You can also include important information about upcoming special events such as Open House on the inside of the card.
I used a packing peanut and tacky glue to attach it.
The special sized envelopes are available at office supply stores (Office Max).
Teacher Info Magnet -
Make these handy magnets to give to your parents at the beginning of the new school year.
Type up all the school phone numbers you want your parents to have. Rubber cement the info on the sticker.
Laminate and put magnetic tape on the back. Parents love having the info right at their ingertips to call in those absences and ask you questions.
First Day of School Magnets -
On the very first day
So that my (grade level) work
Will always be on display!
Have your students decorate the shape and the just tape (use double sided) or tacky glue the shape on a wooden clothespin. Put magnetic tape on the other side of the clothespin.
Bouncing Through the New Year -
Give your students this little prize during Open House or orientation. Place a super ball in a plastic baggie and tie it to a note saying "Looking forward to bouncing through the new year with you!!"
Name Matching Book -
Instead of just having names on one side and photos on the other, have the names in two stacks, boys and girls. Helps the kids with categorizing.
Gingerbread Man Hunt - Early in the school year, we tour the school by looking for the Gingerbread man. To slow the kids down, each school helper rubber stamps the child's "Passport" that list the locations we visited. The inside of the Passport says: "The principal of (school name) hereby requests all whom it may concern to permit the student named herein to pass without delay or hindrance."
My new favorite book to read when we go on the gingerbread man hunt is Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray
Click Here For Wanted Poster PDF.
Friends on the Bus Book - This class book is also teacher made. I use the first day of school photo on a bus cutout. "This friend on the bus is ____, _____,______. This friend on the bus is _______, I like my new friend."
Mary Wore Her Red Dress - This class book goes along with the book Mary Wore Her Red Dress by Merle Peek. Like the book, the illustrations are black and white with a little color added. The child draws a self-portrait with only a black crayon. Then, he/she chooses one color and article of clothing to paint on the self-portrait.