Completing The Main Article
With These Last Two Ideas Numbers 5 and 6
Stamp your way to 100-Day!
Make a 100-Day Banner/Pennant:
Counting To 100-Day Continues...
Here are ideas 3 and 4
Drop something into a jar!
Add A Piece To A Puzzle Each Day!
One of the things I work on during the summer is getting my things ready for counting up to 100-Day. I’ve listed some of the “stuff” that I do. I hope you get a few ideas for your students and become excited for back-to-school.
I’m endeavoring to keep my articles short, so I will post only two ideas on a page. There are 6 ideas, so keep scrolling down for two more “mini-sub articles” if you want to read all of the tips for this topic!
Index Card Booklet:
We’re “Pear Pairs!"
In the above article, I wrote a blog about fun and fair ways to pick partners.
I was diddling with homonyms and fooling around with the word pear and pair and thought making pears as puzzles would also be a fun way to pick a partner.
A bunch of alphabet, shape and number pears later, I had a 48-page packet! Click on the link to view/download Pear Pair Puzzles
This packet will be free for an entire year, then it will be updated and put in Diane's Dollar Deals in my TpT shop. Click on the link to pop on over.
Here's What To Do:
Run off the pears on yellow or green construction paper. Laminate the sheets.
Learning To Count By 5’s And Counting Up To 100-Day
Via a Fun And Interactive Bulletin Board for a Great First Day of School Activity!
I only had to skip count by 10’s to 100 with my Y5’s as a report card standard, but I know this is a standard for K’s and first grade.
A fun way to do this everyday as well as to count up to 100 for that special day, is to make this quick and easy bulletin board.
"A Pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." - Unknown"e.com
"I am not a teacher, but an awakener." -Robert Frost
Are you trying to think of something different to do as an icebreaker for a fun first day of school activity? How about a survey?
My Y5’s loved carrying around a clipboard and asking questions. It makes them feel “grown up” and important, or so they tell me when I ask them why everyone always wants to use my clipboards.
You can buy packs of 12 at Sam’s Club for a reasonable price. They came in handy for this purpose as well as having them write in the hallway when we went on measurement adventures, or outside when we went on scientific explorations to collect data.
They are great as lapboards for when I had students writing in a circle on the floor as well, so I certainly got my money’s worth!
This information can be found in my Back To School Packet. Click on the link to view/download it.
Until next time… have fun breaking that ice, making friends and melting hearts!
Thanks for visiting. I hope you can pop back tomorrow for more back to school tips.
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"No dreamer is ever too small; no dream is ever too big." -anonymous
Fun and Fair Ways To Pick A Partner
When it comes to children choosing a partner they sometimes find it hard to make a decision, because they are bombarded with “Pick me, pick me!” as many friends start asking to be their partner.
Other children feel left out because no one wants to be their partner, still others continue to choose the same child to work with ALL of the time.
I try to mix things up and make things fun and fair, with no hurt feelings, by having students pick a partner in a variety of enjoyable, sometimes themed-ways, that often carry an educational purpose with them as well.
Here are some of my favorite tips:
It's Partner Time! Make this unique clock:
I hope you found some ideas here of how to make choosing a partner more fun and certainly more fair. (Hopefully “Partners Without Tears!”)
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As always, if you have an enjoyable tip of how your students accomplish this task, I’d enjoy hearing from you. firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you can pop back tomorrow for more back to school teaching tips. Scroll down for another picking partners idea: Pairing Pears!
"Example moves the world more than doctrine." -Henry Miller
A Cookie Glyph As A Fun Way To Get To Know Your New Students!
I dreamed this up because I thought it would not only be a fun icebreaker, but it would make an instant and really cute bulletin board as well.
You can do these with your students the first week of school as a get-to-know-you activity, or you can tuck the directions and a tan construction paper cookie into your Open House Packet for parents to help their child with, and then they can bring their cookie on the first day of school for them to hold up and share with their new friends.
We have our Open House before school starts. If you don't, you can tuck it into your "Welcome to my class" letter / school packet that many teachers send out during the summer or simply send it home the first day of school.
Use my pattern, or revamp it to make it simpler or a bit more involved to fit the age of your students or the time frame you have allotted to complete it in class.
Take a photo of each student on their 1st day of school. I use this photo in all sorts of keepsake things during September until I get their school pix back.
I make black & white copies on the photo setting of our copier and keep them handy, along with other photos that I take in a file folder on my desk.
Click on the link to view/print everything you need to do this back-to-school cookie glyph.
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I hope you can pop in tomorrow for another back-to-school idea.
"Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some." -Charles Dickens
Getting-To-Know-You Via A Glyph! A Fun Icebreaker For Back-To-School!
During the first few weeks of school, I always tried to plug in quick, easy and fun little ways for my students to get to know their classmates. I felt it helped build community and a caring classroom. It's amazing the diversity we have in our schools today!
Even if you homeschool, this is an interesting activity to do with your kiddos. I'm always surprised at the answers my own children come up with when we're playing games or chatting. Just when I think I really know their tastes and what not, they toss me a curve.
A really fun way to get to know your students is via a Bio-glyph.
This is simply a glyph about oneself, and a great way to learn all sorts of information.
Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board or hallway display.
Here's how: Run off a copy of my masters. The girls will need an oval head, the boys a circle.
I've found that by providing a template for students to follow, things are easier. Little ones tend to draw small and write big ( Go figure...)
When everyone has the appropriate template, read each direction slowly, and then repeat once. Remind your students to listen carefully. Because this is a listening and following directions activity, glyphs provide "proof" that a child is or isn't doing that.
Draw the “kinds” of hair, noses, eyebrows, mouths, ears, and cheeks, on your white board as you read the directions for each one. This will help students know what the various shapes look like, or how curly hair can be drawn.
If you are doing this with older students who can read, simply run off a copy of my master glyph (it provides samples) and pass it out to them. You can also revamp my glyph to make this easier and simpler to fit the age of your students or the time that you have allowed.
Make sure you do one for yourself so that you have an example. I did one for me and one for my husband. He's a wonderful guinnea pig and good sport, who is great for bouncing ideas off of.
As a fun extension, you can number and post the completed bio-glyphs, along with the key, in the hallway so that they flip up. Have students write their names on the BACK of their glyph in such a way, so that when a person flips them up, they can read their name.
Later, for added fun, put a real photograph (1st day of school picture) of the student on the wall, under the glyph. You could also have children become detectives and turn this into a "solve the bio-glyph mystery game."
Set a timer. Give students a certain amount of time to ask questions of their new friends, to help them try and figure out which bio-glyph belongs to whom. They can write down their answers on the "Whose Glyph?" sheet provided.
Which person got the most correct? ( I've included a super-sleuth certificate you can give them.) How did you do? This is a fun way for students to learn about each other and a great ice breaker for back to school.
Or… you can simply have each child come up and share their bio-glyph with the class by explaining it. Click on the link to view/download the Bio-Glyph Packet.
Thanks for visiting. If you're looking for more glyphs, click on the link to pop over to that section of my site. I tried to dream up one for all of the seasons. The Cookie Glyph and Apple Glyph are great for September.
"The sure way to teach easily and successfully, is to awaken interest and kindle enthusiasm." -Tyron Edwards